Posts Tagged: gluten free cake recipe


19
Jun 13

Peanut Butter Cupcakes

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Some of you may know that I run a cake company, Go Free Foods. We make award-winning allergy friendly cakes to order. We very occasionally make some special cakes on demand for customers who are after something specific. I recently made these for a customer’s 40th birthday and they went down a storm, so I thought I’d share the recipe with you.

With cupcakes, it’s really important to make sure the mixture is mixed really well at the wet stage – i.e. before the flour is added. This will make for a light and fluffy cupcake. Use electric beaters or a stand mixer if you can. The same goes with making the buttercream.

Use a great quality muffin pan – I used this super one by Kaiser, which is so great you don’t even need to use paper cases if you don’t want to.

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Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Makes 12

Ingredients

For the cakes

35g butter or dairy-free spread

145g caster sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 large free-range egg, beaten

3 tbsp peanut butter (I used smooth)

100g gluten free plain flour or 125g wheat flour

120ml milk, or soya milk

For the cupcakes

250g icing sugar, sifted

70g butter, or dairy-free spread

4 tbsp peanut butter

2 tsp vanilla extract

50ml milk, or soya milk

Method

1)   Preheat the oven to 170C. Place your cupcake cases into your muffin tin.

2)   Place the butter and sugar together into a large mixing bowl. Beat together until light and fluffy.

3)   Add the vanilla extract and egg and beat into the mixture. Next, add the peanut butter and beat until smooth

4)   Sift the flour into the mixture and fold in gently.

5)   Now, add the milk and mix until smooth.

6)   Spoon the mixture into the cake cakes, so that they around half to two thirds full.

7)   Bake for 20-25 minutes until the cupcakes are well-risen and lightly golden.

8)   Remove the cakes from the oven and allow to cool fully.

9)   Whilst the cakes are cooling, make up the frosting. The cleanest way to make this is to do it in a food processor – I use a Magimix. Place all the ingredients together into the machine and blitz until smooth.

10)  Frost the cakes when they are cooled fully. Either spread on the frosting or pipe it on using a nozzle. The cakes will keep for 3-5 days in an airtight container.


7
May 13

Designer cakes

Alessi designer cake moulds

Alessi designer cake moulds

If you love design and are interested in style, it’s always curious to see how it comes together with food.

Alessi is a company which produces all manner of designer home wares, and are now making designer cake moulds. I was fascinated to see how these would work and keen to give them a go. I thought they would lend themselves best to a dense type of cake, so I immediately thought of this delicious favourite recipe.

Lemon and almond designer cakes

Lemon and almond designer cakes

Lemon and almond cake

Makes 12 individual cakes

Ingredients

250g butter or margarine

250g caster sugar

1 tsp almond extract

1 tsp lemon extract

5 medium eggs, beaten

250g ground almonds

50g plain flour, gluten free if needed

Method 

1)   Preheat the oven to 180C. Lightly grease your cake moulds and set them out upside down on a baking tray

2)   Place the butter and margarine into a large mixing bowl and beat together well until light and fluffy. Add the almond and lemon extract and mix in thoroughly.

3)   Add the eggs and beat into the butter and sugar well

4)   Now add the ground almonds and sift in the plain flour and fold into the mixture. Spoon into the prepared cake moulds and bake for 20-25 minutes until a cocktail stick comes out clean.

5)   Remove the cakes from the moulds and allow to cool on a wire rack. Dust with icing sugar and enjoy.


3
May 13

Lemon polenta muffins

Lemon polenta muffins

Lemon polenta muffins

If you love cake, like me, but sometimes keep half an eye on how much you’re enjoying, these delicious mini muffins might just be for you. They’re wheat free and really quite nutritious for cakes.

Polenta cakes tend to be a little more crumbly by nature, so for the best results, use a really good quality non-stick tin, such as this one made by Judge, and make sure it’s greased well if you are not using paper cases.

Lemon polenta muffins

Makes 12 mini muffins

Ingredients

75g butter

75g caster sugar

75g fine polenta

75g ground almonds

1 large free-range egg, beaten

Finely grated zest of one unwaxed lemon and 1 tbsp lemon juice

Method

1)   Preheat the oven to 180C

2)   Line your mini muffin tin, or grease well. Set aside

3)   Place the butter and caster sugar into a large mixing bowl and beat together well until light and fluffy

4)   Add the remaining ingredients and beat together well.

5)   Spoon into the muffin tin and bake for 15-18 minutes until golden brown


12
Feb 13

St Clement’s cake

St. Clement's cake

St. Clement’s cake

This is one of my very favourite recipes to make at this time of year. Oranges are at their peak and this freefrom recipe makes the most of them by using them whole. You’ll need an electric mixer to purée the cooked fruit, as it needs to be as smooth as possible.

It makes a great cake for every day eating with a cup of tea, a delicious dessert or even a birthday cake, studded with gold candles.

St Clement’s Cake

Makes one 24” round cake – serves 10-12 people

N.B. recipe uses UK metric cups

Ingredients:

2 small oranges
1 lemon
1 cup Doves Farm plain white flour
1 Tablespoon gluten free baking powder
4 large eggs at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups golden caster sugar
1 1/2 cups ground almonds
2/3 cup olive oil

Zest of 1 large orange and some flaked almonds to decorate

Method: 

1)     Cut the lemon into quarters and throw out the pips. Cut the orange into eight and discard the pips

2)     Put the oranges and the lemon in a large pan and add enough water to cover them. Bring to a boil, then simmer and cook uncovered for 30 minutes.

3)     Drain and allow to cool.

4)     Put the citrus into a food processor (the Vitamix is amazing here) and chop it up finely, then set aside.

5)     Preheat oven to 160 C (350 F)

6)     Sift flour and baking powder together into a bowl and set aside.

7)     In the electric mixer, combine eggs and salt, beat until foamy for 2 – 3 minutes

8)     Gradually add in the sugar, and continue to mix. Gently fold in the flour mixture using a spatula. Stir in chopped oranges and lemon, almonds, and olive oil until just incorporated.

9)     N.B. Mix very carefully and quickly as it is easy to over mix.

10)   Pour the batter into a greased tin.

11)   Bake for about 40-50 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean and the top is nicely golden.

12)   Allow to cool on in the tin for 20 minutes, then remove the tin and allow to cool on a wire rack for a further hour. Decorate just before serving


28
Jan 13

Cranberry and orange polenta muffins

Cranberry and orange polenta muffins

Cranberry and orange polenta muffins

There’s nothing like a spot of homemade baking on a cold winter’s day. Try these gluten free muffins (which can also be made dairy free) to warm you up and bring some cheer to these short, dark days.

One of the keys to making great muffins is using a good quality non-stick tin – there’s nothing worse than your baking getting stuck when you remove it from the oven. I have found these UK- manufactured tins by Great British Bakeware to be really good – they have a really nice scratch resistant, non-stick finish and are easy to clean. Using a good tin means you’re one step closer to the perfect muffin!

Cranberry and orange polenta muffins

Makes 12

Ingredients

-  120g Wheat and gluten free plain flour blend

-    100g Polenta (N.B. Ensure is gluten free )

-    50g ground almonds

-    1 tablespoons baking powder

-    1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

-    1400g golden caster sugar

-    2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice

-    Finely grated zest of 2 large oranges

-    250 ml sunflower oil

-    250 ml milk or soya milk

-    2 large free-range eggs

-    200g fresh blueberries

Method

1)    Preheat the oven to 200°C/400F/Gas Mark 6

2)    Line a muffin tin with paper cakes

4)    Sift the flour, baking powder & bicarbonate of soda into a bowl. Mix in the polenta, ground almonds and sugar and make a well in the centre.

5)    Pour the oil and the egg into the milk and orange juice and whisk until well combined.

6)    Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix gently. Stir in the cranberries and orange zest

7)    Divide the mixture into the cake cases and bake for 15- 20 minutes until golden brown.

8)    These muffins are delicious fresh for breakfast or a snack and also freeze extremely well.

Thanks to Great British Bakeware by George Wilkinson for the excellent muffin tin.

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