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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!

Oreo Cream Cheese Frosting

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. 🙂

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Holidays

Happy Monday, everyone!

I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas!

With all of the holiday bustle, I’ve been slacking off a bit in the meal department. I’ve been primarily sticking to some simple sides like rice and beans, sweet potato fries, and leftovers to fill in the gaps between all the junk food and sweets, cupcakes and muffins.

There has also been lots of pesto pasta with sundried tomatoes. Yum!

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There was, of course, also some gluten-free chicken fried chicken with garlic mashed potatoes.

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I know, so healthy. But it was so worth it!

After the holidays, my plan is to get myself a little more focused and start eating healthier. There will be some interesting changes for me for sure, and hopefully some new recipes to go along with them!

But first, I have another family celebration! (And also some more junk to eat.)

Can you believe it’s already almost 2015? Do you have any New Year’s plans or resolutions? I’d love to hear about them in the comments or on Facebook!

Have a happy New Year!

Gingerbread House

Happy Monday, everyone!

Can you believe that Christmas is in only a few days from now? Crazy!

It has certainly sneaked up on me this year, although I’ve become more prepared as it’s neared.

As I mentioned on Friday, I’ve done some more Christmas baking. Honestly, I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, and I’m a tad overwhelmed with it all. Too many cookies!

My husband loves it though, which I suppose is good considering it’s just the two of us and I couldn’t ever eat all those sweets on my own.

We did, however, have one bigger project planned. A gingerbread house.

I used my modified version of the grain-free gingerbread cookies. It would have worked perfectly if only I hadn’t screwed up. But screwing up is just a part of life, and, well, I guess that’s just how it goes.

Even with the absolute mess of it all, I can’t help but share it with you. Besides, the mess is what made it so much fun! Who cares about being perfect anyway? Where’s the story in that? I’m always up for a good story, so this one worked out perfectly!

Here was my fatal mistake.

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Stacking the house pieces on top of one another, and storing them in the oven–which I inevitably ended up preheating for some other baked goods, and I didn’t realize I left the gingerbread in there until I went to put the other tray in.

What difference did that make, you may ask? Well, for starters, the pieces stuck together. This wasn’t overly terrible, I still could have managed–but what really killed it was the softness.

They went from nice, sturdy, solid walls and roofs to a soft, soggy mess.

Of course, that didn’t deter me, and I decided to proceed anyway.

This is what it resulted in.

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The sugar glue helped, but not enough. Besides, the roof also sagged in.

After assembling and beginning to decorate, the roof caved in, or, fell off. So we did a… deconstruction… of sorts, and here’s what we ended up with.

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Simply beautiful.

We’re saying that a pipe burst, and apparently sharks are hiding in the pipes. Ooo… freaky.

Not really sure what else is going on here, but we still had fun decorating!

Have a wonderful Monday! I hope our lovely house has brought you just a little bit of joy.