Sweet Strawberry Snack Cakes – Gluten Free

by Marla on April 6, 2011 · 104 comments

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Sweet strawberries thrill me. Whether eaten out of hand, sliced up into creamy yogurt parfaits, stuffed into hot & melty french toast or in baked goods. Their flavor amplifies and the natural sweetness is enhanced with the addition of heat. Pure pleasure if you ask me. These snack cakes are part of the gluten free ratio rally going on with a group of food bloggers. The theme this week is quick bread.

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I first learned about the idea of ratios while reading Shauna’s (Gluten Free Girl) post why we don’t use cups in our recipes. I found the idea interesting and wanted to learn more.

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What are ratios? They are a neat way to figure out quantities of ingredients to be used in baking. Sort of like a puzzle, there are basic weighted measurements that combine together to form magical baked goods. Bread has flour and water so does fresh pasta. In very different ratios. Michael Ruhlman says “Ratios are the launching point for infinite variations.” Simply stated, well put.

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Once you have a good understanding of ratios – baking can be a more intuitive process. You can wing it more, make your own adaptations according to what you have on hand. This is freeing and perfect for artist types like me who don’t want to get too caught up in calculated details.

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The ratio for quick bread or muffins is: 2 parts flour, 2 parts liquid, 1 part egg, 1 part fat. I choose light sour cream as my fat for these cakes. Ricotta cheese or butter would probably be great too. For liquids I did half fat free milk and half light coconut milk.You could also use all of one or the other. Adjust your ingredients to what you have on hand or for flavor or dietary preference. Using ratios also makes it easy to increase your batch size too.

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We love these mini strawberry loaf cakes. Stay tuned, each week there will be another theme. Participants have come up with excellent combinations and they all look wonderful. Please visit Silvana Nardone’s blog Silvana’s Kitchen for the complete list of recipes by all the rally bloggers. If you want, you can join in on the fun too.

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What is your favorite quick bread recipe?

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Sweet Strawberry Snack Cakes – Gluten Free

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 3 mini cakes

Sweet Strawberry Snack Cakes – Gluten Free

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces (113 grams) Oat Flour + 1 tablespoon
  • 4 ounces (113 grams) Corn Flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Stevia powder or drops, adjust to taste
  • 2 large Eggs, whisked
  • 4 ounces (113 grams) light Coconut Milk
  • 4 ounces (113 grams) fat free Milk
  • 4 ounces (113 grams) light Sour Cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure Vanilla Extract
  • 4-6 ounces sliced fresh Strawberries (add some to the top batter if you wish)
  • Cooking Spray

Method

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F with the rack in the middle. Prepare 3 mini loaf pans with cooking spray or parchment paper, place them on a cookie sheet. In a medium bowl whisk together dry ingredients. In another bowl mix together wet ingredients, be sure to mix until sour cream has no lumps. Combine wet and dry ingredients, mix well. Toss strawberries with 1 tablespoon oat flour. Gently fold them into the batter.
  • Divide batter evenly among loaf pans. Bake about 35-40 minutes. You can rotate loaf pans if they are not baking evenly. Cakes are done baking when a wooden skewer or toothpick come out clean and crumb free.
  • Optional: Top with honey, thick greek yogurt, a dollop of whipped cream or cream cheese and strawberry jam.
    Notes
  • You can swap in any other berry, or make mixed berry cakes too.
  • Remember, since this a ratio recipe you can use different flours, fats, liquids or egg replacers. Just be sure to use these ratios so your cakes bake properly.
  • You can purchase Gluten Free Oat Flour or make your own by taking 1 cup of GF Old Fashioned Rolled Oats and grinding it to a powder in a food processor.
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