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Aug 9, 2007 11:52 AM

Wheat Free Birthday Cake

Anyone have any tried and true wheat free birthday cake recipes? A close friend of mine (and a wonderful baker) has offered to make a cake for my daughter's birthday in September so I'd like to find a recipe that does not contain wheat so I can have some, too.:)

I can do other forms of gluten - I seem to react mostly to wheat. When it comes to wheat free baked goods I enjoy those made with spelt the most so if someone knows of a spelt flour based cake that would be ideal.

Of course, it has to be kid friendly as well!

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  1. I believe that spelt is made from wheat, or is a type of wheat.

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    1. re: honeybee926

      Lots of people who don't do well with wheat do alright with spelt.

    2. Here's a link to a recipe I posted for a flourless chocolate cake. It's really delicious, and I think even the kids would like it if they are chocolate fans. You could frost the top if you wanted, although it is a fairly "flat" cake only about 3" high.

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      1. re: ExercisetoEat

        That sounds awesome...
        But, my husband wouldn't be able to eat it. He's allergic to nuts.:(

        1. re: isadorasmama

          Really the almond flour is to keep the cake from sticking. If you use a non-stick springform pan you could omit the nuts enitrely and just run a knife along the edge of the pan while the cake is still warm to help it 'un-cling' to the sides. Or you could butter the pan and use a non-wheat flour to lightly dust it and prevent sticking that way...


        Would this work or be too grown up?

        It is eggs, butter, chocolate, and sugar. The recipe suggests whipped cream with it but I serve it with raspberies and a raspberry coulis. If you are interested let me know and I'll paraphrase. It is dead simple to do.

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        1. re: Candy

          That looks wonderful. Bring on the recipe!

          1. re: isadorasmama

            will tomorrow AM be okay? I am beat tonight

              1. re: isadorasmama

                Here it is.

                Butter and line a 9" cake pan with a round of parchement.

                Put 14 Tbs. unsalted butter in the top of a double boiler over simmering water. Add 10 oz. dark chocolate, finely chopped. I prefer 70% but if you like it less intense use what you prefer. Stir occasionally until both are melted and combined.

                In a large bowl whisk 5 large eggs with 1 C. sugar and then whisk in the chocolate until combined. Then pour into the perepared pan. Put a larger pan on the middle rack in your oven and place the cake pan in it. Add hot water to come half way up the sides of the cake pan.

                Bake at 350 F. for about an hour to an hour and a half. The cake is done when you can touch the top and your fingers come away clean.

                Carefully remove the cake pan from the water bath and cool on a rack. When totally cooled wrap in plastic and chill anywhere from 2 hours to 3 days.

                When ready to serve run a knife around the edge and invert onto a serving platter. You may have to warm the bottom slightly to get it to release. 12-14 servings

                They suggest whipped cream, I like my raspberry coulis. That is just a package of frozen raspberries whirled in a food procesor. It they are quite tart add a littl sugar and then strain pushing on the solids and dispose of the seeds. When it is for adults I add Chambord to taste to the coulis.

        2. I second the Flourless Chocolate Cake suggestion. Mmmmmm!!!

          1. Nigella Lawson did a cake with almond meal and oranges. I think it was in the Nigella Bites cookbook. I haven't tried it, but I'd be interested if anyone else has.

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            1. re: WCchopper

              You mean her Clemintine cake. I have made this with great success!
              One bit of advice- use the UK measuremnts (by weight) or the ratios may be way off depending how big your clemintines are.
              You can also sub oranges, lemons, etc... for the clemintines.

              Good Luck,