National Cupcake Week!
My Monday morning has suddenly brightened with the realisation that it's National Cupcake Week! Hooray, a truly valid excuse to bake and eat cake. And as I'm eating cake for an actual National event I won't consume any calories either. (That's what I'm telling myself).
As my daughter is Coeliac all of my baking is now gluten free (GF). She was diagnosed a couple of years ago, so I've had a bit of practice at baking without gluten. It's a whole different ball game! A lot of recipes require all sorts of weird and wonderful ingredients, (including unicorn glitter) and I've had many a disaster where I've ended up shouting at the oven and throwing my baked goods in the bin.
After many trials, following many recipes I've found a few that work and the cakes taste as they would with gluten in them. Sometimes GF baked goodies are a little dry and crumbly. So I thought I'd share with you my favourite GF cup cake recipe from the lovely Adriana Rabinovich.
The recipe is for plain vanilla cupcakes, but I've also tried the following variations - chocolate chips, blueberries and flaked almonds, and butterfly cupcakes with fresh cream. You can of course pipe buttercream on top to make them look super pretty for Birthday treats.
GF CUP CAKES (Makes 12)
100g GF plain flour (I use DovesFarm)
50g Ground almonds
1½ tsp GF baking powder
1½ tsp Xanthan Gum
½ tsp Salt
150g Unsalted butter
175g Caster sugar
1 tsp Vanilla essence
1 tbsp Milk
Pre-heat oven to 180°C. Line a 12 hole tin with cases
In a bowl combine the flour, almonds, baking powder, xanthan gum and salt.
In a separate bowl cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and beat after each one to create a batter-like consistency.
Add vanilla extract and mix.
Add the flour mix to the batter and mix gently with a large metal spoon. Do not over mix.
Spoon mixture into the cases (Try not to lick the spoon!)
Bake for about 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
Allow to cool completely on wire rack before decorating.
Make a cup of tea and as you are the baker you are also chief taster. Enjoy!