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A gluten / dairy / egg free birthday celebration is easier to make than you might expect.
|Strawberry gluten free / dairy / egg cake with dairy free strawberry ice cream|
Last week we celebrated my husband's birthday. It was a bittersweet birthday since it is the first birthday she has had without her father. My 8-year-old son commented how sad it was that Ye Ye (referring to his paternal grandfather in Mandarin Chinese) had passed away just a few weeks before Dad's birthday.
With that said, I knew I had to find something special for this birthday celebration, breaking tradition with our standard birthday cake. I hoped that mixing it up a bit could take away some of the sadness surrounding this birthday.
As I was dying on what kind of birthday cake to make, I stumbled across Kim's recipe for the most amazing gluten-free dairy-free strawberry cake on her blog Cook It Allergy Free. Although we only have one person in our family who has a gluten / dairy / egg allergy, I wanted to make a cake for everyone, but I knew it had to be For real good.
Most store-bought gluten-free cake mixes use white rice flour, not wholemeal flours; I wanted a cake that was healthier and tasted good. What I like about Kim's recipe is that she not only uses walnut flour and wholemeal flours, but also offers suggestions for milk and egg substitutions (including one she has never used before). I used Hazelnut Flour, Soy Free Ground Balance, So Delicious Coconut Milk Yogurt (we also have allergies to almonds and soy), and Kim's suggested egg substitution. The dough was nice and light, and the cake came out very moist and rich.
|The dough for this cake is nice and light like normal cake dough. I sprinkled some coconut on top.|
Served with ice cream, this gluten-free strawberry shortcake tasted exactly like the real one. Fortunately, last week, I also found a recipe for Dairy-free gluten-free strawberry ice cream since Weekly menu plan Live without adventures of a gluten-free mom. I haven't seen dairy-free / soy strawberry ice cream in stores yet, so I decided to try making this dairy-free strawberry ice cream recipe that uses coconut milk and lots of fresh strawberries. Along with the Strawberry Shortcake, this birthday dessert was a hit! With or without allergies, everyone loved this cake and ice cream combo. Thank you Kim from Cook It Allergy Free and Heidi from Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom for providing me with such timely recipes and for making this birthday happy! You brought smiles to everyone's faces!
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