Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Happy Easter 2013 (!) and a few Gluten-Free Desserts :)

Gluten-Free Coconut and Lemon Tea Cake ~ Recipe here

Gluten-Free, Kirsch Soaked Rhubarb and Blueberry Tart with crunchy Almond Pastry ~ Recipe here

Gluten-Free Mocha, Caramel and Hazelnut Double Tier Cake ~ Recipe here

All images © Katie Quinn Davies 2013

Further to my last post outlining these above gluten-free cakes/desserts, I’ve had a load of fun this week in the kitchen experimenting with all things gluten-free. I love a culinary challenge and this one was really interesting to me, expanding my knowledge on grains and flours I had never used before. It was a knock on from last week’s meat free challenge as a lot of people asked if I could do more GF recipes both recently and in the past. I’ve really enjoyed cooking with the likes of; Buckwheat Flour; Amaranth; Coconut Flour etc etc. and been pretty chuffed with the outcomes. I find GF flours tend to result in slightly drier/quite crumbly cakes and pastry but it’s all about practice makes perfect and I’ll be definitely trying out more GF baking and savoury ideas in the weeks to come.

I hope you can try out some of these dessert recipes over Easter and going forward.

Thanks & a very Happy Easter to everyone!

I’ll be uploading these recipes over the course of this evening and at the very latest tomorrow morning. Due to this I am supplying the ingredients/shopping requirements of all recipes first. 

57 Responses to “Happy Easter 2013 (!) and a few Gluten-Free Desserts :)”

  1. March 30, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    The more I bake the more interested I have gotten about gluten free baking.. I don’t have an issue with gluten.. but I believe I could do with much less flour in my diet.. all 3 of your recipes are beautiful.. but am partial towards the hazelnut and mocha tiered cake!! beautiful!!

  2. March 31, 2013 at 2:35 am

    What gorgeous GF desserts. I’ve yet to experiment with GF flours but been wanting too! Been a bit nervous about it. Nervous no longer!

    • Katie
      March 31, 2013 at 10:55 am

      Maria, I was too but after spending most of the week in the kitchen elbow-deep in GF flours etc I started to get the hang of it. There’s still a load more to learn and I’ll probably revert to gluten-included cooking for my next story but was fun and interesting to experiment with something new. :)

  3. March 31, 2013 at 4:20 am

    I love the big slices of coconut on the first cake! Gorgeous baking, I can’t wait to try these out. Thanks for sharing, Happy Easter.

    Smiles from Vancouver : )

    • Katie
      March 31, 2013 at 10:54 am

      Happy Easter from Sydney to you too Lauren. Easter egg chomping has already commenced here.

  4. March 31, 2013 at 6:19 am

    Hi Katie I love your work you have a great eye for food photography, I love everything that you do. You have one more Fan here :)

    • Katie
      March 31, 2013 at 10:54 am

      Many thanks Cintia – and welcome! :)

  5. March 31, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Your Pictures are amazing!!! As always.. ♥

  6. June
    March 31, 2013 at 9:30 am

    I’m new to GF baking as well. I made a GF pineapple-upside-down cake just by substituting GF all-purpose flour and a little xanthan gum and I thought it was quite good. I have found that sour cream and buttermilk both tend to make cakes more moist. I wonder if using them in GF baking might help with the dryness.

    I’m looking forward to trying the lemon cake.

    • Katie
      March 31, 2013 at 10:50 am

      Hi June, thanks for your comment, I haven’t tried the Xanthan Gum, I did some research on it this morning and yes, I’ll have to give that a whirl next time. I did actually use sour cream in some of the cakes I tested this week, I also tried out buttermilk too (mainly as honestly I had run out of regular milk and it’s what I had in the fridge) but the sour cream was better. I have read apple sauce and even mayo can help to avoid the cake being too dry also. But am not so sure about applesauce in a chocolate cake ;) I’ve added sour cream back into the recipes as out of all the results I got, this gave the best outcome. Thanks again for your feedback :)

  7. March 31, 2013 at 10:39 am

    All sound absolutely perfect… I battle ulcerative colitis so I try to avoid gluten as much as possible.

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  9. April 1, 2013 at 7:21 am

    Hi Katie! The lemon and coconut cake is my favourite. I was delighted to see that it uses coconut flour. (I’ve used this flour before, and have recently begun using it again in my baking. Have you looked at Elana’s Pantry? She has lots of coconut flour recipes on her site.) I noticed that in addition to coconut flour, you used gluten-free flour – was it an all-purpose blend and if so, what were the flours used? (What kinds of gluten-free flours you use can make all the difference.) Thank you, Katie! I’ve been a longtime follower of your blog and love your style, and absolutely love your cookbook. :)

  10. April 1, 2013 at 7:43 am

    I do have some gluten intolerance but like many above, I just feel less wheat-based flour in diets has to be a good thing irrespective of any actual intolerance. I can see why you dived into this area a week after a veggie week as it’s so easy to replace ‘meat’ in our diet with a whole lot more pasta/flour-pastry/stodge. Not a good idea. I’ve had very saw-dusty experiences with all-purpose gluten-free flours. Sadly we can’t get very many ‘exotic’ flours in Malta (coconut for one, and buckwheat is hard to find too) and I can’t even get buttermilk! I’ll be very interested to see more gluten-free recipes here on WKA using as many down-to-earth flours as poss! So glad you’re experimenting on all our behalves Katie! Really kind.

  11. Joanne
    April 1, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Hello Katie. I’m new to your blog, but have fallen in love with it, especially with knowing you’re open to GF cooking. I’m gluten-intolerant and am experimenting with recipes too. It looks as if you didn’t cut your lemon cake in half to make it a layer cake–probably not a necessary step. I, too, liked the look of that one, esp. the shaved coconut–will have to look for that here in Calgary.

    • Katie
      April 1, 2013 at 10:49 am

      Hi Joanne, have a look at the note I just added re. the layers in this cake, I meant to add that in at the time of posting but your post made me realise I hadn’t mentioned about cutting the cake. Thanks

  12. April 1, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Looks really amazing..I definitely want to make some of them, but tough choice, maybe lemon and coconut, interesting combination, i think I’ve never tried it before. i like that they are gluten free

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  14. April 1, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Hooray, so good to see some gorgeous looking gluten free cakes, being gf should never be boring, thanks for sharing these! Mary

  15. April 1, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    delicious katie! can’t wait to try some of these glorious gluten free desserts (the only kind I can eat) thanks for sharing and happy easter.

  16. April 1, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    The coconut and lemon tea cake looks absolutely delicious…and gluten free! I’ve been buying a ton of coconut lately to make my own granola. I think I’ll give this a go. Looks too good to pass up. Thanks!!

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  19. April 2, 2013 at 3:32 am

    I could never get GF right.
    These all look delicious – as shown by the empty plates! LOL

  20. Amy
    April 2, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Those cakes look divine!!!

    Now I need to go and bake!

  21. April 2, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Katie stop posting these amazing photos! You will make me run to the closest pastry shop and i am supposed to be on a diet! :)

    • Katie
      April 3, 2013 at 10:40 am
  22. April 4, 2013 at 6:06 am

    Beautiful shots as always! I have done some gluten free baking for children. In my experience using xanthum gum makes cakes,muffins etc. a bit rubbery. It’s trial and error for sure!

  23. April 4, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Beautiful photos as always. Thank you for experimenting with gluten free baking, its great to hear your thoughts. I’ve recently started experimenting with it myself and have had a few flops but a few successes. I really like buckwheat flour as well, and I’m about to try out rice flour. Hard to believe I never knew these flours existed before, and are so healthy.

  24. April 10, 2013 at 12:36 am

    Great post & beautiful baking photos, thanks a ton!

  25. April 11, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    Great photos. Kirsch Soaked Rhubarb and Blueberry Tart – yum yum :)


  26. April 12, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    your first easter cake looks like a small pile of white feathers. I really like that – what a funny easter idea! :)

  27. April 19, 2013 at 4:45 am

    Gorgeous baking. i really love the crisp feel to that first cake.

  28. April 22, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Your blog is delicious!! The recipes, the photographs…look so incredible! Congratulations!!

  29. oceane
    April 22, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    I’ve just receive your book, in french, and it is amazing! I loved your blog since years and your book is just sooooo amazing!
    My neibourghs said that they didn’t see a book as beautiful as it is!

    So thank you for all the care you put in your recipes and in your book!

    I’m just stuck, because in the recipe chiken lemon and herb rice you speak of “italien sauce” for the marinade and I have no clue of what is is! Can you help me?

    Thank you! Hope the 2d book is in way!

    • Katie
      April 23, 2013 at 11:19 am

      Hi – thanks your your comment and great words re. the book :)

      Regarding the Italian dressing in that recipe, I used this one:
      On reflection, out of all the recipes in the book, this is the one I sort of wish I hadn’t included. This recipe is one from my Mother-in-law and it was a mistake to mention a recipe which uses a very specific Italian dressing as I don’t think it can be bought outside of Australia. The one I use is a bit like a standard French Vinegar and Oil dressing. Personally I would suggest that on this occasion you possibly skip this recipe and go with any other one in the book. Thanks – hope that helps – sort of! :)

      • oceane
        April 24, 2013 at 6:02 am

        Yes, it helps a lot! It was to see the consistency of the sauce, I will try to do a sauce with an home made mixture! :p
        By the way my daughter beg me to do the chocolate et Moka cake, so I will try soon this recipe!

        Thank you for your answer Katie!!

  30. April 23, 2013 at 4:53 am

    Hi Katie,
    Easter is long gone, but I dropped by this post only today and can’t stop marveling at the mocha caramel wonder. Lovely and mouthwatering.
    I did some experiments with gluten free ingredients as well and love especially popped amaranth. For savory dishes, of course normal amaranth is the better choice – unfortunately I could not manage so far that it keeps in presentable shape ;-) .

  31. May 7, 2013 at 2:14 am

    Love your pictures, they are amazing and you are a wonderful photographer!

  32. Tami
    May 8, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Hi Katie – I have been a fan of your blog for some time now and just popped back to this site to see what you have posted and the gluten free recipes got me so excited! Our family has been gluten free for two years now and I experiment everyday with various flours in all recipes. It has been challenging and rewarding and I am feeling like I have most essentials dialed now to my kids liking. I absolutely love your photographs and recipes! I just checked your first cookbook out at the library and spent the entire evening reading it cover to cover! It is a must have for my kitchen! Thank you!

  33. May 9, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Dear Katie, I invented a GF flour for my son’s gluten free bakery (Cloud 9 specialty bakery in New West. BC). and it is a cup for cup replacement for wheat flour. It is now being used in the Four Seasons Hotel and hundreds of other places. I would love you to try it and will send you some if you tell me where I can send it. Please go to the cloud 9 website and you can read about it. I am also from Australia.(a long, long time ago) I love your website. It is very beautiful. Regards, Pixie.

  34. May 10, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Amazing and delicious!
    and as usual, excellent pictures.
    I work as a food photographer (usually) in my country. I love to see portfolios and images from all the world!

  35. May 16, 2013 at 9:23 am

    so beautiful blog!!!
    keep up!!!

  36. Rita de La BlétiÈre
    May 17, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Wonderful, I m gonna buy your book!!! I m completly addicted

  37. May 18, 2013 at 1:27 am

    I’m deeply in love with your gluten free mocha caramel hazelnut cake. Wish I have the guts to bake it using my own version. :)

  38. May 18, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Your photos are gorgeous! I want to hang them on my wall!

  39. May 19, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    I’ve got a lemon/ coconut cake recipe I’ve been making for years now, always a favourite for birthdays etc. so I can’t wait try try this one! As always the photography is impeccable.

  40. May 23, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Just found your blog and really love it! These gluten-free desserts are so gorgeous! The tea cake looks heavenly – I must try the recipe, for sure!

  41. May 27, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Hi Katie,

    I wanted to stop by and say thank you for the inspiration! We run a food blog here in little old NZ for Fisher & Paykel and are all avid followers of your blog. Your recipes, styling and photography are an inspiration to us all and so very beautiful. Thank you!

    Emma and the team at Our Kitchen

  42. May 27, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Love your blog but have missed your posts these past months. Just wondering if you switched blog sites!

  43. Simon D
    May 28, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Hi Katie,

    I’m coming to this particular post rather late, by way of the feature in The Simple Things magazine, May edition.

    Great photography, really inspiring.

    Can you tell me what process you’ve employed to achieve this look?

    Many thanks,


  44. Ann
    May 29, 2013 at 3:53 am

    Hi Katie,

    Haven’t seen a new post yet. You are probably very busy! Still love your blog! Is your book already translated into Dutch?! Can’t wait!



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  46. June 6, 2013 at 5:47 am

    I made the coconut cake for a friend’s birthday and it was exquisite! Thank you for the lovely recipe. I did cut the icing sugar in the icing down to half but it was still nice and sweet. Look forward to trying the mocha too! Beautiful images. Thanks again. :) Lindsay

  47. June 16, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    I can’t believe I’ve never come across your website before. Such amazing travel and food photography and some great recipies.

    I’m going to try the mocha, caramel and hazelnut double tier cake on the weekend. It sounds delicious.

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