Gluten Free Cupcakes for April Fool’s Day

by kathy on March 29, 2012

April Fools' Day is celebrated in different countries around the world on April 1st every year. Sometimes referred to as All Fools' Day, it’s not a national holiday, but is celebrated around the world as a day to play pranks and jokes on unsuspecting others.  
 
In other words, let the pranks begin.
 
You will need to plan ahead for this and have these gluten free cupcakes ready to go. Or you could make everyone stand outside until you are finished. Your call.
 
gluten free cupcakes

April Fool’s Day Gluten Free Cupcakes

 
You can make these the Quick Way or the From-Scratch way, you chose.
 
Quick Way
 
1 box of gluten free yellow cake mix
Ingredients to make the cupcakes as per the box
1 can of gluten free vanilla frosting (I use Betty Crocker)
1 bag of butterscotch drop hard candies
¼ cup of poppy seeds
 
Mix up the gluten free cake mix as directed and make cupcakes. Let cool completely.
Spread the frosting on top, covering the entire top of the gluten free cupcake as in the picture.  Place a butterscotch drop just off center, exactly like an egg yolk would be when you crack it open and drop it in the frying pan.
 
Now the secret ingredient: lightly sprinkle the top with poppy seeds to look like black pepper.
 
Aren’t these just too fun! Nobody will guess what you made the pepper with.
 
gluten free april fool's day cupcake
 
Makes 18 to 24 depending on your cake mix.
 
From-Scratch Way
 
1 ½ cups gluten free flour
1 tsp. xanthan gum (omit if flour has it already)
½ tsp. salt
1 ½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
¾ cup sugar
1/3 cup oil, your choice
2 eggs
½ cup buttermilk
1 tsp. gluten free vanilla
 
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare your cupcake pans by lining with cupcake papers. Set aside.
 
Whisk together in a medium bowl the gluten free flour, xanthan gum, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
In a large bowl, beat together the sugar, oil and eggs. Add half the flour mix and beat well, add half the milk and beat again.
 
Do one more time and add the vanilla extract along with the buttermilk.
 
Bake for 16 to 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool and decorate as directed for the Quick and Easy way.

If you have other April Fool’s Day recipes, send them my way. A whole cookbook of practical joke cooking would be a blast to put together.
 
Kathy
Ps… we could start a nationwide trend of joke cooking, maybe even have our own TV show and radio broadcast and celebrity chefs and …. Well it could happen ;)
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