I’ve experienced both the good and the bad side of gluten free, and I’ve learned a couple things in the process.
I think the biggest mistake in making something gluten free is to start with something that you love and try to replicate it without flour. Gluten free should be more about finding the things you like that don’t have gluten in them and coming up with new and creative ways of serving them. Otherwise, you’ll be munching along, disappointedly dreaming of gluten.
Although this cake is gluten free, it’s also filled with bananas, spices, and cream cheese icing. I’ve never had a straight up gluten free vanilla cake that I liked, but throw in some lemon and poppy seeds or mint and chocolate chips, and you’ve got my attention.
This design was for a co-worker, so it’s not available for purchase, which is unfortunate because it was a lot of fun to make. The timing was perfect, too, since the Emerald City Comicon was only a few days ago, and I got to see the face behind the voice of Pinky Pie in person, which was helpful because I wouldn’t have known who Pinkie Pie was otherwise. I also wish we could offer more gluten free cakes more regularly, but for now it’s a strict 2 weeks notice kind of thing. I ate some of the scraps leftover from the construction of this cake, and it was a perfect balance of sweet, tangy, spongey, and moist. I can only take half the credit on this one because the banana spice cake was made by one of our expert bakers using a secret recipe.