LET US ALL EAT CAKE by Catherine Ruehle w/Sarah Scheffel REVIEWED

By Catherine Ruehle with Sarah Scheffel
Published by 10 Speed Press
214 Pages

Back Cover: A delightful collection of gluten-free takes on your favorite cake recipes, from everyday coffee cakes, layered cakes, and cupcakes to show-stopping special occasion masterpieces.

Celebrate your favorite holidays and special occasions from birthdays to bake sales, Halloween to Christmas—and even the everyday—with delectable gluten-free cakes. In this delightful collection, Catherine Ruehle, a pastry chef and cake artist turned wellness foods chef, shares sixty classic cake recipes that are every bit as indulgent as the gluten-heavy ones we adore, but gluten-free, all-natural, and with alternatives given for vegan, dairy-free, and nut-free renditions. A few of the luscious cakes that await: Pink Velvet Strawberry Cake made electrifyingly pink with strawberries instead of food dye, Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes that children of all ages will be thrilled to find in their lunchboxes, and a dramatic White and Dark Chocolate Checkerboard Cake that’s a cinch to prepare in advance. With positivity and careful guidance, Ruehle provides basic and advanced decorating, piping, and plating techniques to take your cakes from pretty to breathtaking. So go ahead: lick the frosting off the beaters, cut yourself a nice big slice, and let us all eat cake!

REVIEW: I’m thankful for the review copy of a cookbook that not only helped me create yummy healthy treats but it was fun to read and beautiful to look at. The food pictures are lovely and makes you want to try and make every recipe inside. The ones that I tried are Nana Banana Snack Cake, Polenta Breakfast Cake, and Pumpkin Ginger Cupcakes. I was pleasantly surprised that I liked each one of them they were yummy and I felt good after eating them. My boys and husband liked them too.

The author starts off telling readers; what is the best way to use this book which I found helpful. The chapters are Breakfast, Snack, and; Coffee Cakes; Layer Cakes; Cupcakes filled and Frosted, Plated Slices and Little Cakes; Decorated Special-Occasion Cakes; Essential Frostings, Fillings and Glazes; Tips, Tricks and; Decorating Techniques. What should be in your gluten free pantry, Allergen-Free and Vegan Cakes Chart and a Sources listing.

The treats I made had many ingredients that would be easily found in the health food section of a supermarket. I’m not a very experienced cake maker so I chose to make the breakfast cakes and snacks. I found the instructions helpful and easy to read.

As the book progresses the more elaborate the cakes got. This book is written by a trained pastry chef with the help of a professional writer Sarah Scheffel. There is a wealth of information in this book that encourages the reader to make some of the beautiful looking cakes near the end. They are amazing. She shares many tips and tricks to making lovely cakes that are healthy for you too.

I know that I didn’t feel bloated and sick to my stomach when I ate the treats I made. I felt really good inside and out. This excited me to try more of the gluten and dairy free options inside this book. I also liked how she discussed different sweeteners and ingredients in the back of the book giving the baker more options to think about. It was very helpful.

I would not recommend this book for a first time baker. It’s a little intimidating at first because some of the pictures they showed. I didn’t picture myself making something so lovely. This book is also helpful for people who are learning how to incorporate gluten and dairy free products into their lifestyle. They can have yummy treats that everyone will love. These treats might take a little bit longer to make than others but I feel it’s well worth your time. The end product is truly delicious and others who do not have gluten issues will think so too!! I’m excited to try more recipes from this beautiful and helpful book!

Nora St Laurent
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  1. This sounds like a good one. We need gluten free and dairy free in my household so I love to see new books come out on these subjects. Great review!

  2. Thanks for stopping by. I've tried several Gluten free and dairy free deserts and they didn't taste so good. These tasted good and the fact that my kids ate them was very encouraging!! I didn't tell them it was Gluten free and dairy free until they told me they liked it! Grin!