Catering and Gluten Free Carrot Cake

Our housemates were confirmed into the Roman Catholic Church, yesterday. As a gift to them, I catered their celebration. It was already a stressful week and I wanted to take some of the load off of them. Plus, catering is one of my favorite hobbies.

‘Wife’ housemate had already planned on doing mimosas, quiche, and salads. So, I put together a game plan. I needed to incorporate gluten-free ingredients and I decided to add some desserts.

Gluten Free Carrot Cake

Here was the menu, I came up with:
Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Quiche (gluten-free)
Ham and Double Gloucester (gluten-free)
American Casserole (potato, sausage, cheddar, egg) (gluten-free)
Spinach and Feta Casserole (gluten-free)
Sausage and Cheddar Quiche
Ham and Double Gloucester Quiche
Amish Coleslaw (vinegar)
Creamy Coleslaw (mayo)
Fruit Salad

Gluten Free Carrot Cake

For Desserts:
Lemon and White Chocolate Loaf
Chocolate and Espresso Loaf
Pound Cake with Macerated Strawberries (gluten-free)
Carrot Cake (gluten-free)
Vegan Chocolate Cake with Strawberry Fluff Frosting (‘wife’ housemate made it)

Gluten Free Carrot Cake
Gluten Free Carrot Cake

1 cup sugar
2 eggs
3/4 cup oil
1 cup gluten-free flour blend
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 1/2 cup grated carrot (about 2 medium carrots)

1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F. Butter a loaf pan.
2. Whisk together sugar, eggs, vanilla, and oil in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl, whisk together flour blend, soda, powder, cinnamon, and salt.
3. Add the dry ingredients into the egg mixture. Stir until no longer lumpy. Stir in walnuts and carrot.
4. Pour into the buttered loaf pan. Bake 50-60 minutes. A toothpick should come out clean.
5. Cool completely and lather with icing.

My Simple Cream Cheese Icing

a container of cream cheese
splash of vanilla
powdered sugar

Combine together cream cheese and vanilla. Add enough powdered sugar until desired consistency. If it is too thick add a splash of milk. Done. There is no need to add butter to a cream cheese frosting. There is enough calories without it.

I probably could put away this whole cake. I have decided that carrot cake is my all time favorite cake. My next attempt at carrot cake will have crushed pineapple. I love the element it brings to a cake.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

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