February 18, 2016

Easy Gluten-Free Black Forest Cake

For quite some time I have wanted black forest cake. It was a favourite of mine when I was growing up, before I was diagnosed with Celiac. To put things in perspective, I have been navigating the gluten-free waters for well over ten years now. Enjoying some black forest cake, gluten-free of course, has been long overdue.



What's a girl to do when she can't find a ready-made gluten-free version of her most favourite cake?! 


Make It At Home


Don't get me wrong, I am by no means an amazing baker. I'm average at best. Short-cuts and hacks are my best friends in the kitchen and I used a couple in this recipe.

You Won't Believe How Easy This Is


Seriously, it's a piece of cake.

All you need for the cupcakes is a boxed gluten-free chocolate cake mix. I used Betty Crocker because I love how moist and fluffy the final product turns out. But, you can use any boxed mix which you prefer. 


Ingredients
Chocolate Cake Mix
Whipping Cream
Sugar
Vanilla Extract
Maraschino Cherries
Chocolate Sprinkles
Red Sugar Crystals


Homemade Whipped Cream 
1 1/2 cup Whipping Cream
2 Tbsp Sugar 
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract

Place above ingredients for homemade whipped cream in a large bowl. Stir to combine. That's it for now, but ensuring everything is cold is super important. 
Place the beaters from a hand mixer in the bowl and cover with saran wrap. 
Put bowl, in the fridge for 30 minutes. 

Once chilled, beat with hand mixer until stiff peaks form.


Stiff Peaks

Once the cupcakes come out of the oven and cool, they are ready to be transformed. 


First up - deconstructed black forest cake... a trifle of sorts. 

To do this, I cut a cupcake into four layers. I then alternated between the following components:
cupcake slice
whipped cream
chocolate sprinkles 
red sugar crystals
maraschino cherries



For my more traditional cupcakes, I used this neat little thing called a cupcake corer. It literally cores your cupcakes with little to no effort at all. Once I had room for a filling, it was time to assemble. In the cupcakes vacant centre, I layered the whipped cream, maraschino cherries, chocolate sprinkles and red sugar crystals. The top of the cupcakes get with a swirl of whipped cream, sprinkles, and sugar crystals. A single maraschino cherry tops it off.



Just Look At That Goodness 


Have you created anything inspired by a favourite dessert? Let me know below.







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