One of my first thoughts when I found out I had coeliac disease was, “But… caaaake?!” Thoughts of lost afternoon teas and cakeless birthday parties filled my mind.
But after some experimentation in the kitchen I discovered a beautiful thing: gluten-free cakes can be absolutely delicious! What I’ve found is that substituting wheaty flour with a GF blend usually works OK, but the tastiest recipes are the ones that don’t go near flour in the first place.
I’ve spent a lot of time prowling Pinterest for good cake recipes and I thought I’d share my top five with you, as a cheerful contribution to coeliac awareness week!
- These carrot, parsnip and coconut flapjacks by Veggie Desserts are really moist and are great with a mid-morning coffee. As it’s got some veg in you can pretend you’re having your five-a-day. At the risk of sounding like a 1950’s housewife, I try and have some in a tin most weeks for when people pop in. I use golden syrup because agave syrup is harder to come by. Make sure you buy gluten-free oats (they will have been processed to prevent cross-contamination). If you can’t eat oats at all this one isn’t for you.
- Flourless chocolate brownies with hot chocolate sauce by Nigella Lawson. These are seriously indulgent and oh so good. Great for a dinner party (and nibbling the leftovers throughout the following week!) I recommend investing in decent quality ingredients for this recipe as it does make a difference to the finished product.
- If like me you buy too many bananas pretty much every week, this delicious chocolate banana bread by two peas & their pod is a great way to use them up. It uses ordinary flour so I just substitute with Doves Farm gluten-free plain flour and add a bit more butter and an extra egg to make sure it’s nice and moist.
- This blood orange and rosemary cake by Georgina at From the Larder is really unusual – if you like a marmalade sarnie you’ll love it. It involves boiling up whole oranges, which is kind of fun. I make it with ordinary oranges when it’s not blood orange season. From the Larder has loads of other great gluten-free recipes to check out.
- Not strictly a cake, but the kids and I love whipping up these super-easy peanut butter cookies by Crunchy Creamy Sweet together.
I hope you get a chance to try out some of these delicious recipes. Please share your faves with me!
Now, if someone can please come up with a decent gluten-free pain au chocolat, my joy will be complete…