LIVING GLUTEN-FREE: Easy-to-bake, gluten-free cakes tested and approved |

LIVING GLUTEN-FREE: Easy-to-bake, gluten-free cakes tested and approved

Angela Wetzel
Free Press Health Columnist

My friends and family know that I love to bake. To me there is nothing better than warm cookies, fresh breads and fun cupcakes to make for family and friends. Baking from scratch is always optimal but sometimes I just want to go the easy route, buy a mix and be on my merry way.

If you are shopping gluten-free, you have probably seen many brands of mixes: Pamela’s, Betty Crocker and many more that you hadn’t heard of before going gluten-free. In the jumble of all of these mixes, which is the one to try? One day, in the grocery store, I took my chance on a couple and have never been so pleased!

A few years ago, when my dad was diagnosed with celiac disease, I tried a cookie mix from Hodgson Mill. I bought it because it is a “blank” cookie mix which can be made into several types of cookies, all from one mix! The types of cookies that they give recipes for are Almond Cookies, Pecan Cookies, Chocolate Cookies, Peanut Butter Cookies and Chocolate Chip Cookies. With one mix, you just can’t go wrong!

Also, this cookie mix called for “normal” ingredients like butter, shortening, an egg and vanilla, items that you probably already have on hand. Not only that, but it’s an easy mix, so no “blend wet ingredients and then dry ingredients” type instructions.

The cookies also turn out marvelous, like a “normal” cookie. Actually, most friends and family would never know that this is a gluten-free cookie, it is so good!

Along the same lines, baking a “quick” cake has become easier with Betty Crocker. They are making some fine mixes for cakes and have Devil’s Food Cake and a Yellow Cake mix available at local stores and do have an Angel Food Cake mix available although I haven’t seen those in our market yet. I have made the Yellow Cake mix and it is perfect! It is also easy to make and calls for items you would have in the house like eggs and vegetable oil. The only complaint that I have with these mixes is that it does not make a full 9-by-13 cake, it makes a smaller 9-by-9 cake. Gluten-free easy cakes have arrived!

Both of these brands do make other mixes from breads to brownies and more! I would encourage you to try these mixes and try them out on your family and friends, I bet they won’t know that they are gluten-free!

Angela Wetzel has celiac disease and is president of Gluten Free Grand Valley, a support group for those with celiac disease and wheat allergies. Contact her at or visit Gluten Free Grand Valley on Facebook.

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