Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

If you’re still on the fence about what dessert to make this year’s Thanksgiving feast look no further because I’m making Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes. I am making my Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Cake from last year into cupcakes because I happen to like cupcakes a lot better and it’s gluten-free.  If you don’t want to make them gluten-free you can exchange the gluten free flour in the recipe one-to-one for regular flour if you like. 
 
As you may have guessed, I like all the recipes that I post on my blog which is why I post them, but I absolutely love this recipe. I have to make sure when I make either the cake or cupcakes that I have lots of friends and family around so that I don’t end up eating the entire batch myself. The cream cheese frosting really makes the yummy spice cake over the top delicious.
 
It’ll be hard for me to choose between this recipe and my pumpkin crème brûlée recipe to make for Thanksgiving, but I’m leaning on making this one. I guess you will have to check out my Instagram to find out which one I make.  If you end up making this recipe, please let me when know what you think in the comments below.  I hope you have a fabulous Thanksgiving!… Read Full Post
Pumpkin Creme Brûlée

Pumpkin Creme Brulee in Time for Thanksgiving

This week on the blog and on YouTube I am making pumpkin creme brulee. I had never had creme brulee until I moved to New York City and I went on a date with my now husband and he suggested I get the creme brulee because he thought I would like it.  Super creamy desserts were never something I was attracted to, I always liked cookies and cupcakes and things like that.  So I decided to give it a try and I fell in love. I proclaimed at that moment that creme brulee was now my favorite dessert of all time. When I later became gluten-free I was so happy to know that I could still have creme brulee.  Funny enough, I never actually made it at home until very recently. There’s not that much hands on preparation needed but there is a lot of waiting. What makes it so great though, is if you have guests coming over you can make it beforehand and then just caramelize the sugar when you’re ready to serve.
 
Pumpkin Creme Brûlée
Using the kitchen torch to caramelize the top.
 
I always have trouble with my gluten-free crust for my pumpkin pie, it just doesn’t taste like a gluten-full crust.  So this year I am definitely going to be making this  pumpkin creme brulee recipe for my guests.  Pumpkin Creme Brulee basically tastes like pumpkin pie with a sugary caramel crust… otherwise known as AMAZING!   I hope you like this recipe as much as I do and let me know if you make this recipe in the comments below.… Read Full Post
Banana Cake

Claire’s Amazing Banana Cake

I’m getting back to my baking roots with this Banana Cake recipe.  You can make it with regular wheat flour, or with Authentic Foods Steve’s Gluten Free Cake Flour Blend like I do.  I usually make Banana Cake on a whim because I have lots of ripe bananas around and I’m not feeling like making banana bread.  It’s a full on layer cake, so it can be time intensive, but the results are outstanding (if I do say so myself).  One trick I do (since it’s just me and my husband at home), is get single serve containers and cut the cake to fit the containers and put them in the freezer.  The frozen cake can last up to 2 months, just thaw it at room temperature for about 30 minutes before eating.  I learned this trick from my cousin who used to bake wedding cakes.

Several of my friends are always down to try out my recipes.  Recently I meet two friends for dinner and I decided to bring each of them some frozen cake.  I think they thought is was weird that I gave them frozen cake, until they tried it.  Both texted me later about how delicious the cake was.  When your friends like it as much as you do, it’s got to be great, right?!?!… Read Full Post

gluten free spritz cookies

Gluten Free Spritz Cookies- Valentine’s Day Edition

This post was originally posted in February of 2015 and was my first post on this blog as my old moniker “Gluten Free Avenger”.  In celebration of my blog turning 2 and because this is just a kick-ass recipe, I thought I would share it again.  I love to make spritz cookies for many holidays because you can make them into fun, holiday appropriate shapes and it happens to be my husband’s all time favorite cookie.  These cookies will disappear quickly with guests, so I usually make 2 batches (at the very least).  I remember when I brought a huge bucket of about 100+ of these cookies to my sister-in-law’s house for a holiday party and my step daughter and her friend snuck off with all the cookies.  By the time we finally found them, there were only about 10 cookies left.  They’re addicting….you have been warned.

I started making the regular gluten-full version of these when I was about 13.  Now that there are so many good 1-to-1 gluten free flours on the market, I can now share my original family recipe.  You can use a 1-to-1 gluten free flour or if you’re not gluten free you can use regular flour.  I like Authentic Foods Steve’s Gluten Free Cake Flour Blend as my 1-to-1 gluten free flour for cakes and cookies.… Read Full Post

Pumpkin Spice Cake, Gluten free Pumpkin Spice Cake

Pumpkin Spice Cake

Well, it’s that time of year, the time to put pumpkin in EVERYTHING…just kidding.  Pumpkin is a very healthy fruit (it is in fact a fruit not a vegetable), so I like to put it in food, deserts etc when I can, especially this time of year.  I decided to make a pumpkin cake rather than the usual pumpkin pie, because I’ve always loved spice cake and why not get the added benefits of pumpkin right? Here are just a few of the added health benefits of pumpkin:

According to Nutrition and You: 100 g fruit provides just 26 calories and contains no saturated fats or cholesterol; however, it is rich in dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins.

According to Medical News Today: The potassium contained within pumpkins can have a positive effect on blood pressure and the antioxidants and vitamins contained within pumpkins could prevent degenerative damage to the eyes.

That being said, adding lots of butter and sugar can detract from these benefits a bit, but hey might as well feel a bit better about indulging right.  This recipe was also featured by Treetopia last year, it will definitely be a hit.  This recipe can be made with regular wheat flour or 1-to-1 gluten free flour.  … Read Full Post