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Blueberry Almond Pound Cake

Blueberry Pound Cake

One of my Grandma Meme’s go-to dessert recipes when I was a little girl was pound cake.

I can picture it right now, sitting in it’s covered glass cake stand on the middle of her kitchen table.

Growing up in Oklahoma, my grandma was the kind of grandma that didn’t just make dessert for special occasions, well unless you consider every meal a special occasion, which I do because eating is pretty much my favorite thing 😉

We had milkshakes and cookies and cakes and pies. Oh the life of a child growing up across the street from a southern grandma, oh yes, it was so good!

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Raspberry Lemon Gluten Free Dessert Jars

Lemon Raspberry Gluten Free Dessert Jars

Well hello there delicious cuteness in a jar!

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Dairy Free Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

Dairy Free Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

When your friends daughter is visiting on her 7th birthday and you’re a food blogger, you make her a cake!

Dairy Free Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

When her little brother is allergic to nuts, eggs and dairy, you make her a very special cake that both her and “Bubba” can enjoy!

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Russell Westbrook Birthday Cake

June is an eventful month around the Bond household with the birthdays of my Mom, Dad, Brother, Aunt and Brothers girlfriend, as well as Fathers Day and my parent’s wedding anniversary (34 years today!)

After completing a successful gluten-free birthday cake for my brother, it made sense to make the cake again for his girlfriends birthday. But being the girl who has to make everything a little bit different I decided to turn his delicious Chocolate Gluten-Free Cake into a work of OKC Thunder basketball art. Enter, the Russell Westbrook Birthday Cake.

Russell has been talked about a lot in the playoffs for his interesting press conference attire. It started with the lense-less red glasses, which led to an article on the front page of The Wall Street Journal “Fashion Plates of the NBA Make Specs of Themselves: At Finals, Hoops Stars Also Compete Over Stylish Eyeglasses; No Lenses Needed”. Then came the Lacoste fishing shirt which sent sales for the popular clothing brand through the roof when everyone in Oklahoma decided to emulate the look. And I mean everyone!

I met this amazing older couple during the Western Conference Playoffs and they told me they were “trending on Twitter”, the look had definitely caught on!

My first idea was to just add the red glasses onto the cake, then I decided I had to add the shirt as well!

Russell Westbrook Cake Ingredients

After the cake is baked and cooled use a piping bag with the cream cheese frosting to make the shirt design.

Next, add the chocolate frosting to a separate bag and pipe onto the remaining parts of the cake not covered by the cream cheese frosting.

Next, add about 6-8 gummy worms to the shirt.

Now, to make the glasses place a toothpick between each end of a Twizzler, slide through until the two ends meet and the toothpick no longer shows.  Repeat this step to form the two lenses.  Next place another Twizzler on top and attach with the trimmed off ends of 2 toothpicks. Place the glasses gently on top of the cake and voila! The Russell Westbrook cake is complete!

Everyone, including the birthday girl, loved the cake! Just another fun way to celebrate OKC making it to the NBA Finals! Game 3 tonight, Thunder Up!!!

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Recipe

Pulling in double duty today on the LLB with a new recipe and another cross off the summer bucket list!

Almost a year ago my brother was diagnosed with Celiac disease. Although I’ve learned how to incorporate a gluten-free diet into most recipes I cook, I was yet to bake gluten-free. I decided it was time to go big or go home and attempt my first gluten-free baking experience with my brothers 30th birthday cake!

Growing up my brother was always a chocolate addict so when I asked him what kind of cake he wanted, of course his answer was chocolate. That’s when the Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Fudge Frosting was created!

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Ingredients


  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free baking flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 cup almond milk

Start by combining the flour, cocoa, baking soda and baking powder in a small mixing bowl.

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Recipe

Next, in a large mixing bowl, combine the 2 sugars, eggs, vegetable oil and vanilla. Next, add the almond milk.

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Recipe

Then add the flour mixture and combine well.

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Recipe

Spray an 11 x 7 baking dish with olive oil cooking spray (be sure not to use a “Baking Spray” as it has flour in it, almost had a catastrophe with that one!)

Next, pour the cake batter into the dish.

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Recipe

Now it’s ready to go in the oven at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Not going to lie, this was the longest 30 minutes of my life!  Since I had already tasted the batter, I knew the flavor wasn’t the problem.  The problem was, will it rise?

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Recipe

And it did! You should have heard the screams when I opened the oven door to view this beautiful baby basking in the oven lights!

Now it was time to let it cool down before I frosted it up!

To make the Chocolate Fudge Frosting:

Gluten Free Chocolate Fudge Frosting Ingredients


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk

Start by melting the butter in the microwave or on the stove.  Remove the butter from the heat and stir in the cocoa and vanilla.

Gluten Free Chocolate Fudge Frosting Recipe

Next, alternate mixing in milk with powdered sugar until you get to your desired consistency. The measurements I listed worked for me, but if you want a thinner or thicker frosting you can add or take away milk or powdered sugar.

Gluten Free Chocolate Fudge Frosting Recipe

Now it’s time to frost that delicious, fluffy, gluten-free cake!

Gluten Free Chocolate Fudge Frosting Recipe

I felt like a proud Momma looking at that cake!

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Recipe

Brother made his birthday wishes (pretty sure he wished for his little sister to get a show on the Food Network because he was so excited about the cake 😉 )

Gluten Free Chocolate Birthday Cake

Then it was time to slice it up and dig in!

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

Thick and rich just like a normal chocolate cake with NO GLUTEN!!  I feel like I found the 8th wonder of the world by making this cake 😉  (and the way I’ve been bragging about it, you would think so too! haha)

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

Go to your kitchen immediately and make this cake for your favorite gluten-intolerant!

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: Pretty sure by this point you’ve gotten the fact that this recipe is gluten-free!