Fresh Apple Upside Down Cake

Fresh Apple Upside down Cake

Fresh Apple Upside Down Cake

Bottom Topping:

1/2 Cup Butter ( 1 Stick )

2 cups Brown Sugar Packed

5 Medium size Apples washed peeled and sliced about ½ inch thick slices                 ( about 4 Cups )

In medium sauce pan melt butter and add sugar on medium high heat. Stirring constantly until mixture starts to bubble and sugar is dissolved. This will take about a minute to minute and a half. Remove from heat and pour into a buttered 9×13 inch baking pan. ( I use a glass baking pan, it seems to work much better). Lay sliced apples on top of sugar butter mixture, placing them very close together. The apples I used made 3 rows the full length of the pan. Set aside and let cool while you make the cake batter.

Cake Batter:

1 1/2 Cups All-purpose Gluten Free Flour with xanthan gum already added ( I used Better Batter)

2 Teaspoons Baking Powder

1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda

2 Teaspoons Cinnamon

1 1/2 Cups White Granulated Sugar

1/2 Cup Butter Softened ( 1 Stick)

1/2 Cup Greek Yogurt

3/4 Cup Milk

4 Large Eggs Beaten

1 Tablespoon Vanilla

Preheat oven to 350*

In large mixing bowl whisk together all dry ingredients. Then fold in butter, yogurt, milk beaten eggs, and vanilla. Mix with electric mixer on high until well blended. (Note: batter will not be completely smooth, the yogurt likes to stay a little lumpy, but that is what it’s supposed to do) When mixed, pour batter over apples in pan and bake for 48-50 minutes. When almost done the sugar will smell like it is about to burn, but don’t panic. This is just the sugar caramelizing. When cake is set in the center, remove pan and let cool about 10 minuets. Then slide a knife around the edges of cake and invert onto cookie sheet or serving platter. Slowly lift cake pan up and remove, letting sugar bottom, topping fall onto apples.  Enjoy!

Please note: If you use a cake mix in this and try to bake at a higher heat with a shorter baking time, the apples will not get done.

Gluten Free Red Velvet CupCakes

Gluten Free Red Velvet Cupcakes

GF Red Velvet Cupcakes


With Chocolate Chips


2 Cups Good Quality All-purpose Gluten Free Flour with a gum already added (I use Better Batter or Tom Sawyer GF/Betty Crocker GF)

1 Cup Sugar

2 Teaspoons GF Baking Powder ( I use Clabber Girl)

1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1/2  Tablespoon Pure Cocoa Powder

1 stick Salted Butter melted or softened

1 Tablespoon Pure Vanilla

¼ Cup water

2-14.5oz. Cans of Beets (I used Great Value Brand, or any brand with no artificial colors or flavors added)

3 Eggs or 2/3Cup 100% additive free Egg Whites

Optional 1 bag of GF chocolate chips

In medium size bowl whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, soda, and cocoa.  Drain juice from cans and pour beets into a strainer and rinse excess brine from beets with cold water. ( this will measure out to about 2 Cups of chopped beets) Put rinsed beets into food processor and chop on high until beets are a pureed.  Add melted butter, vanilla, water and eggs and mix well. Add flour mixture, mix well so there are no lumps. (if you are using chocolate chips fold them in now)  Let set 15 – 20 minutes, to let rice flour absorb liquids.

When ready to bake.

Preheat oven to 325*F.

Using a triggered ice cream scoop (about ¼ cup) fill each cupcake liner with one scoop of batter. Bake for 25- 30 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted into center cupcake, comes back clean. This will make about 18 regular cupcakes 12 of the large muffin size. When cool ice with cream cheese frosting.(recipe below)


Cream Cheese Icing                                                                                  

 8 ozPlain Preservative Free Cream Cheese ( Philadelphia)

1 Stick softened Butter

2 – 2 ½ Cups Pure GF Powdered Sugar

In food processor blend all ingredients until smooth.  Refrigerate until ready to use.

Pineapple Cream Cake


Pineapple Cream Cake

7 large Eggs

1- 20 oz. Can of Pineapple Chunks,and Juice puréed  (or crushed or fresh pineapple)

4oz. of Original Cream Cheese, softened ( I use Philadelphia)

2 Boxes Betty Crocker Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix

In large mixing bowl beat eggs, then add 1  1/2 cups of the pureed pineapple.  (reserve remaining pineapple for topping) Beat well until mixture starts to bubble. Then add chunks of the softened cream cheese, mixing until cream cheese is incorporated. Slowly fold in both cake mixes, and mix on high until well blended. Let batter set for about 15 minutes to absorb liquids.

Preheat oven to 350* When ready to bake, pour batter into a greased and floured 9×13 inch cake pan. Bake for 25- 30 minutes or until cake is set in the center and a toothpick inserted into the center of cake comes back clean.

Top with Gluten Free Whipped Cream and drizzle remaining pureed pineapple over the top of whipped cream.

Variations: You can add shredded GF Coconut or chopped pecans to change it up!


Jan’s Gluten Free Zucchini Banana Bread

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Jan’s Gluten Free Zucchini Banana Bread

3  1/2 Cups Gluten Free Rice Flour ( I use Tom Sawyer/Betty Crocker GF Rice flours mixed ½ and ½ )

1 Tablespoon GF baking powder

1/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1  1/2 Cups Pure White granulated Sugar

3 Large Eggs beaten

1 Stick softened Salted Butter

2 Small Bananas sliced and mashed (about 3/4 cup when mashed)

3/4 Cup Peeled, finely chopped or shredded Zucchini

1 Cup chopped Pecans (optional)

Yeast Mixture

1/2 Cup room temperature Sweet Buttermilk

1/2 Cup warm water (be sure it isn’t over 110*)

1/2 Cup packed Pure Brown Sugar

2 Teaspoons Dry Active Yeast

In large mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and white sugar.  Using mixer on high, blend together, flour mixture, beaten eggs, butter, mashed bananas, and zucchini. Cover and let set for about 15 minutes, while you prepare yeast mixture.

In glass container, add room temperature buttermilk, warm water, brown sugar, and yeast. Whisk together and set yeast mixture by the stove to keep it warm, for about 5 – 10 minutes. It will rise and start to bubble.

When ready to bake, preheat oven to 325*F. Add yeast mixture to batter and mix until completely blended don’t over mix. If using pecans, fold them in now.  Pour batter into a greased and floured (with GF flour)  5×10 inch loaf pan. If you have smaller pans make 2 loaves. Bake for 65 to 70 minutes or until bread is set in the middle and a toothpick inserted into the center comes back clean. When done remove from oven and let cool before removing from pan. Enjoy!

This recipe will make several muffins. Just bake at 325*F. for 25 – 30 minutes or until they are set in the center.

Chocolate Bunt Cake with Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting

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Chocolate Bunt Cake with Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting

(This is a version of the Hershey’s chocolate cake recipe)

1 ¾ Cup All purpose GF Flour ( I used Better Batter GF Flour)

1 Cup Hot Water ( microwave about 1 minute)

1 Cup Milk

1 Stick Melted Butter

2 Teaspoons Vanilla

2 Large Beaten Eggs

Mix flour and all liquids in large mixing bowl, cover and let this rest for about 10 -15 minutes.

When you are ready to bake, set mixer on high and mix the rest of the ingredients.

Preheat oven to 325*

2 Cups White Sugar

¾ Cup Hershey’s Cocoa

2 Teaspoons Gluten Free Baking Powder

1 ½ Teaspoon Baking Soda

1 Teaspoon Salt

When all ingredients are blended well and there are no lumps left. Pour batter into a greased non-stick bunt pan. Bake for 40 – 45 minutes or until cake is set and pulled loose from the sides of cake pan. Remove from oven let cool for about 5 minutes and invert cake onto cake plate. Frost cake with icing below, while cake is still warm.

Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting

4 oz. Plain Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened

1 Stick unsalted Butter Softened

2 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla

1/2 Cup Dark Brown Sugar

3 Cups Pure Powdered Sugar

1/4 Cup Pure Cocoa Powder

In food processor blend all ingredients until smooth. Frost cake while cake is still warm, so frosting will melt and run down sides of cake.  Warning this cake is so moist and rich, it can be addicting!

Gluten Free Orange Cream Cake


Gluten Free Orange Cream Cake

2  Cups All-purpose Gluten free Flour ( I use Tom Sawyer/ Betty Crocker Gluten Free flour mix with xanthan gum already added)

2 Cups White Sugar

2 Teaspoons Gluten Free Baking Powder

1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

8 oz. additive free Cream Cheese softened ( I use Philadelphia brand)

1 Cup additive free Orange juice ( with the pulp)

Zest of 1 Orange

1 Stick Melted Butter

3 Medium Beaten Eggs

Preheat oven to 325*F.

In large mixing bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients. Then add cream cheese, orange juice, the orange zest, butter, and beaten eggs. Fold together liquid and dry ingredients, then mix well until large lumps are dissolved. There will be small lumps from the orange pulp and zest. Let batter rest for 10 – 15 minutes, then pour into a greased and floured 9×13 inch baking pan. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes or until center is set and tooth pick inserted into center of cake comes back clean.

Let cake cool and then poke holes into cake about an inch apart with the end of a chop stick or wooden spoon handle. Pour orange glaze ( recipe below) over cake until completely covered. To decorate top with orange slices, or GF orange candies. This cake is better served Cold.

Orange Glaze

2 Cups Orange juice

4 Cups Powdered Sugar

8 oz. additive free Cream Cheese

2 drops GF Red food Coloring (I use Gluten Free AmeriColor)

In food processor add all ingredients and blend until completely smooth.

Note: if you can find Blood oranges, you may omit the food coloring. The Orange juice in the cake and glaze will amount to about 4-5 oranges depending on their size.


Gluten Free Oatmeal Spicey Cake

Spicy Oatmeal CakeThis is a repost of a cake that I did earlier.

Gluten Free Spicy Oatmeal Cake
1 Cup GF Quick-Cooking Oats ( Bob’s Red Mill)
1 ½ Cups all Purpose Gluten Free Flour (I use Betty Crocker GF / Tom Sawyer GF Flour Mix ( ½ & ½))

(Note if you cannot find Tom Sawyer GF Flour, just use Betty Crocker GF Rice flour blend and 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum)
½ Cup White Granulated Sugar
1 Cup Packed Pure Brown Sugar
1 ½ Teaspoons Additive Free Ground Cinnamon
¼ Teaspoon Additive Free Cloves
½ Teaspoon Additive Free Ground Nutmeg                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
½ Teaspoon GF Baking Powder
1 Stick Melted unsalted Butter
1 Cup Water
2 Eggs
1 Tablespoon Pure Molasses
In large mixing bowl, mix flour, water, & eggs. TIP- Refrigerate for 20 – 30 minutes. ( to let rice flour soak up liquids) Preheat oven to 350* Remove from fridge, and add melted butter, and other ingredients. Mix with mixer just until blended (don’t over mix). Pour batter into a greased and floured (with GF flour) 9×13 cake pan. Bake for 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes back clean. Remove from oven and add icing while cake is still warm. When cake is topped with icing, place back in oven under broiler for about 2-2 ½ minutes or until icing starts to bubble. Let cool and serve. Pecan Coconut Icing
1 Stick Melted Butter ( ½ Cup)
1 Cup Packed Pure Brown Sugar
1 Cup Additive Free Coconut
1 Cup Chopped Pecans

Amazing Gluten Free Cake

Jennys GF Watch CakeGluten Free Clock Cake

I am so excited to show everyone this beautiful Gluten Free cake, made by Jenny Swift. Jenny is a hobby baker that hopes to start her own cake business soon. Jenny has no formal training, but is very talented in unique cake decorating! She has only been decorating cakes in the last year, but has been Gluten Free for the last nine years, after being diagnosed with Coeliac Disease. Jenny has her own blog, “Jenny’s Gluten Free Blog and Recipe Forum” . Jenny says everything on the cake is eatable except the jewels in the watch, and it is all Gluten Free!

Jenny’s cake just proves Gluten Free doesn’t have to be ugly or tasteless! I applaud Jenny for her efforts, and hope this encourages Jenny and others to keep making GF food beautiful!

Gluten Free Easter Egg Cake Pops


Easter Egg Cake Pops ( only without the stick)

1/2 Cup Plain GF Greek Yogurt ( or 4oz. cream cheese)

1 Cup Sugar

3 eggs

1 Cup All-purpose Gluten free Flour  (I use Better Batter or Tom Sawyer Gluten Free/Betty Crocker GF Flour Mix  ½ & ½ mix)

1 Teaspoon Gluten Free (Clabber Girl) Baking powder

1 Teaspoon pure Vanilla

Cream yogurt, sugar & eggs. Add remaining ingredients & mix well on high speed until blended. Let dough set in fridge for about 30 min.  When ready to bake preheat oven to 350*F. Butter both sides of non-stick cake pop pan and fill bottom half of pan with batter. (without the holes). Place top on, and lock together. Place in oven and bake for 9 minutes, then turn pan over and bake another 9 minutes. (18 minutes total). Remove from oven and let cool 5 minutes before removing top.  If batter comes through holes in the top be sure and remove those little bits before cooling. After 5 minutes remove from pan and lay them out to cool on the seam side down. This causes them to have more of an egg shape.( It may be necessary to trim the seam side of pops) When cool dip in melted GF almond bark and decorate. This is a fun decorating project for the kids!

Please note: Butter is the only thing I’ve found that will keep the pops from sticking. Also, its important to use the yogurt or cream cheese in the batter. Even if you choose to use a cake mix, replace the butter called for with yogurt or cream cheese.

This will make 2 dozen cake pops.

Gluten Free Coffee Cake

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Gluten Free Coffee Cake

2 Cups Tom Sawyer GF/ Betty Crocker Gluten Free blend (See GF Flour Blends)

1 Teaspoon Gluten Free Double Action Baking Powder ( or 2 Teaspoons regular)

1/4 Teaspoon Salt

3/4 Cup packed additive free Light Brown Sugar

3/4 Cup pure White Granulated Sugar

2 Sticks unsalted Butter softened

2 Large Eggs beaten

1/3 Cup Sweet Real Butter Milk

1/2 Tablespoon Pure Vanilla

In medium mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Add butter, eggs, butter milk, and vanilla. Mix together on medium, then high speed just until all ingredients are blended well. Don’t over mix. Let set for 15 minutes or so, until you get filling and topping prepared.

Preheat oven to 325* F.

Filling / Topping

2 Cups Tom Sawyer GF/ Betty Crocker Gluten Free Flour Blend

2 Cups packed Additive free Light Brown Sugar

2 Teaspoons additive free Cinnamon

1 Stick Butter Softened

1/2 Cup Brewed Coffee ( this is not instant, this is the liquid coffee ready to drink)

2 Cups Chopped Pecans

In mixing bowl whisk together flour, sugar and cinnamon. Add butter, coffee and pecans. Folding together until well blended.

When you are ready to bake, pour a little more than half the cake batter into a greased and floured (with GF flour or additive free powdered sugar) 9×13 inch baking pan. Then gently spoon half of the filling mixture evenly over top of the batter. Do not try to spread, it will push down into the batter. The filling tends to sink any way, and you don’t want it on the bottom. Finish pouring the rest of the cake batter over the filling. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until cake is set in the center. Remove cake from oven and raise the temperature of the oven to 375. Spoon the rest of the Filling/Topping evenly over the cake, and return to oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until topping is melted.  Remove cake from oven and let cool completely before cutting. The filling will run if it is still warm. You might want to cut into smaller pieces, this is a very rich cake! Enjoy with your favorite cup of coffee!

Gluten Free Peach Mango Cake


Peach Mango Cake

1 pound bag of thawed, frozen Peaches ( no juice or sugar added)

1 stick of sweet Butter ( not salted)

2 Eggs

2 Tablespoons pure Lemon juice

2 ½ Cups Gluten Free Oat Flour (Bob’s Red Mill)  You can substitute coconut, or quinoa flour, but be aware, quinoa has a slightly bitter flavor and the coconut flavor will over power the peaches.

¼ Teaspoon xanthan gum

1 Teaspoon Salt

½ Teaspoon Baking Soda

2 Teaspoons G F Baking Powder (or 1 Teaspoon Double action Baking Powder)

¾ Cup White Granulated Sugar

¾ Cup Stevia Sweetener

1 Cup hot tap water ( not boiling)

2 – 15.5 oz. Cans of sliced Mango, with only sugar and citrus acid added, and no other preservatives.  I used Dole ( You can use fresh if you can find it, this time of year fresh Mango is hard to find in our area)

Preheat oven to 350* F.

In food processor chop peaches into chunks, add eggs, butter and lemon juice and blend again, just to beat the eggs. In separate bowl whisk together flour, xanthan gum, salt, baking soda, baking powder, sugar and sweetener. Pour flour mixture into food processor and pour hot water over flour. Gently pulse blender until flour is incorporated. Process only until all ingredients are blended. You can let this batter set for a while if you want, but with the peaches added it is moist and not very grainy if you go ahead and bake it. Pour batter into 9×13 inch, greased and GF floured baking pan. (for cakes I would rather use additive free powdered sugar, to flour cake  pans). Bake 30- 35 minutes or until cake is done and browned around the edges.

When ready to serve top with sliced mango. You must refrigerate any left over cake.