How Can I Make a Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Birthday Cake?

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Q: My mother-in-law is newly gluten free and is also avoiding sugar. She is a little lax on the sugar part, and will do maple syrup, agave and other types of sweeteners on a very limited basis.

Her birthday is next month and she's asked me to do a gluten-free, sugar-free cake. That sounds like a terrible idea to me, but I'm willing to give it a shot. Do you have any suggestions for recipes that may use fruits (or coconut sugar — her new interest) as sweeteners. Oh, and don't include gluten. Thanks!

Sent by Jill

Editor: Jill, that is indeed a tall order. We'd like to hear suggestions from our readers, but also mention Elana Amsterdam's new book, Gluten-Free Cupcakes. It has quite a few gluten-free recipes that include agave and other alternative sweeteners.

Readers, any suggestions for Jill?


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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.