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01
2011

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 Random.org

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

and….

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

Ingredients:

Cupcakes

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)

Topping

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1 cup confectioners’ sugar

½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Grated dark chocolate for garnish

Directions:

Cupcakes

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.

Topping

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!

138 Comments
  1. On June 5, 2011 Serena said

    You made French Toast with it! Yum. Sounds really, really good right about now.

  2. On June 5, 2011 Serena said

    I follow you on Facebook!

  3. On June 5, 2011 Serena said

    I ‘Like’ Simply Gluten-free on Facebook!

  4. On June 5, 2011 Trish O'Shields said

    French toast…..sounds like a wonderful idea!

  5. On June 5, 2011 Trish O'Shields said

    I already follow you on Facebook.

  6. On June 5, 2011 Trish O'Shields said

    I “liked” Simply Gluten-Free on Facebook.

  7. On June 6, 2011 Diane Eagy said

    I haven’ had french toast in years! I will have to give it a try with this pound cake!

  8. On June 6, 2011 Beth said

    You make bread pudding with it! YUM!

  9. On June 6, 2011 Beth said

    I follow you on Facebook.

    • On June 6, 2011 Beth said

      I meant to say I follow Simply Gluten Free on FB. LOL :)

  10. On June 6, 2011 Beth said

    I follow Cook It Allergy Free on Facebook.

  11. On June 6, 2011 Laura said

    You used the pound cake also for making french toast.

  12. On June 6, 2011 Laura said

    I follow cook it allergy free on facebook.

  13. On June 6, 2011 Laura said

    I follow simply gluten free on facebook.

  14. On June 6, 2011 Liz said

    You made french toast with your pound cake! It caught my eye and I think it’s a really good idea!

  15. On June 6, 2011 Liz said

    I ‘like’ you on facebook and enjoy your posts!

  16. On June 6, 2011 Liz said

    Oops, I should have specified. I ‘like’ simply gluten free on facebook.

  17. On June 6, 2011 Liz said

    I also follow “cook IT allergy free” on facebook!

  18. On June 6, 2011 Kathy Flournoy said

    I just found you today on the Spunky Coconut site. I will be following you now.

  19. On June 6, 2011 Niecey Docherty said

    trifles. mmmm
    nieceyd(at)gmail(dot)com

  20. On June 6, 2011 Niecey Docherty said

    I like Simply…Gluten-free on facebook
    Niecey Docherty
    nieceyd(at)gmail(dot)com

  21. On June 6, 2011 Niecey Docherty said

    I like you on facebook
    Niecey Docherty
    nieceyd(at)gmail(dot)com

  22. On June 7, 2011 Candi said

    My son is newly Gluten-free, I can’t wait to make him the french toast, it’s one of his favorite foods. I am also following you on facebook! Thanks for all the good information!!

  23. On June 7, 2011 Stephanie Hanes said

    French toast from pound cake? Delicious!

  24. On June 7, 2011 Stephanie Hanes said

    I follow Simply Gluten Free on Facebook.

  25. On June 7, 2011 Stephanie Hanes said

    I follow Cook It Allergy Free on FB too.

  26. On June 7, 2011 Marsha Barnes said

    My supervisor at work is allergic to wheat, and many employees bring in treats – none of which he can actually eat! So, I have been on the lookout for recipes that are delicious and wheat free, as well as looking for good sugar free recipes for my parents. Thank you for all the good information, and I’ll have to try the poundcake with berries and whipped cream!

  27. On June 7, 2011 kim ledford said

    i follow on Facebook!!!

  28. On June 7, 2011 kim ledford said

    you used the Pound Cake in trifles, french toast, and even bread pudding. I just want the pound Cake, one thing I truly miss!!!! (topped with homeade ice cream of course!

  29. On June 7, 2011 kim ledford said

    i follow Simply… Gluten Free on Facebook too

  30. On August 6, 2011 Sea said

    Kim,

    These photos are SO gorgeous. *swoon* I was happy with some pics that I had taken of Carol’s recipes… and then I saw these. Gorgeous. You set a high bar for the rest of us, my dear. Beautiful! I’m a sucker for red. :)

    -Sea

  31. On August 16, 2012 Cristi Perkins said

    I want to try the french toast with the pound cake, that sounds wonderful to me!

  32. On August 16, 2012 Cristi Perkins said

    I follow Cook IT allergy free on FB

  33. On August 16, 2012 Cristi Perkins said

    I follow Simply Gluten Free on FB

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