Saturday was my daughter Lyla’s second birthday and to celebrate I created a special Bunny cake using a Gluten Free Chocolate Cake recipe.
Now I wanted to tell you Lyla doesn’t have any diet restrictions, but there were three people (including me) who required a Gluten Free Diet. So with that in mind, I chose to create a Gluten Free version of Yotam Ottolenghi’s Chocolate Cake recipe reported as the Worlds Best Chocolate Cake. I also used a Chocolate Buttercream recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction’s for the filling between the 2½ layers of chocolate cake and topped it off with fondant. The end result was this rather tall cake that required over 50cm of fondant and the purchase of an extra large rolling pin amongst other equipment. I created all the features of the bunny by hand too without any stencils!
I’m super proud of how the Bunny cake turned out having only decorated a cake using fondant once before, for Lyla’s epic first birthday party. Given how delicious the chocolate cake was and the fact it didn’t require a stand mixer or more than 2 bowls, I thought it was my responsibility to share the cake recipe with you all!
Sunday night I baked this Gluten Free Chocolate Almond Fudge Cake and it was yum! The cake has a delicious fudge centre and like the majority of recipes I share, it was super easy to make! I can’t take credit for this recipe though, as the original recipe came from a Coles magazine.
Sharing a new recipe each week often means I’m spending my spare time in the kitchen (which you all know I LOVE). A new recipe every week also means I have an abundance of sweets in the house, unless I gift the recipe to loved ones. But I don’t have any shame in sharing with you all that I regularly eat treats. As a Dietitian I’m all about a balanced diet, where “diet” means everyday eating. I eat plenty of fruit, wholegrains and vegetables and exercise regularly. But more importantly I eat what I feel like, when I feel like it and thoroughly enjoy it. I’ll only ever encourage avoiding certain foods if medically necessary.
If you ever have any questions for me or want to know more about my food choices send me an email at [email protected] In the meantime I’ll keep baking.
If you like the chocolate and coffee, you will LOVE this Gluten Free Chocolate Espresso Cake! It has a lovely subtle espresso flavour and is super moist. The cake doesn’t sit heavy in your stomach like some other flourless cakes can and is just an all round winning recipe.
I made this Chocolate Espresso Cake to celebrate my brother in law’s birthday a few weeks back and it was an absolute hit! I noticed he kept creeping back to the kitchen to cut another slice. That is really the reason why I love baking. I love to spoil others and make them enjoy and feel good about food.
I would love to hear what you love about baking? Feel free to comment on this post, on my Facebook or Instagram account or send me an email! Thanks also to Martha Stewart for the recipe I adapted
Today’s recipe is a Gluten Free Devil’s Food Cake! It might look like a simple chocolate cake, but it’s much more! It’s super moist and extremely well balanced, despite the dark chocolate used for the base flavour.
My colleagues at work had the tough job of taste testing this one. I don’t believe it disappointed anyone despite me overcooking it a little. Don’t be afraid to take it out of the oven even if it’s still a little sticky in the middle. Continue reading →