My kids love to enter Youth Fair in our county and they love too cook - which works out well for youth fair.
And my daughter is stubborn. don't know where she gets that.
In our county, youth fair is very well supported and the kids that go to auction typically do pretty well. Being gluten-free makes it more challenging though because I am pretty sure that a cake made from weird ingredients would not do as well if it goes to auction. And I don't know that a cake made from sorghum (for example) would score as high as one made from wheat even if it tasted equally as good.
Yet she wanted to make a cake.
So we needed to find a cake that was naturally gluten-free. Or at least one with very little wheat flour so that a change to almond or oat flour (neither sounds as weird) won't mess the cake up too much.
On Thurday we baked. All. Day. Long. and we only made two cakes.
One of them, a Czechoslovakian poppy seed cake was underwhelming. It wasn't horrible but it wasn't good - 3/4 of a cup of poppy seeds for one thin layer is just too many poppy seeds. But that cake was fairly simple.
The other cake, a dacquoise, is one of the best desserts I have eaten. It also takes all day to make. The layers are of baked meringue and then it has white chocolate buttercream and dark chocolate buttercream in between the meringue layers.
Before you start gagging at the thought of all that sugar, I need to say that the meringues don't seem to be quite as sweet as the top of a chocolate meringue pie. The buttercream also isn't as sweet as the stuff on birthday cakes, in fact there is a bit of a bite from the unsweetened chocolate in the dark chocolate buttercream (it also has semisweet).
OH! And it also has a ganache - you know, chocolate melted in heavy cream.
And this is one of those recipes that you don't want to know how many calories there are.
You REALLY don't want to know.
But it will wow the socks off of a loved one.
The recipe will be posted soon but I want to get pictures just so you can see how this looks.