Month: April 2016

Gluten free Minnie Mouse cake

I can’t believe my granddaughter is 4! After I did a Thomas the Tank Engine cake for her brother, she requested Minnie Mouse for her own birthday. Chocolate, of course. Thank goodness for eBay, where I found a fondant Minnie Mouse face. No way could I do that myself. The cake had to be gluten free – a couple of guests were coeliac. I’ve been experimenting with chocolate cake recipes my whole cooking life, and I actually think this one is pretty close to Shangri-la. Adapted from Alice Medrich’s Flavor Flours. Chocolate Fudge Cake 400g sugar 200g white rice flour 50g oat flour 60g raw cacao powder 1/2 tsp salt 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp xanthan gum 2 eggs 250ml milk 2 tsp pure vanilla extract 125ml rice bran oil, or other flavourless vegetable oil 250ml boiling water Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF. Grease and line two 23cm/9-inch or three 20cm/8-inch cake pans. Sift the dry ingredients – sugar, rice flour, oat flour, cacao powder, salt, baking powder, baking soda and xanthan gum – into …