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Gluten-Free Carrot Cake Fail & Success

Gluten-free baking from scratch is a beast of it’s own, one that I’ve been avoiding for the longest time. Many attempt, but few succeed. I finally took up the challenge this weekend to make a gluten-free carrot cake, and just for fun I thought it’d be a good idea to try making it vegan as well. It was a terrible idea and I failed miserably. Two days, wasted batter, and a disappointing spirit later I cut my losses. So all my efforts weren’t all for nothing (and because I still wanted carrot cake) I reached for a box of Betty Crocker’s Gluten Free Cake Mix.

Gluten-free baking

Why I Love It

  • No hassle
  • No preservatives or artificial flavors
  • Tastes like regular cake, you can’t tell the difference
  • Made with Rice Flour

The only down side is it’s made with sugar instead of stevia, which is an ingredient I generally use to sweeten my food with. When I get the courage to try my hand at gluten-free baking again I’ll be sure to sub in the stevia. Stay tuned :)

If at first you don’t succeed, try try again
Coconut flakes, almonds, and raisins Coconut flakes, almonds, and raisins

 

 

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17 Comments

  1. Avatar for Beauty Vancouver
    Beauty Vancouver May 19, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Thanks for sharing this Betty Crocker goodie! Will have to give it a try. Nice nails! :)

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    LFFL May 4, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Ooooo. I like your pretty nails.

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    Passenger April 27, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    You give inspiration. Here it is. Your right, its better. I’ll keep snapping. :) Hugs.
    http://youarethepassenger.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/augratin.jpg

  4. Avatar for EAT ALL FRESH
    EAT ALL FRESH April 27, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    GREAT WORK THERE, VERY HEALTHY FREE FROM GLUTTEN AND FRESH..NO PRESERVATIVES- AWESOME NEWS
    ENJOYED YOUR POST :)

    KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK

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    littleblissbook April 27, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    Thank you! And yes i’ll be sure to keep trying and let you know, a crepes recipe should be on its way tomorrow :)

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    littleblissbook April 27, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Thanks Brittany! I have yet to still tackle cookies, muffins, cake and bread. The pancakes I have down to a science, and crepes should be coming tomorrow :)

    Gluten-Free Pancakes
    http://littleblissbook.com/2013/07/03/almondoatflourpancakerecipe/
    Gluten-Free Pancake Fruit Toppings
    http://littleblissbook.com/2014/03/10/healthy-glazed-peaches-recipe/

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    apartmentwife April 27, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    that cupcake looks delicious- and i’m loving your manicure :) i agree with you on stevia in place of sugar though- will be looking forward to your next attempt (i always need a blogger to give me the go-ahead because so many of my recipes are true failure stories)

  8. Avatar for Brittany
    Brittany April 23, 2014 at 11:22 am

    I love that you tried again!! They look delicious, and you look adorable (nails and all!)

  9. Avatar for Passenger
    Passenger April 22, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Ok, I will.

  10. Avatar for littleblissbook
    littleblissbook April 22, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Oh but you can…the shot is very simple. Try it next time and post the end result:)

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    littleblissbook April 22, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Thanks Patty, I try ;)

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    littleblissbook April 22, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Hey D! It really depends on what flours you use. Coconut flour mixes are more sense for example so you’ll still get a delicious cake but it may not be as fluffy. The Betty Crocker mix uses Rice Flour and is the closest I’ve tasted to Gluten cakes, even my mom tried it and was impressed. I think almond flour and rice flour are your best bets for a fluffy cake :) Hope you try and like it! Good hearing from you :) xx

  13. Avatar for Passenger
    Passenger April 21, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    Love the pictures. That last one super cute. I wish I could take pics like the one with the fork sorta laying on the baking cup. Very artisitc. I’m glad to hear you gae it a go. The hardest part for was realizing that its ok to cut your losses. :)

  14. Avatar for Patty Nguyen
    Patty Nguyen April 21, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    I just LOVE that last picture. It is beyond adorable!!!

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    Diana April 21, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Great post! Is there really no difference in the taste being gluten free? It’s looks flipping delicious. I’ve never baked gluten free anything before, scared it may turn out like something similar to concrete. But I may just have to try this!! X d

  16. Avatar for littleblissbook
    littleblissbook April 21, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    If you ever figure it out PLEASE let me know! I will personally come to you and you can teach me your ways and then we can dominate the Vegen baking empire!! Ok i’m getting a little carried away..

  17. Avatar for The Fashion Huntress
    The Fashion Huntress April 21, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Vegan baking, to me, seems like a fine art! I’ve tried and definitely failed in the past~!! But, I agree, you have to just cut your losses and try again!

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