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Happy (US) Thanksgiving!! 🙂

For Thanksgiving dinner (Canadian of course) I was asked to contribute something. Since I am the sibling that bakes the most, it was on me to provide dessert.  I decided to try my hand at a pineapple upside-down cake.  I compared several recipes and then tried to tweak it to be gluten free so my sister could enjoy it as well. One dessert for one family – makes sense right?

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All of these ingredients morphed into a beautiful masterpiece!

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Look at it! Mmmm….

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The plan was to drop off dessert at my sister’s in the morning before heading out for an afternoon of fun with just the hubster and dad ending with a nice roast turkey dinner with all the fixin’s at my sisters.  Well to sum it up, hubs, dad & I had a nice quiet buffet dinner down at the Fallsview Casino due to some unforeseen circumstances.

So how did my gluten free pineapple upside-down cake taste? According to my sister, it was ‘good’ and ‘sweet’.   I think I’ll try my hand at making this again in the future but with regular cake AND eating some of it here, at home.

It sure does look purdy though don’t it? Not bad for a first attempt.

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My family decided to gather to celebrate Father’s Day a day early in case the festivities ran later into the evening as planned. My sister hosted a BBQ to also celebrate everyone’s birthday as well.

Seeing that I like to bake & let my “inner domestic goddess” out once in a while, I tried to find a dessert that would be worthy. My sister is currently on a gluten free/lactose free diet so I hunted the interwebz for a suitable dessert. Everything I came across called for all those specialty ingredients necessary for gluten free baking.

Then I ran across this recipe for a Gluten Free Pumpkin Applesauce Bundt Cake.  I mean, who doesnt love a bundt cake?! The shape in itself speaks volumes especially since it seems that the bundt has long since been forgotten.

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This is how I started…

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…which then turned into this yummy goodness…

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…which then turned out like this for the final product.   My entire family “Ooooh’ed” and “Aaahhh’ed” when I placed this on the table and told them what it was.  I had only baked with rice flour once before and it was a flop.  I was not feeling the most confident.  My sister was delighted that it was gluten free so that she’d get to eat dessert as well.  That made me happy.

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Actually, THIS made me most happy.  Everyone decided to try the cake vs the store bought apple turnovers she had bought for dessert.  Success!! I can’t wait to try this recipe again with a few suggested tweaks even though everyone said they liked it how it was made tonight.

Talk about me being one happy girl! 🙂

Happy Father’s Day to all the dad’s out there!

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