Thursday, July 25, 2013

Gluten Free Red Velvet Cake

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                          Red Velvet Cake

      I have done a little recipe adjustment since I first posted this, it's a little less wet and more cakey. It tastes delicious, the texture was great, it still isn't as tall as I would like, but I am sure I will tweak it again trying.  New recipe, just not new pictures!

     This is my son's very favorite dessert EVER, anytime I ask what dessert I should make, this is what he asks for, always!!!  He asked me to me to make it triple layer,  so I did; however, I think I should have only made it double layer.  My son and husband could eat the Cream Cheese frosting with a spoon, but I think less frosting and more cake.  I fed a few neighbors and they loved it just the way it was, so when you make this cake, you can either do a 2 or 3 layer cake and it works out, but anyway you slice it looks pretty and makes a nice presentation!!  Happy Baking, Natalie
This recipe was slightly adapted from, What the Dog Ate.

-3 cups Pamela's Bread Flour

-6 TBS corn starch total- 2TBS into each one cup measure, then add the Pamela's Bread Flour onto the cornstarch to make 1cup of flour 
-1 1/2 cups sugar
-2 tsp baking soda
-1 tsp baking powder
-5 TB Cocoa( I use half dark-half regular)
-1/2 tsp salt 
-2 large eggs
-1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
-1 cup butter milk
-2 TB red food coloring( I use food gels, they are much brighter)
-1tsp pure vanilla extract

     Preheat the oven to 325 degrees,  2-9 inch pans.(the new recipe, use 2 pans, it's much thicker, I used a spatula sprayed with Pam to spread the batter, it made it much easier.)  Spray them well with Pam.  Bake them for and 32-35 min for 2, or until a toothpick comes out clean, except for the very tip.  Let it cool completely, before you frost it.

     -Combine the flour,sugar, cocoa,salt and soda, give it a stir for about 1 min.  Next add the eggs, and the oil, mix until incorporated, scraped down the sides, then add the buttermilk and red food gel or coloring, mix well about 2 minutes and scrape the sides down.  This is a nice smooth,thick batter, but, you will have to spread it a little in the pan to make it reach the edges.

Cream Cheese Frosting-
-12 oz. softened cream cheese
-1/2 cup plus 2 TB butter
-4 to 5 cups powdered sugar
-1 tsp pure vanilla extract
-4 to 6 TB heavy whipping cream ( you can use milk too, but if you use whipping cream, you will never go back!) 

    Beat together the cream cheese and butter until creamy, then add vanilla, and salt.  Next add powdered sugar and mix together, add milk if it gets too thick.  Beat well.  I put a layer of frosting in the middle of the cakes, and then tops and sides.  If you want it to look really clean and nice, put wax paper underneath the cake, then pull it out when you are done and it will look like Martha Stewart did it( I learned the tip from her).  I make this recipe, it makes a lot, if I don't use it all I put it in a sealed container in the freezer and get it out for the next time I need to frost something, it works great when your in a hurry.    I hope you enjoy this recipe, let me know what you think. Natalie


Now if you look carefully at this cake, you will see how the cake is a little SKINNY, and the frosting is a little THICK.....but to each their own! I vote 2 layers, my son votes 3, so make it however you like!! :)

I have now made this cake 4 different times, and never had a time where it has bubbled over the edges. I use regular pans, nothing fancy.  I know everyone bakes with THEIR favorite flour, ovens are different too.  I don't have a convection oven either, so sometimes it's a little tweaking I realize even for all of you. I'm trying my best, and I hope you understand I only put up recipes that I have had success with more then once.  Thanks, Natalie

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Gluten Free Coke Cake

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                             Coke Cake

     Summertime is my favorite time of the year, it's warm, sunny, family gatherings, swimming, Strawberry Days and especially NO SCHOOL!!!!!  So I survived Girls Camp, it's just taken me a couple of weeks to get my groove back, and bake again.  I had a really GREAT time, but oh my gosh, that was serious work, cooking for 70 plus Gluten full people for 4 1/2 days, the last morning I cheated  and ordered Doughnuts!!  The minute I walked in the house I was craving chocolate, so I looked to an old stand by, Pepsi Cake, but I sent my husband to buy Pepsi and he came back with Coke!  Oh well, it tasted GREAT, and filled my chocolate void, and it was easy!!!
I hope you enjoy it too, Natalie

 These are just a few of the people I love, and get to spend my summer with!

 My nephew Stockton, my mom, my daughter, son, 3 nephews, niece, and below sister, brother in law.  There are many more, and we have great times together.

-Chocolate cake mix( I used Gluten Free Heaven, you can order it online at
-1 cup melted butter
-4 large eggs
-1 1/2 tsp vanilla
-1/2 boiling water
-1 cup coke (1 can)
-1 cup mini marshmallows

     Preheat your oven to 325 degrees, and spray a 9x13 inch pan with Pam.  Bake for 43-47 min, or until a toothpick comes out with only a spec of cake on the very bottom.
  (on the cake, i'm sure you could use a Betty Crocker Cake mix too, I just like this mix better.  It's more moist and fills the whole 9x13 in cake pan)
     Combine the cake mix with the boiling water, let it stand for 15 minutes, then add the butter, eggs and vanilla. beat until they mixed well, scraped the sides.  Lastly add the Coke, mix until the liquid is all combined, don't over mix you want the fizz, then add the marshmallows.  Pour into the pan.

  As you can tell the texture is Fantastic!!!
This cake is moist and rich, I probably went a little skimpy on the frosting for such a tall cake.  I think it definitely needed much thicker frosting !

-1 cube softened butter
-5 TB cocoa( I used half dark/half regular)
-1 tsp Pure vanilla extract
-dash salt
-Coke a Cola (as needed)
-powdered sugar (4-5 cups)

     Beat the butter and cocoa together until they are nice and fluffy, then add the salt and vanilla.  Make sure and scrape the sides down, and the bottom.  Next add some Coke and powdered sugar, add powdered sugar and Coke until you like the flavor and consistency of the frosting.  I like mine a little thick and sweet.  Don't frost the cake until it is COMPLETELY cool, otherwise it will just melt off.  Also, I like to keep my cake in the Fridge, it just tastes better!


  No one will ever know this is Gluten Free!