Category Archives: Gluten Free

Gluten-Free Carrot Cake

Yum. Carrot cake! What could be better? It was one of my absolute favorite cakes as a child (actually pretty much the only cake I would eat) and, since it had been so long since I’d had one, I thought it was time I try it.

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I used this recipe and just substituted all purpose gluten free flour for the regular flour. It came out great! My one issue is that the cake did seem a bit delicate at first, so be sure to grease your pans well and maybe even line them with parchment so it doesn’t stick.

For the frosting I used my cream cheese frosting recipe (scroll to the bottom for the recipe) which worked perfectly on the rich cake.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

 


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Peppermint Oreo Cake

It is now the week of Christmas and I have the perfect dessert to share with you! There’s peppermint, chocolate and frosting. What could be better?

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I took my Oreo cake and Christmasified it. (Is Christmasified a word? I’m going to say it is.) I seem to be making a lot of cakes lately and this is definitely one to add to our Christmas traditions.

I modified my Oreo cake recipe to use Trader Joe’s gluten free peppermint Oreos instead of the plain ones. Then I used crushed candy canes around the edges of the cake, and mixed some of the crushed candy canes and red food coloring into the icing to decorate.

Enjoy! And have a lovely Christmas week! 🙂

Update: I just noticed that Fiesta Friday is celebrating its 100th week. How exciting! As it’s Christmas Day I thought it would be fitting to bring this cake along. Thank you so much to Angie for creating and hosting Fiesta Friday, as well as the co-hosts this week, Judi, Molly, Steffi, and Suzanne. I love seeing the new recipes everyone brings. Have a very merry Christmas! 🙂

Chocolate Orange Cake

The holiday season is officially upon us! What better way to begin celebrating than by combining the chocolate and orange flavors into a delicious dessert? I’ve captured that classic chocolate orange taste and turned it into a cake.

Chocolate Orange Cake

The past few weeks have been incredibly busy for me and I haven’t had much time in the kitchen. December is such a hectic, wonderful time of year! I hope to really dive into that holiday baking in the next couple weeks, but for now this cake will do quite well.

 

To make the cake you’ll need:

  • two boxes chocolate cake mix and the ingredients to make them (I used Glutino chocolate cake, each box made one round cake)
  • 1 tsp orange extract (1/2 tsp per cake)

Make the cake as usual, but add the teaspoon of orange extract. The Glutino cake calls for vanilla extract, but I just used the orange extract instead. Divide the batter into 2 round cake pans and bake as directed. Allow to cool completely.

 

The frosting is a wonderful piped chocolate orange ganache.

For the frosting:

  • 2 Cups whipping cream
  • 2 (12 oz) bags chocolate chips
  • 1-2 tsps orange extract

Heat the whipping cream until it nearly boils. Place chocolate chips in a bowl and pour the hot cream over them. Let stand for a few minutes, then mix until thoroughly combined and smooth. Add the orange extract and stir. Refrigerate until it is somewhat solid and can hold its shape.

 

Once the cake is cooled, frost as desired. I added tangerine slices to the top of mine; orange candy slices could also be a wonderful addition!

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I hope you enjoy!

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Cider Donuts

The holidays are almost here. It’s a time for family and friends and a time when all our seasonal foods come together.

I recently bought a donut pan. All autumn I’ve been wanting to make cider donuts, but I’ve been so busy with everything else that I haven’t had a chance. Well, this morning I finally did!

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I used this recipe with some substitutes. I was so happy to find something that didn’t use any eggs because I just ran out. They were just perfect for this season.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 🙂

Gluten-Free Baked Macaroni And Cheese

With cooler weather comes comfort food. One of our absolute favorites is baked macaroni and cheese. This recipe is easy to prepare and has a much sharper cheese taste than the typical white sauce mac and cheese. As an added bonus there are no weird flour substitutes in the sauce. 🙂

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Start off by cooking your macaroni (or other desired pasta). I used one box of Barilla’s gluten-free elbows. Drain, and put in a casserole dish.

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Then make one batch of cheese sauce.

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Pour it over your macaroni.

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Mix it all together.

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Top with crushed Chex mixed with a little salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder to taste. And sprinkle with shredded Mexican cheese.

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Bake on 350 until the top cheese begins to crisp. About 10-20 minutes.

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Serve and enjoy!

What are some of your favorite comfort foods?

Fried Rice

Happy Monday!

I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love Chinese food! Sometimes you just don’t feel like going out, or spending the time or money on it. This recipe is quick and easy, just perfect for a weeknight meal!

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Chop your carrots and onions.

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Then fry them up in a bit of olive oil.

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Add some peas.

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Push the veggies to the side once the peas are no longer frozen, and scramble an egg on the side.

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Mix it all together with some spices and gluten-free soy sauce (I’d suggest using the gluten-free soy sauce even if it isn’t needed).

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Enjoy this dish alone, or as a side to something like my orange chicken. Feel free to switch it up and use whatever veggies or other additions you want. Experiment!

Have a wonderful week, everyone!

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Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

A cool autumn morning deserves a perfect autumn breakfast; warm, spiced, pumpkiny morsels of goodness. That’s exactly what these muffins are.

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One of my absolute favorite things about fall is pumpkin! We put it in everything, coffee, breads, pies, soups, cookies… On this particular day I had the windows open with the cool fall air drifting in, and I started craving pumpkin and cream cheese.

Normally I would revert to something like a cheesecake (because pretty much every random food idea I have involves cheesecake in some form), but I felt like something warm and comforting. These muffins fit the bill perfectly!

It’s a slight update on my previous pumpkin muffins, and after I made them I realized streusel topping would have been simply perfect! Next time I make them I’ll (hopefully) remember the streusel and update the recipe. 🙂

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I’m sharing these with my friends at Fiesta Friday. Enjoy! And have a lovely weekend! 🙂 What are your favorite things about autumn?

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Snacks

I have a tendency to choose a certain snack and munch on it for a week or two. This past week my snack of choice was a rice cake snack from my childhood, made even tastier (and unhealthy) by using caramel rice cakes in place of the normal ones.

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Next, spread peanut butter (or nut/seed butter of choice) on your rice cakes.

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Melt some chocolate.

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And spread over the peanut butter layer.

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Then pop them in the fridge until the chocolate hardens and enjoy your snack! 🙂 Have a wonderful Monday, everyone!

Gluten-Free Oreo Cake

Happy Friday, Friends!

Today I’m sharing one of our favorites: gluten-free Oreo* cake. It has a perfect blend of chocolate and cream, with that special Oreo cream filling to tie it all together. It’s rich and sweet, though not overpowering.

*Note: Oreos are not gluten-free, but gluten-free substitutes are easy to find and can taste just about the same depending on the brand.

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With desserts like this, who wouldn’t enjoy eating gluten free?

I made this chocolate quinoa cake. I suppose any chocolate cake would work, though I like the balance between the frosting and the denser quinoa cake. I also make sure to chill it in the fridge before frosting. Once it’s cooled, then the fun begins!

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With the first layer of cake on a plate or other platter, spread the Oreo cream frosting. (Frosting recipe below.)

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Place the second layer of cake over the Oreo frosting and add a big dollop of frosting on top. Reserve some frosting if you plan on using it to decorate the top, otherwise use the rest to frost the cake.

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Use a clean hand to put crushed gluten-free Oreos along the sides. I placed a paper towel under the edge of my plate to catch all the excess and reuse it. If I’m feeling lazy I’ll cover the whole thing in crushed Oreo, if not, I’ll go from this step and decorate it another way.

Cover and store the cake in the refrigerator.

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Then it’s time to slice and enjoy!

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I’m sharing this with my friends at Fiesta Friday. Have a great weekend, everyone!

I’d love to see how you decorate it! If you’d like, share photos of your Oreo cake in the comments or on Facebook. 🙂

Bacon Brown Sugar Cheesecake

Happy Friday, everyone!

Today I have a bacon brown sugar cheesecake to share with you. I know it sounds a bit weird, but it’s actually pretty good. If the meat in dessert is too strange, just omit the bacon for a brown sugar cinnamon cheesecake.

I will also warn that my husband and I like cinnamon, so it may be a bit strong. If you like a more delicate cinnamon flavor, then add a little less than what I have here.

(If you just want the recipe, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.)

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The lovely crumbled bacon.
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Our crust all mixed and ready.
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It’s starting to come together.
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Add the bacon.
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All mixed in. Just look at that texture!
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Ready for the oven.
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Fresh baked. For once we’re baking the bacon! (Still not sure about cooking the cookies…)
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All dressed up and ready to enjoy.

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I’m sharing this with my friends over at Fiesta Friday. Maybe I’ll see you there! And we can always connect on Facebook. Have a happy one!