I have always considered myself quite a nice person. I like food of all shapes, flavours and colours. From every country and continent. I don’t discriminate, I am an equal opportunity eater. It’s only the doctors who say I’m intolerant. And certain foods who refuse to tolerate me. They certainly refuse to recognise and respect my right to eat them without major physical discomfort and distress.

Gluten and lactose are not my friends.

Despite the negative attitudes surrounding me from many of those I love best, (cakes, ice cream, hot toast) I decided to become a chef. Not always easy when you live in a bread and milk filled world. I like to think that this has helped me become a better person as I embrace my differences and refuse to let the gluten get me down. I believe InTolerance. I am the InTolerant Chef.

Food should not be about what you can’t eat, but what you can and what you enjoy eating. This blog is about my journey of cooking and eating and discovery. It’s not a definitive guide to allergy awareness nor do my intolerances make me an expert. Your body is your responsibility, not mine. I only know what works for me.

I can tell you this..... No glutens were harmed in the making of this website.

May 31, 2010

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

The big day is here again. Yes, my baby is growing up. At my own birthday recently, littlej wrote in my card 'mum, now you're xx,(none of your business readers!) wow that's old!' BigJ tried to explain his theory of time/age relativity to her. eg that at 10, one year is only 10% of your life as a whole, and so seems to stretch out forever.(remember when the Christmas holidays seemed to last an age?) But at, say, 40, (and no, I'm not 40 yet) one 12 month period represents 1/40th of your life so far. A much smaller period of time. This explains why time seems to go quicker and quicker the older you get. Does that make sense to you?

Anyway, cupcakes are still allowed at our school for birthdays. This idea is a fun alternative to the same old, same old.

I used a basic buttercake for the base, any one will do. You could probably even get away with a packet mix- but don't tell anyone I said that!- and an Italian Meringue for the frosting. This frosting is dairy free and of course g-free. Almost toasted marshmallow tasting with a smooth luciousness.

I was a bit worried that the cake would be dry, uncovered as it would be for a couple of hours at school, so I added a small teaspoon of jam on top of each cone before piping the frosting. This may not add moisture, but it would add interest and another dimension of flavour.

If you don't have a special tin, just do regular cupcakes with this frosting on top.
This is my tried and true Italian Meringue recipe that I use every week. The eggwhite is actually cooked by the boiling syrup, not left raw, and will keep for as long as the cake will stay fresh.

Italian Meringue

this is enough for 1 or 2 dozen cupcakes depending on level of swirliness.

5 eggwhites
2 1/2 cups castor sugar
2/3 cup water
good pinch of cream of tartar

1. Place sugar and water in a saucepan- make sure there are no crystals stuck to the side as they can cause crystallization

2. Add cream of tartar and slowly bring to the boil, allowing time for the sugar to dissolve

3. Do not stir! At all! I know you're tempted!

4. Boil rapidly for about 2 minutes

5. Place eggwhites in bowl of mixer fitted with a whisk attachment

6. Whisk slightly to aerate. Not to more than loose bubble stage

7. While motor is running on low, drizzle in boiling syrup

8. Crank up motor to high and whisk until only slightly warm and very thick and creamy

9. Use immediately or outside of meringue will start to cool and form a 'skin'

10. Use a blowtorch to toast outside of meringue- go gradually so not to torch meringue. And make sure there is nothing flammable around!

I used a large star nozzle for piping as there are more edges to scorch, but a round end will be fine.
Eat and enjoy!

So readers, does time really seem to fly when you're having fun?


  1. Oh very cute! I've seen ice cream cone cupcakes where a cake is put into a cone but these are brilliant. And yes time really does fly when you're having a great time! :)

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  3. Hello Anonymous,somehow your comment is under First blog, sorry. You could try flashing the cakes under a hot grill or in a very hot oven for just a minute and they won't dry too much, but a blow torch is so much better. Or you could try a normal flick lighter if you have all day! Good luck!

  4. No glutens were harmed in the making of this website! I love that! Let them be harmed I say, they've harmed us enough! lol! You know I was planning an ice-cream cone cupcake post myself, but ya beat me too it, maybe if I rush off and buy the gfree cones, no-one'll notice! Thanks for dropping by and welcome to the blogosphere!

  5. Thankyou Curious Baker, but live and let live I say, Unless of course you're delicious.....

  6. Look lovely wish İ could be the taste tester