March 16, 2014

Gluten-Free Chocolate Layer Cake and a Giveaway


Ask anyone who knows me really well and they'd probably tell you that calling me a skeptic would be quite apropos.   I can't help it if I don't believe something right off the bat, just my nature I guess.  Which is why I couldn't wait to get my hands on "The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook" when America's Test Kitchen asked me if I would like to do a review.   I was dying to find out for myself if their gluten-free recipes, especially the baking ones, were as incredible as they have touted.  Several people in my circle are gf and being able to bake for them without having to sacrifice taste and texture would be incredible.

I knew I had to test a baking recipe and it had to be something that I normally would never make from scratch without gluten.  I've dabbled a little bit in gluten-free baking before and although most of the results were pretty good they never really did compare to "normal" baking.  


A friend recently commented that I don't have enough layer cakes on my blog so I immediately honed in on the Chocolate Layer Cake.  Believe me when I tell you that this cake is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!  Not only does it bake up beautifully, with a tight and tender crumb, but it tastes just like a rich chocolate cake WITH gluten would!  I was completely stunned by how delicious it was.   To corroborate my findings I had a few friends blindly taste a slice and they enthusiastically gave it two thumbs up.  Then when I told them afterwards that the cake was gluten-free they were completely shocked...and kept on eating.  If that's not proof, I don't know what is!

I can't wait to try the other baked (and non-baked!) recipes; think the the pies are especially calling my name.   Trust me when I say that this cookbook is the real deal, but I should have already known that when it's coming from the folks at ATK!


One lucky reader will be randomly selected to receive their very own copy of The How Can It Be Gluten-Free Cookbook.  

To enter just leave a comment to this post.

IMPORTANT: You MUST include your email address IN your comment.  Entries without an email included in the comment will be disqualified!  Sorry, but that's the only way I can contact the winner.  Contest ends Sunday, March 23 at 11:59 PM PST.  One entry per person.  Open to US residents only.  Good luck!

CONTEST CLOSED.  Congratulations to comment #43 who was randomly selected among eligible entries.  Your cookbook will be arriving soon.

58 comments:

  1. Anonymous3/17/2014

    This book sounds amazing! I’ve been gluten free for 3 years now and I’m still struggling to find a cake recipe that doesn’t taste and crumble like sand, weigh as much as cement, and guests won’t notice it doesn’t have gluten. I’m definitely going to pick up this book.

    -Erica
    ericaeverett@gmail.com

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  2. That cake looks amazing!

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  3. It looks delicious ! Btw...I found you via America's test kitchen Instagram :)
    Ashevillian@gmail.com

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  4. OH!! I am just dying to get a copy of the book! I've hear wonderful things so far about it! fingers crossed!!

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    1. oh.. and if I am SOOO lucky to win the book, b/c I'm in Canada, I'll have it sent to my sister in Arizona! still crossing my fingers!!
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  5. This book looks like just what I need. I can't wait to make this cake... chocolate gluten free cake... amazing! jansanderson70@gmail.com

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  6. Oh wow, would love to make this gluten-free cake for a dear friend who desperately misses cake!
    jennhaines@gmail.com

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  7. That cake looks fabulous! Thanks for a chance at the cookbook too! dar (dot) sieb@gmail (dot) com

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  8. The cake looks delicious! I've been wanting to bake gluten free desserts from family who just recently gone gluten free so this book would be a good start. jasminedoan@yahoo.com

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  9. Anonymous3/17/2014

    This cake looks delicious. I'd love to try this recipe. Thanks for the giveaway!

    -Regina
    prisesur.mlle@gmail.com

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  10. I would love to get a copy of this book to give to my sister, she was diagnosed with Celiac disease about 2 years ago. She is still learning how to adjust her diet and I think this book would be a huge help to her.
    vandlwilliams@gmail.com

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  11. I would love this for a woman who has an adopted child who is gluten free...this family is amazing
    crsbj@bellsouth.net

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  12. Anonymous3/17/2014

    This cake looks amazing! I love sweets and anything from ATK!! Can't wait to try.

    Kelsey
    Krchase129@aol.com

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  13. Anonymous3/17/2014

    I have recently been told to go gluten free. I really need help with cooking this way. I am from the south and love to cook but with out gluten is hard. Rb4cb@aol.com isy email...God bless this entry and ypu and yours.

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  14. Anonymous3/17/2014

    I keep hearing how amazing this book is. Can't wait to see it - and that cake!!!
    shaudenschield@hotmail.com

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  15. Will surely try this out!
    roopa.komarla@gmail.com

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  16. Anonymous3/17/2014

    Can't wait to test this recipe.

    tdlzing at gmail dot com

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  17. Want this book so bad! andrew_steger@yahoo.com

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  18. I've heard such great things about this book! Would love to win :) michaelaballmann (at) gmail.com

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  19. I was just telling my wife how much I want this book!

    Rhennesy [at] gmail [dot] com

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  20. The book sounds really interesting and the cake looks and sounds YUMMY!

    karenbarksdale74@yahoo.com

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  21. Wow, looks amazing!!! bethbransford@hotmail.com

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  22. I woules love to win this. The book seems really interesting. The cake looks like it is YUMMY!

    karenbarksdale74@yahoo.com

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  23. Anonymous3/17/2014

    My bestie recently found out she has celiac and this is just the book for her! lina.zarate [at] gmail

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  24. Anonymous3/17/2014

    I absolutely love your blog! ! The cake looks beautiful, I cant wait to get the book!!
    romachick71@yahoo.com

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  25. Everything ATK makes turns to gold. Would love to add this to my collection.

    Lauraborelious@gmail.com

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  26. I have just barely started gluten free baking, and I've been excited to get my hands on ATK's new book.

    sarah.a.berridge at gmail dot com

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  27. Finally a legit gluten free cook book, can't go wrong with American test kitchen! Christinav625@gmail.com

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  28. This sounds interesting. I don't have gluten issues, but I have friends that do. It's always good having options for them.

    my email address is - aaaahbatwomanrun@yahoo.com

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  29. oh my gosh that cake looks delicious

    uclangel422 at yahoo dot com

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  30. I'm looking 4 delicous was to b gluton free.
    madilyneh@cox.net

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  31. Anonymous3/18/2014

    Love...hope this isn't showing up twice but I don't see the first one! michelle.leimbach@hotmail.com

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  32. I have been gluten free for almost three years and I am a bakery owner. It is so difficult not to be able to eat the things I make. I would love to have a great cake now and again....christiefairbanks@gmail.com

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  33. rurugirl at hotmail dot com

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  34. You had me at Gluten-Free Chocolate Layer Cake. I'm a self-proclaimed cake tasting expert but really want to get my bearings with gluten-free cooking. Dying to get my hands on a copy of "The How Can It Be Gluten-Free Cookbook" and start baking from flour-free scratch. Nicoliinapotter@gmail.com

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  35. liz(dot)cherson at gmail(dot)com

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  36. Anonymous3/18/2014

    This looks amazing. When my daughter had to go gluten free, it was popular back then and really had to look hard for recipes. Glad to see things are changing. Would love this book. k.rawson@verizon.net

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  37. i've been wanting this book! graciechiao at gmail dot com

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  38. I would love to try these recipes! c_chang_88 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  39. Anonymous3/18/2014

    Wow, sounds good
    scalfin2000@yahoo.com

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  40. wish i could have tried it!! -Mimi nguyen.kasmira@gmail.com

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  41. Anonymous3/19/2014

    I would love to own this book, but have no income so buying it is not possible. I need better gluten free recipes so that I don't waste expensive ingredients! dfal182@gmail.com Dee Fedor

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  42. Anonymous3/19/2014

    Looks amazing!!
    c.alvidrez@gmail.com

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  43. My sister is gluten free so I'm always looking for new recipes - jengstein06@aol.com

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  44. that cake looks so good i would love to win this cookbook
    natalie yeoman
    freebies_samples@aol.com

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  45. I really hope to win this! America's Test Kitchen does such a great job with all its cookbooks!
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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  46. That is one beautiful cake! This book is on my wish list...it is just a matter of when, not if, it will be added to my cookbook collection.

    lewaletzko[at]gmail[dot[com

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  47. The cake looks so good. A member of our Bible study group is gluten free and it would great to bring a dessert that everyone can eat. thanks for the chance to win - lehpopcorn@gmail.com.

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  48. Anonymous3/22/2014

    Gluten free seems so hard to get right! It would be wonderful to get a copy of this book. (busunkim96@gmail.com)

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  49. would love to win a copy of this book. ATK is fantastic will love to see their take on GF cooking.
    sophrd22@yahoo.com

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  50. The cake looks delicious! I'd love to have this cookbook to make GF dishes for my brother who has celiac's. (liasim@umich.edu)

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  51. Would love to cook more gluten free foods for the celiacs I work with!! Alyciag@gmail.com

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  52. I wanted to get this book immediately after I heard the interview for it on NPR. I'm not on a gluten-free diet, but I would love to learn more about the science behind making gluten-free bread, pasta, and cake! healthynibblesandbits@gmail.com

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  53. I'd live to try this and other recipes from ATK. Reetsyburger@gmail.com

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  54. Anonymous3/23/2014

    Yes, please! Always looking for more GF recipes to add to my arsenal.

    Sarah
    smshum.art@gmail.com

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  55. I've been looking for good GF recipes to help with inflammation (for my rheumatoid arthritis). This is awesome!

    Falonsade@gmail.com

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  56. it looks delicious! and if you say it's good, and your friends do too, i'd have to believe it! anxious to try something gluten-free that will turn out so good.

    lorilroos@gmail.com

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  57. I just love ATK and their recipes, tips, and techniques. Being both gluten free and a bake, I would love this cookbook!

    Sgraynes@gmail.com

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