Gluten Free Yellow Layer Cake with Brownie middle and Buttercream Frosting

My mom’s birthday was coming up and as always I make her, her birthday cake. This year I went the easy route and used boxed cake mix and a boxed brownie mix.

The brownie layers perfectly complimented the yellow cake. The cake truly turned out pretty and very tasty!


I am sharing this semi-homemade version of the recipe here. That is one box of gluten free yellow cake and one box of gluten free brownie mix. You can even use canned frosting if you didn’t even want to make that. Regardless, you can most definitely make this from scratch! AND – You can always use my favorite From-Scratch Gluten Free Brownie Recipe.

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Gluten Free Butterbeer Cake

My parents were coming to visit last week so my family could celebrate my Mother’s birthday on Friday. I decided that I was going to try making her a 4-layer Butterbeer Cake. Of course I don’t think she has ever seen Harry Potter, but I didn’t care.. I so wanted to make this moist cream soda and butterscotch infused cake regardless!


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We are going to Disneyland!

While this isn’t our first time at Disneyland nor is it our first time there eating Gluten Free, I am quite excited to go and be there and see what they have going on for the 60th Anniversary!

My Husband, Kids and I have saved up our birthday and Christmas money to make this trip happen. And for the last 3 trips (over the last 6 years), my parents have joined us at the Happiest Place on Earth!

SO, it is official… WE ARE GOING TO DISNEYLAND in 30 days! Total countdown mode now!!!!!

My son Aden is very excited cause we’ll be in the Happiest Place on Earth for his birthday… Yeah lucky kiddo! 🤗💓

I am thinking I will have to celebrate my son Arik’s birthday as well since his Birthday is only 5 days prior to Aden’s and well we are leaving for our trip 3 days after his birthday. SOOOO, I will have to see what I can do to make it special for Arik as well.

We didn’t plan ever to go on one of our kids birthdays… it just happens to fall on the week Disneyland is deemed to have the least crowds of the year. So we picked that week to avoid waiting in massive lines.

Now mind you the last time we went to Disneyland, we went on Christmas 2013 – THE BUSIEST DAY OF THE YEAR. And will NEVER do that again. Nevertheless, we used Touring Plans ( and the app mapped out our best wait times and stragedies for which rides at what times for us including meal breaks and fastpasses. So the most we waited in lines on the Busiest day was 20 minutes.

Even though we are heading there on a least busy day, I am still gonna use Touring Plans App again cause it was a snap to use and I rather get through the park with ease, especially with three kiddos!

I love everything Disney and wish I could live at the Happiest Place on Earth. I mean I wouldn’t starve there especially since they are up on their Gluten Free awareness and you can go to City Hall and get a listing of where to eat Gluten Free. AND we already have a Character dining reservation at PCH Grill for the night of my son’s birthday and they are making (for an additional fee) a gluten free birthday cake to bring him out after dinner. I can’t wait to see how they present his cake!!! I am just beside myself!

Anyhow, T-minus 30 days.



Gluten free Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Gluten Free Carrot Cake

My brother was having a 40th birthday celebration and he wanted my aunt to make him a carrot cake for his party. Well in order for my kids and I to be able to join in on dessert, I had to make us a gluten free carrot cake.

I couldn’t believe how moist and airy this cake was. And some of the party goers wanted to sample what gluten free “tasted like” and said they thought my cake was actually tastier and even moister than the “regular wheat” carrot cake that was served.

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Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookie Dough & Brownie Five Layer Cake

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookie Dough & Brownie Five Layer Cake | Small Town Living in Nevada

My parents watched my children, home and animals while we were in Maui for a week. Since my mom’s birthday is next week and since my parents wouldn’t be in town the kids and I wanted to celebrate my mother’s birthday before they headed back home.

My mom wanted me to make sushi for dinner as did my daughter and husband. They said I make sushi better than any restaurant. So who can say no to that? Also, my mom had stumbled  across a recipe for a Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownie Layer Cake recipe awhile back in her Facebook news feed and wanted to know if I could convert it to Gluten Free so I could make it for her birthday.

Well of course I can… but it never displays as great as the professional photos that are displayed on most Blogs. However, it came out really tasty!

It has three layers of brownie layered between two layers of peanut butter cookie dough (eggless of course) for a total of five layers then smothered in a dark chocolate ganache — yeah, total sugar overload! After a few bites I had to down a glass of cold milk!

This cake was relatively simple to make and put together.

Once you have the brownies baked and cooling you want to make the eggless cookie dough.

To glue the brownie layer to the cookie dough layer that is where the chocolate ganache comes into play.

And then you just frost the top of the cake with the remainder of the ganache and then add some peanut butter frosting swirls and mini chocolate chips for decoration! That simple.

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Gluten Free Vanilla Pound Cake


My family was invited out to dinner tonight and I thought making a pound cake would be nice and light as our contribution. I also am bringing sliced strawberries as well as organic tart cherries sprinkled with some sugar so everyone can choose a topping for their cake!

Gluten Free Vanilla Pound Cake

  • 2 cups sugar
  • Eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons gluten-free vanilla
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 3 cups Gluten Free Flour
  • 1 tablespoon gluten-free baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon xanthan gum

Pound Cake BatterHeat oven to 350°F. Grease 12-cup Bundt®, 10-inch angel food cake (tube) pan or 2 bread loaf pans then set aside.

Beat sugar and eggs, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add milk and vanilla; beat until well mixed, then add melted butter and beat until mixed thoroughly.

Stir together gluten-free flour, baking powder and xanthan gum in a medium bowl. Gradually add flour mixture to wet ingredients, beating at low speed until well mixed.

Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 50-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan.

Adapted from Land O Lakes

Gluten Free Chewy Cake Bars

I have no idea why it is called chewy cake, it is more like a cookie bar than anything else. Nevertheless, my husband has  been hinting for me to make these bars for awhile now and I finally gave in, LOL.

These bars are really for the sweet-tooth-a-holic…. it has one pound of brown sugar in them and are so good you can’t just eat one and you’ll probably be eating the crumbs up as well.

Gluten Free Chewy Cake | Small Town Living in Nevada

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Gluten Free Pumpkin Roll Cake – Italian Style

Gluten Free Pumpkin Roll Cake | Small Town Living in Nevada My aunt invited my husband and I over to her home for dinner one night eons ago — and for dessert she made a pumpkin roll cake. My husband loved it sooooooooooo much I was demanded to get the recipe. I had made the roll cake for his birthday one year and for every Thanksgiving since our first encounter with this yummy cake. My aunt is 100% Italian (me only being 50%)…. had made the roll cake Italian style. Instead of using cream cheese for the filling it has mascarpone Italian cheese instead. Anyhow, this pumpkin roll cake was 7 months in the making. I grew the pumpkins used in my recipe — cooked them up, pureed them then made the roll cake for Thanksgiving.

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Birthday Cake anyone

Today is my daughter’s 8th birthday and I make her cake practically every year. And this year wasn’t any different. However,  I bought a cake box at walmart so I could box it so we can take it over to CV Steak at the Carson Valley Inn for Dinner tonight! I think I did a pretty good job (for someone that doesn’t frost cakes that often) — except for writing her name not so good at that. I need to work on that one!

Frozen themed gluten free chocolate cake.

Frozen themed gluten free chocolate cake.

Frozen themed gluten free chocolate cake.

Frozen themed gluten free chocolate cake.