Now I am going to be honest, I am no expert with gluten-free desserts. I have no clue what so ever. You may be thinking why bother making something gluten-free then? Well my sister asked me if I could make a gluten-free dessert for her and I know one of her favourite dessert is chocolate cake. So I did some research and found a simple recipe.
This was a simple recipe and instead of using normal flour I had some gluten-free flour. This made it a little easier to work with as that was the only ingredient I wasn’t familiar with.
Below is the recipe I put together for you to try.
Ok, so I shall admit something here. I am not a big fan of chocolate cake. Now don’t go crazy I just sometimes find that it can be quite dry. Now I haven’t said I hated chocolate cake but unless it is hot and has lots and lots of icing on it I’m not going to like it.
So with this in mind I made the cake anyway, it wasn’t for me so it didn’t really matter what I thought.
Making the cake was easy, much like any other cake recipe really! It was the finished product that I wasn’t really happy with. When the cake was cooked it instantly looked dry, now it could have been like that because it was suppose to or because I over cooked it, either way I wasn’t impressed. With this in mind, I wasn’t looking hopefully to the final product and it’s taste.
Another thing I did think of is the shape of the cake when it was finally cooked. Usually, when I make cakes I grease the tin and then line it with baking paper. So I did this and no matter what the shape is like before the cake is cooked, the cake settles as it cooks, creating an all over smooth cake. However, that was definitely not the case here at all the curves and parts that stuck out in the baking paper stayed like that when it was done cooking. Making my cake look really oddly shaped. But I decided to look past that as it’s homemade, it doesn’t need to be tidy.
Like any other cake, you allow it to cool completely and make the icing in the process.
My icing didn’t look like the picture at all (opps!) I followed the instructions and my icing looked and tasted like chocolate butter icing (which of course is really nice!) but their icing was dark and glossy and runny. Completely opposite. I went wrong somewhere, but I didn’t care, it still tasted good.
Along with my list of things going wrong, when I moved the cake onto a plate it broke in half (oh the joys of baking!) But don’t panic, I fixed it by sticking it together again with some icing. Surprisingly! this actually worked. When It came top cutting the cake you couldn’t see where it had broken, so no problems there.
The cake didn’t taste that bad. Like I have said I’m not a big fan on chocolate cake and I did find this cake to be a little dry. But warmed up it tasted a lot better!
Even though this recipe had mistakes it doesn’t mean I’m not going to try again. That’s what baking is about. You make mistakes, you learn from them and you try again until you get it right.
So even though this recipe didn’t go well for me, that shouldn’t stop you from trying it for yourself. You never know you may have better luck and I can learn from you.
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