Have you ever worried about what to do if you throw a birthday party for someone who is allergic to gluten?
How are you going to serve them the traditional, flour-based birthday cake if they cannot have gluten? This is difficult problem to overcome, especially children who are on the gluten-free diet. Fortunately, there are several ways to solve this dilemma.
First of all, you can find or create a recipe for making a birthday cake with gluten-free flour. There are many recipes for available, especially because there is such a high demand for gluten-free birthday cake. Most of them make great-looking, delicious cakes with fairly simple ingredients. I have included a recipe for a gluten-free birthday cake in this article below.
Gluten-Free Yellow Cake and Frosting
Prep Time: 20 minutes.
Cooking Time: 25-30 minutes.
Yields: 2 (9-inch round) layers.
- 3 eggs
- 1 ½ cups of sugar
- 1 1/3 cups of heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon of cider vinegar
- 2 cups of Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour or flour of your choice with xanthan gum in the mix
- 2 teaspoons of baking powder
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1 recipe of Frosting (see below)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray to 9-inch round metal cake pans with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a medium bowl, beat the eggs until light and lemon colored.
- Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
- Add the heavy cream and beat until light and smooth.
- Add the vanilla extract and vinegar. Beat to mix.
- In a separate medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- Whisk to mix.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in 3 batches, beating well to form a smooth batter.
- If the batter becomes too thick for the mixer, scrape down the blades and finish mixing with a large spoon or silicone spatula.
- Divide the batter evenly, spoonful by spoonful, between the 2 cake pans.
- Smooth and level the top with a spatula that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
- Let it rest for 5 minutes.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, until a cake tester inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- Remove the pans from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool.
- When completely cool, run a spatula around the edges of each cake layer and invert onto a plate.
- Turn, right side up, onto a wire rack.
- Make the frosting (see below) and frost the cake.
- Cut the cake into wedges.
Yields: 3 cups
- 4 cups of confectioners’ sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon of salt
- ¼ cup of milk or non dairy alternative (almond, rice or soy)
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) of unsalted butter or non dairy alternative, softened
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- 1∕8 teaspoon of almond extract
- Note: For chocolate frosting, add ½ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder to the confectioners’ sugar.
- Substitute the vanilla extract with a pure extract of almond, chocolate, lemon, orange or peppermint.
- Add 1 teaspoon of finely grated lemon or orange zest to the frosting.
- Sift the sugar and salt into a 3-quart bowl.
- Add the milk, butter and vanilla and almond extracts.
- Using a handheld mixer, beat on low to combine.
- Increase the speed and beat until the frosting is smooth.
- If needed, add more milk, 1 tablespoon at a time to achieve the desired consistency.
- The frosting will thicken when refrigerated.
Recipe courtesy “Lifetime Moms”
If you don’t have the time to bake a birthday cake from scratch, there are gluten-free cake mixes offered online and in most grocery stores.
These mixes make quick and tasty gluten-free birthday cakes that look very similar to cakes made from flour-based mixes. The top-rated gluten-free cake mixes are:
- Betty Crocker Gluten-Free Yellow Cake Mix
- Betty Crocker Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake Mix
- Cherrybrook Kitchen Gluten-Free Dreams Yellow Cake Mix
- King Arthur Flour Cake Mix Gluten-Free Chocolate
It is definitely worth it to have one of these mixes on your pantry for emergencies.
Gluten-free eating no longer means being deprived of a traditional cake with frosting at birthday parties. Now, with great new recipes, like the one above, and simple gluten-free cake mixes such as the ones mention earlier, you can offer a delicious, frosted gluten-free cake at your next birthday party which looks and tastes so similar to the real thing that no one will know the difference!
Image courtesy Will Clayton