30 April 2013

Popcorn Cupcakes (Gluten & Dairy Free)

I made these popcornesque cupcakes for Scrag's Carnival Party, knowing that we would have a bunch of little guests with food allergies and not wanting them to feel left out of the yumminess.

These cupcakes are deceptively simple, easy and delicious - despite being both gluten AND dairy free.
They were gobbled up by kids and adults alike, who didn't even realise that they were "allergy friendly". No nasty after taste; no stodgy brick-like texture.
Just fun-looking, delicious cupcakey goodness (with no artificial colours either).

Here's my super easy recipe...

Dairy Free/Gluten Free/Colour Free Cupcakes!

125g dairy free spread (e.g. Olivani)*
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup caster sugar (fine grained)
2 eggs
1 cup gluten free all-purpose baking mix (e.g. Healtheries or Bakels are best)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 cup of soy or rice milk

(* to make measuring easy, it's 1/4 of a 500g tub)

  1. Beat dairy-free spread, vanilla and sugar together until light and creamy
  2. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition
  3. Sift gluten free baking mix and baking powder together; fold into creamed mixture
  4. Stir in soy (or rice) milk
  5. Spoon into silicone cupcake moulds* for baking - makes approx 18
  6. Bake at 190°C (375°F) for 15 minutes or until cakes spring back when lightly touched
  7. Allow to cool and then decorate (see below)
(*Silicone moulds allow for easy transfer to your fancy expensive cupcake papers; they can be found at most dollar stores for a song)

Decorating the Cupcakes

  • Red and White Striped cupcake papers
  • 2 packets of Mr Mallow Gluten and Dairy-free mini marshmallows
  • a batch of buttercream icing made with dairy free spread (100g dairy-free spread, 1 cup of icing sugar and a teaspoon of vanilla essence whipped to within an inch of its life)

  1. Transfer the cooled cupcakes from the silicon cupcake moulds into the fancy striped cupcake papers. Carefully trim off any lopsided bits
  2. Separate the pink and white mini marshmallows
  3. Pipe a swirl of the dairy-free buttercream onto each cupcake
  4. Press a handful of white mini marshmallows onto each one to resemble "popcorn" in a tub.
Voila, you are done. Enjoy!

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