Monday, February 22, 2016

Favorite Gluten-Free Four Layer Cake Recipe

It's about time I shared this recipe from my birthday, which was only over a month ago.  It's a really easy no-bowl recipe that only takes 5 minutes of prep time and zero cooking time.  If you choose in-season ingredients like I did (50- 60% off clearance Cyber Monday and Small Business Saturday deals) it becomes a more affordable indulgence.



Gluten- Free Four Layer Birthday Cake Recipe

Prep time: 10 min.                                                                                                               Serves 1

Ingredients:

-3-4 Yards of ribbon

-1 candle, either that "1" candle from first child's 16th birthday or an ancient Scooby Doo candle, from second child's 4th birthday, that is so overused I've grown attached to it's molten, unrecognizable face.  Don't waste time wondering why you still have these things.

-In season, or on-sale, finds for a couple of sweaters, a couple of shawls, and several pairs of socks.

Directions:

For base layer:
Firmly squish a sweater's worth of Malabrigo Arroyo, in Azules (for Reindeer) together with a sweater's worth of Valley Yarn's Superwash Worsted, dyed by Mrs. Crosby in Greystone (for Flaum) from Webs.  Create a center well and pour in a giant skein of Yarn Hollow Brocade, in Sweetest Green, (for a Fossil and Bone shawl)  Try to contain yourself because you've never used these yarns or dyers before.

Second layer: 
Next, group your two skeins of Gynx Yarns' Single Merino, in Lavender Tea and Charcoal (maybe for a Lori Shawl or Because I Love You Wrap) with a couple of Lydia Sock Twists , for striped Vanilla Socks, and a couple of skeins of Yarn Hollow's Summer Love yarn in Cotton/Nylon/Bamboo for the perfect summer socks (including some Rose City Rollers).

Fold in a couple of Madelinetosh Dandelion Onesies, in Optic, from Jimmy Beans' sale outlet for another TBD shawl or scarf, and a skein of Red Sock Blue Sock in Stellar (for Celtic Rainbow Socks).  Tie these together with the other half of the ribbon and hold your breath so they don't fall over.

Third layer: Gently set a couple of balls of Regia Design Line Arne and Carlos yarn on top of last layer.  Very gently, because they are the Holy Grail of sock knitting and you could only find them in two mini balls.

Fourth layer:  Lastly, shove a rolled up Lydia Sock Blank, in the I Pledge Allegiance colorway, and aforementioned deformed Scooby Doo candle on the very top.

Optional: Stellina, speckles, neps, and/or stitch marker sprinkles.

Now, run along because you've made yourself late for a soccer game, or some other mom thing, just so you could take photos of yarn.

Nutrition Info:  Wheat-free, gluten-free, egg-free, soy-free, peanut-free, sugar-free, fat-free. No rBGH.
Does contain lots of natural fiber:  100% wool, merino, nylon, linen, cotton, and bamboo.

(in cake form- on instagram and flickr, eventually knit up- on my ravelry and kollabora)

Please, feel free to print out this recipe, substitute ingredients, and indulge in your own layered birthday cake.

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