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Yesterday was a gluten free baking extravaganza in my kitchen! We were headed to a Christmas dinner with friends and I wanted to make some holiday goodies to bring to help celebrate. I dug my Christmas tree cookie cutters out and wanted to make one to take with us. I haven’t made one in probably fifteen years but I still keep these cookie cutters. Only problem was I couldn’t find the booklet that goes with them! I also have a package of shaped cookie cutters from Wilton’s Christmas Collection from 1992. Wilton’s website offers an updated version of their cookie recipe you can find here. The recipe I used came off the old box and is slightly different from the one in the link. I find that when cooking with Gluten Free Flour you have to make a few adjustments. I did not use the almond extract but I might try that next time. I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free all purpose flour combined with Xanthan Gum. I found that the cookies came out better if I lowered the cooking temperature a bit, but it is possible that my oven runs hot. The consistency of the dough made it a little tricky to figure out how to get the cut dough from the table to the cookie baking sheet. Sometimes I used a spatula (even two)to move them onto the baking sheet. Some of them I pieced together within the cookie cutter directly on a cool baking sheet. My tree did not look like the one on the Wilton site. It had more of a Dr. Seuss feel. I made lime squares too using the same Gluten Free flour. The lime squares call for powdered sugar which contains cornstarch. I wasn’t sure if there was gluten in cornstarch so this is what I found if you are curious.
Here are some pics…as you can see I frosted the tree with butter-cream frosting and candies.


Today I was surprised to get an email asking if the free desk was still available. I responded yes and they were more than eager to come get it straight away! So now I will have to find another large flat surface to finish my quilt but I am very grateful that the desk found a new home.

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I think birthdays are such a fun time. I love it when I know exactly what I want to do for someone’s birthday.  Sometimes, I don’t know, but when I do it makes me really happy!  My friend Jeanine had put up a message a while back(maybe a few months ago) that she would love a rainbow cake for her birthday.   She had posted a picture and a link regarding this cake that she liked.  So I looked into the link and the way that the cake had been made.  I would put that link here but there seemed to be some scuttlebutt regarding who came up with the idea first so if you want to be involved in that drama feel free to do a google search on rainbow cake and get all into the thick of it.  I choose to stay out of it and say yes I saw a picture and post of a similar rainbow cake.  I did not invent the idea.  I am simply fulfilling a dear friend’s birthday cake wish.  There!  Enough said on that!  So here are some pictures of my cake making extravaganza.

 

Bowls of the rainbow!

Bowls of the rainbow!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are the bowls of cake batter combined with paste food coloring.

 Next I assembled them roygbiv style into the cake pans.

Rainbow in a pan...minus the violet

Rainbow in a pan...minus the violet

 

I still need to add the purple.  Sorry folks, no indigo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now that is one dark purple!

Now that is one dark purple!

 

 

 

 

 

Empty bowls of color…notice my black cat!  Oh, I LOVE my black cats!

 

Empty bowls of color.

Empty bowls of color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next we take advantage of the baking time to do a little cleanup in the kitchen.

Cleaning up the dishes.

Cleaning up the dishes.

As I watch the rainbow of color dissipate into the dish suds I still feel this happy excitement.  Why?  Because I know in just a few moments I will be peaking into the oven to catch a glimpse of the rainbow.  All I could think of was Rainbow Bright…or Punky Brewster.   Or even flashes of this doll that I think was called Candi.  She had a bright yellow shirt/dress and rainbow colored tights. Unicorns prancing merrily in the fields…. fairies fluttering about…..a pot o’ gold…..perhaps even Carebears!  lol!  Time to finish up those dishes and take a peak in the oven….

Baking a rainbow.

Baking a rainbow.

After passing the chopstick, err toothpick test for doneness, they needed to cool completely.  A quick check of instant messenging with Jeanine to make sure she was still coming over in the morning…ahh great, she is still coming over!  Time to make the buttercream frosting.  Is it still considered buttercream when it is made with ghee?  Hmmmm….My gheecream frosting 🙂 held up fairly well.  I needed to put the pastry bags into the fridge to re-set as the heat of my hands seemed to soften it up quite a bit while I was decorating with the pastry bag.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday!

I placed the finished cake into the refrigerator and waited for her arrival. I cleaned off the kitchen table to prepare for our plarning adventures.  You see, she was coming over to make balls of plarn wih me.  If you don’t know about plarn, it is “yarn” made from plastic.  In this case recycled plastic bags.  I will have a future post regarding this as I am working on my first plarn project right now.

Back to the cake!  I guess she had forgotten about the post regarding the rainbow cake because as she cut into the cake, she noticed the rainbow colored pattern on the blade of the knife.  “Ohhh…you have to take a picture of this!  Look at the rainbow!”

Rainbow on the knife

Rainbow on the knife

At this point I thought for sure that she knew it was a rainbow cake but she didn’t!  When she removed the first slice of cake, revealing the inside she looked SO surprised.  Ahh a priceless moment!  I will remember that moment for quite some time.  I have a few more pictures to share.  Here is a picture of the first slice removed.

Inside

Inside

Cake slice.

Cake slice.

 

More color

More color

 

 

 

 

 

So maybe I went a little crazy with the pictures…here are a few more!  

Forkful of color.

Forkful of color.

The smaller images can be viewed larger if you click on them.  I think you get the idea.

 

 

 I am not one for artificial colors or chemicals in my food, but I have to admit that I had to smile every time I saw the colors.  Hard to explain but seeing this cake just made me happy.

 

Half cake shot.

Half cake shot.

The slices had a whale tail pattern.  I can envision many possibilities of patterns with food coloring in cake batter….far beyond the typical marbling.  

So I dedicate this blog post, not only to Jeanine, but to those that have asked me for more baking.  What can I say, I love to make food for people.  Apparently, even those of you that can’t be physically with me to taste my food, still enjoy seeing it.  It is my honor then to have you “over” here for a sweet treat.

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happy-valentines-day So I awoke this morning and decided to make cupcakes for my Valentine’s Day.  Not that I really need an excuse to make cupcakes, but it was an added incentive today.  Went for a walk down to the beach and out on the Pier.  There were lots of people out today.  I heard one couple complain that they couldn’t get into the restaurant on the Pier because they didn’t have a reservation.  I saw a bridal party, or at least the bride and bridesmaids on the docks.  The bride was getting photographed with an older man that looked like a fisherman…Not that he had on a Morton’s salt type outfit or anything but he looked like the classic  stereotypical  fisherman icon come to life.  He was holding the bride’s hand and congratulating her.  Further out on the dock I saw some young (teenage) boys walking and laughing.  One of them was sending out his fishing line…not into the water mind you but out onto the dock.  Yep that’s right, in the middle of the walking path of everyone on the dock.  Why would he be doing this you ask?   Well, on the end of his line was a dollar bill. He and his friends were quite amused by the whole thing.  After making my way out to the end of the pier, I heard some adults joking about it as well.  They had big smiles on their faces.  Seemed to make their day.   Asking each other if they each had tried to pick it up.

There were also dolphins.  A pod that seemed to be having a good time and must have found some fish to follow or something because they made a loop back in a way that I don’t normally see them do.

The vibe I saw today wasn’t one of super-duper  loviness, but a general good natured vibe.  The day was beautiful and it was reflected in the people I encountered.  Even those that couldn’t get into their chosen restaurant.  They simply moved on to another one.  Perhaps Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be solely about the person you are with….but a reflection of positive, good  natured   love that we can put out into the world.  

If you like the picture of the cupcake go to my kitchen page to see more.  Have a great day!

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