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Vegan & gluten free coffee cake recipe? 
21st-Jun-2010 02:10 pm

Hi all
I've just joined this community, because although I'm actually vegetarian rather than vegan, and fortunately don't have any issues with gluten, I love cooking and baking whenever my friends and I get together and one of my good friends is vegan and another can't eat gluten. I have lot of recipes that are either vegan or gluten-free, but it can be difficult to find recipes that are both. so this community is ideal!
Anyway, I've had a request for a coffee cake for the BBQ we're having at the weekend so I was wondering if anyone could point me in the direction of a really good recipe that they'veused before. I've found a couple online but it's always better to have a recommendation from someone who knows the recipe definitely turns out well. I'm happy to use vegan egg replacer or soya milk as replacements for the real things, as long as the rest of the recipe is vegan & gluten free.
Thanks in advance!

PS. If anyone can recommend any other sites or cookbooks for recipes that are both vegan and gluten-free, that'd also be really helpful.

EDIT - OK, there seems to be some sort of cultural miscommunication going on here. I live in England, where a coffee cake means a cake that tastes of coffee, like a chocolate cake tastes of chocolate or a cherry cake contains cherries. I keep being given recipes for coffee cake that don't have any coffee or coffee-flavoured things in it...so what on earth is a coffee cake if it's not one that tastes of coffee??!!!
21st-Jun-2010 04:25 pm (UTC)
I've only recently gone gluten-free and haven't tried cakes yet, given that my two attempts at biscuits (cookies in American, and I just sort of made up the recipes as I went along) were disasters. I'm very fond of this cookbook, though as with most cookbooks I've only tried a few recipes so far. Be warned that anything involving flour tends to involve a long list of gluten-free flours, though I managed to make a few replacements with the marvellous nut roast recipe (I already had several gluten-free flours in and reasoned correctly that they should be workable. I went for gram flour in the end, I think) without any trouble. This book has a quinoa coffee cake, no idea what it's like. I'm currently curled up in bed with migraine so I just looked up the index on Amazon rather than trotting through to the kitchen to check in the book.
21st-Jun-2010 07:32 pm (UTC)
My favorite, favorite cookie recipe is at http://g-f-vegan.blogspot.com/2010/03/starchless-chocolate-chip-cookies.html. I really like that they don't need any corn/potato/tapioca starch, too.

For the OP, I don't have any tried and true gluten-free coffee cake recipes, though I'm guessing the crumble topping would be much easier to do if they can do gluten-free oats, so you might want to check on that :)
24th-Jun-2010 12:06 pm (UTC)
Oops, didn't realise that you're in the UK too. You can get this book here, though as it's American I'd suggest investing in a set of American-style measuring cups. I have these and they're very useful indeed. Anyway, I'm now looking up the quinoa coffee cake. It does have a bit of a long ingredient list, but then so does all GF baking that I've seen. The ingredients include agave nectar (she uses that in lots of recipes, it's great stuff and easy to get hold of), quinoa flour, rice flour, tapioca flour, Tofutti soy sour cream (haven't had that stuff in years), applesauce. Does anyone know what a Brit can do about the applesauce that turns up in so many American recipes? I've never had it in my life, but it seems to be an American staple. Tesco does have a few on sale, are all applesauces the same? And come to that, any suggestions for replacing fake sour cream in recipes such as this? Would soya yoghurt do?
24th-Jun-2010 12:09 pm (UTC)
Double oops. I just checked that recipe again and it did not include coffee. Very odd. Perhaps it's an American thing? At this point I'm stumped.
21st-Jun-2010 07:24 pm (UTC)
Check out the Allergen Free Baker's Handbook. All recipes are gluten free and vegan, and everything I've tried thus far has been amazing. There is a recipe for crumb cake in the book that I've been eyeing, but I haven't gotten around to making it yet. Here's the recipe: http://www.wholeliving.com/recipe/classic-allergen-free-crumb-cake?xsc=TvGuest_CybelePascal
21st-Jun-2010 08:40 pm (UTC)
Ditto this! I love that book.

Here's one that I tried from it: http://glutenfreeveganyums.wordpress.com/category/baking/cake/coffee-cake/
22nd-Jun-2010 07:32 am (UTC)
I don't have any coffee cake recipes, but I've found you can use non GF recipes just by substituting GF flour etc. Egg replacer is a good idea, just make sure its gluten free because some of them aren't. Same goes for soy milk, make sure you choose one that is gluten free because many of them aren't. Oh and I find I need to add a little extra baking soda to Gf flour to get it to rise properly. Good luck.
24th-Jun-2010 03:48 pm (UTC)
Coffee cake in North America is a dense cake with a nut/brown sugar/crumb topping, usually square, served with coffee... I've never had coffee cake that tastes like coffee.... just add instant espresso powder to the mix, and sub in espresso instead of water....

Like so:

24th-Jun-2010 05:03 pm (UTC)
I don't know if just adding instant coffee will work, unfortunately. I did that with a non-GF chocolate cake before turning GF, and it changed the acidity and stopped the cake from rising.
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