i love cake. it's not something i eat a lot, but its so good when you have the occasion to enjoy it. with all the birthday celebrations recently, the one thing i've been missing out on is my celebratory piece of cake. after all, not everyone is going to ask for a gluten-free cake for their birthday, right? since i couldn't dig into my sister or my dad's birthday cake this past week, i decided it was time to make a cake to enjoy at home and this is what i came up with!
if you like berries and coconut, you're in for a treat. if you don't like coconut, you can totally take it out and it would be just as enjoyable. brandon and i ate about 2/3 of the cake the night i made it, which is why the cake earned the "awesome" in the title. it's just that good.
gluten-free berry coconut awesome cake
bonus: this cake can be made with regular cake mix, for a non gluten-free version. just use the amount of eggs on the cake mix you use!
ingredients for the cake:
- pamela's gluten-free vanilla cake mix
- 3 eggs
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 12oz bag frozen mixed berries
- 2/3 cup unsweetened coconut milk (can use your milk of choice)
ingredients for the frosting:
- 8oz container light or fat free whipped topping (room temperature)
- 3/4 tsp. pure almond extract
- 3/4 cup coconut flakes
to make the cake:
grease a round cake pan and preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
in a mixer, combine the eggs, vanilla and coconut milk. once combined, slowly add in the cake mix. next, add in 1/2 of the frozen berries and continue to mix in the mixer until well combined. remove from mixer and hand stir in remaining berries.
pour cake batter into round pan and distribute as evenly as possible. bake for 35-45 minutes, or until you can insert a fork in the middle of the cake and it comes out clean.
to make the frosting:
take the room temperature whipped topping, and place into mixing bowl. add the almond extract and stir until thoroughly combined. stir in the coconut flakes.
when your cake is done and completely cooled, spread on the whipped topping frosting. cover the top of the cake and the sides for a complete look! your cake is ready to devour and enjoy. refrigerate to store and save for later!
what type of cake is your favorite? do you prefer fruity? chocolately? nutty? would you give gluten-free cake a try?