I heard a rumor months ago that Anne Byrn, Author of the The Cake Mix Doctor books was to release a gluten-free book. I got a bit excited about it seeing as I have given her regular books as gifts many times. I was generously sent a copy to review and sadly I didn’t get to bake anything as quickly as I had hoped but I did get a chance this week to finally bake her Honey Bun Cake (think cinnamon rolls in a coffee cake form, yummm). We were gone for two weeks to New Jersey to visit Bryan’s family and some of our friends and then of course a few days before heading home, I get a nasty cold which is still holding strong.
If you aren’t familiar with Anne or her books please take a second and visit her website: www.cakemixdoctor.com. Her latest book, The Cake Mix Doctor Bakes Gluten Free is fantastic! There are 76 recipes for cakes and other desserts. She uses gluten-free cake mixes that you can find at most of your grocery stores (Betty Crocker etc.) She also lists in each recipe how to make these recipes dairy-free (if possible). So this cookbook is great for families with multiple allergies. Here is a little information from her website about her new book and why she decided to make a gluten-free version:
Now comes sweet news for people on gluten-free diets. They can bake their cake and eat it, too. Anne Byrn shows how to transform gluten-free cake mixes into rich, decadent, easy-to-make, impossible-to-resist desserts. Performing the magic that’s made her a best-selling baking author with more than 3.3 million copies of her books in print, she doctors mixes with additions like almond extract, fresh berries, cocoa powder, grated coconut, cinnamon, lime zest, and more – naturally, all gluten-free ingredients. Dessert is back on the menu!
My readers pleaded with me to write a gluten-free Cake Mix Doctor! Many had baked my cakes for years until someone in their family could no longer eat gluten. For five months I baked nothing but gluten-free cakes that began with a mix. At times I felt like a mad scientist, turning a yellow cake mix into cookies, bars, even gingerbread. And when I was able to bake the Darn Good Chocolate Cake gluten-free…that was a big day! You don’t have to be gluten-free to enjoy these recipes. You just have to love cake.
I decided on the Honey Bun Cake because I really was craving cinnamon rolls and don’t have the flours to make them from scratch right now so this was the closest I could get to them, and this cake was awesome. I made it for breakfast one morning, seeing as it’s a coffee cake it worked really well. I did however leave off the glaze (by that I mean, I forgot about it) that normally is on cinnamon buns – but I am sure it would taste fantastic with it. The cake is very easy to make with ingredients that you probably already have on hand. The flavor was perfect, not to sweet and very moist. This is a recipe that we will make again and again. I can’t wait to try more of her recipes, which I think my next one will be the Holy Cow Cake (chocolate cake with butterfingers, caramel and whipped cream on top!). This cookbook sheds a whole new light on boxed cake mixes and plenty of ideas for cakes, cookies and bars. I wish I had this when I was making my birthday cake this year – next year will be a much better cake :)
In addition to the copy that I received to review Anne has offered two additional copies to give to my readers! It is simple to enter for awesome giveaway, just follow the instructions below. Don’t forget to leave a comment for each one:
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Two lucky readers will be chosen to win a copy of this great book. The giveaway will end on Thursday January 13th at 11:59pm.