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Non Baker - Baked First gluten-free Chocolate Cake, Success

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So my it was my grandma's 87th birthday, and to date I have not had a lot of success with baking, most things just do not taste very good. I found a chocolate cake recipe that sounded great. I made it the night before and frosted it and put it in the fridge, the next day 12 people had their slices and were already eating when I started to dig into mine, it was only then that everyone realized that the cake was gluten free. Everyone really liked it and a couple of them finished it off today.

So far I have two good cookie recipe's and this cake and bagles that are all very good, but I probably had a ton of attempts that were no good.

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Congrats! I just had my first attempt at gluten-free baking this weekend, so I can appreciate your excitement!!

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That's wonderful to hear! I was actually a pretty experienced baker before going gluten-free. Nothing fancy, but had been baking since about age 13 and was diagnosed at 49. I produced some real clunkers when trying to get used to gluten-free baking but got used to it finally. I remember my first gluten-free Thanksgiving and having to pry my pie crust dough off the counter top and piece it together in the pie plate. I was almost in tears.

Here's to more successes for you and happy birthday to your grandma :)

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Congrats from me also. Every successful gluten free baking venture is like a victory.

I am still working on perfecting my bread recipe.

My worst attempts are with popovers which don't want to come out right for me. And the worst tasting thing I ever made was chocolate cupcakes using a recipe which called for garbanzo bean flour...they were really terrible tasting. I will never use garbanzo flour again. I love garbanzo beans and making hummus with them but they should stay in a can or their dried bean form where they belong.

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Congrats from me, too! There's nothing like hearing about sweet successes with gluten-free baking!!!

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Woo hoo! :)

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Thanks for all the kind words. I keep telling my family that I have to stop trying all these new recipes for baking or we are going to gain 100 lbs eating junk food that we normally wouldn't eat, lol!

My mom will not get tested for Celiac and my brother is about to have a piece of his intestines removed due to severe damage from ulcerative colitis so I keep hoping that if they see how good things can be and realize that when we have these family dinners they are eating gluten free that they take the steps they need to to get theirselves tested.

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