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BabyCakes Covers the Classics: Gluten-Free Vegan Recipes from Donuts to Snickerdoodles

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For those with food sensitivities, these desserts have remained a distant dream—until now.

Following her widely adored debut cookbook with this delectable and extensive new collection, Erin McKenna, celebrated baker and proprietress of BabyCakes NYC in New York and Los Angeles, satisfies all your food fantasies with fifty recipes for perennial favorites—all created without...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published April 12th 2011 by Clarkson Potter
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Julie
I am an experienced cook and avid baker! I found the schmaltzy intro. to this book & indeed to each recipe tiresome. I felt like saying, "Give me the recipe already!"

The recipes call for multiple ingredients, some of which are not easily found and are quite expensive. I had to hunt to find refined coconut oil and larger quantities of arrowroot as several of the recipes called for 1/4 cup of arrowroot.

I make it a rule to always follow a recipe to the letter the first time I make it, then, I...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
For people who need to eat gluten-free and vegan, baked goods can be one of the greatest losses. Thank goodness for the people at BabyCakes, who have now written two vibrant cookbooks full of creative and satisfying recipes. I made pumpkin gingerbread pancakes loosely based on her gingerbread pancake recipe, and then wonder buns and hame/antaschen. Gluten-free baking is a challenge. The ingredients are pretty expensive and the end result's proximity to its non gluten-free equivalent depends on w...more
Nikki
Feb 2012

I'm not gluten-free, although I am vegan, and love trying new techniques in baking. I honestly find gluten-free baking a bit boring but I love tackling the nuances. However, the recipes I tried out of this book all ended poorly despite my following their instructions (something I do not generally do and cannot help but wonder if that was the problem!). I am confident in my baking skills and have no problem creating wonderful treats regularly so I have little doubt that the recipes were t...more
Emily
For a gluten free, vegan cookbook- it's fantastic. Not all the recipes are winners (the pancakes were horrible). The plain cake donuts are light and fluffy are are full of flavor. The texture is perfect for a donut. The Snickerdoodles are amazing once I doubled the amount of applesauce in the recipe. I generally don't use bean flours so I have swapped out the garbanzo and fava bean flour for sorghum flour with positive results. I'm excited to work through more recipes in this book.

She does use a...more
Becca
In theory this is a great cookbook. I want to make everything Erin has to offer me. But in practice, the ingredients are ridiculous (only a specific kind of soy powder will work? Really?!) and the results are never as good as when I visit Babycakes.
After the first cookbook came out, I was talking to a girl at Babycakes in FL and she told me that McKenna had to alter the recipes for the book. That the ingredients they use in the bakery cannot be bought by the average home cook. So they made chang...more
Barb
Wow! Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan recipes for DESSERTS! O my, o my! Makes me want to run out and buy a lot of coconut oil/milk, rice flour and xanthum gum! Donuts, seriously, donuts, that are baked, not fried. A "Mounds"-like candy. An ice-cream cake. AND they have a bakery in NYC, LA and Orlando! My beloved daughter, Riley (allergic to dairy and beef) is going to NYC for a chorus trip next spring...wonder if they'd let her go visit the bakery and indulge! I do remember, after stalking their w...more
Sd
Mar 12, 2014 Sd rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: making
"In middle school I was a very homely cheerleader. Lots of spirit, sure, but cursed with overly gangly appendages, a bowl haircut, and the inability to do back handsprings or even cartwheels. I also had a short attention span and a junk-food addiction. Not even my unbridled love of wearing a cheerleading uniform could save me. So I ask you this: What's a scrawny and perpetually hungry cheerleader to do but spend all her non-cheering game hours standing on her tiptoes surveying the goods of the n...more
Erin
Unfortunately, both of these Babycakes cookbooks are pretty terrible. Every recipe has an issue, and is an expensive failure. Maybe she screwed up the conversions from mass quantities at the bakery to small batches-? Pre-read everything & prepare for trouble with her recipes. Vegan GF baking can be good- online recipes are better than any of these. Sorry to say.
Jenn Forte
This book is well-written, entertaining, and covers a GREAT list of substitutions for vegan and gluten-free baking. The author is very clear on the consequences she's aware of when using substitutions, and she describes how the recipes are supposed to turn out in enough detail (and even offers ways to get different results - for example, a cakey cookie instead of a crunchy one) that anybody who is trying these recipes for the first time stands a fighting chance of getting the recipes to turn out...more
Danette
If you have to eat gluten-free. This book is the one baking guide you need to cover the classics of childhood. Chocolate chips cookies, whoopie pies, doughnuts, snickerdoodles and S'mores!!! In addition to the great recipes, there is good info for those new to the gluten-free lifestyle. This is a 5 star book, I gave it 4 only because the ingredients can be hard to find depending on where you live. I'm anxiously awaiting more ingredients to be delivered to try more recipes!
Deyara
Nice pictures and great-sounding recipes, but not sure if the food actually stacks up okay - tried the snickerdoodles and they were terrible. I'm not sure what they are supposed to be like, but these were incredibly cinnamon-y, and could really taste the coconut too. They were fragile to remove from the baking tray, and spread out a lot. Just didnt like them. Will try something else and see how it goes.
Katey
A humongous improvement from the first book. Things are explained. Questions are answered. Baking disasters are avoided.

Also part of the improvment: no spelt flour. Completely gluten-free. And the pricier coconut oil is interchangable for canola.

Best recipes so far: the Thin Mints and the oatmeal cookies (with cranberries instead of raisins). I just ate way too many of those.
Karen!
This is one of those freakish Vegan cookbooks that makes me feel less freakish. I could present almost everything out of it to friends or co-workers and they would enjoy it and never suspect that I had just fed them something with arrowroot powder and tapioca flour and Agave nectar.

Love it! The authors are so creative!
Susie
The gluten free rice krispie treats were tasty but fell apart when taken out of the pan. (Maybe I put in too much coconut oil?)

I'll come back and try some of the other recipes as I adored the original BabyCakes cookbook and am sure that there are gems in this one as well.
Roxy
Loads of yummy recipes... Although almost every recipe contains either coconut oil or agave nectar, both of which I cannot eat so sadly I won't be able to road test the recipes for myself.
Dana
Haven't tried any of the recipes yet, but I really liked all of her suggestions for baking equipment and ingredients for a vegan baking kitchen.
Trelesa
As always- great photos! I think I must buy all the babycakes books!! A wonderful selection of the challenging to convert to gluten-free foods.
Dawn
My blood sugar skyrocketed just reading it. Can't wait to bake all this vegan yumminess! Snickerdoodles anyone?
Morgan
I was wondering how people baked without using eggs. I guess I need some xantham gum but that stuff is expensive!

Susan
Have been exploring going more vegan and gluten-free and found many very usable recipes in this book.
Connie Crouch
Just because I'm gluten free doesn't mean I want to give everything else up.
Carly
Healthier for you donuts, enough said, as well as the chocolate chip cookies.
Rachael Pinker
It was good but some of the recipes call for weird things like agave syrup. :)
Betsy
This is a great cookbook. I make the doughnut recipe all the time.
Gill
Think I need to read the first baby cakes cookbook first...
LGMF
Jan 13, 2012 LGMF rated it 4 of 5 stars
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The pancakes were excellent!
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