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Gluten Free Blueberry Upside Down Cake

28 Jul

This cake is SO easy to make. Seriously – it’s like one of those cakes that your grandmother makes when she has 20 minutes to whip something up before you get there and then you’re impressed by her magic ability to always have amazing dessert. My great grandma always used to have amazing desserts but she took like 5 hours to make them before we got there (OMG you should see her recipe book… it calls for like 10 eggs per cake… no joke, crazy!)

If you want the non gluten free version, click here for Linda’s recipe!

Gluten Free Blueberry Upside Down Cake

1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 cups of fresh blueberries
1 box of gluten free yellow cake mix (plus ingredients)
-Mine called for eggs, butter, vanilla extract, and water
1 tsp of almond extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a round 9″ cake pan or 9×13 square pan, coat the bottom of the dish with 1/4 cup melted butter. Sprinkle brown sugar and blueberries around and even out on top of the butter (this will create the topping and the blueberries will bubble in the oven and caramelize). Mix cake mix per package instructions and mix in almond extract to finish. Spread the batter evenly over the blueberries. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let it rest for 20 minutes and then flip the pan over in a cake stand or serving platter. Serve warm or cold or with ice cream and enjoy. YUM!



Natasha’s Crumble Cake (So good!)

21 Jul

My grandma has been working with a lady named Natasha for about 20 years. They are like best friends at this point and partners in crime. Each summer, my parents have my grandma and her friend Natasha stay with us twice a week because they work in NJ during the summer months to cater to their clients going down the shore to their vacation homes. They curse in Russian, come with funny jokes and stories, and love to gossip. Natasha started bringing this amazing apricot crumble cake (tort) and every time she brings it I can’t stop eating it. This is one of her home-made recipes. I finally got the brains to ask her for it, and I thought I could never replicate and even though I only tried once, It was still almost the same and super tasty. Not to mention it took me like 15 minutes to make, and 30 minutes to bake! For under an hour, I’ll take it!

Natasha’s Crumble Cake (Apricot Tort/Pirog)

1 stick of unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
1 cup of sugar
2 eggs
1 tbsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp sour cream or farmer cheese
1/2 tsp baking soda
2.5 cups flour (or more, depending on consistency)
Apricot or any fruit preserves (1 Jar)

Preheat the oven the 350 degrees. Melt the butter completely and cool it slightly. Add the sugar, vanilla, and eggs, and mix until just combined. Add sour cream or farmer cheese, then baking soda and stir to combine. Add 2.5 cups of flour, mixing with a spoon to combine until able to use hands to form a round ball. Should not be very sticky to the touch, if so, add a pinch more flour. Take 3/4 of the ball and press the dough into a slightly floured 8 ” x 11″ pan, rounding around the sides/edges to hold the apricot preserves. Spread apricot preserves evenly throughout the top of the base. Take the rest of the ball and take quarter sized pieces off at a time, placing them on top of the apricot preserves to almost cover it but not fully (keep in mind dough will bake/spread in the oven). That’s it! Pop it into the oven for 30-35 minutes or until the edges are brown and enjoy!