Friday, December 12, 2008

Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Chocolate Cake : Recipe (variation)


What better way to relax than with some delicious gluten-free dairy-free chocolate cake... yum! After the recent car accident, I needed something positive to enjoy, and this latest recipe variation worked well, at least during the time spent consuming it :)

My wife created this new gluten-free diary-free cake recipe by performing a few rather simple alterations to the Gluten-Free Chocolate Ganache Cake recipe from our cook book (recipe spread on pages 20-21), by using Silken Tofu (i.e., Soy Protein) as a replacement for the dairy components (originally some buttermilk and cream cheese were used - now replaced with Tofu).

The results were fantastic! The cake's taste and texture were excellent, and I never would have guessed it was dairy-free (or gluten-free for that matter). If you can eat Soy, this is a great dairy-free cake option. It maintains exceptional chocolate flavor and a great bouncy, spongy cake texture just like a "real" cake would have.

Instead of frosting the cake, I just sprinkled a bit of powdered sugar on top, and then proceeded to eat a piece... or two... or three. I love great chocolate cakes, and I found it rather difficult to control my desire to eat more than I should. Such is the down side of baking. he he he.

I posted the simple VARIATION to the Chocolate Ganache Cake recipe that appears on Page 20 in our Gluten-Free and Wheat-Free Gourmet Desserts book on our gluten-free recipes page. Here is a link to the Variation text:
All dairy products have been removed for those who wish to avoid casein as well as gluten. Great for vegan diets and celiacs alike. And, we baked this variation in a standard 9" x 13" x 2" cake pan, whereas the original (in the gluten-free cookbook) was baked using three 9" round pans and layering the cakes.

If you have a birthday or other event coming up soon (or, just want to eat cake!), I highly recommend giving this one a try. It is rather simple to bake, fits your gluten-free diet (and/or dairy-free diet), while adding a bit of soy protein too (which, must mean it is good for you, right? heh)

2 comments:

sarah zona said...

Hi, I just came across your blog while looking for gluten free stuff in Cleveland. I'm visiting this weekend and thought I'd ask for some restaurant recommendations that are gluten free. Thanks!

Mike Eberhart said...

Sarah,
Quite honestly, I rarely go out to eat, as I have the luxury of a home-based master chef (i.e., my wife) who spoils me regularly with restaurant-quality food :)

But, depending where you are headed in the area (Cleveland is rather large), there are some national chains that are gluten-free friendly like Outback Steakhouse and PF Changs (Asian). I enjoy either of those places when I have been there, though it has been quite a while. Sorry I can not offer much more advice on gluten-free restaurants in the area.