Daily Archives: January 24, 2009

January: The Chocolate Cake Challenge – Gluten Free Style

Every month, Jenna at That Wife holds a food challenge. This month’s challenge is to make the best chocolate cake.

Let’s start off with saying that I love baking and wanted to join the challenge BUT I hate chocolate cake. I guess I’m weird that I’m very picky about what chocolaty things I consume. But not one to opt out, I decided to bend the rules and make a white chocolate cake. Food Network’s Banana White Chocolate cake complete with cream cheese icing to be exact.

To go against my own convention, I followed the recipe perfectly except that I used 1 1/2 c. of rice flour, 1/2 c. of tapioca flour, 1/2 c. of potato flour and 1 tsp of xathan gum as a substitute for the 2 1/2 c. of cake flour.

Well, I baked and iced the cake this evening and it’s basically a glorified banana bread with white chocolate but it is REALLY tasty. At least if Mr. Bean’s reaction is anything to go by. Now for pictures:






Those are white chocolate shavings on top.


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… And it is in

Well, I’m quite happily sitting in my living room on my new lappy. I picked it up yesterday after work (without freezing!) and our friend Trevor set up the wireless internet for us last night.

I haven’t really been up to anything too exciting lately. I am very pleased that I haven’t had any terrible reaction to my latest medication yet, which means that it is the first weekend in about 3 or 4 weeks where I haven’t spent the majority of it lying on the couch watching seasons of Law and Order SVU.

One of my friends held a “girls night in” type event last night where we got to try out various spa products. It was quite interesting, but I have to say that it is a lot nicer to have someone else do things for you, but then you get what you pay for. We ended up watching “House Bunny“, which was considerably better than I thought it would be. It tried to channel Legally Blonde, but nothing quite beats a ditz going to Harvard. It was pretty cute and left you feeling somewhat happy afterwards.

Anyone seen any good movies lately?


Filed under Life