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Baked Doughnuts For Everyone: From Sweet to Savory to Everything in Between, 101 Delicious Recipes, All Gluten-Free


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how *not* to make gluten free + vegan mini cakes

1. Use perfectly ripe, organic strawberries, for a recipe that you are 75% sure will fail.

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2. Be sure to chop the strawberries into pieces that are too large, so the batter is hard to spread in the mini bundt pan.

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3. Make 2 chia eggs, with ground chia seeds, in place of 2 real eggs.

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4. Stir the batter a few times too many.

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5. Forget to add the sugar [sucanat], and add it on top of the cakes before baking.

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6.  Take them out of the oven for 2 minutes, thinking they’re done when they’re not and then put them back in.

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7. Still slightly undercook them and carelessly remove them from the pan.

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8. Eat them anyway, because you can’t waste those fresh strawberries!

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My first gluten free + vegan baking experience was a bit of a fail.  They taste delicious, but as you can see, the texture is off.  They’re a bit doughy/gummy, but for some reason, I cannot stop eating them!

Anyone want to come over and help me polish off these sub-par cakes?

Better luck next time.


Reader Comments (73)

HA! They look good to me!! I kind of like things underbaked because I like it doughy!! :)

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

I would eat them anyway, they look tasty to me :) and everything with strawberries must be good :)

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLenna

They look good to me! I would gladly help you finish them. Fresh strawberries cannot go to waste!

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSonia (the Mexigarian)

those little cakes and the cake pan are SO CUTE!!!!

Ugh. I'm off grains all week. Even underdone GF, vegan cakes sound good! :)

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJacci in Ohio

In-season organic strawberries are to be cherished (I would have eaten them anyway too!;)

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGina

They still look really cute!
And i kind of like undercooked gummy foods :)
Good luck on your next try!!!

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonna@Love,Run&Travel

Ha! I've always wondered how many "tries" it takes Foodies/Bloggers to get a recipe "right", before they actually POST... ;) If I screw something, it just goes unmentioned - mostly because I'm not a baker extraordinaire, and know I probably never will be (no patience. Hence the almond-butter question yesterday...).

Anyway, I'd totally nom on the "failed" cakes, too. Fresh strawberries + semi-cake is still "cake", right? ;)

Are you and I the same person? Maybe so. I'm eating my failure right now.

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMama Pea

They look so yummy! I love anything with fresh fruit!

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCassie

Aw! They're still super cute anyway :)

haha! sorry about that. i, too, tend to feel the need to devour a failed batch of baked goods as quickly as possible...cause you can't waste the quality ingredients!

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergiordin

I bet those would be good on your oats though! I toast up my failures and put them on my oats. If their a little on the gooey side, it's ok if it's mixed with oaty goodness!

aw these are cute hehehe

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmélie

This is a wonderful post. I love the sarcasm! It's comforting to know that with every cooking success, there are failures too. Thank you for not shying away from documenting it!

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPauline

At least you got a great strawberry photo out of the experience! :)

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Aw, it happens to the best of us! ;) I just navigated a GF vegan baking experience (mini vanilla bean scones made of almond flour), and it was definitely... patience-nurturing. Ha! I had to keep telling myself, "DEEP BREATH." I still need to try the chia egg thang; finally found some chia meal after 5 grocery trips. Oy! :)

I would eat them too. I am just not capable of throwing food away. It bothers me that I end up washing out like a tsp. of whatever is left in the blender under the blade, throwing food out is just NOT an option :)

I'd call it a success!.... With my experience with vegan baking, it comes out a little doughy anyways. But, I'm new to it.

Woah, the eggs must really make a difference in this recipe! I'm actually surprised I've managed to have a few GF + Vegan recipes turn out, although there were a couple of failures along the way haha.

Hee hee hee! they look adorable still :) NEVER waste strawberries for sure!!

I'd still eat em!! I made one of Katie's single lady cupcakes the other day. Turned out like a mushy mess and I still gobbled it down!

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaitlyn@TheTieDyeFIles

Love this post! They still look good!!

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAllison

OH yah..still chowing down on these!

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I've been able to pull off vegan + gf buckwheat bakes, but not "sweet baked" goods. I'll get it!!

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

THe other day I stuck my straw into the bottom of the blender!!! haaha

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

YOu can make your own by just grinding chia seeds in a blender! :)

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks ;)

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks Pauline :)

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I know!! I couldn't believe you had a failure on the same day I did...hehehe STill so good...and I just gave 3 to Kelsey..some friend I am!

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

This will definitely take a few tries! The CO altitude baking rules are definitely not working on my side either!

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Oooh, that cannot be easy...good luck!

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

hehe, thanks ;) It's a royal pain to clean!

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

They still look good to me! I have so many sub par baking results but fortunately I'll eat just about any baked good :P

This is TOTALLY unrelated to this post, but when I clicked on the "strawberries" link at the top, it led me to something about making nut butters. I know you're a DIEHARD fan of your Cuisinart food processor, but honestly the BEST food processor I have ever used for pulverizing anything is the Ninja. It will pulverize things in literally 1/3 of the time that any other food processor ever will. Just thought I'd share! And they're CHEAP!!

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJack O'Brien

I love doughy. Not a failure in my mind!
The neighbours dog begs for my kitchen failures.

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEat Hike Sleep Repeat

Your baking on a bad day looks my baking on a good day!! ;)

I just finished your sweet potato taco recipe from a couple nights ago... It was sooooo good! It was so good in fact, that I ate a little teaspoon of nut butter for dessert in a small toast to you!

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMiava

Gluten free baking is so hard! I've had way more failures that successes as of yet and took a bit of a break. I've learned you really have to follow recipes of someone you trust and measure everything perfectly! I bet the cakes were still yummy!!!

Gluten free baking is super hard. I need to experiment with it myself soon because I get a lot of request for recipes but I'm super intimidated!!

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCait's Plate

After I read Gluten Free Girl's post about baking by weight instead of measurement for gf flours, it made all the difference in the world for my baked goods! I also found that the only non-egg that works for the gf baking is actual egg-replacer (chia/flax just can't do the trick for me!) So if you can figure that out- it would be awesome!

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErin

I always eat my failures as sad as that may seem.

At least they taste good! I never grind my chia seeds when using them for egg replacers...I find they are too gummy when ground. I just let them soak whole and they work great!

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachel R

Imperfections can be beautiful! These cakes sound delectable, I love the doughy + berry texture and sweetness.

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura @ Backstage Pass

Do you have a post or do you mind writing a post sometime about the gluten-free diet craze? I went to Barnes n Noble today and saw so many recipe books for it and I don't understand why people who don't have celiac disease are avoiding gluten (unless it upsets their stomach).

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLorin

I'm going to be writing at post about my final detox conclusions and why I'm now avoiding gluten. In short, a lot of people have gluten intolerance + allergies. Gluten free diets are not just for people with celiac disease. I stopped eating gluten/soy/dairy for 3 weeks and then brought each one back in for a 2 week period, to try and figure out what was giving me stomach discomfort. I experienced an unusual amount of bloating, nearly every single day, for the past 10 years. Through the detox, I found that it was gluten that upsets my stomach and when I don't eat it I'm 85-90% bloat free! And now when I do eat it, 24hrs later, I have an even worse reaction. Believe me, I would not be avoiding gluten if I didn't have to. It's extremely inconvenient! And I did not do it for any "dieting" reason. I haven't lost a single pound since I went GF.

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Oooh, good to know!

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks for the tips! And I do have scale...need to bust that out!

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Hahaha, love it!! So glad you enjoyed them. ;) That's a great night time snack!

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

About 1/2 way down that post, I talk about the importance of buying organic strawberries. I used to put WAY too much info into one post, haha. ;) I've never even heard of the ninja. That's awesome. Until my cuisinart dies [hopefully not soon!!!], I'll just have to put up with it's slowness. hehe

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yeah, it's hard to mess up badly enough that you can't eat them!

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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