Category Dairy

Gluten Free Mocha Cupcakes w/Espresso Buttercream

chocolate cupcakes with espresso buttercream
I learned of these cupcakes (from Brown Eyed Baker) from my neighbor, and I’ve since turned these into a gluten free version, with dairy free and egg free alternates.

For the Cupcakes:
1 1/4 cups gluten free flour
⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
2/3 cup  milk (canned, full fat coconut milk works)
½ cup strong brewed coffee, at room temperature
1 package Starbucks via instant coffee
1 tsp. vanilla extract
½ cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature (you can also use non-dairy butter)
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup light brown sugar
1 egg (you can put 1 Tbs. fax meal into 3 Tbs. warm water and let sit until it turns into a gel as an alternate)

For the Espresso Buttercream Frosting:
1 cup (2 sticks)...

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Baked Parmesan Sweet Potato Fries

sweet potato fries w_olive oil aioli

I love fries of all sorts, but I REALLY like sweet potato fries. These are good by themselves, but my kids couldn’t get enough of the dipping aioli!


  • 2 sweet potatoes, cleaned & julienned
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • flaked sea salt
  • 1/4 c. parmesan cheese
  • parsley for garnish

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Toss potatoes in a bag with  2 Tbs. olive oil and garlic powder.
3. Lay potatoes on a lined baking sheet and sprinkle with flaked sea salt.
4. Bake potatoes for 15 minutes.
5. Remove pan from oven and flip potatoes. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and put back in the oven for another 5 minutes.
7. Remove from oven, sprinkle with parsley garnish and serve with aioli dip on the side...

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Gluten Free Gooey Butter Cake


Apparently this thing called a Gooey Butter Cake is somewhat of a delicacy in St. Louis. As the story goes, a baker mixed some ingredients together in inaccurate proportions, but he decided to bake his concoction anyway and he ended up with this cake that is a little like a lemon bar in texture, but light in flavor. And, really, it is VERY easy to make. *Disclaimer: this is the first time I’ve made this recipe, so I can’t tell you if it’ll work in a dairy/egg free version, but I suspect that it would be just fine!*


  • 1 gluten free yellow cake mix (I used this one)
  • 1 c. butter, melted
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 8 oz. package of cream cheese, softened
  • 4 c. powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In a bowl, mix the glute...
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Coffee Heath Bar Ice Cream

Coffee Ice Cream

Who doesn’t love a great ice cream? One of my favorites is Ben & Jerry’s Coffee Heath Bar Crunch, but it is pretty expensive for a little pint. So, I decided to try making my own. This recipe is SOOOOO easy (literally, it takes less than 10 minutes to prepare), is egg-free and does NOT require an ice cream maker! Try it and let me know what you think!


  • 1 serving’s worth of instant coffee of choice (I used 1 package of Starbucks Via)
  • 2 tsp. gluten free vanilla extract
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 6 Heath Bars, crushed


  • In a small bowl, mix the instant coffee and vanilla. Set aside so that the coffee dissolves. Do NOT skip this step or you will have grainy coffee ice cream…ew, just ew.
  • Bash your Heath ...
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Gluten Free Coconut Cake

coconut cake

I found a recipe for coconut cake on Pinterest from Cooking Classy and it looked great, so I thought I’d convert it to be gluten free and make a few tweaks. My kids and coworkers loved the cake…some didn’t even know it was gluten free!


  • 3 cups gluten free all purpose flour (I use THIS one)
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups  sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter or nondairy butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature, yolks and whites separated, plus two more egg whites
  • 1/8 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. coconut extract
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 c. shredded coconut
Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 12 oz. cream cheese (1 1/2 packages), at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup butter or non...
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