Gluten-Free Mini Bundt Carrot Cake

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HELLO! Sorry I have been on a bit of a vacay from not only this website, but the market. Sometimes I just need alone time. I just need to hit the recharge button. I just need a little separation. A little realignment. Getting back to myself. My dreams, my passion. Sometimes I just need to be by myself. And I have to say I now feel: RECHARGED. I feel good. I feel ready. I feel determined. I feel creative. I feel like being in the kitchen. Back to my passion. Back to my joy. My drive is returned. And for you I have a full week’s worth of blogs, including three recipes! So without further babble, I will get to my first recipe of the week: CARROT CAKE.

Pumpkin Spice Bundts I made for work
Pumpkin Spice Bundts I made for work

I have a new obsession. A new love in my life. What you may ask has me so revved up? Mini bundts. Yes, you read correctly, bundt cakes have won my heart and soul over. A month ago it hit me that I should make some mini ones. Ask and you shall receive, my boyfriend delivered some to my house a few weeks ago. I didn’t jump right in though. I needed the perfect moment to break them out. Fast forward to two weeks ago. My boss told me she wanted some carrot cake made. My brain went back to the smells of carrot cake baking when I worked at the Pie Company. My brain was spinning. I’m going to add nuts. And pineapple. And coconut. And….wait a moment….we baked them in bundt pans. BINGO! This was my chance, my first opportunity to make a mini bundt. I dove right in the next morning. The result? Uber cute, check them out. Plus I had multiple customers complimenting them, some even going as far as to say it was the best they’d ever had. Wow, blushing with humility.

One bored, super-hot day a week later, I put stuff in my food processor and dished it in my new mini bundt pans (I took one to work, so my boyfriend found me another set). Fingers crossed, I was going to have my first group of gluten-free carrot cakes. Well they baked. They came out of the pan. They smelled good. I just needed……a taste-tester. Lucky for me my friend Julie was coming over that afternoon to finish painting a back-drop for a fellow vendor. Staring at our work, dubbed “The Mermaid Shiva” we needed a moment to step back. Perfect break time, Julie grabbed a carrot cake. I held my breath, nervous like always when someone eats my food in front of me. “It’s good. Filling but good.” But some frosting on it and I believe I’ve got a winner. And they are so cute. A perfect little treat for a date night maybe. They are the perfect size for two people.

Here is the recipe for YOU:

Carrot Cake

  • 2 cups carrots
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 5 local, pasture-raised eggs
  • 1 cup sunbutter
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup flaxmeal
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ tsp ginger

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 cup cashew butter
  • ½ cup local honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • Toasted Garnish (optional garnish)

Let’s Make it Happen: Peel and rinse carrots. Pulse in the food processor. Add in the remaining ingredients, except for the pecans and coconut. Fold them in with a spoon. Spray a mini bundt ban. Scoop batter into the pan. Bake at 350 until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool a few minutes. Flip over. Allow to cool completely. Stir topping ingredients together. Drizzle over the top of each bundt. Serve and Enjoy!!

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Caramel Apple Pancakes

010I feel like I need a warning: explicit adult content with this post. Or really I need this with my friends in general. My friend works 12 hour shifts in the ICU so sometimes when I get a hankering to bake I’ll stop by her house just down the road from the park. I’ll do a little laundry, unwind between classes and whip up something tasty. The last time I asked for any requests. I was answered with a resounding, PANCAKES! PANCAKES! PANCAKES! after she saw my Black Forest Pancake Pic. Naturally I didn’t want to make the same pancake, so I had to do something different. I have been anxious to try the Urban Posers Honey Caramel recipe. What works well with caramel? Apples, of course! The next day I open my phone to, “Had the pancakes sexual eruption.” Yes, I know I have tremendous, slightly inappropriate friends.I think what she’s really saying are these are beyond amazing, thank you.  These are something I would make for my rock star nephews, they love cooked apples in the morning. Plus, like I always point out, if I can get the approval of a 4 and 6 year-old, I am golden. No more chatter, here’s what to do.

Caramel Apple Pancakes

Black Forest Pancakes

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‘Britt those were absolutely delicious!’ That is the reaction I received for these pancakes so I think they’re legit as a mouth-watering day-starter. Quick fact about myself: Cherries have always been my favorite food. I adore them. Once upon a time growing up even when we were sugar-burners, my favorite flavor of candies were always the red cherry flavored ones. I adore just the smell of cherries. Cherry lotion. Cherry candles. It almost ties my favorite scent (coconut). Naturally when my nephew, Gavin is present for breakfast I want to think of something creative and yummy that will get the praise of a 5-year-old (a guarantee) that it is a winner. Plus it was so easy. The recipe made the three medium size pancakes you see before you.

Black Forest Pancakes