Xanthum Gum?? Gluten-Free. Help!

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msulli10 Posted 27 Jun 2009 , 2:49am
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I am going to make a gluten-free cake recipe from Babycakes and one of the ingredients is Xanthum Gum. This is really expensive and I only needs like a 1/4 tsp.
Is there anything that can be substituted? I have never made a gluten-free, sugar free, dairy free anything before. I'm a bit nervous. Has anyone out there made a recipe from this cookbook yet? The stuff looks really good.

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msulli10 Posted 27 Jun 2009 , 3:43pm
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No one out there is a gluten free baker???? Bummer!

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LoriMc Posted 27 Jun 2009 , 7:28pm
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I've tried gluten free baking with not so hot results. You really do need the xanthum gum to make the consistency of the cake right, otherwise it will not have a good texture and rise.

Betty Crocker is now making gluten free cake mixes if you are interested. I haven't tried any of them yet, but I assume they would be better than what I have tried at home. Probably cheaper than buying all the specialty ingredients also.

What kind of flour were you going to try in the cake?

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bashini Posted 27 Jun 2009 , 7:30pm
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Hi there, I have made a gluten free cake once. But I used Xanthan gum though!

But here are two recipes that I found online,

http://vegetarian.about.com/od/desertrecipes/r/glutenfreecake.htm

http://www.deliciousmagazine.co.uk/recipes/Gluten-free_Birthday_Cake_Sponge__4264

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msulli10 Posted 27 Jun 2009 , 10:04pm
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I am using a recipe from Babycakes cupcake book. It's made with garbanzo fava bean flour (wild, huh!) It's also sugar free and dairy free. I did buy the xanthum gum since I learned that you need it in gluten free things otherwise it will fall apart. Hopefully it comes out tasting good!

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LoriMc Posted 27 Jun 2009 , 11:24pm
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If it turns out good would you pm me with the recipe? I'm not supposed to eat wheat and I would love a good recipe!

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msulli10 Posted 27 Jun 2009 , 11:45pm
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Absolutely!

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msulli10 Posted 27 Jun 2009 , 11:46pm
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I won't be making it for another week though.....

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Eme Posted 27 Jun 2009 , 11:59pm
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I needed a small amount of xanthum gum a couple of years ago and also didn't want to purchase a large, costly amount....I found it at the local health food store in bulk! I could buy as small an amount as I needed and it was only change, basically. I think I paid something like $1.25 for a couple of TBSP. Just something to tuck away for future reference! thumbs_up.gif

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msulli10 Posted 28 Jun 2009 , 2:09am
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Good to know.

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