Can you believe my baby is a year old already! Time is flying. I'll probably wake up tomorrow and she'll be getting married or something! Good grief.
Well, since her special day kind of snuck up on us, I didn't have time to really experiment different combinations for her 1st birthday cake. So I guess you could say I kind of "jimmy-ridged" this next recipe. I literally threw in a bunch of ingredients hoping it would all work out in the end. Let's just say... I think Jimmy would be pleasantly surprised. I'm super pleased with the results too!
It's tasty, moist, gluten free, dairy free, egg free, and a low-sugar cake! And best of all, she LOVED it! (And the rest of us were loving it as well. Audrey and I kept sneaking in bites when we could...) The coconut flour gives this cake a great added flavor along with some good fiber and other nutrients.
:) Hopefully you'll enjoy it too! Let us know what you think!
(Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free)
Yields two 6 inch cakes (Double this recipe for two 8 or 9 inch rounds)
(Gluten Free, Can be Dairy Free, Rice Free)
Adapted from by jalene from a recipe by foods.com
Yields 1 (9 inch round) cake
I'm always looking for new ways to use up my over ripe bananas and this next recipe is my absolute NEW favorite. It staprted out as an experiment with high hopes but as I watched my yummy brown sugar and walnut streusel sink into the depths of the pan I thought it had completely flopped, but then after tasting it, it was actually perfectly addicting and delicious. It was a roller coaster of a recipe I guess. ;)
The top has a slightly crisp crust and the base has a yummy caramel hint of a flavor. It reminds me of a cake I used to eat before I was gluten free called Yummy Sticky Happy Pudding. (You might know it as Sticky Date Pudding.) It's a delicious English dessert. My sister in law thought it tastes like a banana coffee cake. Whatever you want to compare it to, it's delicious! The cake is sweet by itself & doesn't really need frosting but if you prefer to top it my cream cheese frosting works great.
Amazing Gluten Free Banana Cake
Note from jalene:
*Don't be tempted to add more banana then the recipe calls for. It'll affect the way the cake turns out. Also, if you make any substitutions, that will also affect the outcome of your recipe. I can only guarantee pure yumminess when followed exactly.
If you're gluten free, you can probably sympathize with just about anyone who has to be on a restricted diet. Mainly because you know how it feels to go without! Hopefully this website is starting to help you realize you don't have to go without! We just mix things up a little differently, that's all. ;)
As some of you may know my two sweet girls have Gluten and Dairy allergies so anytime I become a nursing mom that means I have to be very strict with my diet. But, after I first had my 2nd child not only was I gluten and dairy free but now I also had to be Chocolate free for the baby! Good grief. Now THAT is just like a kick in the pants hard. :(
So, when a birthday celebration roled around and all my extended family was all enjoying my crazy good gluten free chocolate cake I had to come up with some way to get my chocolate fix too (minus the chocolate of course)! This next recipe is the result. It's Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Chocolate Free, Nut Free, Egg Free, and can even be Rice Free but you wouldn't know it. They just taste like an amazing Carob cupcake. I also lovingly call these babies my "Chocolate Free Chocolate Cupcakes" because believe it or not, top them with my Orange Buttercream Frosting and you can convince yourself they're close to the real thing.
PS- This recipe also features one of my new favorite flours: Teff! Try it out! It's super good for you. Enjoy!
Gluten Free Carob Cupcakes
(Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Nut Free, Chocolate Free, Can be Rice Free)
Adapted by jalene
Makes 12-16 cupcakes
Do you ever get jealous when you see those easy recipes that use a box mix and then 1 or 2 other ingredients to create this awesome new creation? Well, the other day I saw an angel food mixed with pumpkin and, let me tell ya, it about did me in. Oh my goodness! If you follow my blog you probably know that I'm obsessed with pumpkin but did you know I also love me a good angel food cake? Infact, when I was little I would request angel food cake instead of regular cake for my birthday!? I heart it that much.
So, you can only imagine my joy of the thought that angel food could marry pumpkin in one perfect union.
If you haven't ever attempted an angel food cake from scratch you should really try it. It's fun and you feel super cool when it's all finished knowing that you did it all completely from scratch! So here's my super coolness. Hope you LOVE it! ;)
(Gluten Free, Dairy Free)
Created by jalene
The other day I watched a young mother feed her 5 month old baby a (dyed) red strawberry cake with frosting. I almost fell off my chair! Knowing what I know about food allergies, especially wheat & dairy, that alone was enough to almost make me want to yell out, "Nooooooooooo!"
From a holistic doctor point of view, let me teach just a little on the subject. Even if your medical doctor says it's okay to start solid foods at 4 months you may want to take a look at the studies and organizations behind WAITING to introduce them! Delaying solid foods until a baby is at least 6 months old gives the baby greater protection from illnesses, gives their digestive system time to mature, and DECREASES the risk of food allergies! In fact, newer studies show to wait even longer until age 2 to introduce HIGHLY allergic items such as dairy, wheat, and peanuts.
And don't even get me started about the red food dye...
Thankfully the little baby spit most of the cake back out (which should have been a good sign to the mom). Hopefully, the more knowledge people gain, the less likely they will be to make this mother's same mistake. :(
Along that line, a couple of people have asked me what I did for Audrey's 1st birthday since she was Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Refined-Sugar-Free. I found a great alternative that Audrey was happy with.
I think some people let their own emotions get in the way, "But wont they miss having a normal cake?!" Remember, they're only 1 and they don't know any differently. You can still bake a cake for the rest of the family and keep your little one safe. In fact, for most of Audrey's childhood, she was happy eating, when we were eating, even if she wasn't eating what we were eating. ;)
Overall, Audrey's cake turned out cute with 3-tiers and pink frosting (made naturally with NO food coloring!) She loved the taste too! The cake's consistency was thicker than a normal cake and the frosting was unique but it works! Maybe this recipe will help someone out there.
PS- the cake can also be made into little mini muffins and served as a snack to your toddler. Because it contains an egg, I would wait at least until they are 1. ;)
1st Birthday Cake
(Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free)
Created by jalene
Adapted by jalene from elanaspantry.com
(dairy free, Vegan, refined-sugar free)
Oh my goodness! Orange fans, you are going to love me. Who knew a birthday request from my mom would turn into the yummiest cake ever!? This year, for my mom's birthday, she was craving ORANGE cake with orange frosting! Wish granted!
(If you recall, my mom hearts the orange. For Christmas this year I made her Gluten Free Orange Rolls...YUM! You should check them out if you're an orange-lover like us.)
My mom and I joined forces creating this one and we were sooooo excited with the end result! Seriously amazing. Even my dad, who does not care much for orange, loved it!
(Psst- I am so not a cake decorator! So don't judge this cake by it's cover. Hopefully you're a better cake decorator than I am!)
Gluten Free Orange Cake
(Gluten Free, Can be Dairy Free)
Created by jalene and her mom alene
Makes twp 9" round cakes
Guess what?! It's my birthday! Happy b-day to me. ;) And to celebrate I have one of the yummiest chocolate cakes (you'll EVER taste) to share with you! This cake is seriously so good that my family members that are not gluten-free ask for it specifically to be made for their day! Ha ha. That's when you know you have a good gluten-free recipe!
The other day my sister-in-law asked for this recipe because she couldn't find it anywhere on my website. She wanted if I was holding it out because it was my secret recipe! Fact is, I just forgot to post it! ;) It's so yummy maybe it should have been kept a secret! jk
The ingredients are simple and it's almost as easy as throwing together a mix. Unfortunately the cake is so light and fluffy that it does not work as cupcakes. So, I recommend this only for 8", 9" or 9x13" cake pans.
Gluten Free Chocolate Cake
(Gluten Free, Can be Dairy Free)
Adapted by jalene
Makes 2- 8", 2-9" or 1- 9x13" cake
Tip from jalene:
If you plan to cut your cut into multiple layers, I have found it's easiest to work with the cake when cold. After cooling, simply return the cake to your cake pans, cover with foil, and place in the freezer for at least 30 minutes. This will help the cake hold together.
I have a NEW holiday favorite!!! Seriously, does anyone know why it is called "Pound Cake" though?
After creating this recipe I can take a guess... because I LITERALLY wanted to pound this cake down! We actually ate so much that I had to made another batch to take pictures! Ha ha.
It's that good.
My husband was surprised how moist it was and tasted like the gluten version. You could definitely serve this to people and they WOULD NOT know it's gluten free!
I love that it's made with almond and coconut flour so it's not only gluten free but grain free as well! Almond flour is packed with great protein (among other benefits) and the coconut flour provides great fiber and is low carb. And don't even get me started on the cranberries! After you read about the benefits you'll wonder why you don't eat them everyday! In fact, cranberries are super cheap this time of year (after Thanksgiving) so you can save $ by stocking up and freezing some now.
Well, I think you're going to LOVE it! ;) So, without further ado...
Almond Cranberry Paleo Pound CakePlease don't lick the computer screen...
(Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Grain Free, Paleo, Can be Corn Free)
Adapted by jalene from a recipe by askgeorgie.com
Makes about 8-10 (1-inch thick) slices
So good you won't know it's gluten free!
A couple of weeks ago I went to a family reunion to find that there was another Gluten-Free chef in the family! I was so excited! This next recipe is one of her's. I adapted it a bit to be dairy free and lowered the sugar and almond extract slightly. It's seriously SUCH A YUMMY CAKE! The ingredients are so simple too, it only uses 5! No mixing of flours either- it just has one kind! You're going to LOVE it. ;) Even my gluten-eating friends adore it! Warning: You may want to eat the entire pan so be nice and share.
Almond Cake with Almond Icing
(Gluten Free, Can be Dairy Free)
Adapted by jalene from a recipe from Tana Stowell
Picture compliments of ahealthblog.com
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