January 21, 2013
Happy Inauguration Day! We're celebrating with a little bit of leftover cake that I baked while crossing another 30 before 30 item off my list - bake a gluten free layer cake.
While I'm well versed in the art of gluten free baking, I had yet to conquer a layer cake. This post on Oh Happy Day convinced me to try it. And you know what? It turned out pretty well, and it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be.
I used this recipe by Barefoot Contessa and tried out my favorite new (to me) product: Cup4Cup gluten free flour. It resulted in a rich, perfectly moist and springy cake that was safe for me to eat while my fellow gluten eaters licked their plates clean. I would highly recommend it, needless to say.
Pro tip: lay four strips of wax or parchment paper underneath the first layer of your cake. This allows you to frost the cake directly on your cake stand while keeping the edges clean, without having to transfer your cake over to the cake stand once it's done. When you're finished frosting, just pull out the strips and you're ready to go.
My layers ended up slightly messier than I hoped, but...it's the deliciousness that counts, right?
#15 - Bake a (gluten free) layer cake. Check!