In 1994 I was diagnosed with celiac disease, which led me to create Celiac.com in 1995. I created this site for a single purpose: To help as many people as possible with celiac disease get diagnosed so they can begin to live happy, healthy gluten-free lives. Celiac.com was the first site on the Internet dedicated solely to celiac disease, and since then it has become an invaluable resource to people worldwide who seek information about celiac disease and the gluten-free diet.
In 1998 I created The Gluten-Free Mall, Your Special Diet Superstore! which was also another Internet first—it was the first gluten-free food site to offer a shopping cart-style interface, and the ability for people to order gluten-free products manufactured by many different companies at a single Web site.
I am also co-author of the book Cereal Killers, and founder and publisher of Journal of Gluten Sensitivity.
This recipe comes to us from Valerie Wells.
1 stick (½ cup) butter
1 tablespoon shortening
1 ½ cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar
Add & beat well:
2 jumbo eggs**
1 cup unsweetened pureed fresh zuchinni*
1 ½ cup Gluten Free Flour Mix (any kind)
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ teaspoon xanthan gum
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon soda
Beat until smooth. Bake in greased & floured 8" x 8 square baking pan at 350F for 45 minutes (If you bake in glass, reduce the heat by 25F).
I like my cakes semi sweet. If you prefer a sweeter cake you can substitute some of the cocoa powder with corn starch. The recipe originally calls for ½ cup corn starch & I substituted cocoa powder for the corn starch. I dont know whats so special about this recipe, but it never fails. Im not a great baker, but this recipe is helping me improve my reputation!
*I pureed & froze tons of zucchini this summer in one cup containers. The original recipe calls for applesauce. I believe applesauce or any pureed fruit would work equally well.
** If you dont have jumbo eggs, you can use 2 large eggs & an extra egg yoke or egg white.