I passed the 500 reader comments mark on this blog!

I know what you’re all thinking… No, I do.

500 comments? That’s all?

But let me assure you that this is a glorious moment for me. I feel loved, appreciated, and actually part of something! I actually feel that way each time I get one comment, but to see a huge number before me on my dashboard is pretty fantastic. And I’m confident that it will only be a bench mark. I feel that I’ve come so far in the last 6 months that I can’t stop now. Learning how to blog, how to write, and most importantly, how to cook/bake has become such a huge part of my life. I refuse to stop learning more! :)

So a big thank you if you’re reading this. You’re the reason I’ve learned so much and intend to keep learning. Your comments also make me smile and get me through the week :)

(Sorry that it’s a bad picture :-/ Photography is on the ‘to learn more about’ list :)

You can’t have a celebration without some sort of tasty dessert! Cake isn’t something that I ate much before I went gluten, dairy and sugar free. But I decided that it was time to tackle a cake for many reasons and it just so happened that I made it about the time I received those glorious 500 comments! (Just this week actually :)).

So here is my first (successful) gluten free, dairy free, and sugar free cake! (I had attempted a few others. My most epic fail recently was a ‘red velvet cake’ using beet juice as the coloring. It tasted great, but it was gummy and didn’t rise.) Thankfully I got over my recent failures and tried this cake!

Gluten Free Chocolate Coconut Mayonnaise Cake

Ingredients:

1/3 cup sweet sorghum flour
1/3 cup brown rice flour
1/3 cup tapioca flour
1/4 cup cocoa
1/4 cup + 2 tbs date sugar
3 pinches salt (about 1/8th tsp)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp xanthan gum
1/2 cup real mayonnaise (organic or homemade is best. Make sure to check labels! Some mayonnaise products are scary :-/ You really just want the oil and eggs.)
1 tsp vanilla
6 tablespoons agave nectar
1/2 cup cold water
Topping: unsweetened dessicated coconut

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Using a fine mesh strainer, sift the flour, cocoa and date sugar together into a medium mixing bowl. Add the salt, baking soda, baking powder, and xanthan gum. I used a whisk for about a minute just to make sure it was all mixed in well.

In a smaller mixing bowl, add the mayonnaise, vanilla, and agave nectar. Mix those up well (took me about 2 minutes before I was satisfied) and then add the cold water. Continue to mix.

Add the liquid into the dry ingredients and mix well. I recommend using a fork. It actually was a very elastic dough and was rather hard to manipulate after a while. But keep at it (it’s worth it!). I used a round glass baking dish that was about 12″ in diameter and only about 1 1/2″ thick. I formed the batter in the pan (it doesn’t really ‘pour’. I would call it more of a ‘plop’) to be about 3/4″ thick. The cake rose twice its size at that thickness.

Put on a small layer of dessicated coconut and in the oven it goes! Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. For me, it was just over 30 minutes when I decided it was completely done (so I guess technically 32 minutes). I used the coconut as my guide. Once it begins to brown then its ready for the ol’ toothpick test!

It’s a moist cake, but its not gummy (a problem I’ve had with all the other gluten and sugar free cakes I’ve made.) I was very pleased that this actually came out! I was NOT pleased to find out The Boy liked it just as much as I did and that I had to share…  ;)

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This recipe is linked to Would You Like Chocolate with that?, the Grocery Chart Challenge Recipe Swap, Food on FridaysFiner Things Friday, Friday Favorites, and the Gluten Free Cake Challenge.

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14 Responses to A Celebration of 500! (and Chocolate Coconut Mayonnaise Cake)

  1. Deanna says:

    Congrats on the milestone! I bet you could do this cake with veganaise and have a vegan, gluten free chocolate coconut cake. :)
    .-= Deanna´s last blog ..Dahl-icious! =-.

  2. Jenn says:

    Congrats! That cake looks so dark and rich!
    .-= Jenn´s last blog ..The Gluten Free Husband Makes Breakfast Quesadillas =-.

  3. Iris says:

    Looks delicious my dear! Congrats on 500 comments! It’s because you’re so cool. :)
    .-= Iris´s last blog ..Gluten-Free Product Reviews And A Giveaway! =-.

  4. Make that 504 comments! :) Congratulations! You are the best! That is quite an accomplishment!
    This looks great!

  5. Congrats, Aubree! We’re so lucky to have you here making these amazing “free” desserts (and meals, etc.) for us all! To many more comments and posts! And, love this chocolate mayo cake. Have had that before and it’s heavenly. I’m sure yours is even better!

    Shirley
    .-= gfe–gluten free easily´s last blog ..Elegant and Easy Party Puffs =-.

  6. Meg says:

    congrats on the comments!!
    and wow, this dessert looks so great, i love how it’s free of gluten, dairy AND sugar…those three don’t always come in 1 boat which end up turning successful – but i am glad you have been able to make something that is!

    hope all is well!
    .-= Meg´s last blog ..Friday with Figs =-.

  7. zentMRS says:

    Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!
    .-= zentMRS´s last blog ..Homemade Chicken Broth =-.

  8. 500 is definitely a number to celebrate!

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  10. Congrats on the 500!!! And very impressive cake! Looks beautiful and sounds yummy! Glad you linked it up!
    .-= Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates´s last blog ..Would You Like Chocolate With That? ~ Chilled Desserts =-.

  11. Ricki says:

    Congrats! Five hundred is a HUGE number, actually, and I know just how you feel about loving each and every comment. :D

    The cake looks gorgeous. My mum used to make a chocolate mayonnaise cake when I was a kid–so many good memories. :)
    .-= Ricki´s last blog ..Flash in the Pan: Freshly Dressed and Saucy =-.

  12. Jerri says:

    Wow! This looks really delicious! And so unique!

    Thanks for linking up! And congrats on 500 comments!
    .-= Jerri´s last blog ..Yoohoo & Friends Feature & Giveaway =-.

  13. Linda says:

    I’m really glad you attempted the cake challenge. Your cake looks delicious. I’ve used mayo in chocolate cake a lot, but I really like the addition of coconut. Great job, and congrats on the comments!
    .-= Linda´s last blog ..Keeping the Kitchen Cool =-.

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