Gluten-free Pink Cakes
These gluten-free pink cakes are inspired by roze koek, a pink fondant topped fairy cake, popular in the Netherlands.
Well, they’re really inspired by this recipe for pink cakes. When I actually read the introduction to the recipe (something I rarely do) I realised they’re made only to look like the popular cakes. So I’m not sure they taste like the real roze koek.
But I really liked the sound of that recipe for pink cakes. And I thought I could use ground almonds to tie it in with another popular Dutch treat rondos and make them gluten-free.
Look at me sounding as if I have a clue about these… I haven’t tasted either of them. Strongly suspect I’d like rondos though.
I also thought about making a vegetarian version of Frikandel, a spiced sausage. Mostly because I loved the thought of having a dish called Frikanvegetables. I found a great recipe for vegetarian sausages and a great one for vegan sausages as well. But in the end my sweet tooth won out.
I want cake!
Why didn’t I make a cocktail?
As I was looking up things to see and do there, I read that Amsterdam has a long-standing tradition of cocktail making. I did look up Dutch cocktails but the only two recipes I found were for the Dutch Courage cocktail and Dutch Count Negroni.
I actually was going to make the Dutch Courage cocktail but forgot to buy Avocaat.
But who needs drink when you’ve got cake?
Things to see and do in the Netherlands
Oh, before I look up some lovely stuff to do there … did you know that Holland and the Netherlands are not quite the same? I didn’t know this. Holland is the name for two provinces in the Netherlands; North and South Holland – Noord-Holland and Zuid-Holland. So possibly the Netherlands is better name to use.
But what is there to do there? Quite a lot. A lot of cultural stuff too.
- Amsterdam city guide for art lovers This guide doesn’t just cover museums and galleries to visit. It also mentions good bars or restaurants nearby each one.
- The Top 6 Dutch Art Museums Outside of Amsterdam
- Must-See Sites for Nature-Lovers in the Netherlands
And I found this site which has information about spending Easter in Amsterdam – in 2019. Obviously with the way things are it wouldn’t have been applicable for this year. But hopefully next year.
What is the Netherlands like for coeliacs and the gluten-intolerant?
I’ve never been but I think it might be easy enough. Also, reading through a page on what to eat there I was reminded that they have loads of liquorice there. The good stuff. I would probably just live on gluten-free liquorice there. But not everyone can do that. And I’m not sure anyone should even try.
Going by this excellent guide on thehappyceliac.com, yes, I think it’s probably fairly easy to manage. And apparently they’re trialing gluten-free burgers at McDonald’s in Zaandam. Damn Zaandam, I want to go there and try that out.
So about the Gluten-Free Pink Cakes
Yeah, I changed the quantities of the amount of butter, sugar and flour (ground almonds here) because almonds are much sweeter and fattier than wheaten flour. I was really pleased with the way they worked out. Less sweet than the normal type of ground almond cake I make. And it was actually a really welcome change. They were buttery – and just yummy.
I was not so lucky with the pink fondant stuff. I think maybe I added to much lemon juice. I just squeezed in lemon juice rather than measuring it out and the mix was very runny. Also I had just washed the raspberries and they may have had a bit too much moisture on them.
I added in more icing sugar to try and make it less runny. But it remained quite runny so I added in a little butter and let it chill for a bit.
And then after 15 minutes I got impatient and just spooned it over the cakes.
I wanted some cake, OK?
They taste good. They just don’t look like they should.