October 21, 2011
Gluten free baking mixes have their place, and for me the perfect use of a box of Betty Crocker’s GF Cake Mix is a surprise batch of cupcakes for the kiddos. Last week I whipped up a batch and made a few alterations to the recipe on the back of the box, so that we could have some gluten free, casein free, and very orange Halloween cupcakes.
Start with: 1 box Betty Crocker GF Yellow Cake Mix
Follow the box instructions except for the following -
Substitute: coconut oil for the butter
Add: 4 g red food coloring & 6 g yellow food coloring
Bake according to the directions on the box.
If you aren’t using a scale, then just measure the food coloring by drops and keep a 4:6 ratio of red to yellow.
I’ll also grudgingly admit that these cupcakes would be perfect for Tennessee, Auburn and Florida fans.
Here’s a comment from Sara, a nutritionist and one of my newsletter readers, about food colorings:
I wanted to let you know that there are all natural alternatives to artificial food colors – go to www.naturalcandystore.com. Many autistic and ADHD kids have gut dysbiosis and should avoid artificial colors. I think the same is true for everyone – we try to avoid them, and I would never willingly buy food colors and add them to homebaked goods!
I hope your trick-or-treaters enjoy these cupcakes as much as my kiddos did =)