Gluten Free Ratio Rally – Blueberry Bundt Cake

by Jenn on November 7, 2012

in Desserts,GF Ratio Rally,Gluten Free

Gluten Free Bundt Cake

It’s gluten free ratio rally time again!  If you aren’t familiar with the event, the gluten free ratio rally is a blogging event where several intrepid gluten free bloggers tackle a new baked good each month by using the ratio method of baking.  Adina of Gluten Free Travelette is our host, and I think bundt cake was a perfect choice for ratio baking.  Cakes don’t need gluten to work and so I think they are extremely well suited to direct substitutions by weight in order to convert to GF.  And just what type of cake is a bundt cake anyways? The best information I could find is that bundt cake is merely pound cake (or any other dense cake) baked in a bundt pan, and so I went with a pound cake ratio as my base recipe.  But really, I think any type of cake baked in a round pan like that could be called a bundt cake.

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I really enjoyed this challenge this month, because using a ratio just worked out great, the first time.  Very rarely did I ever have success on the first try until I started using a scale when baking, and it’s just a wonderful feeling to have the confidence to be able to say, “Ok, I’m going to use these ingredients and bake a cake,” and not have it be anything more complicated than that.  A pound cake’s ratio is equal parts flour, sugar, eggs, and butter (pound cake got its name from using a pound of each ingredient), i.e. 1 : 1 : 1 : 1.  I added in a little molasses into my batter for flavor and color, and so to make up for that extra liquid I ended up with a little extra flour, but other than that I pretty much followed that ratio to the letter and had great success.  Next time I might try a gugelhupf as they are common here en Suisse (at least in the German speaking cantons), and the ratios of ingredients tend to vary a bit.  I’ve seen both baking powder based and yeast based gugelhupfs (not sure which is more traditional for a Swiss gugelhupf) and would love to try converting those to gluten free.

Be sure to check out all the other participants this month!

Apple Almond Cake | Heather | Discovering the Extraordinary

Blueberry Molasses Bundt Cake | Jenn | Jenn Cuisine

Date Pecan Bundt Cake with Orange Glaze | Caneel | Mama Me Gluten Free

Gluten Free Mini Vanilla Chai Bundt Cakes | Mary Fran | Frannycakes

Pear & Cardamom Spiced Bundt Cake | Rebecca | Salts Kitchen

Spiced Sweet Potato Bundt Cake | Brooke | B & The Boy

Spiked Egg Nog Bundt Cake with Vanilla Bourbon Glaze | Charissa | Zest Bakery

News News News

Woohoo, I have news to share!

Simply Gluten Free Magazine

Speaking of gluten free goodness, I am super excited to announce that there is a new gluten free magazine out on the shelves! Simply Gluten Free Magazine, the brainchild of Carol Kicinski, is debuting its first issue for the holiday season and currently sold by subscription as well as in Barnes & Noble, Whole Foods, Books a Million, and more, with articles, recipes, and tips by many of my favorite gluten free bloggers and resources.  Below is the beautiful cover – and check out that little text about Christmas in Switzerland towards the bottom of the cover, yep – here is where I shamelessly brag about my very first print article and photo feature :)

Disclosure – Yes, I’m a paid contributor to Simply Gluten Free Magazine, so of course I think it would be awesome if you picked up a copy or a subscription :)

Food Bloggers for Sandy

Please please consider participating for the food blogger’s event tomorrow November 8th, to help raise awareness about the plight of victims of Hurricane Sandy and/or to donate to your favorite organization that will provide much needed support, supplies, and assistance.  You can also follow along with the twitter hashtag #FBS4Sandy.

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Rosa November 7, 2012 at 7:40 am

A beautiful cake. Very smooth and surely delicious. Molasses add such a lovely flavor to baked goods.

Cheers,

Rosa

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Jenn November 7, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Thanks Rosa!

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Ella-Home Cooking Adventure November 7, 2012 at 2:09 pm

I am glad I found out your blog with gluten free recipes. I will surely try some of your recipes. This bundt cake is really beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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Jenn November 7, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Thank you so much! If you try any recipes, please let me know how they came out :)

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Caneel November 7, 2012 at 5:17 pm

This is gorgeous, Jenn, as always – and I love the sprinkle action caught so perfectly! It looks delicious. I agree – this came out perfectly the first time for me, as well. Bundt cakes for experimenting from now on! :)

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Jenn November 7, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Thanks so much Caneel!

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Caneel November 7, 2012 at 5:18 pm

P.S. I’m excited about your part in the new magazine and am excited to get my copy in the mail soon!

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Jenn November 7, 2012 at 8:55 pm

oooh yay!

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charissa (zest bakery) November 7, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Love the photos. I almost want to stick my hand into that photo with the powder sugar snow coming down. A very comforting dessert for a wintery mood!

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Jenn November 7, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Thank you so much Charissa!

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Adina | Gluten Free Travelette November 7, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Gorgeous Jenn! And I concur with the comments about the sprinkles photos! So perfect for this time of year!

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Jenn November 7, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Thanks so much for hosting, Adina!

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Eva @ Eva Bakes November 7, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Stunning photo, Jenn! And congrats on your article in the magazine – so cool!

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Jenn November 7, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Thank you so much!

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Barbara | Creative Culinary November 7, 2012 at 11:17 pm

You know how proud I am of you right…and of course I know it’s well deserved too. Thanks for being my cohort in the #FBS4Sandy effort; I couldn’t think of anyone I would have rather worked with!

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Jenn November 8, 2012 at 7:28 am

Aww thanks Barb!!

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Terry November 8, 2012 at 3:11 am

mmmm, molasses! Can’t wait to try it. Congrats on being a contributor t the new magazine. Looks like its web site, http://simplyglutenfreemag.com/, is running a 70% discount subscription offer. I’m signing up today.

BTW, here’s a list of all the GFRR hosts (http://www.gfratiorally.com/) and a page with all the recipes listed (http://www.gfratiorally.com/Blogs+Recipes.html). I hope you find this helpful.
Terry

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Jenn November 8, 2012 at 7:29 am

Thanks Terry, and thanks so much for compiling that site!

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Terry November 8, 2012 at 3:04 pm

My pleasure. I will be keeping up w/ all future challenge posts, God willing & the creek don’t rise.

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mary fran | frannycakes November 8, 2012 at 3:32 am

This looks lovely! And I think molasses is totally underrated, so cheers to you for using it!

Also, congrats on being a contributor to the new mag! I can’t wait to pick up a copy!

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Jenn November 8, 2012 at 7:30 am

Thanks so much!

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rebecca November 8, 2012 at 6:23 am

great cake and congrats on your magazine article very exciting

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Jenn November 8, 2012 at 7:30 am

Thank you!

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Rebecca Saltsman November 9, 2012 at 9:44 pm

This looks beautiful! I love anything with blueberries and I think this might be just the perfect post-Thanksgiving breakfast. Thank you for introducing me to Ratio Rally, I’m excited to try all of thse bundt cakes (amongst other recipes).
Rebecca

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Jenn November 10, 2012 at 8:49 am

Thanks so much Rebecca, glad to have you join in!

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