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GF/CF Cakes that 2 Year Olds Can Bake

Jenna(2.5) and I had fun today baking this yummy orange marmalade cake from Michael Cox’s book Gluten Free, More Than 100 Delicious Recipes Your Family Will Love.

Cooking is a fabulous learning activity to do with children. This was a really good recipe to try with a two year old, because it only called for four different ingredients: eggs, oranges, sugar, and almonds (plus marmalade for the top). I simplified the instructions a bit by using my Vitamix, which meant that it took less than ten minutes to prepare even with Jenna’s help.

The math skills we worked on were: counting, adding, and following directions.

I’ve checked out a bunch of gluten free cookbooks from the library and Gluten Free is the first one I’ve found that doesn’t use a lot of “freaky” ingredients. The author developed most of the recipes for his bed and breakfast in Spain, where he didn’t have access to Xanthan Gum and other unusual items I’m finding in most GF products.

Michael Cox’s recipes use whole foods that you would find at any grocery store.

Last night I made the chocolate walnut cake, and added a raspberry strawberry sauce on top. It was so delicious that my kids were licking the plates, and my husband had three servings! Again, I used my Vitamix, which meant that I could just dump in eggs, cocoa powder, sugar and whole walnuts, and…Voila! GF/CF cake batter in under five minutes. My only problem was that I got a bit, er..um… “distracted” during the baking process and ended up burning the edges. Otherwise my Marianne pan would have made a really pretty well for the raspberry sauce. I had to cut away the burnt sides, but the inside was still delicious.

Update!

I emailed Michael Cox and he said to go ahead and share the recipes!  He also said that he has a third book ready to go, but is in the process of looking for a publisher.  I hope he finds one.

Chocolate Walnut Cake:

  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 cup superfine sugar (I just used regular sugar)
  • 2 1/2 cups ground walnuts (I used whole walnuts)

I put everything in my Vitamix, but you might be able to do this in a food processor, or just buy ground walnut flour if you can find it.  You pour it into a greased cake pan and bake at 3:75 for an hour.  But I would check it after 25 minutes.

For the raspberry sauce I just microwaved frozen raspberries and strawberries for two minutes, and then blended them in my Vitamix.  Again, a blender or food processor might work too.

Orange and Almond Cake

(The real recipe calls for boiling two oranges for two hours.  With my Vitamix, I could just use one raw whole orange instead. So here’s my version:)

  • 1 peeled orange
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 1/4 cup almond flour (I used whole almonds)

Same instructions as before, except for this time he had you bake it at 350 for 50-60 minutes.  I watched the oven really carefully this time, and at the 40 minute mark it was ready to come out.


3 Comments

  1. Claire H. says:

    I wish I’d known about that cookbook before I ran all over the area last week looking for Xanthan Gum (finally did find it at the 5th store I checked, ugh!)

  2. Cindy says:

    I’d love the recipes! 🙂 I love baking with Makenna.

    • jenbrdsly says:

      I emailed Michael Cox and he said to go ahead and share the recipes! He also said that he has a third book ready to go, but is in the process of looking for a publisher. I hope he finds one.

      Chocolate Walnut Cake:

      5 eggs
      1/2 cup cocoa powder
      1 1/4 cup superfine sugar (I just used regular sugar)
      2 1/2 cups ground walnuts (I used whole walnuts)

      I put everything in my Vitamix, but you might be able to do this in a food processor, or just buy ground walnut flour if you can find it. You pour it into a greased cake pan and bake at 3:75 for an hour. But I would check it after 25 minutes.

      For the raspberry sauce I just microwaved frozen raspberries and strawberries for two minutes, and then blended them in my Vitamix. Again, a blender or food processor might work too.

      Orange and Almond Cake
      (The real recipe called for boiling two oranges for two hours. With my Vitamix, I could just use one raw whole orange instead. So here’s my version:)

      1 peeled orange
      6 eggs
      1 1/4 cup sugar
      2 1/4 cup almond flour (I used whole almonds)

      Same instructions as before, except for this time he had you bake it at 350 for 50-60 minutes. I watched the oven really carefully this time, and at the 40 minute mark it was ready to come out.

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