Birthdays are a bit of a bummer for the gluten-free foodie, as you cannot always quite literally have your cake and eat it too. Since mine is tomorrow, I thought I’d put together a list of great GF cakes from my archives and around the web. I’m not the biggest baker, as you know, so I’ve yet to conquer the ultimate birthday cake in my kitchen. But I’m looking forward to other treats tomorrow, like kimchi and bibimbop.
It’s been a while since my birthday fell on a weekend, so it’s been an on-going tradition with my fellow self or fun-employed friends to take the day off and go on an ethnic food adventure. In past years this has included a trip to SriPraThai followed by a walk in the Woodside cemetery, or a binge at Mission Chinese followed by a movie. This year I’m taking a Friday Funday and exploring Sunset Park with a private tour of Industry City Distillery (Beet Sugar Vodka anyone??) and lunch at one of these gems. We’ll see if there’s a gluten-free cake to be had along the way. But in the meantime, I’m feasting my eyes on these beauties.
1. Caramel Apple Coffee Cake – All Day I Dream About Food | 2. Buckwheat and Apple Cake – Emiko Davies | 3. Pear-Cranberry Tart – Pamela Salzman | 4. Cheesecake with Fresh Figs and Honey | 5. Rhubarb, Lemon, and Thyme Almond Cake – My Darling Lemon Thyme (You can omit the rhubarb this time of year or swap it for pears!) | 6. Cinnamon Chocolate Torte with Vanilla Creme Fraiche | 7. Polenta Cake with Raspberry Rhubarb Compote