On this week’s VIP Bakes blog, I was planning on showing y’all how to make an AWESOME gluten-free Halloween cake; however, my end result aesthetically disappointed me even though it was deliciously moist. So, it was a win lose…I guess it was better to have an ugly cake that tasted good rather than a pretty cake that tasted gross *wink*
I am no five-star baker; however, from my baking experiences, I realized that the issue with the particular recipe I used was that the batter was too runny from the beginning. It called for milk, vegetable/canola oil, eggs, and a cup of coffee. At first, I did not think much about the batter being exceptionally runny because I assumed a lot of the moisture would bake out…BUT boy, oh boy was a I wrong *wink* The ridiculously runny batter made the cakes very crumbly, which made it quite difficult to transfer the cakes from their cooled pans to the decorating plate. The first cake was a success; however, the second one crumbled in half–I should have taken this as my first sign it was going to be a disaster *wink*
In addition to the crumbling cakes, the individual tiers were so dense that they essentially “squeezed” all of the icing out of the middle. It didn’t do this at first; however, once I started icing the top, I noticed that the cake was sliding apart as icing oozed out of the sides. I became extremely erratic and upset because the one time I don’t follow my regular chocolate cake recipe…everything goes horribly astray *wink* BUT that’s okay because it did taste pretty terrific.
Now, just in case this is your first time visiting VIP or reading a VIP Bakes blog, let me reassure you I am pretty good with baked goods–especially chocolate cakes *wink* Check out the awesome cake below I made not too long ago that did not epically fail.
This week, I am going to be introducing the Gluten-Free VIP segment where I will be blogging about legitimately gluten-free goodies that you can make at home. I am not a culinary artist or bakery shop owner, so expect these recipes to be easy-to-follow and expect the baked goods to be simple-to-mimic *wink* So, now that we have that out of the way, let’s get started–shall we?!
The Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks (and every other coffee shop chain) is back, and my Instagram newsfeed is filled with pictures of lattes *wink* Before I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease several years ago, I used to drink SO MANY pumpkin spice lattes every season because the beverage simply tasted like fall (if fall could taste like anything *wink*). Now that I think about it, it is probably a miracle I didn’t just turn into a Starbucks cup *wink* Even though I would love to go order a PSL now, I cannot just waltz into the nearest Starbucks buy any seasonal beverage and drink to my heart desires because of my disease. Isn’t it crazy how we basically put gluten in everything?! ANYWAY, I digress *wink* So, since I cannot get anything and everything pumpkin spice I want from anywhere and everywhere, I decided to research some LEGIT gluten-free recipes that I could easily do at home. So, here are a few of the recipes on my list to try out :)
Note: some of these recipes are also Paleo even though I am not on a Paleo diet *wink*
For more gluten-free pumpkin spice recipes, click here!
AHH! Can you believe it–fall is just 2 days away! So, we have no time to lollygag getting our homes (and wardrobes) in line for the new season (and arguably the best season *wink*).
So, for this week’s VIP Home, I have compiled a list of fall must-haves for the home. I went shopping recently, and saw lots of the things below in multiple stores like TJMaxx, Marshalls, Target, and Home Goods, so it should not be too hard for you, readers, to find them either *wink* Now, without further ado, let’s take a look at this week’s VIP Home post!
Note: keep scrolling past the must-have board to see a baking extra *wink*
If you have been keeping up with me on my social media today, you already know that it is my BIRTHDAY! Ah! And for those of you who have been off social media and out shopping killer Black Friday sales…SURPRISE–it’s my birthday *wink*
So, in celebration of the wonderful day I had with my family, I am going to share a few of the highlights with y’all! :)
Happy Friday, y’all! Also…happy birthday to my mom–the coolest mom EVER *wink*
I am going to keep this week’s Frugal Friday brief because I still have yet to make my mom’s gluten-free brownie cake–as she requested–and I have to rest up for the Kingsport Art Crawl tomorrow! Oh, goodness….what shall I wear?!
I digress…This week’s Frugal Friday is all about an outfit I created by shopping in my own closet–take a look:
Blouse: Deep South Pout (click here to see other ways I’ve worn this dime of a top *wink*)
Skirt: Molly Green Boutique (click here to see other ways I’ve worn this fabulously floral frock)
Heels: BCBG (These were actually my mom’s shoes–she bought them several years ago–it’s safe to say these heels were a classic buy *wink*)
While shopping at Sephora in Johnson City, I picked up a lip gloss for the slamming price of $1.99–now, that’s a frugal buy! To make it even better–it’s universal pink…my favorite *wink*
Stay tuned to Beauty Tues in the coming weeks to find out the other awesome things I purchased + mini tutorials! Yay!
Now, readers, I am off to make gluten-free brownie cake in celebration of my mom’s 20th birthday *wink*