Today the kids were bored EARLY; I’m talking 9am early. My solution to boredom? BAKING. 🙂 A two hour activity for them and a chance to try one of the Betty Crocker Gluten free cake mixes for me.
Without further ado I present….
Cupcakes A La Erin and Cupcakes A La Leah and Alex.
Leah specifically suggested that we make chocolate cupcakes with strawberry icing and strawberries on top. I’m not sure what happened to the strawberries on top but the kids made up for them with LOTS and LOTS and LOTS of colored sprinkles. A child’s creativity is priceless.
These cupcakes are AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME!! What makes them more AWESOMer? There isn’t a list of 1000 unknown ingredients like the “regular” cake mixes. Simply rice flour, sugar, potato starch, leavening, xanthan gum and salt…to which you add water, butter and eggs. So not only is the gluten free cake mix easy/convenient it also doesn’t contain any preservatives. Can I get a whoop, whoop?
As a parent, all I could think about is kid’s birthday parties and how this mix, alone, could be used to make cupcakes/cake for gluten free children and their friends. You could truly serve this to every kid/adult and no one would even know it is gluten free. Betty Crocker has completely “normalized” the cake experience for us gluten freeERs.
Chocolate Cupcakes with Strawberry Icing
1 box Betty Crocker’s Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix
- 1 stick softened butter
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup fresh strawberries, quartered and pureed in food processor
- whole milk as needed
Beat butter until soft and smooth
Add vanilla and sugar
Mix in strawberry puree
Add enough milk until icing is piping/spreading consistancy
Mix all ingredients on high until icing is smooth and light
Decorate as desired; kid style or adult style 🙂
Source: Cake—Betty Crocker, Icing—Erin’s Kitchen
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