Perfect Pancakes–Part II

Hi all,

I forgot to mention in my post about “Perfect Pancakes” that these do freeze well. I wrap mine in batches of two or four using Press ‘n Seal ( and take them out as desired. Normally, I heat them up in the microwave; however, today, I reheated them in the toaster oven and they tasted delicious! Enjoy!

Sweet Treat

Tired of grainy-tasting baked goods? Look no further! Better Batter’s Chocolate Cake Mix is easy to make and produces a moist chocolate cake that would rival its gluten-containing counterparts any day. Our family recently enjoyed this cake for my daughter’s 20th birthday. For years, I was making “from-scratch” gluten-free chocolate cakes and while they were okay, the recipes were sometimes difficult to work with and I just knew there had to be something better out there. Better Batter—whose tag line is “Eat Freely, Give Freely”–produces a complete line of gluten-free items. Check them out at Their customer service department is exceptional. When the company felt that I’d waited too long for an out-of-stock item, they compensated by sending along a free mix. Personal replies seem to be the norm for this company.  

In terms of frosting, if you’re feeling a bit creative, try my recipe for gluten-free vanilla buttercream icing below. If you’re pressed for time, skip ahead to my recommendations for gluten-free canned frostings.

Vanilla Buttercream Icing

1 stick unsalted butter, softened

3 TBS milk*

At least 2 cups confectioners’ sugar

Using an electric mixer, beat butter and milk on medium speed until blended. Add sugar a half-cup at a time and mix until smooth. If icing is still not “sugar-y” enough, add more confectioners’ sugar a ¼ cup at a time to your taste.

Frost your cake or cupcakes using a metal spreader (I like the ones from Pampered Chef.) If you’re frosting a chocolate cake, make sure you “dirty ice” the layers first so the cake doesn’t show through.

(This recipe can be doubled.)

For Chocolate Buttercream Icing, melt 1-1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate morsels (in microwave, 1-1/2 minutes on HIGH, in 20-second intervals, stirring after each interval) and add to butter mixture. Continue with recipe as indicated.

*Since I am also lactose-intolerant I use LACTAID® milk and it does not affect the recipe.

Gluten-Free Canned Frostings

Hey, there’s no shame in using one of these at bake sale time (or any other time). My daughter would eat a whole can if I let her!

 Betty Crocker’s ®website ( states, “All flavors of Betty Crocker Ready-to-Spread Frosting will be labeled ‘gluten free’ this fall.”

 Duncan Hines’® website ( states that their Classic Vanilla Frosting is “naturally gluten free.”  

Pillsbury’s® ( representative, “Maria” told me by phone this morning that all frostings—including  Easy Frost™ No Fuss-Frosting (the one that looks like a can of mousse) are gluten-free except for their Coconut Pecan flavor. 


Made with Better Batter Chocolate Cake Mix

Essential Gluten-Free Resource

As a magazine editor, a large number of publications get delivered to my mailbox each month. One of my absolute favorites for gluten-free information is Living Without (; I’ve been a subscriber for as long as I can remember. Whether you’ve been diagnosed recently with celiac disease, food allergies or food sensitivities—or if you’ve been facing the challenges that accompany these conditions for quite some time— I highly recommend adding this publication to your reading list. It was a godsend when my daughter was younger and continues to be as we try new recipes and products together. The tone is informative and friendly, the articles well-written and researched. You’ll find real-life stories, recipes and diet guides, information on new products and book reviews, among other gems. Whether you start your reading with Alicia Woodward’s “Editor’s Note” or the “Food for Thought” back page, I am sure you will be delighted.

Happy reading!

Perfect Pancakes!

Made with King Arthur Flour Company Gluten-Free Pancake Mix

Good Morning!

If you thought the days of enjoying great-tasting pancakes were over, take heart! The King Arthur Flour Company’s Gluten-Free Pancake Mix is the answer to your (breakfast) prayers! By using this simple mix, you can enjoy the taste of delicious, fluffy pancakes while sticking to your gluten-free diet. Even non-celiacs are sure to love them. Enjoy them with some powdered sugar and your favorite gluten-free pancake syrup.

Welcome to Celiac Savvy!

Hello readers,

After raising a daughter with celiac disease and recently discovering gluten sensitivities of my own, I thought it was time to share the love—the gluten-free love, that is—with those of you in the blogosphere.

Let me tell you a little bit about myself: I’m a writer and editor whose daughter was diagnosed at age 15 months with celiac disease. This was in the early ‘90s, way before the Internet was our primary means of seeking out information and support. “Back in the day,” I was calling manufacturers by phone and sending typewritten letters requesting ingredients listings. I was in a support group for parents of children with celiac disease and on a personal mission to educate nearly everyone with whom I came into contact about this condition.  (Not everyone appreciated that, as you might suspect.) I was also spending a great deal of time baking from scratch with little guidance and even fewer workable recipes. I was throwing out failed baking experiments faster than you could say potato starch.

Thankfully, for those with celiac disease and gluten sensitivities, much has changed for the better over the past 20 years. Though my daughter is all grown up, I’m always looking for new ways to make the gluten-free lifestyle an enjoyable one for her and our family. My path to being what I call “celiac savvy” wasn’t an easy one but with the help of this blog, yours can be.

I designed this blog with several goals in mind:

  • To assist both newly diagnosed celiacs and lifelong celiacs in their quest for good-tasting gluten free foods
  • To offer advice about how to handle the gluten-free diet outside the home, in various situations
  • To inform you of gluten-free products that I think are just great
  • To share yummy gluten-free recipes
  • To review books related to celiac disease and the gluten-free diet
  • To provide a discussion forum for those with celiac disease and gluten sensitivities
  • To discover new things from you, my readers!

So sit back, relax and get ready to be savvy—Celiac Savvy!

Disclaimer: This blog is not meant as medical advice nor is it designed to take the place of a physician.