Celebrate the fact that Westival Goes On...Line on Saturday 18 July and re-create the festival atmosphere at home! We've come up with some family festival themed activities that will help you get into the Westival spirit...
Make sure you're armed with good snacks whilst you sit back, relax and enjoy Westival from the comfort of your sofa. Plan ahead and either bake your own Westival themed treat or use our superdooper vegan, gluten and dairy free (but still taste AMAZING) Green Grass of Westival cup cake recipe. Because, mmm cake...
1. Preheat the oven to 180 °C/160°C fan/Gas 4 and line your tins with the muffin cases
2. Heat the soya milk in the microwave on high for 40 seconds now add the lemon juice and stir so that it looks really gloopy and like you’ve made some kind of terrible mistake and used milk that’s horribly out of date. Put it to one side for now, you don’t need it yet
3. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, xanthan gum, bicarbonate of soda, salt and sugar into a large bowl (warning: if making this with small children this is always the bit where they sneeze all over the ingredients). Put it to one side for now, you don’t need it yet
4. In another large bowl use a balloon whisk to beat the egg substitute, vanilla extract, vegetable oil, distilled vinegar and the congealed lemon and milk mess together
5. Slowly add the flour mixture in 3 stages gently stirring with the balloon whisk. No vigorous whisking please, put the whisk down, you’ve done enough
6. Now fill each muffin case roughly 3 quarters full of the mixture, some clever person once suggested using an ice cream scoop to ensure you get an equal amount in each case and then levelling the tops with the back of a tea spoon gently, but if baking with kids they’re probably scooping it out with their hands right now while you’re reading this
7. Bake in the oven for 20 mins or until the cakes are well risen and springy to the touch. While you're waiting have a cup of tea. Sure you could wash up, but the mess will still be there later and soon you’ll be able to bribe someone with a cup cake to do the washing up for you!
8. Remove from the oven and leave to cool for 5 mins before transferring to a cooling rack, resist urge to scream at kids/partner/yourself to stop asking if they can have a cup cake yet, we’ll tell you when they’re ready!
9. Now to make the frosting. Stop eating the chocolate and melt it in a heatproof bowl on high for 1 minute
10. Cream the dairy free spread in a large bowl with an electric mixer and then beat in the milk and vanilla extract, that’ll show em!
11. Beat in the melted chocolate and then slowly beat in the icing sugar and cocoa until it’s all nice and thick (ask it what 2+2 makes, I bet it doesn’t even know!), if it’s a bit too stiff you can always add some more milk.
12. Now pipe the frosting on to your cupcakes or watch helplessly as small children grab handfuls of icing and lick it as they smoosh it on to wonky cupcakes.
13. Now just the grass to go, in a cup mix together 1 tablespoon of hot water and a few drops of green food colouring.
14. Pour the desiccated coconut in to a jar, container with a lid or a food bag (it's up to you how much coconut you want to use to go on top of your cupcakes about - 50g will do it) now pour in the food colouring and shake it, shake it, shake it, shake it, shake it like a polaroid picture and then sprinkle over your cupcakes or let the little people fling it around the kitchen whilst screaming about how much they need a cupcake right now.
15. Et Voila! Grab a cup of tea, a cupcake, get Westival on and enjoy...
Visit our website to find out more about the Westival line up and keep an eye out for more Westival at Home activities here on Culture on Call. In the meantime, why not check out all the Westival t-shirts, vests and hoodies available for you to buy here!
Westival is free this year but you can donate to support Westival and West End Centre’s work with the local community if you are able to. You can find more information and ways to donate on our donation page.