Namaste Spice Cake–Giveaway
We live in the semi-homemade generation where almost no meal is made entirely from scratch. The ability to take a bit from your pantry and a few fresh ingredients to turn into meals – or treats- is fantastic and easy. I save a little cash in my grocery budget and can wow Hunni and my friends with my “home made” dinners and desserts.
Namaste Foods was kind enough to send me some samples of their gluten free products as I begin this gluten free adventure. Being me, I didn’t make the products simply as stated…although I’m sure they would have tasted great. I had to tweak them, just a bit.
The gluten free spice cake mix caught my eye the second I opened the box.
Spice cake is not for the weak of heart. You have to be creative when working with spice cake. The package had a few suggestions to, teehee, spice it up. Perhaps a nice gluten free apple spice cake or a gingerbread version but I my mind kept fluttering back to this summer and the ginger and pear preserves I canned with friends.
I had the perfect combo of the two Namaste Foods creation suggestions…
Gluten Free Spiced Ginger Pear Cake
I diced up one firm pear and threw it into the skillet on medium with some fresh grated ginger a pinch of sugar and some water. No exact measurements here. Reminded me of grandmas cooking.
Meanwhile I added all the other ingredients and mix to the good old Kitchen Aid. On the package Namaste Foods offered suggestions to use egg whites and apple sauce for a lower fat cake. Bonus…they included how these substitutions changed nutrition info.
Perfect ! Now I didn’t have to be a math geek and guess – or look up – the substitutions and configure the nutrition info while they baked…so I knew how many I could eat within my Weight Watchers Points Plus, of course. Plus it made the cake super moist.
Of course you have to taste the batter (I used pasteurized egg whited )…normal spice cake to me. Not dry and gritty that I’ve heard gluten free baking can be. I added the caramelized pear mixture to beat before deciding my method of baking.
Normal cake gluten free cake mixes only make a dozen cupcakes or one 9 in cake. Namaste Foods can make two 9 inch cake rounds. I opted for 12 very full cupcakes – okay, I over filled a bit on the first attempt – plus 4 jumbo muffins. That’s a HUGE deal because gluten free mixes can cost a pretty penny. The cost per serving here is actually less than most mixes which means more cake for me! I’ll take that deal.
Thirty minutes in the oven and we were dying to try them. They smelled fantastic. Even Leo and Peanut were sniffing the air and licking their lips. They tried to be muffin thieves but Hunni and I weren’t having any of that. I had to hide the leftovers from Hunni too because he was going to eat them all.
Hunni preferred his straight up with some powdered sugar while mine was added to oatmeal, after I had one fresh out of the oven, of course.
The rest were hidden frozen for later. A bit of time in the microwave – 30 seconds for regular, 1 minute for jumbos – and they were ready to go. Score! Portion control and easy snacks.
I’ve always loved doctoring up cake mixes and the Namaste Foods gluten free mix was just as easy.
Guess what?…You can have some too.
Don’t worry if you aren’t gluten-free…Hunni would have eaten them all if I didn’t hide them.
Due to shipping costs this giveaway is only open to US and Canadian residents.
The Namaste Foods Give Away bag includes:
A Namaste Grocery Tote , 3 Namaste Foods Products, Copy of their Simple Pleasures Cookbook, Copy of Living Without Magazine, & Assorted Recipe Cards.
- Leave a comment telling me your favorite kind of cake.
- Check our the Namaste Foods Website and tell me the product you’d most like to try.
- Like It All Changes on Facebook and leave me a comment telling me you’ve done so.
Give away ends at Midnight on Tuesday February 8. Good Luck!
*FTC note: Namaste Foods sent the products for free but the rambling and eating was my own…with a bit of help from Hunni.