Gluten-Free Baking Disasters - Celiac Disease
Apr 2 2013

Gluten-Free Baking Disasters

Have you set out to bake a tasty cake, cookies or pie only to have said item not turn out like it was supposed to?  I have had many baking failures in my life, gluten-free and not gluten-free.  As I have grown older, I have learned many tricks of the trade and have had many more successes than failures once I purchased an inexpensive oven thermometer.  Turns out my oven temperature was not what I set it to be.

Now that I have that all straightened, out I rarely have issues.  Notice I said “rarely”.  Sunday morning I began to pre-heat my oven in preparation for some cupcakes made with the new Katz Gluten Free Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix.  Originally I wanted to make a cake with the mix, but my cake pans were smaller than the package called for, so I decided to play it safe and make exactly what the packaged described…24 cupcakes.

I was concerned when the timer went off and the cupcakes were inverted.  I went back over the package instructions and I had done exactly as the package said.  I checked the oven temperature and it was right at 350 degrees.  I have never had this happen before.


I was most concerned that I now needed to find something else to make, as we had company coming over for dinner!  Then I asked some Facebook friends how to salvage the cupcakes, as they tasted good, they just looked funny.  After many fantastic ideas, I decided on filling the cupcakes with frosting or cream cheese, as those options didn’t require me to go back to the store.  I made 2 different versions:


Chocolate cupcakes filled with chocolate chocolate chip frosting and peanut butter chips on top


Chocolate cupcakes filled with GO VEGGIE Strawberry Cream Cheese Alternative and dark chocolate chips on top

I felt much better about my disaster after Hannah and I dressed the cupcakes up.  I told my guests that dessert didn’t quite turn out as I had anticipated, but I did the best with what I had.  Fortunately for me, our guests were family.  Aside from the cupcakes sticking to the wrappers, they were divine!  Everyone enjoyed them and they had a fudgy, chewy texture, more like a brownie than a cupcake.  The addition of the frosting, cream cheese and chips really worked out well!

Have you had any baking disasters since starting the gluten-free diet?

Have you made the Katz Gluten Free Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix?  Did it turn out okay for you?  The reviews online were all good, so I am really curious as to what happened with mine.

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Kyle Eslick is the founder of Gluten Free Media, as well as the creator of the popular Celiac Support Groups page. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and now Google+!


  1. Anne Steib says:

    What a great impromptu solution, I need to remember that! I have not tried that baking mix. However, it seems whenever I make snickerdoodles, they rise in the oven and then fall right when I take them out. When I used to make them with the gluten, they never fell. I am not sure what I need to adjust to prevent that from happening. They still taste the same though =)

  2. maggie says:

    I tried many times, when I first went GF, to make homemade GF bread–it never worked! Something always went wrong! It would either overflow, or not raise at all! But when someone recommended Udi’s GF bread, I tried it and never went back! But some GF cookie/cake/baking mixes I have tried, have turned out slightly “grainy”–maybe it’s an old mix!:)

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