• Hallie @ Daily Bites

    posted on May 6, 2011 at 8:50 am

    First things first, that cake is gorgeous! The perfect way to celebrate your 2-year blog birthday. :) I’m so glad that our blogs have brought us together. It’s been a blessing having you as such an inspirational friend.

    My life is brimming with blessings. It’s so tough to pick just two! I would say that my family and the support they give me in all paths of my life is probably number one. I would not be where I am today without them. I’m beginning to see more and more these days that the “greats” never become great without the influence of others. Relationships are the key to some of our greatest successes in life. I’m so grateful to have many people in my life that inspire and encourage me day in and day out. (You’re one of them!)

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    Amy Reply:

    @Hallie @ Daily Bites, Hallie! The feeling is mutual…I am really grateful for you, too. It’s amazing how we’re able to develop incredible relationships before we actually meet.

    Sending hugs!
    Amy

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  • Kim @ Welcoming Kitchen

    posted on May 6, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Happy Blog Birthday, Amy! You’ve really provided such a service to your readers over the past two years. Your cake (and your site) look lovely.

    I am blessed with loving family and a community of supportive friends. I am so grateful to keep adding to that friend circle!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Kim @ Welcoming Kitchen, Thanks, Kim! I do hope we work together in the future. You offer such a great service and I”m so grateful we’ve crossed paths.

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  • Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)

    posted on May 6, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Oh Amy it’s beautiful! Happy anniversary! I have to agree with the things you’ve learned over the past two years. Blogging, for me, has taught me to think outside of the box, to push limits and try new things. Living with dietary restrictions can be so overwhelming, but we have such a great community and it helps us all learn together! I hope you have an incredible weekend!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen), Thank you, Sarena!! You are so sweet…your blog is fabulous. Just added you to my RSS feed. :)

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  • Deanna

    posted on May 6, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Beautiful cake! Happy blogger birthday!

    Blessings – I think that blogging has taught me to look at what could be a negative as a challenge that I can overcome. And, it has introduced me to so many wonderfully supportive people. And, it has given me so many amazing ideas. (Okay, I couldn’t stop at just 2.) :)

    To many more years!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Deanna, Thanks, Deanna! Yes, many more years for both of us!

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  • Zoe

    posted on May 6, 2011 at 9:21 am

    Congrats on two years, Amy!

    I have many blessings, two of them are my family and those connections I’ve made online through food blogging. It’s because of my family, particularly my youngest brother, that I started my blog and they’re always there to support me. I’m also grateful to the blogging friends I’ve met and connected with, such as you and Shirley of gluten-free easily, and their support and friendship.

    Wishing you continued success and more into the coming years! :)

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    Amy Reply:

    @Zoe, It’s been my honor, Zoe! We don’t chat as much as I wish we could…but I am so proud of you and all you’ve done. You are a gem!

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  • Selina@ Creative Juices Decor

    posted on May 6, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Amy, you have done so much in 2 years!!! Enjoy this day :-) Relax a little and have a great weekend. (and that is such a pretty cake!)

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  • Debi

    posted on May 6, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Happy Blogoversary, Amy! I am SO thankful for you and what you have done here on your blog. If it weren’t for you and the other bloggers, I would have near the adventuresome spirit with my food that I have now and I wouldn’t have as much support. I’m also thankful to have met you last weekend even if we didn’t get to spend much time together. I wish I could be at the Dallas Expo. Maybe, just maybe, work will give me the time off on top of the time off I’ll need the following month. :D

    My blessings are you and fellow bloggers whom I can also say are my friends. Without all of you, I’d still be swimming alone in the gf world. My second blessing is my health. I’m happy to be healthy again. I’m even happier to feel HEALTHIER than I have ever felt in my life. :)

    Thank you, Amy!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Debi, I’d love for you to come to Dallas! You can swing by and meet my pups. :) Yes, I agree – it’s great to have friends to help us along the way.

    Much love,
    Amy

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  • Jeanine

    posted on May 6, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Happy Birthday, SS&GF! That is awesome, and what you’ve accomplished in 2 years is AMAZING!

    I am beyond blessed as well. I have a fantastic family, with 2 happy, healthy kids, and a super supportive husband.

    Thanks to the blogging community, I don’t feel isolated in this gluten-free journey I’m on. I don’t feel alone, or left out, or like I’m just left to figure it all out myself. I like that. :)

    Here’s to many more, my dear friend!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Jeanine, Thanks, Jeanine! I hope that we’ll get to meet in person someday but until then, here’s to a fabulous bloggy friendship…it is great to travel this road with friends.

    Much love,
    Amy

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  • Ricki

    posted on May 6, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Congratulations on 2 Years of Blogging, Amy! And look at all your incredible accomplishments in such a short time. :D Looking forward to what else you’ll bring to the world (blog world and otherwise!) in the next two.

    I feel really blessed as well to have discovered the blogosphere and all the amazing people–readers, fellow bloggers–in it. Blogging has enriched my life immeasurably–and I also got to “meet” you! :D

    I’m grateful to have a wonderful hubby and two gorgeous canine kids. And certainly, over the past couple of years, I am immensely grateful for my naturopath who has guided my return to health!

    Hope you have a great weekend–celebrate! xo

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    Amy Reply:

    @Ricki, Thanks, Ricki! I love my ND, too. She has helped me more than I ever imagined possible in such a short time. My body just feels supported with her guidance.

    Much love,
    Amy

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  • Junia @ Mis Pensamientos

    posted on May 6, 2011 at 10:11 am

    i just found your blog thru a tweet and i love it!!! i am a healthy food blogger with tons of allergies and i’m huge on natural whole foods. looking forward to your posts! just found u on twitter and FB!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Junia @ Mis Pensamientos, Your blog is precious, Junia! I do hope you’ll share your recipes at Slightly Indulgent Tuesday. It’s a blog event I host each week. Just come back on Tuesday and link a recipe – the guidelines are on each post. I’d love to have you!

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  • Alta

    posted on May 6, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Amy, happy 2nd bloggie birthday! You should be proud of what you have achieved. I certainly am! And this cake? OMG yum.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Alta, I’m so grateful that the bloggy world has brought us together, Alta. :)

    Much love,
    Amy

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  • Debbie

    posted on May 6, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Love your website, thanks! Anything I can exchange the buttermilk for if I want dairy free?

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    Amy Reply:

    @Debbie, To sour dairy-free milk – 1 tablespoon lemon juice or apple cider vinegar plus enough dairy-free milk to make one cup. Let it sit for 5 minutes. :)

    Have fun!
    Amy

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  • Jeanie @ Allergy Free and Gluten Free

    posted on May 6, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Amy!

    Your cake looks amazing! I think I can almost taste it right now! lol
    Congrats on the 2yrs! I do believe it has been an amazing journey for you! I look forward to what the future hold for you!
    I just received your cookbook that I won from Tasty Easts At Home! Simply SF & GF is Fabulous! It makes me hungry by just reading it! It is surely a treasure to me!
    You asked about our 2 blessings. #1 is what God has done in my life (you can ready the about me on my blog). #2 is my family!
    Thanks for sharing this Amy! You are truly an inspiration to me!

    Blessings,
    Jeanie

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    Amy Reply:

    @Jeanie @ Allergy Free and Gluten Free, I’m so glad you’re enjoying my book. I took a peek at your blog. Your quinoa bars look fabulous! I am grateful that we have the blogosphere to inspire each other. :)

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  • SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen

    posted on May 6, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Happy 2 years, Amy!! What a blessing to celebrate this today — and with such a delicious spring cake :)

    Two blessings on my mind today:

    1) The amazing group of students I’ve been blessed to teach this semester; they are just incredible and have taught me a great deal.

    2) My husband’s traveling schedule slowing down a bit; it’s a blessing to just see each other more often and share the ins and outs of every day.

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    Amy Reply:

    @SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen, I love it when Joe is home more often….it’s rare but when he is I’m so grateful. I understand exactly what you mean. Enjoy him!

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  • Candi Elm

    posted on May 6, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Amy, Happy Blog Birthday. This cake looks amazing. I only wish I had time to make it for my mom this weekend. It will have to wait until next week. I love your cookbook and am very new to Gluten Free and blogging. Thank you for all you do. I hope to get to meet you in the future. I just finished Culinary school and only wished they taught more on gluten free baking. Its like starting all over again.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Candi Elm, Congrats on your blog…it’s precious. I am in pastry arts school now and really, I can’t see myself rolling out sheets of fondant and covering cakes as a career. It’s just not my style. Yes, I wish there was a better alternative for those of us who want to do it, but want to do it gf/sf.

    Hugs!!
    Amy

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  • Nicole@GFonaShoestring

    posted on May 6, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    For me, getting laid off from my job as a big firm lawyer in March 2009 worked out pretty well for me, all things considered. :) Most of all, it freed me of fear of thinking outside the box. And that’s a Very Good Thing.
    Happy Anniversary, Amy!

    xo
    Nicole

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    Amy Reply:

    @Nicole@GFonaShoestring, It’s amazing how we’re able to find the blessings in things that might otherwise be a problem for others. I have had so many doors close and what I know is that another one always opens.

    Much love,
    Amy

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  • Maggie

    posted on May 6, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Happy Anniversary Amy and SSGF! Only two years? It seems as though you’ve been doing this much longer, you’re such a talented woman. I am honored to be counted as one of your friends. I am blessed with a wonderful husband, two beautiful babes, and a really cute dog! They’ve all influenced me more than I ever thought possible! xoxoxo

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    Amy Reply:

    @Maggie, The honor is all mine, Maggie! And, I agree – your family is incredible.

    Much love,
    Amy

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  • Iris

    posted on May 6, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Happy anniversary, Amy! First off, I have to say that you and all the other bloggers have been a huge blessing in my life. And strangely enough, and I’m sure you understand this, so has the necessity to eat gluten-free.

    As for the rest, my life is full of blessings right now. Having housemates and a new love in my life who all support my cooking and baking restrictions, being able to do yoga in the morning, living surrounded by trees and chirping birds…

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  • claudia

    posted on May 6, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Congratulations on your blog birthday!!
    I’m happy I found your blog!

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  • Nisha @ Healthy Mom's Kitchen

    posted on May 6, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    This looks absolutely divine :)

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  • Melissa

    posted on May 6, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Happy Birthday to your blog! WOW, you have really done a lot in 2 years. Thank you for the delicious cake recipe, your great blog and all you do to help us who have gluten intolerance. I am blessed to have found your website!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Melissa, You’re a blessing to me, too! Thanks, Melissa.

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  • Jenny R

    posted on May 6, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Happy Blogday!!! When I had to go (mostly) GF&SF due to health problems I had no idea what to eat and yours was one of the first sites I looked at. Thank God too b/c I was like “Maybe this won’t be so bad….”.
    The two things I am most thankful for are oddly being laid off and having a hard time finding employment. I always had lots of money and threw it around like a crazy person. I have learned a lot about how to stretch a dollar and manage my money and they are lessons that will follow me, and make me better, for the rest of my life.
    The second thing I am thankful for is realizing that “This to shall pass”. I used to freak out over everything and now it takes A LOT to freak me out. A LOT. I don’t stress over much of anything anymore and I have gained perspective over what is really TRULY important. I have come to realize that today’s worries are next years stories.
    Life is a beautiful journey with bumps along the way. No one said it would be easy and courage isn’t about being fearless, it is about learning how to deal with the fear and move forward.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Jenny R, I needed to be reminded today that “this too shall pass…” I think we all go through times like that when it’s not what we want, but we have to do it. So we do, with blind faith that this too shall pass. It always does.

    Much love,
    Amy

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  • Kalynskitchen

    posted on May 6, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Congratulations on two years, and many more to come! If I had to pick my two biggest blessings, it would have to be my family and my friends, both real-life and virtual ones! xo

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    Amy Reply:

    @Kalynskitchen, Agreed, Kalyn! It’s amazing how our virtual friends become so much like family.

    Hugs!
    Amy

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  • Cara

    posted on May 6, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Congratulations on your success and for blessing others with your knowledge and talent. I have enjoyed your blog for almost a year now. It’s encouraging to see how healthful and tastey our diets can be at the same time. About this beautiful cake. I would love to make it for my daughter who is turning 9 this month. She has autism and has a pasteurized dairy restriction on top of the gluten. I’m wondering what I can substitute for the buttermilk. I have a recipe for coconut whip creme. I hate to change anything with your already beautiful cake ;) Again, congrats on a well deserved milestone!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Cara, You can use any dairy-free milk and add lemon juice or vinegar to sour it. I use one tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar plus enough of the dairy-free milk to make one cup. Let it sit for 5 minutes. Hope that helps. Let me know if you have any other questions.

    Happy birthday to your daughter! She deserves a gorgeous cake.

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  • Christine

    posted on May 6, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Happy Birthday SS&GF! That is so exciting! :)

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  • Bethany

    posted on May 7, 2011 at 4:49 am

    Congratulations on 2 years, Amy! And all you’ve accomplished and learned throughout.

    I’m so grateful for my loving husband, who supports me and is everlastingly patient with me in my efforts to better myself.

    I’m also grateful for my children, who teach me new things daily, and take me by surprise with their intelligence and wit at times.

    I love my family so much.

    And as a bonus: I’m ever so grateful for bloggers like yourself who make the transition into eating gluten, sugar, and allergen-free so much easier.

    I can’t even imagine what I would be doing without you and your amazing recipes!

    Big hugs to you!
    Bethany

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    Amy Reply:

    @Bethany, Thanks so much…I still have your sweet e-mail hanging above my desk and read it daily. I am so grateful for you and the others who have shown up to support me. We can’t (and shouldn’t have to…) do it alone.

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  • Miz Helen

    posted on May 7, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Happy Bloggie Birthday Miz Amy!
    I count you among my blessings and sharing your journey is a real joy and blessing in my life. You are the greatest!
    Love You!
    Miz Helen

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    Amy Reply:

    @Miz Helen, The feeling is mutual, Helen! It’s been quite a trip, huh?

    Much love,
    Amy

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  • christine

    posted on May 7, 2011 at 10:57 am

    happy Birthday!!!

    I love to read your recipes – then I work out what to substiute to make them vegan:)

    The birthday cakes looks delicious – sort of like a strawberry Black Forest gateau from my past!

    Keep up the great work, you’ve achieved so much x

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    Amy Reply:

    @christine, Thanks, Christine! I have been reading more and more vegan recipes lately because I’m trying to widen my food knowledge and make a bigger variety of frostings…I love the vegan spin.

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  • Nina

    posted on May 7, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Amy, Congratulations on Two Years!!!! Hopefully many more to come as you are such an inspiration to me (and so many others!) Your cake looks amazingly delicious!

    My two biggest blessings are 1) health and 2) friends/family!!!

    Cheers!!!
    xo

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    Amy Reply:

    @Nina, Thanks, Nina! Love your blog…you love your smoothies as much as I do. :)

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  • Liz Amason

    posted on May 7, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Geeze, time flies! Congratulations and thank you for your passion and willingness to share with others.

    Two biggest blessings in my life…hummmm…. tough one to answer:
    I’d say my daughter, my only child, is at the top and the second would have to be that I am a child of God and from that, all blessings flow.

    Happy Mother’s Day Amy!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Liz Amason, What wonderful blessings, Liz! Thanks for sharing!

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  • Heather @Gluten-Free Cat

    posted on May 8, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Happy birthday, sweet Amy!!! Your cake looks so amazing. Can’t wait to give it a try! I’m thinking it would be perfect for celebrating the end of the school year!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Heather @Gluten-Free Cat, Thanks, Heather! :)

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  • Noreen

    posted on May 9, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    First off, congratulations on your success! You have been an absolute inspiration and you have given me a whole new perspective on my love of baking! I would have to say my blessings include my family, they are the reason I even began this journey. And my second blessing would have to be my health, it is something I think people take for granted, because without good health you really can’t be happy! Thanks again!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Noreen, Thanks, Noreen! I know – good health is the biggest blessing. I was not healthy for so long that now I protect my health vigilantly.

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  • Kimmie

    posted on May 11, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    This is my first cake made from scratch! I am a horrible baker so I stick to the mixes. I was horrified when I realized I mixed the dry ingredients before I was supposed to. AMAZINGLY it turned out super well. Personally I thought it was a very flavorful taste. A first for me using many of these ingredients; I’m looking forward to testing out more of your recipes and theories.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Kimmie, Yea!!! How fabulous! I am thrilled for you…I always say that the baker is the one that brings recipes to life. Without you, they’re just words on a page. Bravo! You did it!

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  • abbie

    posted on May 17, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Congrats Amy on two years and so many amazing accomplishments! It is such a blessing to know better just who you are. Forgive me for not adding my own “blessings,” my pregnancy brain isn’t functioning as of late. (We are about 10 days away!)

    Blessings to you Amy as you begin your new year, and thank you for being such an inspiration to all.

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    Amy Reply:

    @abbie, I can’t wait to see Baby Park, Abby! I’m thrilled for you! Please keep us updated.

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  • Eric Myers

    posted on June 3, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Oh man! This was SOOO GOOD! II have tried a few different gluten free cakes over the years and this one..well…it really took the cake! It was so moist and delicious! I will definitely be making this one again. Thanks for sharing this great recipe.

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  • Amy Sullivan

    posted on June 11, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    I’m on an elimination diet and can’t have strawberries, but want to make this cake for my birthday (my first gluen free birthday) any fruit substitutes I can use?

    P.S. thanks for your website and book. :-)

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    Amy Reply:

    @Amy Sullivan, I’ve used cherries before. I don’t know what you can eat so it’s hard to say. Apples wouldn’t cut it, nor would oranges. I would try the substitution before the big day so you’re not disappointed if it doesn’t turn out. Happy birthday to your son!

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  • Nayeli

    posted on May 21, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Hi Amy! My daughter can’t have any sugar, but honey is ok. Would I be able to substitute the Palm Sugar in the recipe for honey? If so, how much should I use? Also, is there anything I can use to sub the buttermilk? Trying to make it as dairy free as possible without comprising the taste. :) I don’t cook and it’s my first time ever making a cake…SO nervous! Wish me luck!
    Thank you!!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Nayeli, If you use honey you’ll have to decrease the liquid some. Here is a list of substitutions that might help:

    http://simplysugarandglutenfree.com/substitutions/

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  • Nayeli

    posted on May 21, 2012 at 8:24 am

    One last question – can I use coconut, rice four or pecan for this instead? Thanks!!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Nayeli, If you change the flour it will change the outcome. Feel free to experiment but those flours aren’t a 1 to 1 substitution for the blend I used.

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  • Anonymous

    posted on April 21, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    This is the first recipe that I’ve made from this site. WOW!!!!!! This is absolutely the best gluten-free chocolate cake I’ve made to date and I’ve been gluten-free for going on 3 years now. I didn’t have time to make the whipped cream cheese frosting, so just made a regular icing sugar frosting, but because the cake wasn’t that sweet, it balanced it out well. Made it in a bundt pan, but it was a little small. So tasty–this will be my go to chocolate cake from now on!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Anonymous, I’m so glad you like it! It’s one of my favorites. I love chocolate anything. If you want the cake a little sweeter add 1/8 – 1/4 teaspoon alcohol free vanilla stevia to the batter.

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