Plain and Fancy: The Many Lives of a Fundamental Gluten-Free Cake Recipe 08/05/2023 – A superb fundamental cake recipe is loads like a bit of black costume. Whether or not you costume it up or go away it plain, it’s proper for any event.

One Recipe; Many Decisions

This fundamental cake recipe could be served in many alternative methods. In fact, it’s nice with no adornment—maybe only a sprinkle of powdered sugar for old style goodness. However there are various, many different methods to make use of this versatile recipe.

For instance, bake cupcakes in your little one’s subsequent college exercise. In actual fact, make an additional batch and freeze them. Subsequent time your little one publicizes at 9 PM that she or he has to take treats to highschool the following day, rapidly defrost them, slather in your favourite frosting and also you’re able to go!

Want a birthday cake? This recipe generally is a yellow cake or white cake—sheet cake or layer cake. Add meals coloring for a festive contact. After I was a toddler, my mom used to tint the batter both pink or blue, bake it in a Bundt pan, slice it in half cross-wise and insert a layer of ice cream. She then rapidly frosted it with whipped cream and popped it again within the freezer. I believed it was fairly cool!

Dressing It Up

One in every of my favourite desserts from this recipe is Pineapple Upside-Down Cake or, as you’ll see within the photograph under—Caramelized Pear Torte. It really works greatest baked in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet or a 10-inch pan specifically designed for upside-down truffles. High this deal with with a dollop of whipped cream and also you’re in heaven.

Within the summertime when strawberries are plentiful, use this recipe because the “shortcake” in Strawberry Shortcake. For a decidedly festive impact, bake the little particular person truffles in mini-cake baking pans (akin to mini-Bundts or mini-angel meals truffles). Comply with the producer’s instructions for greatest outcomes.

These little truffles are so easy, but assured to impress your friends irrespective of the way you serve them. They give the impression of being beautiful sitting on a tiered rack of festive plates. Typically I frost them, typically I mud them with a white cloud of powdered sugar, and typically I make a glaze of melted preserves for a reasonably, shiny impact. Nestle a number of contemporary strawberries or raspberries amongst them—plus a number of mint springs for colour—they usually’re particular, no matter what’s in them.

One of many good issues about this recipe is that it’s so good, your loved ones and mates gained’t know— or care—that it’s gluten-free. And, when you’ve got sensitivities to different elements (akin to eggs), see my two books—Particular Weight-reduction plan Options or Particular Weight-reduction plan Celebrations—for directions on substitutes, together with utilizing different sweeteners in addition to whites sugar.

In actual fact, I used an analogous fundamental cake recipe for the groom’s cake at my son’s marriage ceremony. See Particular Weight-reduction plan Celebrations for marriage ceremony cake directions. Nobody knew—or cared—that’s was gluten-free! It was scrumptious!

Comply with the straightforward instructions on the following web page for making this straightforward traditional right into a winner at your own home!

Carol Fenster’s Fundamental Cake


1/3 cup unsalted butter or margarine

1 cup sugar

2 massive eggs, overwhelmed (or 3 egg whites for white cake)

2 teaspoons grated lemon peel

1 cup white or brown rice flour

1/3 cup potato starch

2 tablespoons tapioca flour

1 teaspoon xanthan gum

1⁄4 teaspoon baking powder

1⁄4 teaspoon baking soda

1/3 teaspoon salt

3⁄4 cup buttermilk (or 1 tablespoon lemon juice plus

sufficient non-dairy milk to equal 3⁄4 cup)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 325ºF. Put together pans, as directed under.

Utilizing electrical mixer and huge mixer bowl, cream collectively butter and sugar on medium pace till mild and fluffy. Combine in eggs on low pace till blended. Add grated lemon peel.

In medium bowl, sift collectively flours, xanthan gum, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In one other medium bowl, mix buttermilk and vanilla. On low pace, beat dry elements into butter combination, alternating with buttermilk starting and ending with dry elements. Combine simply till mixed. Spoon the batter into ready pan(s).

Bake as directed under.


Grease pan or use paper liners in normal 12-muffin tin. Bake 12 cupcakes 20-25 minutes. Serves 12.

Layer Cake

Grease 9-inch spherical nonstick pan or two 8-inch spherical nonstick pans and line with waxed paper or parchment paper, then grease once more. Bake 9-inch pan 35-40 minutes; 8-inch
spherical pans 25-Half-hour. Cool on wire rack. Serves 12.

Sheet Cake

Grease 11 x 7-inch pan. Line with waxed paper or parchment paper if you happen to plan to take away cake from pan earlier than frosting. Bake 25-Half-hour. Serves 12.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Grease 10-inch pie plate or skillet (or particular pan designed for upside-down cake). Evenly sprinkle 1⁄2 cup brown sugar over backside of greased 10-inch pan. Prepare pineapple slices with cherries in heart of every circle. Pour cake batter evenly on high. Bake 40-45 minutes or till high springs again when touched. Cool 5 minutes, then invert onto serving plate.

Serves 12.

Caramelized Pear Torte

In 10-inch forged iron skillet sprayed with cooking spray, mix 3⁄4 cup brown sugar and a couple of tablespoons water. Carry to simmer over low warmth, swirling pan often, till sugar dissolves. Prepare dinner for an additional minute, gently swirling pan if sugar is coloring erratically.

Take away from warmth. Let cool for 10 minutes. Combination will agency barely because it cools. Wash and peel 3 agency, ripe pears. Minimize in half, lengthwise; then minimize in quarters. Take away core from each bit. Minimize every quarter into 3 uniform-sized wedges. Prepare pears in pinwheel design, as shut collectively as doable, in caramel. Pour cake batter evenly on high. Bake 40-45 minutes or till high springs again when touched. Cool 5 minutes, then invert onto serving plate.

Serves 12.

Reprinted with permission from by Carol Fenster, Ph.D. of Savory Palate Press
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