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If you read my last post (Go Dairy Free Review and Giveaway), you know that I have gone dairy-free. And, if you didn’t read my last post, well… now you know I have gone dairy-free.
Now, some of you may be thinking to yourselves, “Why do I care?”
Well, I will tell you. Because I was sent a cookbook a while ago about doctoring up basic gluten-free cake mixes to make lots of different creations. I had been putting off making any of the recipes, and hence, doing a review, because we just don’t use cake mixes in general around here. Plus, we have been trying to eat as refined sugar free as possible. Since I bake from scratch, mostly, I have been going refined sugar and grain free. I kinda figured using cake mixes would negate that. (This cookbook is called The Cake Mix Doctor Bakes Gluten-Free. Hence, me using the word doctoring. I don’t usually use that word. Plus, I have now used hence, oops, 3 times. That’s a lot of hences. Moving on…)
And, since going dairy-free. I just assumed that I wouldn’t be able to make anything from this cookbook. Well, you know what happens when you assume…
Anyway, I finally got off my first-part-of-the-word-assume and cracked open this book to see what I could do. (By the way, that was only as far as looking at the book goes. I have had a long convo with my BGFFs (best gluten-free friends) about how I don’t get to be on my first-part-of-the-word-assume anymore, and oh-whoa-is-me, but that’s another story.)
Well, surprise, surprise! There is a dairy-free option for almost every recipe. Who knew? Not me. But, now I do. And, so do you. There is a “dairy-free” box on every recipe page. Granted, there are a couple that say, “Yeah, not gonna happen.” OK, she words it much nicer than that, but you get the idea. And it is only for a couple of recipes.
Plus, there is a handy little notes area on each recipe to write… well, notes.
And the pictures…The pictures throughout the book are black and white on the regular paper, but the pictures at the beginning of the book…Pages of glossy, tempting photos with the recipe page number underneath. Um, that’s just mean. And, I mean that in a good way. Just flip through the first few pages and go, “I want to make that… and that… and that…”
Anne… (oh, yeah. It’s written by Anne Byrn. Guess I should have stated that above. Whoops!) Anne comes up with everything from cakes, to muffins, to cookies, and more. So much to choose from. I made the Peanut Butter cookies. (Pictured above.) I made them with sunbutter and dairy free using Anne’s notes. The Big Man couldn’t stop raving. I had to remind him that they were not sugar-free as he wanted to hoover the plate clean.
And, I also made the Hawaiian Cupcakes. I used the pineapple icing recipe she gives as a substitute for the cream cheese frosting. It was fabulous. I am, obviously, not the best icer in the world, but who cares? They tasted great.
So, what is the deal? I was given this book to do a review, but since we are trying to be as grain-free and refined sugar-free as possible, I am giving it away to one of you beautiful people. It’s not that it isn’t great or that I don’t appreciate it. It is. And I do. But I know it will sit on the shelf and not get the proper use that it deserves. So, out into the universe to get the love it needs.
Do you want to use this cookbook? Do you want to love this cookbook? This one is simple. Tell me your favorite flavor of cake in the comments below. That’s it.
Now, don’t tell me you don’t like cake, because then you shouldn’t be trying to win this. And, don’t tell me you are trying to win it for a friend/loved one, and you don’t like cake, because you can tell me their favorite flavor of cake. That’s it. No extra entries. Only one entry per person. Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. (Looks weird spelled out, doesn’t it? Had to look that one up.)
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PPS – The giveaway for the The Cake Mix Doctor Bakes Gluten-Free book
ends March 21th, at 10pm, PST. I will email the winner, has ended. The winner is Cynthia. Congratulations, Cynthia! I am emailing you for your address, and you will have 48 hours to get back to me. After which, if I have not heard back from you, another winner will be drawn.