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Iron Man Cake

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My two boys like to play pretend. They have vivid, wild imaginations which see them conjure up all sorts of scenarios for them to battle the baddies, rescue each other and, of course, built a fort and wreck the furniture.

My boys are Superhero fans. Spider-Man, Captain America, Anakin Skywalker and Elsa (yes, even Frozen gets involved in the fight for world peace!) make daily appearances in my house. There’s costumes, alter egos, make believe Lightsabres and plenty of stylish karate moves that could double as break dancing if they were wearing parachute pants!

So where is mecca for young superhero fans? Oz Comic-Con of course! Every Superhero, evil bad guy and geeky sidekick will be there in full costume and my boys will be in heaven!! Oz Comic-Con is back with 5 epic events during 2016 in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. There will be celebrity guests, lots of the latest merchandise for your inner geek and games in the gaming zone. It will be a fun filled family day that will be sure to earn me ‘Mum of the Year’. The big question is though… who will I dress up as? The boys have it narrowed down to one of the Super or Wonder Woman’s, but I think I’m a bit partial to Harley Quinn. It’s the pink pigtails!! And you too could be putting on your best costume and mask on and unleashing your inner geek at Oz Comic-Con as I have a Family Pass up for grabs for one lucky reader. Keep reading below for the details on how to win a family pass to Oz Comic-Con in your state. Did I also mention that Xena, aka Lucy Lawless, is going to be in Adelaide?! Awesome!!!!

4yo S has always loved Superheros. He wears his Spider-Man costume every second day and requested an Iron Man cake for his birthday. Making a super hero themed cake healthy is a hard task, but I’m pleased to say that it can be done… and it looked great! This Iron Man Cake looks way harder than it is, and I know the ingredient list looks longer than a list of Superman’s rivals but it’s much easier than you might think.

Making this Iron Man Cake starts with a sheet cake which is then cut out into the shape of Iron Man using this template. The cake layers are sandwiched together with chocolate ganache to make a three layer superhero tower. At this point it’s important to place the cake in the freezer to set the layers and prevent the ganache from leaking out and spoiling the cream frosting. The cake is them covered in raspberry cream frosting before the jelly layers are added.

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It’s worth talking about the jelly Iron Man mask. Every other Iron Man Cake I found on the Internet was covered in fondant, filled with food colourings and loads of sugar. I needed to find an alternative that still looked like a superhero but didn’t cause my boys to turn into the Hulk. To make the Iron Man Mask I made three colours of jelly; red, yellow and blue/black. This jelly is firm like a roll up so it can be cut out in the shapes needed to create the cake that every 4 year old dreams of. And because the jellies are made from fruit there is no need for red food colourings so there’ll be no tantrums… unless there’s no cake left! Luckily I had an Iron Man book to use as a cake board (we have a book for nearly every Marvel character) which I think looks pretty cool. This was easily the coolest themed birthday cake I have made since baking the Mummy Made.It way. It shows that you don’t have to resort to sugary and artificial ingredients to create an visually impressive cake; and it doesn’t hurt that it tastes great too!

If you would like to win a family pass for your little Superhero’s just let me know below who you will be dressing up as when you attend Oz Comic-Con. You can score extra entries by visiting the Mummy Made.It Face Book page. The competition closes on the 25th of March and is open to Australian residents only. The winner can select the state that they wish to attend Oz Comic-Con.You can purchase tickets for Oz Comic-Con here.

NB: Please note that in exchange for promoting Oz Comic-Con I was provided with a family pass to give away to a lucky reader and one for myself.

Iron Man Cake
Yields 1
For when your little Superhero wants to be Iron Man when he grows up!
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Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
4 hr
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
4 hr
INGREDIENTS
Iron Man Cake
  1. Orange Sheet Cake
  2. Chocolate Ganache Frosting
  3. Raspberry Cream
  4. Raspberry Jelly sheet
  5. Orange Jelly Sheet
  6. Blueberry Jelly Sheet
Orange Sheet Cake
  1. 6 Eggs, separated (best at room temperature)
  2. 1/3 Cup Maple Syrup
  3. 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  4. 1/3 Cup Milk (of Choice)
  5. 1/3 Cup Orange Juice
  6. Zest of 1 Orange
  7. 3/4 Cup Coconut Flour
  8. 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
Chocolate Ganache Frosting
  1. 2/3 Cup Coconut Cream (the thickened cream from a can of coconut cream left in the fridge overnight)
  2. 1/2 Cup sifted Cocoa
  3. 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
  4. 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
Raspberry Cream
  1. 200 grams Raspberries (frozen or fresh)
  2. 1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup (optional)
  3. 1 Tablespoon Water
  4. 1 1/2 Cups Coconut Cream (the thickened cream from a can of coconut cream left in the fridge overnight)
  5. 2 teaspoons Maple Syrup
  6. 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
Raspberry Jelly sheet
  1. 1 Cup Raspberry puree (blend fresh/frozen raspberries then measure)
  2. 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  3. 3 tablespoons Gelatine
Orange Jelly Sheet
  1. 1 Cup strained Orange Juice
  2. 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  3. 3 tablespoons Gelatine
Blueberry Jelly Sheet
  1. 1/3 Cup Blueberry puree (blend fresh/frozen blueberries then measure)
  2. 1 teaspoon Lemon Juice
  3. 1 Tablespoon Gelatine
INSTRUCTIONS
Iron Man Cake
  1. Using a cake board/flat tray etc (I made my cake on a board then transferred it to a plastic wrapped Iron Man book before serving) place a cut out cake piece on the board.
  2. Cover the cake with 1/2 the Ganache and then use the left over cake pieces to make a 2nd layer (see the above photo- it will look like a jigsaw puzzle!). Cover this layer with the remaining ganache and place the last cake layer on top.
  3. Cover the cake in plastic wrap and place in the freezer for a minimum 30 minutes (longer is ok but allow time to defrost before serving). Freezing the cake helps to set the layers and stops the ganache leaking out into the cream icing.
  4. Remove the cake from the freezer and frost with the Raspberry Cream; covering the top and sides of the cake.
  5. Gently place the cut red jelly layer on top of the frosted cake. Place the cut yellow and blue/black layers on top, making sure to use the template as your guide.
  6. Place the cake in the fridge for at least 30 minutes (but up to 1 day) before serving. Keep the cake refrigerated between serves.
Orange Sheet Cake
  1. Preheat the oven to 175C/350F. Line and grease a 32cm x 27cm baking tray (a similar size will be fine. Just make sure you'll be able to cut at least 2 Iron Man templates out. The 3rd template will be made from the left over cake).
  2. Place the egg whites into the clean bowl of a kitchen stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Whisk the egg whites on medium/high until soft peaks form.
  3. Slowly add the maple syrup, 1 tablespoon at a time, until large peaks have formed. Continue whisking on medium/high and add the vanilla extract.
  4. Add the egg yolks, one at a time. Only add the next yolk when the previous one has been fully incorporated.
  5. Whilst still whisking, pour the milk, juice and zest into the egg mixture.
  6. In a separate bowl, lightly whisk the coconut flour and baking powder together. Ensure that the coconut flour has no lumps in it.
  7. Turn the whisk to low and add the flour mixture. (If you keep it on high then you will most likely end up wearing the flour).
  8. Once incorporated, return the whisk speed to medium/high to fully mix all the ingredients.
  9. Pour the cake mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 18 minutes, or until cooked through.
  10. Remove from oven and allow to cool in the tray.
  11. Once cooled, remove the cake from the tray and place the template over 1 side of the cake. Cut out the template, and then repeat on the other side of the cake (this should result in 2 full templates). Keep the left over pieces to be used to 'construct' the 3rd layer of the cake.
Chocolate Ganache Frosting
  1. Put the cream, vanilla and maple syrup in a saucepan over medium heat until it has combined and is in a liquid state (you don't want it to boil- just be warm).
  2. Remove from the heat and sift in the cocoa, stirring until combined and smooth. Put it in the fridge (or freezer if you are rushed for time) until it reaches the right spreadable consistency (5-30 minutes depending on how hot the cream got). It can be spread, piped etc.
Raspberry Cream
  1. Place the raspberries, maple syrup and water in a small saucepan and bring to the boil.
  2. Simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 10 min; or until thickened (it will have the consistency of jam). Allow the mixture to cool.
  3. Into the bowl of a kitchen stand mixer, scoop the thickened cream from the can discarding the watery remains. Add the maple syrup and vanilla and whisk on high until thick and combined.
  4. Add the raspberry mixture and whisk on medium/high until combined. Place the Raspberry Cream in the fridge to thicken for at least 1 hour before using.
Raspberry Jelly Sheet
  1. Using the template for the Iron Man face as a guide, line a tray/dish that is big enough to fit the entire face template on.
  2. Blend fresh/frozen raspberries and measure 1 cup of pulp/juice.
  3. Bring raspberries to the boil in a saucepan over medium heat. Once boiling, add the lemon juice and take off the heat. Allow to cool for 3 minutes.
  4. Add gelatine to the juice, 1 tablespoon at a time whisking well after each addition.
  5. Add gelatine slowly and ensure it is whisked in to remove any lumps.
  6. Pour into the prepared tray and allow to cool for at least 1 hour, or until the jelly has set (it will be like a thick roll up).
  7. Once set, place the Iron Man face template over the jelly and cut out the face. Store the piece in the fridge until needed.
Orange Jelly Sheet
  1. Using the template for the Iron Man face as a guide, line a tray/dish that is big enough to fit the yellow pieces needed. (Refer to photo for the pieces that are yellow)
  2. Juice and strain 1 cup of fresh juice (I used oranges)
  3. Bring juice to the boil in a saucepan over medium heat. Once boiling, add the lemon juice and take off the heat. Allow to cool for 3 minutes.
  4. Add gelatine to the juice, 1 tablespoon at a time whisking well after each addition.
  5. Add gelatine slowly and ensure it is whisked in to remove any lumps.
  6. Pour into the prepared tray and allow to cool for at least 1 hour, or until the jelly has set (it will be like a thick roll up).
  7. Once set, place the yellow template pieces over the jelly and cut out the pieces. Store the pieces in the fridge until needed.
Blueberry Jelly Sheet
  1. Using the template for the Iron Man face as a guide, line a tray/dish that is big enough to fit the eye section on.
  2. Blend fresh/frozen blueberries and measure 1/3 cup of pulp/juice.
  3. Bring blueberries to the boil in a saucepan over medium heat. Once boiling, add the lemon juice and take off the heat. Allow to cool for 3 minutes.
  4. Add gelatine to the juice, 1 teaspoon at a time whisking well after each addition.
  5. Add gelatine slowly and ensure it is whisked in to remove any lumps.
  6. Pour into the prepared tray and allow to cool for at least 1 hour, or until the jelly has set (it will be like a thick roll up).
  7. Once set, place the Iron Man eye section template over the jelly and cut out. Store the piece in the fridge until needed.
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