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 I celebrated my birthday with my two loves and this incredible Gluten Free Nutella Cheesecake! We ate cake at a park in the most glorious sunshine and Lyla sang the “hooray” part of the happy birthday song.
The cheesecake has a smooth creamy texture, with a gluten free oreo style biscuit base, nutella filling and ganache. I’m salivating just thinking about it. Lucky for me my husband made it. Jesse used Simply Wise Gluten Free Choc’o Biscuits (think Gluten Free Oreo’s) for the biscuit base that’s we picked up from the Gluten Free Food Show in Melbourne. He also made homemade honeycomb for decoration on the top of the cheesecake. I’ll be sure to link to the honeycomb recipe soon.
Feeling refreshed after my holiday to New Zealand I was back in the kitchen on the weekend to bake this Gluten Free Rolo No Bake Cheesecake for Jesse’s birthday!
As always I’d asked Jesse to think about what type of cake he wanted and he decided on a cheesecake but wasn’t specific about flavour. After a search through my Pinterest account, I sent a selection for him to choose from, and this year he chose a Rolo No Bake Cheesecake.
Nestle chocolate Rolo’s aren’t easy to find in Australia, so I used the Rolo chocolate you buy in a block and left the individual Rolo chocolates I managed to find for decoration only. The end result was amazing and we may have eaten it three nights in a row…
Thanks to Jane’s Patisserie for the original recipe which I then modified to be gluten free with homemade caramel and Rolo chocolate in a block. Feel free to head over to my Instagram account if you want to see a few pics from our holiday or a recap of the last 3 birthday cakes I made Jesse.
P.S. It’s starting to get to the busy end of the year with multiple birthdays, catch ups with friends, the racing carnival and christmas parties coming up. This means there is a lot of baking ahead for me and I can’t wait to share it all with you!
Since moving house, it’s been a little crazy in our kitchen — but the good kind of crazy with the end result being this Gluten Free Lemon Meringue Layer Cake. Jesse requested a Lemon Meringue Layer Cake for his birthday. Although a week late (yes I’m a terrible wife) and a trip to the hardware store later for a blowtorch, I am super proud of how the cake turned out.
If you want to make a special cake for a loved one I would highly recommend this amazing cake! The cake is filled with two layers of lemon curd and is super fluffy. Oh but don’t worry you don’t have to go out and buy a blowtorch to make this lemon meringue cake. You can simply use the oven to brown the meringue.
Thanks for stopping by. Hope you’re having a great week! The Naughty Dietitian xoxo