Monday, November 10, 2014

Gluten-Free Eggnog Cake with Mint Creme Frosting


       Who's excited that eggnog season is finally here??!!  (If you're not excited, I'm not sure if we can still be friends...)  I for one am very happy to not only be able to enjoy an evening sip of eggnog, but I'm also very excited to bring you new varieties and combinations of seasonal flavors.  I hope you enjoy the first of what I'm sure will turn into several eggnog-inspired desserts…

You'll need:

½ cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar

2 egg

3 tsp vanilla

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2 tsp xanthan gum

1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp clove

½ tsp salt
1 cup eggnog

1 tbsp vinegar

       Preheat oven to 350°F.  Grease two 9" round cake pans and set aside.
       In a large mixing bowl using an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Next, beat in the eggs one at a time, then whip in the vanilla extract. 

       Add one tablespoon of vinegar to the cup of eggnog, then set aside until needed.  
In a separate bowl, combine the flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices.
        Gradually add the dry ingredients into the creamed mixture, alternating with the eggnog and beating well after each addition. You may need to hand mix the batter after the second addition of flour since the batter will become thick and gummy.
        Divide batter between the two prepared pans.  Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
 
       Cool for 10 minutes before transferring from the pans to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.

 
Mint Crème Frosting 

1 stick of butter, softened 

3 cups powdered sugar 

1 tsp vanilla 

1 tsp mint extract 

2 1/2 tbsp heavy whipping cream 

       In a large bowl with an electric mixer, whip the butter until it's fluffy.  Whip in one cup of powdered sugar, then add in the flavorings and one tablespoon heavy cream.  Keep whipping until the mixture becomes a little thinner.  Then whip in the remaining two cups of powdered sugar one at a time, beating well between each addition and alternating with the remaining heavy cream.  

       Spread the frosting over the bottom layer of cake for the filling, then place the second cake on top.  Finish frosting the top and sides of the cake with the rest of the frosting.  Sprinkle the top of the cake with a light dusting of nutmeg then serve!
       I hope you enjoy! (And seriously...you are happy that eggnog is back, aren't you??)