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Gluten-Free Raspberry Coffee Cake inspired by the Artful Year

Gluten-Free Raspberry Coffee Cake inspired by the Artful Year

Reading Jean's latest book The Artful Year, is like having coffee with a good mama friend. I don’t think she knows it, but Jean Van’t Hul is pretty much the reason I started blogging. I found her site, a long with a couple others in 2008. I was home with two young kids, still active duty stationed overseas and desperately needing to connect with other mothers. Her site, the Artful Parent, gave me a glimpse of what a creative life with kids could be. I fell hard and fast pouring through her archives. When her first book, also titled The Artful Parent, was published I could hardly wait to get my hands on a copy! Coffee Date with Jean Van't Hul, author of The Artful Parent and the Artful Year It wasn’t long after that, Jean and I met online. We’ve gotten to know each other, through personal stories and our blogs over the last few years and I’ve come to know that Jean is just as beautiful and kind on the inside as she seems. A true creative, with a passion for handing down her knowledge and talents to her children, as well as yours. Her latest book, The Artful Year: Celebrating the Seasons and Holidays with Family Arts and Crafts, came out in February and has already brought so much joy into our home. My kids love flipping through it, going through each season’s worth of crafts and activities deciding what we’ll do next! I love it, because I truly feel like I am sitting down to have coffee with a friend. You know the one, the friend who always has the best ideas (and recipes!) and is always willing to share them just because. I wish we lived closer, I wish I could bake and take this coffee cake to her, our kids could play and create together … but until that day, I have both of her books and a few timeless recipes and that will just have to do. Either way, I am lucky lady to have her in my life. Today, I am sharing an interpretation of one of the recipes from her new book, a Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake. I’ve adapted it to suit our family needs, making it gluten-free and swapping out a few ingredients but the core of this recipe is the same. Each time I make it, I will think of Jean. Maybe you will too!

Gluten Free Raspberry Coffee Cake with Lemon Raspberry Cream Cheese Filling

Gluten-Free Raspberry Coffee Cake inspired by the Artful Year

Gluten-Free Raspberry Coffee Cake inspired by the Artful Year


    For the Coffee Cake
  • 2 cups All-Purpose Gluten Free Flour (we love Bob Red Mills)
  • 1/4 cup Oat Flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • Zest from 2 lemons
  • 3/4 cup butter, cut into 1/2" pieces
  • 1/2 cup ground or finely chopped almonds
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 /2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup coconut cream (we get ours from Trader Joe's) you could also use yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 11/2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
  • For the Filling
  • 8 oz. softened cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Juice of 1 lemon


  1. Preheat the over to 350°. Grease and flour a 10" springform pan.
  2. Pulse flour, sugar, and lemon zest together in a food processor.
  3. Add butter, and pulse till the mixture is crumbly
  4. Reserve 1 cup of butter/flour mixture for the topping, add ground almonds to this
  5. Place the rest of the flour mixture in a large bowl and add baking powder, baking soda, salt, coconut cream (or yogurt), and egg.
  6. Mix until smooth. Gently stir in the raspberries.
  7. Pour the batter into your pan
  8. To make the filling:
  9. Whip the cream cheese, maple syrup, sugar and lemon juice in a food processor until smooth.
  10. Pour the filling over the batter in the pan, sprinkle the reserved flour/almond mixture on top.
  11. Bake for 1 hour or until a test toothpick comes out clean. Let cool.
We made this gluten free raspberry coffee cake this week, the lemon and raspberry cream cheese filling was so good!!


Stacy is seeing the world in a whole new way – through the eyes of her children. She writes about the little things, the big things and all the “stuff” in between at Kids Stuff World.

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18 thoughts on “Gluten-Free Raspberry Coffee Cake inspired by the Artful Year”

  • Great recipe thanks!
    I just found the Artful Parent on Facebook the other day and today we made the contact paper suncatchers with my 2yr old. A present for his grandmother on Mothers’ Day! What a great site. Also going to make the Easter Egg tree. I hope I win your competition!!
    Have a great day

  • Yum!!
    I am a brand new mum and primary teacher and I am so excited about the wonderful creative and imaginative play I can do with my son! There are so many fantastic posts on The Artful Parent but the Bean Teepee has me truely inspired! I can’t wait until he’s big enough to do this one!!

  • I love Jean’s blog! So many wonderful ideas! I love her posts about which art supplies she uses with her girls – there are so many choices out there & it’s helpful to know what they have found works well.

  • Good morning, I have just recently started following Jean on Facebook. I am apprenticing for my ECE and I am always looking for different crafts to do with the children in my Junior Preschool Room. We are going to try the Yarn Painting. I look forward to checking to see what has been posted daily. Have a great day!!

  • I’ve followed Jean/ The Artful Parent for a while now. I’m always posting ideas to my wall. Recently the collection of painting ideas to do with toddlers cought my eye. I keep saying I’m going to paint with shaving cream. Maybe today should be the day to try.

  • While an artist myself, I have to say that her cooking with kids section is great! I have twin 3 yr old boys, so looking for things for them to help with can be a challenge. One of the boys just LOVES to help in the kitchen! The grapes and toothpicks are great for him too, plus, we just got grapes! I also love the apron tutorial and was looking for one to make for them. Thanks so much!

  • Hey! I love the site…so many wondeful things to try – like the shaving cream marbling! I feel inspired:). Thanks!

  • I enjoyed the post about twelve craft ideas for Spring! I enjoy all the special experiences each season can bring , but get especially excited for the entrance of Spring after a long, cold Winter. I can’t wait to make the bird’s nest cookies with my children. I know they will enjoy this project. It was hard to select just one. The ideas were charming and fun!

  • Thank you for the recipe! Definitely one I’d like to try. From the artful parent site, I am very interested in the toddler art. My baby is only 8 months old, but is quite curious and a great sport. I’d like to try sitting her on paper and letting her explore the finger paints, or trying “painting with wheels,” as she likes to push little toys around. I have grown up making art and crafting with my mom. I hope to carry on the same traditions with my daughter.

  • The Artful Parent is one of my favorites. We did a number of sun catchers with pony beads last summer, melted crayon rocks, and a number of others. It’s a great go to site for ideas that completely work with kids.

  • I love Jean’s posts! My walls are full of kids’ artwork inspired by her — current favorite is tissue paper dyed paper with (1) birds drawn by my eldest – age 10 and (2) handprint cardinals from my youngest – age 2. With such a spread in ages, it’s especially wonderful to see the mix of ideas pop up in FB so I can supply both with their (and my) art needs! We homeschool our oldest. These ideas help make that possible through an easy art and craft prep to occupy the youngest to allow me time with big brother!

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