Hi, it's Jen, the gluten free blogger!
Last month I told you I joined a cake club. Well two weeks after showing off my gluten free Toffee Apple Cider cake, a new email came through from the club telling us our new theme for April’s club. I became so excited! The theme for April’s cakes was ‘GLUTEN FREE‘. This meant I could eat 20 cakes. I have never had that option in the last 4 years, especially from women who are incredible at baking.
As I am new to gluten free baking I decided to make the easiest gluten free cake recipe...Glutafin Victoria Sponge. I got the recipe from the website as I always use the Glutafin Select Multipurpose White mix to make my cakes. They do have recipes for anyone using the Glutafin Gluten Free Wheat Free Flour mix on the same recipe too!
Look how messy I am! Good job only me who uses the kitchen!
Guess what I learnt...I have no clue about baking...never mind gluten free baking. After phoning my mum at 5.30pm in Asda saying ‘What aisle do I buy buttercream from?‘ I suddenly realised I had no clue...as you make buttercream with butter and icing sugar!
It also didn’t help after weighing the gluten free flour mix and all the ingredients, I then knocked it all on the floor! And once I started again I realised I had 9‘‘ rather than 8‘‘ tins.
Definitely make sure you have the right tins! Reducing or adding flour mix to what it states in the recipe means you may not get the end product right as other ingredients will need to be changed and this varies by recipe.
When my cakes reached the cooking time, they looked golden but where shaped like an aliens head. I think this is because I had larger tins for my ingredients so it wasn’t a perfect circle shape. But with some careful knife cutting, I had two circles.
As near a circle shape as I could get!
The next challenge was the buttercream. Remember my phone call! I asked my mum for tips and she said double the amount of icing sugar to the butter. Well I did and I got lumpy buttercream!
After putting this on top of my jam and sponge, I felt so embarrassed and I didn’t even have anyone around. But then I created something that everyone loved when they tried the cake....strawberry buttercream...by whisking the buttercream and jam together in a bowl.
I then went on a strawberry theme and added strawberries on top and here it is.. my Strawberry Victoria Sponge!
I don’t think anyone can have as many little disasters as me, but please do let me know your stories then I know I am not alone! Please comment on the box below or if you have a longer story you want to share with other coeliacs please email me, Jen, at firstname.lastname@example.org as I would love to share it!
Here are some of the cakes I got to try too! I ate lots of the cakes but I also had 3 pieces of the gluten free carrot cake, as I hadn’t eaten carrot cake in 4 years (since I was told to go gluten free). I don’t even feel guilty, as I savoured every piece incase it became another 4 years until I tried such a delicious and flavoursome gluten free carrot cake. Then after the 3rd piece the girl who made it gave me the recipe...maybe I should feel a little guilty for having 3 pieces now!
Here are all the cakes....and my two favourite..the coconut and carrot cake!