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14 Cakes That Prove Wheat-Free Baking Is Not Just a Trend

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I'll be the first to admit that I once accepted gluten-free baked goods with no small amount of skepticism. "It's not cake," I whined. But I was wrong: It just wasn't the cake I was accustomed to. Once I stopped comparing a cake with, say, tiger nut flour, to one with all-purpose flour, whole new worlds (shaped like cookies and lemon bars and slices of pie) opened up to me. Rice flour in shortbread? Dorie Greenspan approves. Four different ways to eat a chocolate-chip cookie? Count me in. You don't always need to schlep to a health food store to buy ingredients for gluten-free recipe (see here), but it's a good place to start.

1 Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe, 4 Flours to Choose From, 0 Gluten
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1 Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe, 4 Flours to Choose From, 0 Gluten

I still adore regular flour and have no plans to stop consuming it. But I'm delighted to have alternative flours in my taste registry, for those moments I'm feeling a bit daring. So, here are some ways to get creative with alternative flours, whether you're gluten-free (by necessity or choice), curious, or just feel like eating a teff chocolate chip cookie.

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Note: Some of these recipes contain oat flour, which is naturally gluten-free, but could be processed in the same facilities as wheat flours. Please check the label to see if there is a company warning, or buy gluten-free oat flour.

The Be-All and End-All Chocolate Fudge Sheet Cake
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The Be-All and End-All Chocolate Fudge Sheet Cake
Buckwheat Crêpe Cake with Walnuts, Honey, and Goat Cheese
Buckwheat Crêpe Cake with Walnuts, Honey, and Goat Cheese
Matcha & Coconut Mochi Cake
Matcha & Coconut Mochi Cake
Amalfi Pear and Ricotta Cake
Amalfi Pear and Ricotta Cake
Ginger-Apple Crumble Pie (Gluten and Dairy-Free)
Ginger-Apple Crumble Pie (Gluten and Dairy-Free)
Pecan-Crusted Oat Flour Genoise, No Frosting Necessary
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Pecan-Crusted Oat Flour Genoise, No Frosting Necessary
The Best Sweet Potato Cake is Entirely Gluten-Free
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The Best Sweet Potato Cake is Entirely Gluten-Free
Sponge Cake with Tiger Nut Flour
Sponge Cake with Tiger Nut Flour
Salvadoran Breakfast Cake (a.k.a. Quesadillas)
Salvadoran Breakfast Cake (a.k.a. Quesadillas)
Vegan, Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Muffins
Vegan, Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Muffins
Anna Jones' Amazing Lemon Cannellini Cake
Anna Jones' Amazing Lemon Cannellini Cake
Chocolate Mochi Snack Cake
Chocolate Mochi Snack Cake
Brown Butter Tiger Nut Genoise
Brown Butter Tiger Nut Genoise
Walnut Sponge Cake
Walnut Sponge Cake
Flourless Almond & Coconut Cake
Flourless Almond & Coconut Cake
Divine gluten-free chocolate cookies. No seriously.
Divine gluten-free chocolate cookies. No seriously.
Torta Caprese (Chocolate and Almond Flourless Cake)
Torta Caprese (Chocolate and Almond Flourless Cake)