Gluten Free Vanilla Layer Cake

gluten free vanilla layer cake recipe

I realized the other day that I did not have a recipe for gluten free layer cake, or for most parents that means birthday cake. Maybe because my kids are grown up and I am no longer hosting kids birthday parties and thus no longer making layer cakes.
I do remember making a ton of cakes with having 3 kids, but again, those days are over, no longer coming up with birthday themes and then cakes to match. I do miss those days but maybe sometime I’ll have grandchildren and can “help” with the birthday celebrations.
When my kids were little no one in my household, including myself were gluten free. Now, not only do cakes have to gluten free, for 2 of my kids they also need to be dairy free. That in itself for most would feel like a challenge, or even impossible.
Well. If you are looking to buy a gluten and dairy free cake at your local grocery store, yep, that is impossible.
But if you are willing to pick up a few ingredients and spend a little time in the kitchen, you can serve and celebrate a delicious cake with your family.

gluten free vanilla layer cake recipe


I am first going to share a gluten free vanilla layer cake, but later, in a few weeks I will share a chocolate one.
You will see I used goat milk in the recipe but if cow dairy is not an issue for you, please substitute buttermilk in the recipe. I primarily use goat milk with added apple cider vinegar because I find it replicates buttermilk almost exactly. Buttermilk, I find in gluten free baking adds height to my baking. It makes my baking rise more, thus making it more airy and not so dense.
Okay, not so much chatting I am sure you are thinking. Just please share the recipe, right?

Gluten Free Vanilla Layer Cake

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/4 cup Earth Balance vegan “butter”, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp good quality vanilla
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups goat milk
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 cups gluten free flour blend (I use Compliments gluten free flour blend available at Safeway and Sobeys)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line 3 (8 inch) round cake pans with parchment paper.
  • In a small bowl whisk the gluten free flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder.
  • In a small bowl mix the goat milk and apple cider vinegar together.
  • Using a stand mixer, beat the vegan “butter” with the white and brown sugar, until smooth.
  • Scrap sides of bowl.
  • Add the eggs and continue beating mixture, scraping sides of bowl to incorporate all.
  • Alternately add the goat milk mixture, flour mixture and the vanilla.
  • Mix on medium speed until you have a smooth and light batter.
  • Divide batter evenly into the lined baking pans.
  • Bake in oven for 22-30 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and cool for about 20-30 minutes.
  • Once cooled, invert cakes and remove from pans.
  • Place cakes on cooling racks and let cool completely.
  • Spread icing on each layer and frost the cake.
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Enjoy!

gluten free vanilla layer cake recipe
gluten free vanilla layer cake recipe

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Gluten-Free Lemon Vanilla Salted Scones

lemon-vanilla-scones


In my last post for Gluten Free Banana Bread I had explained that I am going through my blog and making sure recipes posted are mine.
When I first started blogging I would share gluten free recipes that I thought were worth sharing. What I discovered is that while it is fine to share a link back to the original website it really is not okay to post the whole recipe on my site.
I was not taking credit for any of those recipes but feel it is time for me to make all recipes that I share mine.
Here is another revamped recipe.
This one is for Gluten Free Scones. Scones are a favourite of mine especially when I know I am having company for tea or instead of muffins for a brunch. Scones tend to dry out so I find they are best enjoyed the day of.
You can pretty much add anything to a scone making them either sweet or savory.
Adding finely chopped green onions and dill would make the scones savory and would be served with a soup, salad or even a quiche.
Adding lavender, lemon, lime or orange zest would make scones delightful or afternoon tea.
You can even cut the scones in half and top them with a warm strawberry compote instead of shortcakes. So many options.
I sprinkled vanilla salt on these scones. You can find vanilla salt at most specialty kitchen stores such as Williams Sonoma..

Gluten-Free Lemon Vanilla Salted Scones

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups gluten free flour blend (I like to use Compliments gluten free flour blend)
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 tbsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cup Earth Balance vegan “butter”, cut into small pieces
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 cup goat milk
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • optional vanilla salt for sprinkling on scones before baking

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a stand mixer add the dry ingredients (gluten free flour, sugar, salt and baking soda) and mix on low speed.
  • Add the vegan “butter” and mix on low speed for 2-3 minutes until dough is crumbly.
  • In a small bowl whisk the goat milk, apple cider vinegar and lemon zest.
  • Add wet ingredients to dough and mix on low speed until dough is formed.
  • Sprinkle a bit of gluten free flour onto the counter.
  • Transfer dough to floured counter, sprinkle with more gluten free flour and roll dough lightly until it is at least an inch thick.
  • Use a round biscuit cutter to cut out scone shapes.
  • Place each circle onto parchment lined cookie sheet.
  • Brush top of each scone with a bit of goat milk and then sprinkle vanilla salt on each one.
  • Bake in oven for 15-20 minutes until scones are lightly golden.
  • Remove from oven and cool for a few minutes before serving.
  • Enjoy!
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gluten free lemon vanilla salted scones recipe
gluten free lemon vanilla salted scones recipe
gluten free lemon vanilla salted scones recipe
gluten free lemon vanilla salted scones recipe

Dairy-Free Coconut Pudding

Dairy Free Coconut Pudding

Pudding.
Pudding.
Pudding.

To me there is no better comfort food than hot pudding.
It’s perfect for any occasion; When the snow is falling and it’s cold outside, when you are under the weather, or when you want to celebrate. Heck, even when you are just craving something sweet and warm at 10 pm.
I have recipes for a variety of puddings already: Banana, Butterscotch, Pumpkin and Dark Chocolate. What I didn’t have was a dairy-free option. The perfect choice for a dairy-free pudding for me is canned coconut milk. I recommend a premium quality of coconut milk because it’s already thick and creamy.
Once you open the cans, you can have warm diary-free coconut pudding in 5 minutes! Doesn’t that sound good?

Dairy Free Coconut Pudding

Dairy-Free Coconut Pudding

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cans premium coconut milk (shake cans before using)
  • 5 tbsp cornstarch
  • 5 tbsp sugar
  • 1 egg yolk (Vegan option: use egg replacer product or flaxseed)
  • 1 tsp gluten free vanilla

Instructions
 

  • In a medium saucepan whisk together the cornstarch and the sugar. Slowly add the cans of coconut milk until dry and wet are combined.
  • Turn heat to low-medium and whisk. Make sure you whisk from bottom of pot.
  • Watch pudding closely for it can burn on the bottom easily.
  • Mixture will start to thicken in about 5 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, whisk egg yolk.
  • Add a little bit of the hot pudding to the egg yolk and stir.
  • Add a little bit of the hot pudding to the egg yolk and stir. You do this so that when you add the egg yolk to the saucepan, the egg will not curdle.
  • Add warmed egg yolk to the saucepan, and whisk for a minute til pudding is much thicker.
  • Remove from heat and add 1 tsp vanilla.
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Dairy Free Coconut Pudding

Dairy Free Coconut Pudding