I missed cake for a long time. No matter how many ‘flour-less chocolate cakes’ came my way. (And, in essence, these are whipped eggs, chocolate, butter (or fat) – they aren’t really cake.) They are very, very kwowy – you know – that feeling you get when you’ve eaten something so rich, so decadent that you feel you cannot go any further and what you really need is a salty snack to wash it all down.
I’ve tried many off-the-shelf GF cake mixes, but a lot of them are potato-based. I have to say, I’m not a fan of the potato-based GF items out there. They tend to be to dense, and have a flavor that doesn’t quite cut it for the sweeter side of things. Based on this, I tend towards things that are rice-based. Although the rice can be grainy at times, it isn’t as dense as potato and provides the same lightness and fluffiness that our wheat-based comrades enjoy.
A short time ago, I tried the (what was new) Betty Crocker Gluten Free cake mixes. They are delicious! I made a cake when we had friends and family over and they really didn’t know it was GF. You can tell a slight difference in the texture, but overall, the cake rises to the occasion. I was happy to have found a good cake mix!
The trouble with finding a good cake mix, is figuring out what delicious GF (and dairy-free) topping to add. (I can’t have dairy either, so it’s a big conundrum at dessert time – anywhere we go!) For this, I found a very good butter-cream frosting recipe that does not contain lard or shortening, but instead is butter-only based and decadent atop the GF cake. Be sure to use GF confectioner’s sugar (technically sugar does not contain any gluten, but you never know where it is processed – so be careful).
So … the next time you are strolling through the baking aisle in the grocery store longing for a wheat-filled treat that you know you shouldn’t ever have – look closer, snag a GF cake mix, some butter and some sugar. Within an hour you will have a delicious treat to enjoy! (Be sure to grab some GF pretzels too … you may need it to wash down the 4 pieces of cake you will inevitably eat!)
P.S. The brownies ain’t too shabby either!!