Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Gluten Free Death By Chocolate

I haven't been posting much lately but I come back to you now with a recipe worth sharing for anyone who practices a gluten free diet. I have been making Death by Chocolate for years now, it is my go to dessert for parties and it is always a crowd pleaser. I decided to try a GF version and was really happy with the results. It is almost exactly the same the only difference is the GF chocolate cake mix is a bit more dense than the gluten cake mix. To balance it, I think adding a little more whipped cream to lighten it up works out great.

I used Betty Crocker Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix, Glutino Chocolate Sandwich Cookies (Oreo's) and Jello Instant Chocolate Pudding. The GF cake mix is half the size of the regular mixes in the store, so this recipe makes a smaller version. I would say it serves around 8 people.

1 box of chocolate gluten free cake mix, plus ingredients needed to prepare (the mix should make one 9" x 9" cake or 12 cupcakes)
1 package of chocolate pudding (you can use instant or cook and serve)
2 cups milk
1 pint of heavy cream (you may have a little extra whipped cream)
2 tbsp powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
15 chocolate sandwich cookies-crushed
Strawberries, raspberries or blueberries-optional 

1. Bake cake according to instructions on box and cool completely. You can bake any size cake, its going to be crumbled once it is cooled. You can make the cake a day ahead of time and store at room temperature in air tight container.

2. Make chocolate pudding according to instructions on box. Place in refrigerator to cool and set.

3. When the pudding is ready and the cake has cooled make the whipped cream. In a mixer, add in heavy cream and whip on medium-high until it begins to thicken. Add in sugar and vanilla and continue to whip until stiff peaks form. (You may have some extra whipped cream)

4. To assemble Death by Chocolate use a trifle dish or large serving bowl and start to layer ingredients. Start by crumbling 1/3 of cake on the bottom of dish, spoon 1/3 of pudding on top of cake and spread evenly, add 1/3 of whipped, add a thin layer of crushed cookies cookies (add berries, if using) and continue to layer ending with whipped cream and cookies.