Gluten Free Snickers Cupcakes
Here’s the thing: I secretly-not-so-secretly love to bake and decorate cakes. Here’s the other thing: ever since I moved to Somerville I haven’t been doing too much of either of those things, especially not cake decorating. It takes a lot of money to really set yourself up with the proper equipment (cake pans, decorating tools, fancy stand mixers, etc) and I had already spent a lot in the last few years setting up a sweet (no pun intended) baking station in my house. Sadly, it’s a lot of stuff and some of it is very heavy, so I had to leave it behind. Maybe I’ll eventually start moving some of the stuff or I’ll ask my mom to send me a few of the cake pans, but I just don’t have the time/energy/space to deal with that right now.
However, when my friend Tim told me that his sister was coming to Boston for her birthday and that she had been recently diagnosed with Celiac’s, I knew I had to bake her a cake. With my stomach being such a poop, there’s a lot of stuff I can’t eat, and I’ve occasionally had to cut gluten out of my diet.
The first time I had to go on a gluten free diet was right around my birthday, and it was pretty rough. I had just started getting into cake decorating, and went all out on a cake for my guests. I forced myself to make a small gluten free cake for myself, and it was probably the smartest thing I did. It’s amazing how not being able to eat the same stuff as everyone else can make you feel so left out, so it was great to be able to eat cake even though mine was different.
Because of my experiences, I was bent on making this girl’s first gluten free birthday cake an awesome one. I pulled from several recipes and kept adjusting until I was happy with it. I didn’t want to just make her a cake, I wanted to make her a cake so delicious, you wouldn’t even be able to tell that it was gluten free. (And for those of you who have baked/eaten gf treats, you know that there’s almost always a tell-tale gf taste or texture).
I thought the cake was a success, but since it works so much better (and is so much yummier) as a cupcake, I’m sharing the cupcake recipe that I made with you guys. Disclaimer: I heavily borrowed from this recipe and this recipe.
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 1/2 cups of gluten free flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose GF Baking Flour)
1 cup Dutch-processed cocoa
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon xanthan gum (expensive but worth it)
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1 1/3 cup warm water
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 package instant chocolate pudding mix (double check that you buy a gf one)
1 cup sour cream
Frozen fun-sized snickers (you’ll need one per cupcake)
Mix together all the dry shit.
Mix together all the wet shit, except for the sour cream.
Combine all the shit, alternating between wet and dry.
Stir in the sour cream.
Put the batter in the cupcake liners and put a frozen snickers in each one. Smooth the batter over the snickers to make sure that it is completely covered.
Put those suckers in the oven. 350 degrees. 22-30 minutes (in my experience, gf stuff takes longer to bake so just make sure you watch it carefully so you don’t end up over or under-baking it).