A family friend and his wife had been helping me out in a variety of ways over the past month and what better way to say “Thank You” than with baking? They still call me “Mooch”, so I decided to let Mooch (the company) do the talking! Rob has a gluten allergy which is becoming quite common now a days. I tried baking Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes in Mooch’s Test Kitchen and got some pretty good reviews, you can find them here. They turned out more like brownies so I needed to try something different to make cupcakes for Rob. I used my go-to chocolate cupcake recipe as a base and played around with the quantities. The reason these are “almost” gluten-free is because I couldn’t get the right consistency for the batter so I gave in and used a bit of flour to thicken it up. Three tablespoons of flour were added to make a bakers dozen (13) which means there is hardly any flour in each cupcake! Here’s a gluten-free baking tip for you, double the amount of baking powder in the recipe to help the cake rise. Gluten-free flours tend to make cakes sink unless there is xanthan gum in it. The cupcakes were, like the last gluten-free goodie, not too sweet and very chocolatey!
Initially, I wanted to give Rob and Leanne a bouquet of flowers but when I thought it over I realized that as pretty as flowers are, they wilt and die. I’ve never been the type of girl who asks for flowers (although I’d love to receive them anyways!) for that very reason. So, why not give edible flowers! I already learnt how to pipe a rose when I made Elizabeth’s Red Velvet Cupcakes and leaves when I made Jake’s Thomas the Train Cake so with an idea in mind I was ready to make some flowers. I whipped up a batch of vanilla bean frosting (not just vanilla extract but with the actual beans in it) and tinted it with purple and red. I began to pipe my roses and add leaves here and there for that extra touch to make them more realistic. I packaged three in a tin box that resembled a planter box and a package of four so there would be enough for their three kids plus them. Leanne was blown away and couldn’t believe I had made them; then again, she knew me when I was too young to even use an oven! I’m going to hunt for some cute little containers to hold the cupcake flowers as an alternative to giving a box. Keep an eye out for this gift giving option down the road!
Everyone loves getting flowers, getting ones that have a tasty function? Even better.
- Mooch’s Test Kitchen: Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes (moochbymegan.wordpress.com)
- Mooch’s Test Kitchen: Gluten-Free Cupcakes Verdict (moochbymegan.wordpress.com)
- Baking Steps: 3’s a Crowd, 12’s a Party! (moochbymegan.wordpress.com)
- Baking Steps: It’s All Coming Up Roses (moochbymegan.wordpress.com)
- Jake’s 4th Birthday: Choo Choo, Thomas is Coming Through! (moochbymegan.wordpress.com)