Icy Cakes

I received the sweetest email a few days ago from a reader named Ella.
Her note was short but really spoke to me in so many ways.

Ella is from Stockholm, Sweden.

(And, can I stop there and just say, Wow! This whole blogging thing is still so surreal to me. It’s hard to believe the little things I make, reach out to people in so many places. Some near and some so very far away from my ordinary kitchen. But, I’m glad they do. It wouldn’t be the same around here without all of you.)

Ella’s six-year old daughter, Emelie has celiaki, which I can only assume is the same as what is called Celiac’s Disease in the U.S.

I have to admit, I’m not very familiar with it. I don’t know anyone that suffers from it. But in a nutshell, she cannot have anything that contains gluten which makes baking a little more complicated. Ella is having to learn a new way to do things for her little girl.

And thanks to a lot of snow and cold this Christmas in Sweden, Ella and Emelie came up with this fun food alternative.

Presenting Delicious Icy Cakes from Emelie.


I think this is just the sweetest thing. These little cakes made of colored ice really warm my heart. Notice the coordinating doilies? Swoon.

I about teared up when I saw these and how much it reminds me that the best memories can be from the the simplest things.


I wanna play.

I know I wasn’t this creative as a child. Not at all.


These little lawn figures make me happy. So whimsical. It feels like a scene straight out of a fairy tale. Don’t know which one, but definitely a sweet one.


I could only be happier if Emelie’s face was looking at the camera here. I know she would be smiling with pride.

Emelie, with your lovely red locks, you rock!

And, since I’m not much help, if anyone knows any good baking resources for those with Celiac’s Disease, please share. I’m sure Ella and others would appreciate it.

But if you don’t know either, just give a shoutout where you’re from. I’d love to hear.


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630 comments on “Icy Cakes”

  1. Our Nation’s Capital!

  2. Oh how pretty! Love the creativity and the memories made! That’s what it’s all about right? – from Savannah, GA!

  3. Awwwwwwwwww! How sweet! There are some gluten free recipes here
    Garland, TX :-)

  4. Ok, this woman does all crock pot / slow cooker recipes Gluten Free – I believe her daughter has celiac as well. I have tried many of her recipes – they are great! And if she posts one that’s not so good she will tell you not to bother : ) There are a ton of recipes and you can sign up for new updates & recipes : )

  5. Greenville, SC — Thank you for sharing that sweet story and for your absolutely lovely post.

  6. most cocoa powder is considered gluten free. this chocolate sorbet is more in the ice cream arena than baking, but it was SO good i had to share! I’m from Oklahoma!

  7. I have no idea of baking without gluten, but from the look of all the comments above, I don’t think its needed any more !!! :)
    Bakerella, I follow you all the time, and I’m gathering courage to try the cake pops!! By 2 year old adores the pictures!!!! I’m from Lima, Perú.

  8. Hi! I’ve been an avid reader of your blog for some time now, I found it through Cake Wrecks.
    I’m from Lisbon, Portugal and just love your creativity and posts. Although I’m more of a fondant gal, I’ve tried your recipe for Red Velvet Cake Balls, and simply covered them with chocolate and sprinkles, inspired by your Valentine’s day gift box (which I had no courage to attempt).
    Thanks for all your beautiful work! :)

  9. Another Babycakes cookbook fan here (from KC!). Everything I’ve tried in the cookbook has been yummy. The pie crust is so versatile! I am new to g-free baking, just diagnosed 6 months ago, and have been using Bob’s Red Mill all-purpose gluten-free flour as a direct substitute in most recipes, adding a tsp. of xanthan gum per cup of flour. Beth D. mentioned that you can’t have soy sauce–there is a g-free soy sauce available and it’s tasty!

  10. Hi, Bakerella, Emelie and Ella! The icy cakes are beautiful – I want to make some too! It sure is cold enough here for the moment, it’s -18 ºC (-0,4 ºF)…

    Here’s a recipe for gluten free brownies (in Norwegian, but I think Emelie and Ella can read it with no problems). :)

    Bakerella – I love your blog. And the cake pops! Amazing!

    Big hugs from freezing Oslo, Norway :)

  11. Rome, Georgia.

    And thanks to you, we found out about Cake Art! We’re planning another trip next week!

  12. Such a sweet post. I know the challenges of having a child with Celiac well. My 9 year-old son has severe food allergies (most proteins) and has Celiac. I started a blog to document all of the JOY we find in living gluten-free. It can be a challenge in the beginning but once you get into a groove, it can be lots of fun to find new recipes and products that are safe.

    Check it out:

    Thanks for calling attention to it!

    Patty in Denver

  13. I’m reading your blog from Switzerland (NOT Sweden ;-) I’ve gotten into Fondant cake making (which is something people over here don’t do at all) and stumbled on your webpage. Not that much about Fondant, but I love all the cute little sweets you produce.

  14. Hi! I know some others have mentioned babycakes already. I bought the cookbook last week and have made a bunch of stuff from it with great success! The banana bread is amazing, I can’t stop eating it!!
    There are some recipes from the cookbook on Martha Stewart’s website, if you just search “gluten-free” on her site there are recipes from when Erin McKenna (founder of babycakes) was on the show.

  15. Hey Bakerella
    after reading your post about celiacs disease I am very touched! My sister has an intolerance to gluten which means she can have it but in small amounts only! here are some recipes I have found helpful:
    coconut cookies:
    mix 1 can of condensed milk with as much coconut (start at 1 cup) until it is the texture of …brown sugar (packed togeather but still easy to scoop) at this point you can add glace cherry’s, choc chips, crushed nuts, what ever you feel like really! place tea spoons ful of mix on a greased tray and press down with a fork bake in a moderate oven for about 10 minutes or until lightly brown. cool and eat! These will keep for about a week in a container. also this brownie recipe is really good too!
    hope this helps! Happy cooking

  16. These are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us.
    I’m from South Carolina, by the way. Missed you in Atlanta. Bummer.

  17. how sweet!
    Bakerella, i am from Sri Lanka!

  18. Greetings from Indianapolis! What a great idea! My daughter and I may end up making these today. She’s already on a 2 hour school delay for the snow. Here’s hoping she’ll be out for the whole day!! A little mommy and me time would be nice….

  19. We tried to go gluten-free once and it is really difficult. Did you know you can’t even have soy sauce? I really admire Gluten Free Girl & think her blog is great! Thanks for sharing the sweet icy cakes. It’s certainly cold enough right now in Swarthmore, PA to give them a try.

  20. I visit you from Michigan.
    And web site wise, I did hail from
    but we have since started a new more visitor friendly site at

    I really like the wimpsy in the ice cakes!! So fun!!

  21. Elisabeth Hasselbeck of ‘The View’ was diagnosed with Celiac Disease a few years ago and has become active in making people aware of the disease and how to live with it. She works with the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness and has written a cookbook, The G-Free Diet.

    National Foundation for Celiac Awareness

    Gluten-Free Recipes

    Gluten-Free Cookbooks and Celiac Book Reviews

    Amazon List of Gluten-Free Cookbooks

    Gluten-Free Cookbook Reviews–Zn.htm

  22. I don’t have celiac but know there are lots of gluten free resources now, from websites to baking mixes and cookbooks. I’ve tasted the cookies from Cookies For Me? and they are delicious and chewy.

    Emelie’s cakes are lovely—-I have two girls who I think will be excited to try making their own soon!

  23. What a sweet idea!

    Greetings from Münster, Germany :)

  24. I see a lot of people have recommended BabycakesNYC’s cookbook. I have this book, because it is vegan, but not all recipes are gluten-free. They are about 70-80% gluten free, using Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose flour, but the other recipes are made using spelt flour, which, though it is merely a cousin of wheat, still contains gluten and is not suitable for those on a gluten-free diet. But this cookbook is still pretty great, though! :D

  25. those icy cakes are so cute!!!

    I’m here in Maryland

  26. ps. I LOVE how widespread a reach you have! South Africa, Australia, USA, Austria. That is amazing!

  27. I adore your site, Bakerella, just wanted to say hello from Stavanger, Norway. It’s pretty icy here, too (proximity to Sweden and all), so maybe I’ll give the icy cakes a try :).

    Keep on inspiring – you’re truly wonderful!

    Hilsener fra Marianne

  28. I’ve been eating a gluten free diet for several years now so I’ve experimented with LOTS of things! My absolute favorite cookbook is called The Gluten Free Kitchen by Roben Ryberg. I found with a lot of other gluten free recipes, they always called for unusual and (depending on your area) hard to find flours. This book only uses potato starch and cornstarch. It has things in it like chocolate cake (really good!), pineapple upside down cake, cookies, squares, pies and pie crusts and even how to make your own ice cream cones! I’ve served many of these recipes to guests and they are unable to tell the difference between them and their gluten-containing versions. I also decorate cakes and with the cake recipes in here, I confidently am able to offer gluten free cakes, knowing that they bake amazingly and decorate well too :)

  29. I’m from The Bahamas…just looking at these photos makes me cold!

  30. Hi Bakerella

    I’m from Johannesburg in sunny South Africa. (Out of interest, wouldn’t it be cool to see whether you have readers on all the continents? Seems like you have readers in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Austrailia)

    Bea from La Tartine Gourmande has many gluten free recipes on her site. And it’s worth visiting her site just for the gorgeous photography! Here’s the link to the gluten free stuff:

  31. from Italy here!
    i had stumbled upon a food blog with gluten free recipes time ago but… last evil format made me lost so many bookmarks T___T
    so this
    and this
    are the ones i found with a fast googling.
    the ice cakes are amazing! cheers to you bakerella!

  32. My sister is the Bakerella of Gluten Free cooking :) check out her blog here


  33. Quick hello from Dubai, United Arab Emirates (originally from Minnesota, but glad to be where it’s warm and sunny right now-though I’m sure I’ll eat those words in May when it’s hot hot hot here!)
    My niece was diagnosed with a gluten intolerance as a small girt; she was the same weight for over four years! My mother made an attempt at gluten-free cooking for her and it seemed to help, unfortunately her family didn’t keep it up. She is a little thing, but an active young lady. It’s nice to know there is so much more out there than there was just ten years ago. Wishing Emelie the best :)

  34. My friend has not been diagnosed yet, but is pretty sure she has Celiac disease. She’s a very excellent cook, and a creative one, so I’m sure she’ll find lots of interesting ways to cook gluten-free. Thanks for all the websites, everyone! I’ve sent her many of the links posted here.

    I live in northwest Michigan.

  35. Emelie you should be so proud of your ice cakes. They are beautiful. You are a very talented young lady. Keep up with your art. Maybe soon you will have your own blog like bakerella on gluten free goodies. Thanks again for a look at your wonderful icy cakes.

  36. Those ice-cakes are adorable! What a great idea.

    I am in Buckinghamshire in the UK and I love your blog.

    I have a gluten-intolerant colleague so whenever I bake for the staffroom (I’m a teacher) I try to make gluten-free stuff. I find lots of brownies good – some recipes are completely flourless, but they only ever contain a small amount of flour, for which I use Doves Farm Organics gluten-free flour. Note – this flour is great in small quantities, but I wouldn’t exchange it for regular flour in all recipes as it’s much more absorbant than wheat-flour so you’d have to alter the amount of liquid too – and that makes my head spin with the complexities of trying to work out quantities, etc.

    Another favourite gf recipe is the Chewy Macaroons from Nigella Lawson’s ‘Feast’. The only ingredients are ground almonds, sugar and egg white – so simple and SOOOO good!

    In fact look out for cakes that use ground almonds instead of flour – gluten-free and super-moist and delicious!

    Keep up the great work Bakerella!

  37. This is really sweet! I wish I knew more about this disease (will research on the net after commenting) !

    BTW, I’m from Melbourne, Australia :)

  38. those are so lovely.. Vienna, Austria

  39. I so enjoy reading your blog and looking at the pops and other baked goodies you display. I will still get around to making your pops – just need to work out the substitute of some of the ingredients.

    What a cute idea of the ice cakes.

    I am from Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.

  40. A girl in my class has coeliac and lactose intolerance. (I’m not sure it’s called that but she can’t eat or drink diary products) There’s gluten free flour (Finax finmix) that she uses when she bakes and you can buy gluten free muffin mixes and storebought cookies.

    Love your blog and your creations.
    ~Emma Olofsson (Sweden)

  41. Hello from Greece Athens!!!!
    Never heard of the disease but I loved the ice cakes Emelie made!!!!!
    sooooo cuteeeee

  42. Shoutout from Newcastle, NSW, Australia! xx

  43. Hi i just love your site and what you do.
    I know what celiaki is but cant give any useful tips.
    I´m from Sweden to but the other side,Malmö.
    And for Emelie, väldigt fina isskulpturer du har gjort (very nice ice sculpturs you have done)

  44. Hello from bonnie Scotland!!

    I don’t know anyone with coeliac disease (the ‘proper english’ spelling ;) ) but a friend’s little boy has quite a few allergies and a restricted diet so thanks to all who posted links.. I’ll have to check them out for some new inspiration!
    And while I’m here.. thanks to you too bakerella.. I’ve been following your blog for a while now and made a few of your ideas (or attempted to make – they’re never quite as gorgeous looking as your creations!). Expecially the oreo truffles, they always go down great and people are fascinated by them!!

  45. Hi Bakerella. I love your blog and you are just so creative!
    Emelie: kjempesøte iskaker!
    Love from a cold, oh so cold, Oslo – Norway.

  46. I found a book at It’s translated into Norwegian but a swedish person should be able to read the texts! In the book you find recipes for cakes, bread, biscuits, pizza and more:

    Inga from Bergen, Norway

  47. I have had a couple preschool students with Gluten Allergies and have heard wonderful things about the brands that Whole Foods and Trader Joes carries.

    And those wonderful ice cakes- that will be an exciting activity to try with out School Age and Older Preschool Programs!

    From you friends in Royal Oak/Warren, Michigan :)

  48. sooooooooooooooo sweet !

    g’day from sunny australia

  49. I don’t have any recipes for Celiac’s to share but I just wanted to say that I love your blog. I’m in Wellington, New Zealand :-)

  50. I bake the flourless chocolate cake from your site for my DIL’s father who is SEVERE celiac…he LOVES it. Everyone else also loves has been baked many many times by my family and friends.

  51. I’m from Leipzig, Germany and love your blog!

  52. Shoutout from Copenhagen, Denmark. I really like your style – and the icecakes! Impressive!

  53. I made a gluten free alternative of your cupcake bites using the 3 ingredient peanut butter cookie recipe. The cookies are pretty soft so I just blended them and then added chocolate frosting. My daughter loved them.

  54. Malmö, Sweden.

    I love your blog, you’re one of the reasons i started baking. :) right now my oven doesn’t work, problably because i’ve overused it… :P

  55. I’ve used this recipe from Epicurious for many events with great success. Always a big hit with the gluten free folks. I top it with a dark cocoa glaze and dust with powdered sugar. Very elegant. Would probably sculpt well (maybe into cake balls?), as it’s a pretty moist recipe.

    Love, love, love the website! Hugs from Ridgefield, WA.

  56. hey, a chilly shout out from Alaska! I love those ice cakes! They do something similar here for our winter celebration. They are always so pretty. You can also make the ice things into luminaries and put candles or outdoor lights in them. So pretty!

    The lady that does the 365 crockpot blog cooks pretty much everything gluten free from what I can tell. She has tons of recipes & good ideas on her blog.

  57. My lovely little cousins have Celiac’s Disease and whilst their mum is brilliant at making gluten free bits, they do miss out at family things. At my brother’s wedding last week he had a section of the cake that was gluten free, but they had a waffle station later on that they couldn’t have. They just stood and watched mournfully, which was very sad!
    In short, this post has been really helpful for me too, so thankyou :)
    Oh, and I’m from the UK!

  58. I’m from Jönköping, Sweden. Emelie, vilka fina tårtor!

  59. Icy greetings from Finland! Your blog is great!

  60. I live in San Diego, CA. (But I’m originally from NY) :)

  61. I am in Conyers, Ga. and just inherited a gluten free daughter in law. What a new and wonderful world we live in.

  62. i love the icy cakes..and the tiny red roses… so cute…

    try this website … has got gluten free recipes…

  63. Hey Miss Bakerella- reading you from Brisbane, in the tropical state of Queensland, Australia. Stinking hot here to day- could do with some of that Swedish snow!

  64. Hello from Abbotsford, BC Canada (near Vancouver…where the olympics shall soon land!) I HEART Bakerella!

  65. I wish I had a resource for you to share! Giving a shout out from Olympia, Washington!! I so look forward every week to your creativity!!

  66. Hiya…Stopping by from Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa!!! Not snow or ice here…although I wish there was.
    How pretty are those ice cakes?! What a great activity idea to do with your kids too….if only I could get the ice not to melt…its WAY too hot here at the moment.

  67. Super sweat – adorable. I am orriginally from Germany but currently in Wellington, New Zealand and moving to Sydney, Australia in a few months.

  68. Originally from North Carolina I lived in Norway for 10 years where I loved making ice castings, but they weren’t THIS creative. Now living in Everett, north of Seattle WA.

  69. I’m from Finland and I love your blog!

  70. Wow, that is really sweet. Great job, Emelie!

    I read your blog from Seattle, WA!

  71. I love the Icy Cakes! I was dreading returning to England this weekend with all of the snow about which I’ve been reading (I’ve been away for five weeks, so before it began to snow in the South), but now I’m really excited to make Icy Cakes.

    Oh, and I’m originally from California, but currently live, and study, in England (hence my general aversion to snow. I spend January and February dreaming of the sunshine winters of my childhood!).

  72. I also apologize for my typos doing so from my phone.

  73. I have a little niece who was recently diagnosed Diabetes Type 1 and she just loves to bake and cook so it’s become
    my challenge find alternatives to cooking without sugar
    and less carbs. Over the holiday I found a great
    cook book that is called The Gluten Free Almond Flour
    Cook Book. I read on the Almond Flour and it
    is Gluten Free but also beneficial to people
    with Diabetes because it has a lower carb index. I would recommend that cookbook. I’m Aldo big on cooking/baking blogs and came across she has a lot of sugar
    free and gluten free recipes. One other thing to look into would
    be Babycakes cook book. Baby cakes is a bakery in New York (a shop soon coming to Los Angeles…can’t wait) that specializes in Gluten Free foods. Hope this helped.

  74. I have a friend who also has that same condition and she’s been taking these pills whenever she want to eat anything with gluten in it.

    By the by…. I love your website! So many cute things and I love miniature things tooo! :)

  75. Love the cakes :)

    South Carolina , soon to be Michigan, born and raised Utahan

  76. I’m an American military wife living in Northern Japan!

  77. these are the most adorable things that I have ever seen!

  78. Jnnifer –

    Utahns have a habit of being crafty, and very “home-maker” esque. So Bakerella is right up our alley!

    Salt Lake City, Utah

  79. I’m a teacher from Burlington, Ontario, Canada. About 30 min. west of Toronto. Speaking of 30, I will be 30 in 2 months. Any posts on birthday cakes, cupcakes, and/or cake pops for milestone birthdays would be awesome!

  80. Aww that’s what childhood memories are all about.

    Don’t know much about the disease. Know some people who have it, but don’t know much about it. Sorry :(

    And a big shout out from Coffs Harbour in sunny, hot and humid Australia! Leading the Australian Bakerella Fan Club. Not really, but I tell all my baking friends about you :P

  81. Shout out from Heredia, Costa Rica. Originally from California, living in Latin America. Love your blog.

  82. Forgot to mention – I’m in sunny Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia!

  83. I follow you on Facebook – love seeing you on my home page every day! I bake a lot of cakes catering to different allergies (egg, wheat, gluten, dairy, nuts) (my daughter has a severe allergy to nuts – the reason I started my business). If anyone is interested in any information, you can contact me through my website I would be happy to help out.

  84. Bakerella, you are such an inspiration….

    Love all the way from Malaysia………

  85. In case someone has not mentioned it. Tasty Kitchen from Pioneer Woman has Gluten Free recipes.

    I read and enjoy your blog in Boise, Idaho.

  86. Reading from Hughson, CA (south of Modesto, and no I did not know Scott Peterson!) :)

  87. I’m in Carlsbad, California. Love this post, wish I had some input to help but just wanted to say those Icy Cakes are adorable!

  88. This book is one of the more excellent gluten free books ( ( has a lot of resources as well. I also second the Bob’s Red Mill flours recommendation — they got me through an almost entirely traditional Thanksgiving meal with everything gluten free!

  89. Alpharetta,GA I’d love to have that much snow to play in! :)
    I look forward to checking out a few of the gluten free suggestions everyone has commented with!

  90. Heidelberg here. Love love love your blog. Who thought pictures of charming food could bring such joy? Thanks for sharing!

  91. Adorable…
    (ON, Canada, btw)

  92. Oh…
    I know a lot of websites where you can buy gluten-free food. And other sites containing recipes. But all of them are in Portuguese…
    I don’t have celiac disease, but a few years ago I had to avoid gluten in order to enhance the power of a medicine.
    Wonderful cakes!


    Carol (from Brazil)

  93. This is so heart warming! What an amazing little girl and how sweet of you to share it with everyone. Thank you and God bless you both :)

  94. Those are amazing! How beautiful!! Emelie and Ella, I LOVE your cakes!!! :)

  95. Howdy!! – from east Texas!

  96. Sorry if someone has added this one but she does a really good job giving recipes that can be used to make the food the rest of us eat!

    Good Luck!

  97. I’m afraid I don’t have any sites to offer, but I do want to say how much I love this post! I love all of your posts, but this one especially.

    I’m in New York, in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Your just all over the place, Bakerella!

  98. I’m from MN and my 6 yr old daughter has had food allergies her whole life, including a wheat allergy (eggs and peanuts too), and I love to bake… so after much trial and error and lots of internet searching, I have found a few things that work really well, and can now make cookies, pancakes, and breads that actually taste good and aren’t too hard to do. Thankfully there are now more Gluten-free mixes out there. I like the Betty Crocker mixes, as well as the Gluten-free Pantry mixes… all of those are really good. Also some good websites for ordering gluten-free pre-packaged food are, where I order pretzels, chocolate chip granola bars and cookies mostly, as well as where I order several other snacks as needed.
    There are many great cookbooks out there too on the topic. Not all of them are great, but many give good ideas to get you started.
    I have found a mix of flours that works great for most baking needs and can be replaced in almost any recipe cup for cup.
    3 1/2 cups oat flour (I like Arrowroot brand)
    1 cup white rice flour (bob’s mill)
    1 cup brown rice flour (bob’s mill)
    1/2 cup potato starch (not potato flour!)
    1/2 cup tapioca flour (from

    I will mix up a double or triple batch of this and store it in an air tight container to have on hand whenever I need to bake banana bread, pancakes or cookies or whatever. it doesn’t work great for pie crusts though, not a fine enough grain to it for that.
    Best of luck to you and it does get easier once you get a few good recipes under your belt… I promise!

  99. I’ve stopped eating gluten and it’s definitely an adjustment when it comes to baking. A great resource is Karina’s Kitchen ( She’s got a ton of great recipes. Also Jenn Cuisine ( and the Sensitive Pantry (

  100. You guys are awesome. Thank you so much!

  101. btw, what’s with all of the Utahns?

  102. Checking out your blog from Kodiak, Alaska! I love your posts!

  103. oh, bakerella!

    please, please, please tell her about this:


  104. My father in law has celiac. Once diagnosed it’s life changing. You feel so much better. Living gluten-free is much easier than one would think and if you are creative, like these lovely gals…it can be fun too. Thanks for bringing up a very current and relevant problem! And making it pretty!

  105. From Arizona:
    Wow, these ice cakes are the cutest things! I know that many of the “mainstream” American companies are starting to get on board with Gluten free cake mixes, frosting mixes and cookie mixes. It’s nice to see a start to making things a little easier for so many who suffer with this disease. My friend does and I know she goes to great lengths to get gluten free bread, etc. – it’s a full time job just finding something you can eat!
    Good luck Emelie and I love your work.

  106. Those are the cutest cakes ever!!
    I wish I could make some here…. Hilo, Hawaii !!!!

  107. Oh, and I forgot to answer your other question…I live in the Netherlands, but right now I’m visiting my parents in Montana.

  108. I don’t have any recipes or info, but here’s a shout out from Garland, TX!! Keep rockin’ on Bakerella!

  109. This is a really cute idea!
    I am from the north part of Germany but at the moment stayin in Japan near Kobe^^.

  110. So fun. We had big snow drfits on Christmas Eve and I saw a lot of tunnels and Igloos on my friend facebook pages. I guess this would be better to eat than dirt cakes…. That is what I made growing up.

    I’m in Oklahoma….. All my life~

  111. I gasped out loud when I saw that you had a new post up today. My husband was all “what’s wrong!?” and I said “Bakerella has a new post up! She usually only posts on Sundays!”

    I’m from Toronto, Canada and I love, love LOVE cake balls. I don’t decorate them all fancy-like the way you do because I’m too impatient and I just want them in my belly.

  112. She really should check out for gluten-free and sugar-free baking. My mother isn’t supposed to have wheat, so I’ve been making things from this blog (and also bought the cookbook as a gift). Our favorite thus far are the cinnamon-roll muffins. I have to say, these things are pretty tasty, and nobody in the house turns them down, even if they can eat wheat.

  113. OK so I am a bit slow tonight, (whew glad the holidays are over) That was Pam’s Blog but here is her WEB SITE:
    If you love chocolate run, now, very fast and look it up. She is living a realtivly pain free life WITH the big CEL!
    Love you BAKERELLA!
    And out HOLLA is from the small spot call Bonham, Texas!!

  114. As mentioned by two others before me, has a fantastic baking book out. It’s vegan and gluten free and some recipes are even sugar free!

    I have made 10 recipes from her book so far with great success!

  115. what gorgeous cakes! (I’m from sunny Sydney, Australia!)

  116. I have actually made gluten free cake balls for a baby shower this past November as one of the hostesses has Celiac Disease. I found a Betty Crocker gluten free cake mix and icing (don’t remember the brand) at Target then dipped them in chocolate. NO ONE could believe they were gluten free because they were delicious! Brought them also to church- a huge hit there too.
    There are numerous cookbooks (including desserts) and cooking blogs that have gluten-free recipes. I know in Austin, TX Whole Foods and Sprouts have tons of products that are gluten free and yummy too!

  117. Okay, those are just adorable!!! And, what a sweet little girl!

    I know “the crock pot lady” as she’s known in our house (crockpot365 is the blog) is always cooking gluten free so she might have some tips.

  118. Those Ice Cakes are fantastic! I have Celiac Disease, and my blog is all about delicious gluten-free baked goods and my life as a teen with Celiac:

    I’m just dying over those ice cakes though, they are stunning. I love how when faced with a restriction, we find something ven more fantastic!

  119. Bakerella, I love your blog and I love the stories you share! Not too long ago on her site Gwyneth Paltrow shared information on this bakery: The owner makes gluten-free sweets. Maybe it can be a reference point for little Emelie (FYI: my daughter’s name is Amalie!).

    I live in beautiful Eagle Mountain, Utah, and originally hail from sunny Phoenix, Arizona.

    My best to you!

  120. I wish it got cold enough here to make those. I’m from sunny Wellington, New Zealand! I love your blog and LOVE the cake pops!!

  121. I recently found yout site. I am hooked! I have 2 young daughters I love to create with. Thanks for helping us make memories! (South Carolina)

    this is one of my best friends! My darling daughter has a severe bakers yeast allergy, so we bake alot, she can not eat the enriched flours you find in store bought foods. So out cake pops and cookies are from white winter wheat and durham wheat. It is hard to find but worth it so she can enjoy a treat ow and again!

  123. I love seeing stuff like that . I’m from Canada, so we have lots of ice!!

  124. What a delightful cold weather activity. It looks so beautiful. It must be so hard for a child to do without baked treats but Emelie seems to be making the most of a wintry day.

  125. Tooele, Utah – Love your blog and your oreo truffles!! Thanks for sharing!

  126. Really adorable!

    We are in Virginia just outside DC. My girlfriend and I got together and made cupcake pops a few weeks before Christmas! We didn’t get any pictures though :(

  127. I’m from Ontario Canada. I’ve been following for a few years now too. I have a couple relatives and friends who have celiac disease and she’s been a great resource and advocate for celiac awareness.

  128. So sweet! – from Dallas, Texas

  129. These are so adorable – I can hardly stand it! Love your blog!
    I’m in Minnesota, and with the high today of only 7 degrees F (nightime low will be -30), we’re definately cold enough to make these :)

  130. West Texas area here =)

    I love your blog and I love your baking spirit! Since I’ve been following your blog I had to get my own copy of Cookies Crafts Book and I tried to make the famous cake balls! My girls and family absolutely loved em’! Thanks so much!

  131. I love, love, love baking! I am having autoimmune issues and I am waiting for test results to come back and I fear that I have become gluten-intolerant. Ugh!! I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t consume all of my sweets!

  132. The Icy Cakes are beautiful ! I’m from Kuwait

  133. Oh lovely ice cakes! We’re in the 70s here too … no ice cakes for us! The kids would love those though!
    Check out this waffle and yellow cake recipe (gluten free) – It’s always a winner with people on a gluten free diet, since it has a lovely cakey mouth feel and taste. And btw, use the recipe to make it as a cake and it works just wonderfully for cake balls / cake pops too :)
    I also posted some of my other gluten free recipes there too – just check out my recipe box!

  134. There are lots of resources on the internet for gluten-free living. I’d start with My favorite cook books are The Gluten-Free Kitchen by Roben Ryberb, Gluten-Free Baking by Rebecca Riley or any of Bette Hagman’s cookbooks. Also look at the recipe section of Pioneer Woman’s website; there are gluten-free recipes there too.

  135. I’m going to have to take my daughter out to make ice cakes this weekend. I’m a California native living in Nebraska on an Air Force base.

  136. I don’t know much about this cookbook but Ive had some friends say that many recipes are gluten free. She may want to check into it. Hope that helps.

  137. What sweet ice cakes. Sounds like there are a lot of good resources out there. From Wyoming here, thanks for sharing this with us.

  138. I’m right down the road in Atlanta, but I still adore your website. Wouldn’t matter if you were in Spain or Siberia, you would still be just as loved.

    And this post just proves that.

  139. Lovely ice cakes. I’m in Arizona. It was in the 70’s today…no ice cakes for me!

  140. Shout out from Fort Worth, TX! Probably my favorite thing I have made from your site are the red velvet cake balls. I overeat every. single. time.

  141. I want to try making an ice cake too!
    Manassa, CO

  142. i am in NE Texas and LOVE this website, your sweet creations and your awesome photography are both inspiring

  143. Those cakes are so cute! I’m from Troy, IL which is about 20 miles east of St. Louis. We are supposed to be getting about 5 inches of snow tonight, so I’m hoping for a snow day tomorrow. I might have to talk my husband into making some of these ice cakes!

  144. Oops! I was trying to do a smiley face and it turned into a question mark. I’m from Utah (2002 Winter Olympics) and I love your blog Bakerella!

  145. I wanted to add this one as well.

    A lot of the recipes are both gluten-free and vegan and look AMAZING!

  146. Utah ?
    I think it would be difficult and expensive to cook for someone with special dietary needs. I have a hard enough time cooking ‘normal’ things night after night for my fam. This is such a nice post and Emelie’s creations are beautiful. I hope Ella can find lots of yummy things to bake that are gluten free for Emelie. Thank goodness for the internet!

  147. my first comment didn’t print hence the p.s. above. i have celiac as well as my daughter, i am not a big baker because of this but have a gluten free blog at which might give her some new recipes. a google search would provide a host of results too. oh and i am from hawaii!

  148. so precious, and amazingly creative!

  149. The Icy Cakes are beautiful! Emelie has created a new art form.

  150. Nothing on Celiac’s disease, but I have a friend who’s been experimenting with a lot of gluten free recipe’s – I’ll send her your link. Those cakes are gorgeous! And I call Maryland home, too :-)

  151. I don’t have Celiac but I am allergic to wheat, so I face a lot of the same challenges. Oddly it seems to be very common with many of my friends around my age (30s). I have a few people I know with Celiac and even more that are allergic to wheat (which contains gluten). The best resource I have found so far for information is Living Without magazine. They also have a website with information and recipes (

    I am also in pastry school and unfortunately there isn’t enough information in my classes about this challenge either. So, what I have learned I have learned from friends or from my good friend google. Good luck to everyone out there who have food allergies and love to bake! There are resources, you just have to be patient about finding them.

  152. I was going to suggest crockpot365 too. Also, Elisabeth Hasselbeck has a book “G Free Diet” that might be a good resource too.

  153. Raw Food Desserts are great! Check out this link:

    Do a “Raw Food Desserts” search on the web…you will find tons of yummy good for you desserts….no gluten allowed!

  154. so precious! I’m in Bowling Green, KY

  155. p.s. how could i forget to mention the pioneer woman’s tasty kitchen blog, it has gluten free recipes. and also the gluten free girl is amazing with her chef husband! hope this helps! not sure what they enjoy in sweden.

  156. Absolutely adorable and a great inspiration for turning life’s lemons into lemonade! ;)

    Texas-native currently living in San Francisco, CA.

  157. From a bit west of the ATL, but still in Georgia! The specific carbohydrate diet has been used to treat a wide range of issues, including celiac disease, and my mother in law and sister in law and benefited greatly from it. It eliminates gluten, sugar and grains and many other things. It is not the easiest thing to follow, but I have seen great results. Whether or not you adhere to the complete diet is up to the individual, but if you search for specific carbohydrate diet recipes, there is a wealth of wonderful info out there.
    is a good starting point

  158. Those are freakishly adorable! I wish I had some information to contribute, but I just wanted to say hello and Portland, OR loves you!

  159. All I can say is WOW! That might be the sweetest thing I’ve heard. The power of a mom is endless when it comes to giving the best to her child.

  160. Such pretty colors! I’ve heard of Gluten Free Girl’s blog: I don’t have any gluten free experience, but it’s probably worth a look for some recipes.

    I’m coming to you from the cold, snowy suburbs of Milwaukee Wisconsin!

  161. My friend actually has celiac’s disease… check out these cookbooks & links:




    4) (this is actually which has TONS of info… but this is a list of their recommended cookbooks)

    I hope this was helpful!

  162. One of my best friends daughter and husband are Celiac.
    I do have one recipi for sugar cookies that i will include.

    Gluten-free Sugar Cookies

    Even though I advocate finding joy in foods that are naturally gluten-free, it is the holidays. And I still like some traditions. No matter what, I still like roll-out sugar cookies, thick and threaded through with vanilla, cut into Christmas-tree shapes and frosted with buttercream frosting.

    This is a recipe I adapted from Sonya Joseph’s gluten-free cooking class I took at the beginning of the month. They work. They’ll fill that need.

    2 1/2 cups of your favorite gluten-free flour
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    2 1/2 teaspoons of xanthan gum (omit if your gf flour mix already contains this)
    1 cup sugar
    1/2 cup margarine
    1/2 cup butter
    1 egg
    2 teaspoons vanilla (make sure it’s gluten-free. Use only pure vanilla, please.)
    1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

    After you have preheated the oven to 350°, mix all the dry ingredients together and set that bowl aside.

    Cream together the shortenings and sugar, preferably with a standing mixer. Then, add the egg and vanilla. Beat these as long as you can. The more airy and whipped they are, the better the cookies will taste.

    Add the dry ingredients, along with the nutmeg.

    Chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least one hour. This is essential for gluten-free doughs.

    When the dough is properly chilled, roll it out to 1/2-inch thickness and cut with your favorite cookie cutters.

    Bake on an ungreased baking sheet (preferably with a silpat), for 12 to 15 minutes, depending on your oven

  163. These cakes are SO creative and so adorable…I love imaginations!

    I’m in Ontario Canada, and here we have a great store called Bulk Barn that has a ton of specialty baking mixes for all kinds of sensitivities…my little niece benefits from their variety :)

  164. What a beautiful story! Stories likes these warm my heart!

  165. What a beautiful entry! I would love to try a few gluten free recipes! I am from New Hampshire, and me and my friends fell in love with your site back when you made the cupcake pops!

  166. Shoutout from Melbourne, Australia! I unfortunately can’t give any helpful advice, but I do know what it’s like to have a child that requires special dietary care, having a 4 year old with anaphylaxis myself. Good luck to Ella and her little girl on their hunt!

  167. Omaha here…. I watch gluten free stuff as well, because my 6 year old is allergic to corn & soy and some gluten free products are ok for us too. What is hard for us is no store bought cakes, breads candies etc… so birthday parties are hard… I would love a GOOD frosting recipe that doesn’t use corn syrup or confectioners sugar (has corn starch in it) that is fairly easy & kids would like…

  168. Originally from AL- now from Raleigh, NC! Love your blog, you are precious!

  169. I don’t have any suggestions for gluten free baking, but those cakes are fabulous! I’m from Northern VA, Metro DC area.

  170. From Ohio – have not tried any of your pretty cake pops, but have a sister-in-law that has made beautiful ones. I like seeing the pictures. :) Happy New Year.

  171. Very sweet! Love the enchanted ice forest. Will look forward to seeing resources for gluten-free baking. I was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee but have lived in Southaven, Mississippi for the last 5 years.

  172. …oh, BTW- a lot of over the counter GF foods are nasty ingredients… the back of the box.


    I know a lot of people use coconut and almond flours.
    The last website given is the place we ordered my daugther’s wedding cake…totally gluten free dedicated bakery. It was the best cake we have ever eaten and none of us are gluten intolerant. The guests were raving about it…of course is was made with all REAL food ingredients, so fresh! We chose A Bountiful Harvest because of their use of organic ingredients and sweetners. I’m not sure how far they ship their products, but they are the best gluten free we ever tasted. Since checking into the GF thing, I personally have GF days to rest my body from having wheat 7 days a week.
    Anyway, hope this helps some. Most of it is trial and error on recipes, but these blogs really help out.

  174. Amazingly, here in the US there are quite a few options for Celiac baking! My 5 yo daughter was diagnosed when she was 18 months, so we’ve been dealing with this for a long time.

    Since I don’t bake from scratch, I use Gluten-free mixes. I’ve even made the Hello Kitty cake pops from a gluten free mix! The cake tends to be quite heavy, so I made them smaller so they would stay on the sticks.

    And here recently, none other than Betty Crocker released a line of Gluten free baking mixes!!! I can’t tell you how happy I was to see a familiar brand with Gluten-free mixes! We’ve tried the brownies (delish) and the chocolate chip cookies (not as good as some other mixes). We also have the vanilla cake and the devil’s food cake mix to try!

    I’m sure there are many online stores that would ship over seas if she were interested in buying the pre packaged mixes. If not, I would buy them and send them to her! I feel for every mom who has a girl with Celiac. Baking is one thing that I love to do with my little girl and I would hate for them to lose out on that experience.

    Love the icy cakes, but am really glad I live in Florida. (where it’s rather cold this week!)

  175. if only theres such thing as snow in singapore. then i can mke some ice/snow cakes too!

  176. These are so cute! We have tons of snow here!

  177. Those are beautiful! I’m in New Mexico

  178. My roommate has celiacs disease. She is able to find a lot of cake and brownie mixes from Whole Foods. Just a thought… For her birthday, I made her this flourless cake:

  179. So sweet! I have been following a blogger that has a gluten free home and she has over a year’s worth of crock pot meals that are gluten free!
    She also has a book that just came out!

  180. SO Sweet! Texas native, living in California with my Air Force hubby and kiddos.

  181. what a sweet post!

  182. whoops, forgot as well- I’m in southern California.

  183. That little girl is amazing! So creative! My mom was diagnosed with Celiac about 7 years ago (I can hardly believe it’s been that long). There are lots of resources out there, you just have to search to find them. One of my favorite blogs is
    She has terrific recipes and product recommendations!

  184. Betty Crocker actually has a line of Gluten Free Baking Mixes On the page there is a link to other recipes using the mixes.

  185. is full of all kinds of information regarding the disease. Recipes, links, treatments. It has it all. There are so many things you can still enjoy. This post was just so sweet. I am in Washington State right now but I am originally from Wales. Love your blog.

  186. Oh, forgot to add –

    I’m from rural Kansas.

  187. I’m from Athens, GA. Not far from you, so not very exciting ;)
    But I did just make your cake balls for the first time over christmas break. They were, of course, a hit!

  188. Those are so adorable!

    We’ve had so much snow and ice here recently. Wish I had been that creative. heh – I can’t even make a proper snowman with my little one.

  189. There are tons out there. My favorite is

    There is also an organization called Raising Our Celiac Kids (R.O.C.K.).

    The main thing is not to focus on what you can’t have, but to all of the wonderful things that you can.

    Did you know that if you order a burger at a McDonald’s in Sweden they ask if you want it on a regular or gluten-free bun.
    Too Cool!

  190. This is the sweetest thing I’ve seen in a while. Thanks for posting it. I’m from boring Maryland USA.

  191. That is really sweet! Now I have to hunt for gluten-free products…

  192. Oh, and I’m from NJ, though I’m originally from NY.

  193. Bob’s Red Mill has alot of flours that I hear are helpful for those with celiac disease. I personally don’t have experience with this illness, but I know that & DO!

  194. I’d love to know as well. One of my daughter’s classmates suffers from the same disease. We don’t send baked goods to school because I don’t want her to feel left out. We send plain chocolate instead, which is still a hit with the kids.

  195. I know what I’m doing tomorrow.

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