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Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Whipped-cream Frosting… “Happy Birthday” cake!!!

We just celebrated two birthdays in the last 3 weeks in my family – my husband and my son. I made the same gluten-free cake for both of them. It’s a tradition in my family – chocolate cake with chocolate, whipped-cream frosting! We have it at every birthday celebration…sooo good! I would have included a picture of the cake, but it was eaten too fast – that’s how good it is.

I must admit, though, it’s the frosting that really makes this cake so delicious and I have to give credit to my mother for that one. She made chocolate, whipped-cream frosting since before I was born (and I’m not telling how long ago that is!!). In my family growing up, we could request whatever kind of cake we wanted for our birthday. Only my father and oldest sister (#1) would request something different for their birthday – my father loved Boston Creme Pie and my sister liked Apricot Pie. The rest of us (#2 sister, #3 brother, #4 brother, mom and myself, #5) would have cake covered in Chocolate, Whipped-Cream Frosting – any cake. It could be sponge cake, Angel food cake or chocolate cake. In the end, chocolate cake was the best choice – every year!

This recipe makes a LOT of cake. What I’ve done is make 2 – 9 inch round cakes and use the extra batter for cupcakes. If the cupcakes survive long enough, they are frozen for a quick treat some other day! They taste great warmed in the microwave, then add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top – no frosting required.

I’d love to hear some of your family birthday traditions – please share!! Enjoy!

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake

(**This recipe makes 3 – 9 inch round cakes or 30 cupcakes or 2 – 9 inch cakes and 12 cupcakes.)

1-1/3 cup strong, brewed hot coffee

1¼ cup cocoa powder

2 sticks butter

2¼ cups sugar

4 large eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3¼ cups Pamela’s Gluten-free Baking and Pancake Mix + 1 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease cake pans and dust with gluten-free flour or use paper liners for cupcakes. In a medium bowl, whisk together hot coffee and cocoa powder until very smooth. Set aside. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time. Add vanilla extract and mix until well blended. Add half of Pamela’s mix to the butter mixture and blend well. Add half of the coffee/cocoa mixture and beat until well combined. Add the remaining Pamela’s mix and coffee/cocoa mixture and blend completely until smooth. Spoon batter into prepared pans and fill to half full. Bake cake pans for 40 minutes or cupcakes for 20 minutes. It is done when a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool cake pans for 20 minutes then turn cake onto wire racks to cool completely before frosting.

Chocolate Whipped-Cream Frosting

1 pint heavy or whipping cream, chilled

Hershey’s syrup

Chill a large mixing bowl in the freezer for 15 minutes. Remove bowl from the freezer and add the cream. Beat cream on high speed until stiff peaks form. Add ¼ cup Hershey’s syrup and continue to mix until well blended. Add more Hershey’s syrup until desired chocolate flavor has been reached. Frosting will not get darker, just have more chocolate flavor. This recipe makes enough for a two layer cake with frosting in the middle and covering the outer surfaces completely. Refrigerate cake after frosting.

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Posted by on July 22, 2012 in Desserts

 

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Five Minute Gluten-free Chocolate Mug Cake…long name, short time to a sweet treat!

I know this recipe has been all over the internet for years now, using regular all-purpose flour. I’ve tried that one and it doesn’t taste good at all. The texture just isn’t right – too rubbery. Maybe I didn’t find the right recipe? Anyway, we’re gluten-free now…

So, when I substituted Pamela’s Gluten-Free Baking and Pancake Mix for the regular flour, it came out good enough to fill my husband’s craving for something chocolate and sweet. The texture is not exactly like chocolate cake, more spongy, but we make this often enough that it is something we look forward to enjoying. It has good flavor and we can whip it up anytime we want a sweet treat.

I think it’s really important to use a baking mix that has baking soda, salt and baking powder already in it, or add it on your own. I know there is a Gluten-free Bisquick mix on the market now, and it may work in this recipe, but I have not tried it, so I can’t make any promises.

The other important piece of this recipe is the microwave wattage. If you don’t know the wattage of your microwave, check the manual that came with it. Or, look for the sticker with a serial number and other small printing on it. The sticker may be located on the back of the machine or when you open the door, it might be facing you. Somewhere on that sticker it should say what the wattage output is – microwaves have varying amounts of outputs, usually from 700W to 1400W. (My microwave is 1200W output, so I have to adjust it for this recipe.)

If you want to get the correct cooking time for your microwave for this recipe, click here and it will bring you to a Microwave Conversion chart. Scroll down to the “Convert Microwave Cooking Times” box and enter 1000 in the “From Wattage” box, enter your microwave’s wattage in the “To Wattage” box and enter 3 minutes, 0 seconds. Press “GO” and the chart will give how much time to cook this recipe using your microwave on HIGH. I’m sorry if this sounds a bit confusing, but it will help the recipe come out better, I promise!

Let me know how it comes out when you try it… I’d like to hear your ideas and suggestions! Enjoy!

 

Five Minute Gluten-Free Chocolate Mug Cake

4 tablespoons Pamela’s Baking & Pancake Mix

1 tablespoon sugar

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1 egg

3 tablespoons milk

2 tablespoons canola oil

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons chocolate chips

In an extra-large coffee mug, add the first three dry ingredients and mix well. Add the egg, milk, oil and vanilla extract and mix very well until completely combined. Add the chocolate chips on top – don’t stir in. Place mug in the microwave oven and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts (oven watts may vary, adjust power or time accordingly). The cake will rise near the top of the mug and fall again – this is normal! Allow to cool slightly and tip onto a plate. Cut in half lengthwise and serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, if desired. Makes 2 servings.

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Posted by on February 24, 2012 in Desserts

 

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