Have you seen that new Target commercial with the supermodel “Mom” strutting her stuff, whisk in hand? She catwalks through a maze of exploding boxed baking mixes in her white designer frock and 5″ heels towards the camera. She outstretches her arm revealing a delicate egg. The voiceover declares, “Dominate that PTA bake sale” as she crushes it in her hand, egg exploding slo-mo style. It’s brilliant! The first time I saw it I stood there in my sweats, entranced, and thought: A. I want to look like that!, and B. Oh c’mon, boxed mixes, really?!
Now, for those of you who really do want to “dominate that PTA bake sale”, I have a suggestion. So many people have food allergies these days, so why not bake something gluten and dairy-free? It’s becoming pretty easy to find alternative baking ingredients like rice flour blends, rice and nut milks, and coconut oil…and even Target carries them now! Here’s a bake-sale worthy recipe for you. A sweet/tart lemony pound cake flecked with delicate bits of lavender flowers, infused with lemon syrup and topped with a sweet coconut butter glaze. This cake is out-of-this-world delicious and no one would ever guess that it’s gluten and dairy-free! Plus, it contains the added health benefits of coconut oil.