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gluten free cake recipe

My middle daughter can’t eat many things including gluten and dairy. She is also taking french this year and they prepare lots of cakes, pastries and fondues for extra credit or to experience the french culture. One of the things they made was Buche de Noel, which is a rolled cake that looks like a tree log. This is a recipe that is pretty good for anyone that has allergies and you can also adapt it pretty well to your allergies as long as you can eat eggs. 6 large eggs 3/4 cup sugar (superfine cane sugar recommended) 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/3 cup cocoa powder 1/3 cup potato starch 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar 2 teaspoons grated orange peel, optional Extra powdered sugar for dusting Preparation: Preheat oven to 400° F Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Grease parchment paper with butter. Separate egg yolks from whites. Place egg yolks in a large mixing bowl. Set egg whites aside. Beat egg yolks on HIGH using an electric hand or stand mixer. Add sugar and vanilla and continue to beat on HIGH until mixture is creamy. Combine cocoa, potato starch, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. Stir with a large whisk to thoroughly mix OR sift ingredients. Gently fold dry ingredients into egg-sugar mixture. Fold in grated orange peel until combined. In a separate large mixing bowl, beat egg whites until foamy. Add cream of tartar and beat on HIGH until the egg whites are stiff but not dry. Use a large spatula to gently fold the egg white...

birthday cakes make you feel good

I’m a volunteer baker for an organization called cake4kids and I just made my first cake for them. I love baking so this is a perfect opportunity for me. Before reading about cake4kids, it never occurred to me that some kids don’t get a birthday cake or even celebrate their special day. Pretty heartbreaking, if you ask me. The organization provides free birthday cakes to foster children and at-risk youth. The idea is simple, you choose a child/cake from the monthly calendar, bake/decorate the cake and then deliver it. Easy breezy! Sometimes they’ll request specific decorations or a theme, as in my case — the little boy wanted a Sesame Street cake. I went with Cookie Monster cos everyone loves him, right? The cake was vanilla with vanilla vegan buttercream, due to the fact that the buttercream needed to be made with soy milk. Another volunteer sent me her vegan recipe, so I gave it a try. It tasted like regular buttercream to me, so it’s a recipe I’d use again if someone had dairy restrictions. So how did my first experience go? I made the cake on a Tuesday, delivered it on a Wednesday and felt warm and fuzzy the rest of the day knowing I made this little guy happy! Here is the Vegan Fluffy Buttercream Frosting recipe from the book Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World: (Please note: the recipe as written here is made to frost a dozen cupcakes.  You might want to double it to get enough cake frosting, or at least have the ingredients on hand to make it twice.) 1/2 cup non-hydrogenated...