Did you know that Betty Crocker makes gluten free cake mixes?
(Disclosure: Betty Crocker gave me nada to write this post. Geez, thanks a LOT, Betty.)
These cake mixes are not widely available but I found them at the Loblaws in Barrhaven, in the regular cake mix section, thanks to a tip from my good friend LuckySevens, who has a celiac husband and daughter.
It was Sir Monkeypants’ birthday last week so I gave the chocolate one a try. The mix itself is safe for Captain Jelly Belly but to make the mix, you are supposed to add 1/2 cup butter and three eggs, which you know, kills people around here, so I thought I’d skip it.
Instead, here’s how I made up the mix. I put the cake mix powder in a bowl and added three teaspoons of powdered egg replacer, then stirred to mix. Then I mixed one cup water (as directed) with 1/2 cup canola oil and 6 tablespoons applesauce (which is exactly the size of one of those little applesauce cups you put in your kids’ lunch, in case you are wondering). Then I poured the wet stuff into the dry stuff, mixed it a couple of minutes with a hand mixer, and baked according to package directions.
Once they were cool, I iced them with this:
Which is “buttercream icing” that contains no milk, which is kind of scary. In fact, between the icing and the cake mix, there are tons of ingredients in there that make this a decided “sometimes” food. I usually make my own icing from sugar, shortening, and vanilla, so it was kind of a shock to see all the weird artificial stuff in this can of icing but MAN, did the kids ever love it.
In fact, after seven years of making my own egg-free, milk-free cakes, this totally fake gluten-free cake was declared the best birthday cake EVER made in this house, by the kids AND by Sir Monkeypants.
So to sum up: big hit. Go make some.