Behind the third window – THE DIXIE CAKE!
Made with extraordinary lip-smacking skill and deliciousness by @rachelgimbert for the Dixie launch. And now here is Rachel herself telling us how she made it…

For the cake
12 Eggs
24oz Butter
24oz Caster sugar
24oz Self raising flour
Vanilla Bean paste
Raspberry jam
(my grandma’s old basic victoria sponge recipe, just on a larger scale!)

Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, blend in the vanilla bean paste and add the eggs and flour in small portions and mix well. Spoon into two GIANT tins and bake for 28 minutes.

Leave to cool in the tins and then turn out onto a wire rack. Sandwich together with raspberry jam and then using a bread knife carve away to create the bonnet and headlights. Cut away the seats and shape the boot of the car too.

For the Icing
This I do by guess work….
A couple of big dollops of butter
Roughly 3 boxes of icing sugar
Drop of milk
Red food colouring gel (concentrated)
Gum Paste
Black food colouring

Mix together the butter and icing sugar (slowly to get a nice creamy consistency)
Add a drop of milk to make it smooth and glossy
While it is still white, give the cake a crumb coat (to seal in all the crumbs where it’s been carved)
Then place it in the fridge to chill completely.

Remove cake from the fridge and add a good dollop of the red food gel until it’s BRIGHT RED!

Then smother all over the whole cake!

Using the gum paste sculpt the fittings for the car and Dixie and Percy. Leave to dry out completely.

Using the food colouring, paint the details on.

And that’s it!
(All in fabulous heels obviously)

– and I can confirm, Rachel was indeed in fabulous heels…