Okay, so cake isn’t exactly a bread, but we are super excited to post this article! After all, today is a fun, special kind of day:
HAPPY CAKE DECORATING DAY!
It came at a perfect time. The last months of the year, affectionately dubbed the “Holidays Season” in my house, begin shortly. If you are anything near traditional, you have all kinds of goodies to bake for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Kwanza, Christmas, New Year’s and any other special occasion. In our house, it’s birthdays. Lots and lots of birthdays.
And of course, the baking presents a real problem for those of us concerned about gluten. It may be easy to just grab a can or tube of frosting at your local store, but stop! There are only a handful of commercial products that are completely gluten free to place on your cakes.
CakeMate is one of the safest and most common companies on the market. All of their gels, edible letters and numbers, and icings are gluten free. Several other companies, such as Pillsbury, offer gluten-free options, so be sure to read the labels carefully.
But the best way to guarantee your frosting or icing is gluten-free is to make it yourself. Butter cream frosting is naturally gluten free, and most other varieties can be made easily. Be sure to use real butter or cream cheese for that creamy texture most people love. In addition to frosting recipes, you can also find gluten-free decorating gel recipes online. They are surprisingly easy and use items you already have on hand if you already make your own gluten-free items at home.
Keep in mind cake decorating is more than waves of cream over the cake. There are hundreds of ways to keep it right for your body. Fruit, spices, dried coconut and whipped cream are wonderful ways to incorporate flavor and pretty at the same time. In addition to these, gluten-free chocolate chips and sprinkles add fun color to a cake.
Chocolate offers a plethora of options for creating a one-of-a-kind cake for your celebration. From chocolate flowers to an eggshell style frosting cover (see the “I’m Gluten Free” blog post about it here).
Though it requires a certain acquired taste, fondue is also naturally gluten free. So if you decide it is the best way to cover your cake, you don’t have to worry about it contaminating the dessert.
A very popular decorating option, especially for spring and summer events, is to use fresh, edible flowers to beautify the surface of your baked item. It’s viewed as a touch of elegance and sophistication.
You can really think outside the box to avoid wheat and gluten. Consider using your favorite cookie-free candies to add texture or pattern. For kids’ birthdays, you can use their favorite small, hard toys to incorporate their favorite cartoon characters. (after a good washing, of course!) Think legos, Dora, dinosaurs, cars, etc….
Decorating a cake can be so much fun! All you need is a little creativity and this guide of gluten-free options to get your brainstorming started.