Mar 26, 2012

Gluten Free Marble Cake

With all the different ways to make a simple cake, whether it is gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free and as my dad says cake-free, this one has to be the simplest and tastiest gluten-free cake ever.

I've been on a wheat avoiding spree for a while now. I must say it makes me feel lighter from the inside. The biggest question when avoiding wheat is how to satisfy the cake craving. There are loads of wheat free recipes out there, but almost everything uses Xanthan Gum. I'm not very sure what to make of this gum. It's a processed product unlike the Gum Acacia (Dink) we get here and also the origins of Xanthan Gum are a little suspect. Even though you only need a pinch of it in the recipes, it's not easily available in India unless you want to buy 10 kilos of it so I'm going to stay away from this one.

It's a simple and light cake that tastes great. It has no Jowar aftertaste which is a plus point and has a great crumb. It tastes great when eaten the same day. I’m sure it won’t stay too long because it tastes so good!

This recipe was published on One Green Planet. In case you missed it there, it's here now.

Dry ingredients:

1 cup Sorghum Flour
1/4 cup Red/Brown Rice Flour
1/4 cup Arrowroot Starch
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vegan gelatin/ agar agar powder (not needed)
2 tsp acacia gum powder
3/4 cup raw sugar/ brown sugar
3 tsp cocoa powder

Wet ingredients:

1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup neutral oil
3/4 cup non-dairy milk or water
1 tsp vinegar

Preheat oven to 350°F

Mix all the dry ingredients except the cocoa powder. Make a well in the center and add the wet ingredients. Add the non-dairy milk little bit at a time and mix it till the batter resembles a thick cake batter.

Scoop out roughly half the batter in to another bowl and add the cocoa powder to that. If it is too dry add a little bit of the non-dairy milk to it. Now you have two batters.

In a greased 6 inch cake tin, scoop some of the vanilla batter in the center and flatten it. Next add the same quantity of the chocolate batter on top. Add alternating layers of the batter till you are done and make lines on the top using a knife to give a marbled look.

Bake for 25 minutes or till the edges are firm. The center should be soft to touch. Let it cool completely before you cut.

This cake is even better with some warm chocolate sauce poured on top.

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