MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE! 🙂
Every year since before I can even remember, my mom and I bake a cake for Christmas (Jesus’ birthday cake). Santa never got cookies in my house! Cake was more of his thing 😉 When I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2012, I had to find a new cake mix to make for this special cake. I am all for *trying* to make things from scratch, but Christmas is already so hectic so we always used mixes so that we could spend time decorating it and watching Christmas movies. For the past 3 years, our cake mix has been Betty Crocker’s gluten free cake mix which is made in a dedicated gluten free facility! http://www.bettycrocker.com/products/gluten-free-baking-mix/gluten-free-devils-food-cake-mix
As many of you know, I am the worst person to ever be left alone in a kitchen. I am not a fan of cooking/baking and cooking/baking is not a fan of me…I burn everything, I mis-measure somehow, I don’t even know to be honest. But this mix and all of the Betty Crocker mixes are virtually impossible to mess up…I have added the wrong number of eggs, wrong amount of water, wrong time, etc, but my cakes/cupcakes have always turned out to be fantastic! 🙂 I have even added my own variations: peanut butter chips and chocolate chips or sprinkles.
So for Christmas this year, I decided to make a gluten free gingerbread (wo)man cake using the Betty Crocker mix. Just a heads up…gluten free cakes tend to be smaller so we used two mixes. Remember to check your cooking spray!! Pam baking contains flour!!!! Original Pam spray does not.
As for frosting, we also used Betty Crocker chocolate frosting–naturally gluten free and labeled as such!!! ❤ AKA found pretty much everywhere and inexpensive! We found it at CVS this evening when we realized that all of the grocery stores were closed and we forgot frosting! Also, no trans fat (which my boyfriend is super against).
The cake baked easily and came out perfectly 🙂 Next step…Add a ton of frosting for the base. Important, of course! So I decorated added the base frosting while mom made homemade frosting to decorate the cake.
Mom made the wonderful pink frosting and I hand decorated the cake with nifty decorating tools to add my personality.
Can you tell I LOVE pink and bows?! This adult hasn’t fully grown up yet…See below for a previous year’s cake—complete with pink tinsel and edible sparkles! 😀
Well, thanks for reading about my favorite Christmas tradition, an annual baking event that I will always cherish with my mom ❤ Again, Merry Christmas to all! ❤
Do you have a favorite gluten free cake or cookie tradition? Have you tried the Betty Crocker mixes? Comment below 🙂