Tuesday, April 19, 2011

BETTY CROCKER AT OUR GLUTEN FREE VEGAN SEDER

I hardly ever use cake mixes. For some reason, the only mix we had in the house when I was growing up was Bisquik. Maybe because the concept of Southern biscuits to a New York Jew was all too challenging. But then, I think it was mostly used for pancakes. Strange, in a house where so much was homemade. Perhaps it was seen a "modern luxury" of some kind.

For holidays, foods were always made from scratch, so this past year held two departures from tradition for me. The Marble Bundt Cake for Hanukkah and the treats pictured above. Both were raging successes. I can't comment on the use of these mixes as they come from the box, but altered, they were delicious!
HOW I TURNED TWO BASIC GLUTEN FREE CAKE MIXES INTO FOUR DELICIOUS DESSERTS
Devils Food Cake:

Where instructions asked for 3 eggs and 1 stick of butter, I used 1/2 cup of Earth Balance Spread and 3 eggs worth of EnRG Egg replacer.
Once the batter was mixed according to instructions on the box, I divided it in thirds. I left one third plain, added 1/3 cup sweetened coconut shreds to one third, and added 1/3 cup chopped walnuts to the last third.

Yellow Cake

Where instructions asked for 3 eggs and 1 stick of butter, I used 1/2 cup of Earth Balance Spread and 3 eggs worth of EnRG Egg replacer. Where the 2 tsp vanilla was called for, I used 2 tsp orange extract. I also added 1 T freshly grated orange rind.
Once the batter was mixed according to instructions on the box, I divided it in half. I added 1/2 cup sweetened coconut shreds to one half, and left the other plain.

THE PLAN

I used the chocolate nut mix for the small hearts and topped them with more nuts.
I used the chocolate coconut mix for the large hearts.
I used the orange coconut mix for the small squares.
I used the plain orange and plain chocolate mixes for the mini bundts.

I used the box's cupcake timing for them, a bit less time for the squares and hearts.
If you don't have these exact pans, just use what you have: muffin tins, mini muffin tins, donut pans. Marbleize some, make lemon cake instead of orange, or add sugar decorations -- customize and enjoy!

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