Cooking With Dro: Gluten Free, Dairy Free Stovetop Chocolate Cake!

I had the batter ready, mouth was watering, turned on the over, and then disaster struck!

I absolutely love baking! One of the things I love about the autumn and winter season is that it's "baking season". I decided to make my boyfriend a cake for his birthday instead of purchasing one. Since you all know I have a gluten and dairy intolerance, I purchased gluten free chocolate cake mix. Yup, he 'gonna eat whatever I eat.

I purchased a 16oz bag of Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix from Pete's Fresh Market for $4.49. I got a good deal because it would be about a dollar and some change more at health conscious stores. Instead of traditional wheat flour, this mix has a mix of rice flour, sorhgum flour, and potato starch. 

I was a bit concerned while reading reviews on Bob's website as well as on Amazon. Overall there were positive reviews, but a few reviews complained about the cake having a "metallic" taste. A few people even mentioned they preferred the "old" ingredients over the current one. One comment I read recommended bakers use chocolate chips to add more of the chocolate-y taste. Another recommended adding in some butter. 

I like using olive oil when baking. I'm a fan of both almond and coconut milk, but I used Silk original coconut milk for this recipe. I used a couple of tablespoons of Earth Balance Olive Oil "buttery" spread for the butter recommendation, another great alternative for my dairy and soy free friends out there. Two organic brown eggs also.

While at Pete's, I got a 10oz bag of Enjoy Life dairy, nut, and soy free chocolate chips. I'm not sure how much they cost at other stores, but this bag costed $5.39. A little on the pricier side, but they definitely came in handy. 

I had a taste of the batter and it was delicious! I was ready to bake. Turned on the oven and:

Absolute epic fail. Come to find out my boyfriend's stove (he never used the stove in his new place) didn't work! I was bummed, but I didn't let that get me down, I was determined to make this cake! So I got on Google and looked up ways to bake on a stove top and voila! I came across a video on YouTube showing how to use the stovetop baking method

The steps were pretty easy and straight to the point. Use a large pot to place your cake in, place it on top of a plate so it can be elevated, close the lid and get to baking. Basically, the closed pot is creating an oven like climate to bake. There weren't any plates small enough to place on the bottom of the pot, so we used a bowl. The cake took about 35-40 minutes to bake and came out great! Unfortunately, the bowl broke inside the pot while baking, but all is well. 

The cake tasted really good and I'm glad I used the chocolate chips in this recipe. It was very moist and I do believe the added "butter" was helpful. Not sure what the "metallic" taste was as I had read in previous reviews, but my cake was delicious. Stovetop baking is a really clever and creative idea. I would consider trying it again, but for now I may just stick with old fashioned stoves!

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