The warm wafting aroma of fresh bread baking is one of the most comforting scents in the world. Breadmaking can be an exacting and time-consuming process and gluten-free breadmaking is especially so because of the lack of the gluten protein to give the bread bind and elasticity. I have several times experienced opening my bread machine in anticipation, only to find a lump of dense undercooked gluten-free bread. While a bread machine with a gluten-free specific cycle makes the work of gluten-free breadmaking much easier, pre-bought gluten-free bread mixes make the task even less daunting. There is a huge selection of gluten-free bread mixes out there, so we’ve collected Continue reading “Mixing it Up With Gluten-Free Bread Mixes”
When King Arthur kindly sent me a box of their new GF yellow cake mix, I made a batch of cupcakes to welcome some of our new team members. Before I tried them, I was contemplating how best to sound excited about cake, but I needn’t have worried. This was some of the best cake made from a boxed mix that I’ve ever had (gluten-full or gluten-free). The cakes stayed perfectly moist and tender, and didn’t dry out the way a lot of gluten-free baked goods tend to. I don’t particularly care for cake in general, so for me to reach for a second cupcake is a big deal.
The speed at which baked goods can disappear from a plate on the break room table never ceases to amaze me. Needless to say, the rest of our employees (Celiac and gluten-eating alike) loved these cupcakes. I also let the family try them, and “forgot” to mention the fact that they were gluten-free. No one noticed a difference. The use of tapioca starch, rice flour, and potato starch makes it difficult to discern any difference in flavor or texture from gluten-full cake.
My only issue when baking was that my cupcakes deflated a bit when they came out of the oven. According to King Arthur’s website this could be due to overbeating the batter, so be mindful of how long you mix it. I used a hand-mixer, but next time I will probably mix the batter by hand so as not to repeat my mistake. Luckily, frosting covers flaws in your cake very easily. I put a few drops of GF almond extract in my plain buttercream frosting (just powdered sugar, butter and milk) to give it some oomph, and I think it complemented the cake perfectly.
Whether you have a birthday coming up or you just feel like some sweet indulgence after a long work week, grab yourself a box of King Arthur Flour’s GF Yellow Cake Mix and whip up a batch!