We’ve been out of town travelling and in that time we’ve had two birthdays in the family. Thought I’d share our vegan, gluten free birthday cakes with you. This is how Mama makes yummy birthday cakes with no eggs, no milk, no sugar and no flour! (Isn’t that a feat!)
Birthday cake #1 – Gluten Free Pineapple Upsidedown Cake.
I used the new Betty Crocker mix for gluten free white cake as a base for this Pineapple Upsidedown Cake. I began by draining a can of crushed pineapple and reserving the pineapple juice from the can. I followed the direction on the back of the box, except I substituted this pineapple juice for the water the directions call for and I also substituted 2 Tbsp honey for EACH egg required. Then I spread the drained, crushed pineapple on the bottom of the pan, poured the cake batter over top and baked it according to the directions! (We were visiting my mother in law at the time. She lives at a high altitude and her oven is tempermental so you can see in the picture that the cake edges got a bit dark… but I think this wouldn’t have happened in most ovens. ) Next I made a pineapple topping by putting another can of pineapple (liquid and all) into the blender with 4 Tbsp corn startch. I blended it all, then cooked that over the stove until it thickened and placed that on top the cake. The “ice cream” beside the cake is simply frozen bananas run through a champion juicer! Yummy!
Birthday cake #2 – Pina Colada Cheesecake
My pina colada cheesecake is still a work in progress… Frankly, the crust wasn’t very good so I won’t post the recipe for it… The next time I do this I think I will just skip the crust altogether and make “cheesecake squares” since it’s the cheesecake and the topping that we all liked.
Here’s how to make it: In the blender whiz together 4 cups soft tofu, 2-3 tsp orange extract, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 cup honey, 1/2 cup oil, 2 Tbsp lemon juice. Pour into an oiled casserole dish. (Ok, you’re really supposed to pour it over a granola crust, but I don’t have a good gluten free recipe for one of those yet!). Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Don’t be concerned if it doesn’t look finished after 20 minutes… It will firm up as it cools.
For the topping, pour 1 can pineapple into the blender (juice and all) with 1/2 can coconut milk and 4 Tbsp corn starch. Blend, then cook on the stove until thick. Let it cool somewhat (just so it’s not piping hot when you spread it over the tofu). Spread it over the tofu and chill the cheesecake! Voila!