Gluten Free Vegan Captain America Cake by The Allergy Chef

Captain America “Cake”

Kid Three (low/no sugar) had a birthday! He’s really had a thing for super heroes lately, so I wanted to do something special. I decided to surprise him by making a Captain America cake. As with all things gluten free, dairy free, egg free, problems came our way. I had a grand vision in my head. I would start with our giant circle pan, and make lots of smaller cakes too. I’d then stack them and carve them to make it look like a realistic shield. Enter problem one. We couldn’t release the cake from the pan, even though we used parchment and non-stick spray. As you can see in exhibit a, it was total crumbles. So why the problems? Well, of course I couldn’t make it as simple as purchasing a white cake box mix because as you know (or don’t), they all contain corn. Since I needed to be able to be in the kitchen without passing out, I decided to try to create our own white cake. I started with a pound cake recipe I found online, and got to modifying. I figured pound cake would be the best thing to use since I wanted the shield to be dense and easy to carve. Needless to say, I won’t be passing on my failed recipe.

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Come on in problem number two! It wasn’t even cake!!! It turned out to be more cookie than pound cake. It had a slightly crunchy outside layer, and a weird crumbly inside layer. It was just weird. There’s no other way to explain it.

Interestingly, there was a lot of positive feedback, but that may have been from the design. Although it wasn’t my best piping, I’m going to give myself a bit of a pass. I literally had to leave it in the pan to decorate because we all know what would happen if I tried to release it 🙁 Here are a few pictures for you to enjoy:

Free and Friendly Foods Captain America Cake

This was going to be the top layer. I figured it was ready to release.

Free and Friendly Foods Captain America Cake

Here’s a better view of what happens. After the first one failed, I had someone help me do this, just I could take a picture to share.

Free and Friendly Foods Captain America Cake

This one came out a bit better?

Free and Friendly Foods Captain America Cake

Knowing that it wouldn’t come out, I started to decorate in the pan.

Free and Friendly Foods Captain America Cake

Filling in the borders…

Free and Friendly Foods Captain America Cake

Almost done…


ust about finished… not too bad…

Free and Friendly Foods Captain America Cake

The final product… and yes… I totally messed up on those stars.



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