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Simply Gluten-Free Black Forest Cupcakes and Giveaway

Gluten free Black Forest Cupcakes

Update: This contest has ended and the winners have been chosen by

The Winners are: Kelley White AND Andrada

Congratulations! :) I will contact you  soon via email.


Well, no. I am not giving away these amazing Gluten-Free Black Forest Cupcakes (although I am sharing the recipe for you to make your own). I am actually giving away two sweet copies of the amazing cookbook that you will find the recipe in, along with 149 other mouth-watering gluten-free dessert recipes.

(Details to enter the giveaway are below,but…DO NOT just jump to the bottom. I mean it. You will be tested. There. Consider yourself warned).

The book I am talking about? Simply…Gluten-free Desserts: 150 Delicious Recipes for Cupcakes, Cookies, Pies, and More Old and New Favorites, by Carol Kicinski, who runs the Simply…Gluten-Free website as well. Her site, by the way, is a wonderful resource and just full of absolutely gorgeous photography and to-die-for gluten-free and allergy-friendly recipes.

Simply Gluten-free Desserts

About a year ago, I had the opportunity to test ten different recipes for this cookbook using Carol’s Gluten-free Amazing All Purpose Flour blend. Every single recipe I tested was amazing. Seriously. I did not have one negative thing to say about any of the recipes. I actually felt like I was repeating myself each time I sent off another review to her, raving about my results.

Well…needless to say, I was so excited to get my hands on my copy of this cookbook and check out the other 140 recipes that I had not yet tried.

I promise you that you will feel the same way when you get your own copy of this book. Not only are there gorgeous color photos throughout (every single one taken by Carol herself), but there are also many tips and ideas to help you achieve fool-proof results in your gluten-free baking.

It truly is a beautiful book. You know the kind. It is one that will earn a permanent position in your cookbook holder, smudged from greasy fingerprints and dusted with gluten-free flour. It is the one you will smile at each time you see it propped open to your favorite dessert.

So far, these are the recipes that I have made:

Almond Cranberry Bundt Cake

Mint Chip Cupcakes

Chocolate Ginger Bites

Pecan Tassies

Lemon Sugar Cookies

Banana Nut Muffins

Chocolate Cherry Scones

Kahlua And Cream Syllabub

Arborio Rice Pudding


This Perfect Pound Cake – which I have made again…and again…and again. Seriously. It is that good. I have used this Pound Cake in trifles, french toast, and even bread pudding. And I have served it lightly toasted  with ice cream, berries, and whipped cream.

Gluten free Pound Cake

Oh, and, of course…

Those Amazing Gluten-Free Black Forest Cupcakes I mentioned…

Black Forest cakes and cupcakes remind me of my childhood. There were only two desserts I ever asked my Mom to make on my birthday as a child…Black Forest Cake and Pineapple Upside Down Cake.

Although Carol did not have a Pineapple Upside Down Cake in her cookbook, she did have these unbelievable I-bet-you-won’t-know-they-are-gluten-free Black Forest Cupcakes in there. I just could not resist a little throw back to my childhood.

So…today I will share this recipe for her cupcakes, with Carol’s permission of course. Next week I will, however, share my own version of Gluten-Free Pineapple Upside Down Cake here…just to be nice and not leave you all hanging. You all must be dying for that recipe…right?

Gluten free Black Forest Cupcakes
Black Forest Cupcakes

Shared with permission from Carol, of Simply…Gluten-free



½ cup unsalted butter at room temperature

1½ cups granulated sugar

2 large eggs at room temperature

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 2/3 cups gluten-free flour

2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt

1½ cups milk

1 – 14.5 ounce can red tart cherries – drained

1 -10 ounce jar maraschino cherries – drained and liquid reserved, use divided (I used real cherries)


1 cup heavy whipping cream

1 cup confectioners’ sugar

½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Grated dark chocolate for garnish



Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Insert paper liners into the cups of 2 standard muffin pans.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on medium speed until very light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Turn mixer to low and add the eggs, one at a time until each egg is fully mixed in, scrapping down the sides of the bowl with each addition. Add the vanilla extract and mix well.
In a separate large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.

With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture and milk to the creamed butter, starting with 1/3 of the flour mixture, then half the milk, half the remaining flour mixture, the rest of the milk and the rest of the flour mixture. Mix until just combined. Remove bowl from mixer and scrap the sides and bottom of the bowl well with a large spatula.
Spoon 2 tablespoons of batter into each prepared muffin cup, add 3 of the red tart cherries to each cup then top with 2 more tablespoons of batter. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until springy on the top. Allow to cool in pan for about 5 minutes.

With a toothpick, poke 6 or 8 holes in each cupcake. Spoon about 1 teaspoon of reserved maraschino cherry liquid onto each cupcake and let it soak in. Remove cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely.


Whip cream in a large bowl until soft peaks form. Add the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and 1 tablespoon of reserved maraschino cherry juice. Beat until stiff.

Frost cupcakes and garnish with a maraschino cherry and some grated chocolate.

Makes 24 cupcakes.

Okay, yes. Now it is time for the giveaway.

Did you play by the rules and read the post instead of just skipping down here to find out how to enter? I hope so.

Here is your test (and incidentally, worth one extra credit entry towards this giveaway):

1. Name one idea that I mentioned that I did with the Pound Cake.

For more entries, you can do one or both of the following, just leave a separate comment for each, so that they count as additional opportunities to win:

2. Follow Simply…Gluten-free on Facebook

3. Follow Cook It Allergy Free on Facebook

Good Luck! There will be TWO winners announced on Wednesday, June 8th at 12 p.m. Pacific Standard Time!

  1. On June 1, 2011 Ashley B. said

    Pound cake french toast….which is now on the menu for Saturday morning in our house!

  2. On June 1, 2011 ratih said

    Gluten free Pound Cake for trifles, french toast, and even bread pudding,,,,hmmmm
    Wish its also egg&dairy free

  3. On June 1, 2011 Ashley B. said

    Pound cake french toast…which is now on the menu for Saturday morning at our house!

  4. On June 1, 2011 Melanie Binkley said

    i like the toasted pound cake with cream idea or I think I would just toast it and drizzle it with honey cinnamon and nuts

  5. On June 1, 2011 Geneva said

    You used it when you made french toast and bread pudding.

  6. On June 1, 2011 denisse mollfulleda said

    French toast and bread pudding!

  7. On June 1, 2011 nik said

    That pound cake is the first thing I zeroed in on…I love pound cake!! And you used it for french toast…genius! Cheers!

  8. On June 1, 2011 Zoe said

    Lightly toasted. :) I love toasted pound cake!

  9. On June 1, 2011 Zoe said

    I follow Simply Gluten-free on Facebook as my page.

  10. On June 1, 2011 Zoe said

    I follow Cook It Allergy Free on Facebook as my page.

  11. On June 1, 2011 Caro, SGF said

    So obviously you do not have to enter me to win :) I just wanted to say thank you so much for your kind words about the book and for being a recipe tester for me! The very best part of writing this cookbook was that I had an opportunity to meet you, both virtually and for real!

    Thank you my friend for you help support and friendship!



  12. On June 1, 2011 Heather @ ShrinkToFi said

    First off – I ADORE your site! I’m a new reader, I get you in my inbox :) I just recently discovered my gluten allergy and have been DIEING for some pineapple upside down cake. So I’m patiently awaiting that recipe…

    And you toasted the lovely pound cake and served it with berries… YUM!

  13. On June 1, 2011 Heather @ ShrinkToFi said

    P.S. I already follow you on Facebook…

  14. On June 1, 2011 Heather @ ShrinkToFi said

    and I already follow simply gluten free on facebook 😀

  15. On June 1, 2011 Maggie said

    Okay, don’t enter me in the contest, I just wanted to say that I am moving to Arizona so I can be your neighbor! The baking that comes out of your kitchen is so worth the move :) Gorgeous pics too. I bought a copy of Carol’s book at the expo. Oh my goodness, it is stunning.

    • On June 3, 2011 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Maggie, I have a room waiting for you and the fam right here in AZ. I will bake like crazy for you too! LOL I am thinking we could have some fun in the kitchen together FOR SURE! 😉

  16. On June 1, 2011 Candi Elm said

    Yes, I like both fan pages and I also liked your idea of using pound cake for trifle.
    I saw this book the other day and wanted it. Now maybe I can win it.

  17. On June 1, 2011 Heather said

    Trifles, bread pudding and french toasted. i would have to say trying it lightly toasted would be optimal for me!!

  18. On June 1, 2011 Shirley @ gfe said

    Not entering, my dear, as I already have Carol’s fabulous book, but wanted to say what a lovely review this is … especially with those amazing photos (per usual) and endorsements on ALL those recipes you tried! It will be two lucky folks who win this giveaway!


    • On June 3, 2011 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks, my friend! I had so much fun testing all of her recipes…and the family had fun eating them all. I agree the two who win this book will be quite lucky! 😉

  19. On June 1, 2011 Sue said

    French toast made from the pound cake. I love this idea.

  20. On June 1, 2011 Emily said

    I follow cook it allergy free on facebook (have since the beginning, my amazing cousin you!)

  21. On June 1, 2011 Emily said

    You toad the pound cake (DELICIOUS) and serve with whipped cream and berries

    • On June 1, 2011 Emily said

      Oh boy, you don’t “toad” it you “toasT” it.


      toady pound cake.

  22. On June 1, 2011 Emily said

    I now follow Simply… Gluten-Free on facebook!

  23. On June 1, 2011 Julia said

    The pound cake sounds like a wonderful side dish to a cup of coffee…. yum!!!! And I know follow Simply… Gluten free on FB!

  24. On June 1, 2011 Julia said

    I also now follow you on FB! I have been reading your blog for a while now but some how missed you were on FB!

  25. On June 1, 2011 Marsha A. said

    you used the pound cake in trifles.

  26. On June 1, 2011 Marsha A. said

    I follow Simply Gluten Free on facebook

  27. On June 1, 2011 Marsha A. said

    I follow cook it allergy free on facebook.

  28. On June 1, 2011 Jennifer Marston said

    French Toast!!! Sounds so delicious!!! P.S> June 8th is my BIRTHDAY ; )

  29. On June 1, 2011 Jennifer Marston said

    ~I “like” Simply…Gluten-free on Facebook~

  30. On June 1, 2011 Jennifer Marston said

    ~I “Like” Cook IT Allergy Free on Facebook~ New to food allergies, sooo hope I win one of these!!! Would be a super start to learning new methods for cooking! Already purchased your App for my iPhone and loving it!!

  31. On June 1, 2011 Penny said

    The trifle sounds amazing – I could eat the pound cake all by itself, too. Please enter me.

  32. On June 1, 2011 Penny said

    I like SGF on fb

  33. On June 1, 2011 Penny said

    I like you on fb

  34. On June 1, 2011 Ellen said

    Pound cake for french toast? yes please! I want to have breakfast at your house.

  35. On June 1, 2011 Desi said

    Bread pudding made with POUND CAKE? I die. Why have I never thought of that?! Why has no one I’ve ever known thought of that?!?!? Genius. Bread pudding is my favorite as it is, but with this variation… who knows what could happen…. I could end up surviving on pound cake bread pudding alone. :)

  36. On June 1, 2011 Andrada said

    Pound cake as French toast sounds delightful! I’ve been too busy to get around to making gfdf tench toast. I was so excited to find your site recently & LOVE it! I’m also a fellow Arizonan (native) so it makes reading your site all the more fun! I’m looking forward to making one of your muffin recipes this weekend.

  37. On June 1, 2011 Andrada said

    I also follow u on Facebook.

  38. On June 1, 2011 Brittany said

    Bread pudding .. sounds yummy! The pictures are great also and making me hungry!

  39. On June 1, 2011 Molly said

    1. Poundcake french toast oh my goshhhh!

  40. On June 1, 2011 Molly said

    2. Following Simply…Gluten-free on Facebook!

  41. On June 1, 2011 Molly said

    3. Following Cook It Allergy Free on Facebook!

  42. On June 1, 2011 Stephanie said

    Pound cake french toast? Sign me up! I am excited for that recipe of course!

    And the photos of the cupcakes are making me drool!

  43. On June 1, 2011 Stephanie said

    Follow CIAF on FB :)

  44. On June 1, 2011 Stephanie said

    Also follow SGF on FB!

  45. On June 2, 2011 InTolerantChef said

    Pound cake French Toast sounds so decadent! I would never have thought of using it like that for sure. I do love the sound of Pineapple Upside down cake too though, yummm…

  46. On June 2, 2011 Cara said

    Wow pound cake French Toast sounds so yummy! :)

  47. On June 2, 2011 Nicole said

    You mentioned you used the pound cake in trifle. I LOVE trifle. That pound cake looks absolutely delicious.

  48. On June 2, 2011 Denisse Mollfulleda said

    In triffles

  49. On June 2, 2011 Denisse Mollfulleda said

    french toast

  50. On June 2, 2011 Denisse Mollfulleda said

    Bread pudding

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