Friday, January 31, 2014

Low Sugar, Gluten Free & Dairy Free Smash Cake. Part 1.

My daughter will be turning one in 6 days. I can't believe how fast this year has flown by - but it is amazing to see how much our family is forever changed.

That being said I wanted to make her a smash cake, but I felt weird doing a traditional cake for her. Up until now she has not had a lot of dairy, or processed sugar. She eats all organic, and the only sugar she gets is from fruit. She also don't eat a lot, if any, processed wheat products. 

So I set off to make a gluten free - dairy free smash cake. The cake turned out dense, and not sweet at all. I am going to make some changes to it and see how it goes, but the sweetness comes from the icing only. With the icing on it you can't tell that there is almost no sugar. 

So here is the recipe that I made up :) 

1 cup gluten free flour (I used Bob's Red Mill) 
1/2 teaspoon baking soda 
1/2 teaspoon baking powder 
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon cinnamon 
1 egg 
1 Tablespoon sugar 
1/2 cup organic unsweetened applesauce (Trader Joe's brand is great) 
1 teaspoon vanilla 

1. Mix dry ingredients 
2. Mix wet ingredients 
3. Combine Wet & Dry Ingredients 

Yield: Three SMALL cakes (I used these Wiltons Small Cake pans

I am still working on a gluten-free frosting recipe. But I will most likely do simple vanilla buttercream frosting.