Betty Crocker-liscious

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!!

 

Crazy Russian Girls Cake is Crazy-Good!

My best friend lives in Bennington, VT and visits as often as he can.  And, when he does, he is gracious enough to bring along gluten-filled (for my wife and himself) and gluten-free (for me!) treats.  He’s lucky enough to live in a town where a local baker has taken up the gluten-free baked goods gauntlet.  Crazy Russian Girls Bakery was born out of a love of food, baking, and feeding people.  They welcome everyone with their food and it’s no wonder why. 

As I mentioned, I’m only able to inhale in these GF treats a few times a year, but let me tell you, they are delicious.  I’ve enjoyed everything from cupcakes to a multi-layered chocolate cake.  Every bite is wonderful.  (My apologies to those who are allergic to chocolate.  I’m not sure what is worse, chocolate or gluten!) 

Each cake is moist and the texture is spot on.  There’s no gritty feel to their cakes and they hold up to their gluten-filled counterparts.  The frosting is nothing to shake a stick at either, but what’s not to love about sugar, butter and cream anyway!  No complaints here.

My wife and I lived in Bennington for a short while.  It was back in the day where no one knew what gluten was, or how to be free of it either.  There was only one health food store in town selling only some of the very earliest of GF products.  I mostly made everything at home and focused on things that were naturally gluten free – like vegetables, meats, rice, and potatoes – go figure!  I wish the bakery had emerged back then – I would have been there every morning to get a coffee and a nice treat on my way into work. 

Well, I’m glad they are here now.  And … I’m even more glad that I have a great friend who brings me treats I can eat.  Yum!  And, yes, Crazy-Good!

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