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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 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!

    xoxoxoxo,

    carol

  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! 😉
      xo
      k

  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.
    thanks.

  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!

    xoxo,
    Shirley

    • 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! 😉
      xo
      k

  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.

      ew,

      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

  51. On June 2, 2011 Janet said

    I would never have thought to use pound cake for French toast but it sounds yummy!

  52. On June 2, 2011 Denisse Mollfulleda said

    lightly toasted with ice cream berries & whipped cream!

  53. On June 2, 2011 Janet said

    I follow Cook it Allergy Free on FB

  54. On June 2, 2011 Janet said

    I follow Simply…Gluten-free on FB

  55. On June 2, 2011 Jenny Beek said

    Love the French toast idea!

  56. On June 2, 2011 Jenny Beek said

    I follow Cook It Allergy Free on Facebook.

  57. On June 2, 2011 SusanH said

    You made poundcake lightly toasted  with ice cream, berries, and whipped cream.

  58. On June 2, 2011 SusanH said

    Liked you on Facebook

  59. On June 2, 2011 SusanH said

    I now Follow Simply…Gluten-free on Facebook

  60. On June 2, 2011 Karen M said

    Love the french toast idea! Now I want to try to put it in my bread pudding recipe!

  61. On June 2, 2011 Karen M said

    I follow on facebook:)

  62. On June 2, 2011 AmandaK said

    You have used the pound cake to make bread pudding! great idea!

  63. On June 2, 2011 AmandaK said

    I follow you on Twitter!

  64. On June 2, 2011 Melanie Binkley said

    Is there really anything more to say than yum! Yum! I want some!
    I already like and follow both and I am torn between the French toast and the bread pudding! Pick me!

  65. On June 2, 2011 Suzy Heller said

    You put the Pound cake in trifles, made french toast, bread pudding or lightly toasted it with ice cream, berries and whip cream. I also follow both Simply Gluten Free and Cook it Allergy Free. Thanks for the opportunity to win a great book.

  66. On June 2, 2011 nancy may said

    Pound cake with many a purpose….french toast sounds divine! I certainly do miss it…though I forgot I missed it in my efforts to block some of that out 🙂

  67. On June 2, 2011 Molly said

    You used it in french toast and bread pudding!

  68. On June 2, 2011 Molly said

    I now follow you on Twitter!

  69. On June 2, 2011 Molly said

    I follow simply gluten free on Facebook now!

  70. On June 2, 2011 Molly said

    I follow cook it allergy free on Facebook now!

  71. On June 2, 2011 Kelley White said

    I love the idea of toasting the pound cake and serving it with berries. I believe that anything “toasted” qualifies as a breakfast food- any arguments? I am new to a gluten-free diet and I have heard horror stories of baking so I am so appreciative of the recipe listed here. Off to the kitchen…. Thanks!

  72. On June 2, 2011 Neva said

    Would have never thought to toast pound cake, will have to try it. Sounds good.

  73. On June 2, 2011 Neva said

    I follow you on Facebook

  74. On June 2, 2011 Alexandra Caspero said

    Trifles! I love trifles and now that it’s summer time I will be doing the same thing. Fresh berries, cream and pound cake… amazing.

  75. On June 2, 2011 AliciaF said

    Pound cake french toast sounds awesome! I’m following you on Simply…Gluten-free. 🙂

  76. On June 3, 2011 Jody said

    Make french toast with it. Cool idea!

  77. On June 3, 2011 Jody said

    Now following Simply…Gluten-Free on Facebook. 🙂

  78. On June 3, 2011 Jody said

    Also now following cook IT allergy free on Facebook. 🙂

  79. On June 3, 2011 Gigi said

    Hi, Kim!

    I’m not entering the giveaway; however, I just had to let you know that the cupcake pic is my all-time fav of yours…it is simply the perfect food pic! I can’t stop looking at it (I know, I’m strange like that!)

    Thank you for sharing your lovely food!

    Hope your amazing holiday by the pool went well…how’s that garden growing? We’re trying to keep the irrigation going to beat this Atlanta heat, but things are coming along. I had an heirloom tomato crop up unexpectedly – one of last year’s varieties yet to be determined 🙂 Kind of exciting from an amateur gardener’s perspective.

    xo,
    Gigi

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

      Gigi, thank you so much for the sweet words about that pic. I told my hubby it was one of my favorites of mine too. 🙂

      We had a wonderful weekend by the pool. The weather was just perfect (meaning it was not 100 all weekend, LOL). And because it has been really nice weather, the garden is still doing amazing. I am just waiting for our 110 degree summer heat to get the best of it, though. How cool that you had an heirloom crop up. And I totally get how exciting that is. I am the same way!

      Hope you have a great weekend!
      xo
      kim

  80. On June 3, 2011 Dabetha Busch said

    Oh Yum, Bread pudding and french toast I thought I’d never be able to enjoy these again! You and Gluten-free are my new best sites. Thank you.

  81. On June 3, 2011 Christine said

    I never would have thought to use pound cake as french toast, but the idea sounds really good! 🙂

  82. On June 3, 2011 Christine said

    I “liked” you on facebook! (I think you’re pretty cool on your blog as well. ;P)

  83. On June 3, 2011 Christine said

    I also like Carol on facebook!

  84. On June 3, 2011 ali said

    you used the pound cake as bread pudding!
    ….love your blog and follow u on facebook …hope i win!

  85. On June 3, 2011 (what runs) Lori said

    Pound cake french toast?! What?! That sounds waaaaaaaaaaay too good. Seriously.

    I’d love to win that book! Great giveaway!

  86. On June 3, 2011 Christine B said

    Pound cake for bread pudding, which I’ve never had but sounds like a dessert to add to my list to try.

  87. On June 3, 2011 Christine B said

    I “like” you on Facebook.

  88. On June 3, 2011 Christine B said

    I “liked” Simply…Gluten Free on Facebook.

  89. On June 3, 2011 Dawn Aye said

    I follow you on FB and YUM!!!!!

  90. On June 3, 2011 Staci A said

    You mentioned using it for french toast, which sounds amazing!

  91. On June 3, 2011 Staci A said

    I liked Simply…Gluten Free in Facebook.

  92. On June 3, 2011 Staci A said

    And I like your site on Facebook. Thanks!

  93. On June 4, 2011 Jill said

    I loved the whole lightly toasting it and serving it with ice cream

  94. On June 5, 2011 Bethany S. said

    Using pound cake for French toast! YUM!!

  95. On June 5, 2011 Bethany S. said

    I “like” Simply…Gluten-free on Facebook

  96. On June 5, 2011 Bethany S. said

    and I “like” Cook It Allergy Free on Facebook.

  97. On June 5, 2011 Laurel,too said

    You made french toast and bread pudding and all kinds of other inventive things. Man I wish there were more people around here so I had more excuses to bake. Well, other than to turn me into a super sized dumpling.

  98. On June 5, 2011 Jeanette said

    French toast made with pound cake, how decadent! Love all your beautiful photos!

  99. On June 5, 2011 Patty Orbin said

    Lightly toasted with fresh berries sounds fabulous!

  100. On June 5, 2011 Jeanette said

    Great giveaway – I just liked Simply…Gluten-free on Facebook!

  101. On June 5, 2011 Serena said

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

  102. On June 5, 2011 Serena said

    I follow you on Facebook!

  103. On June 5, 2011 Serena said

    I ‘Like’ Simply Gluten-free on Facebook!

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

    French toast…..sounds like a wonderful idea!

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

    I already follow you on Facebook.

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

    I “liked” Simply Gluten-Free on Facebook.

  107. 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!

  108. On June 6, 2011 Beth said

    You make bread pudding with it! YUM!

  109. 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 🙂

  110. On June 6, 2011 Beth said

    I follow Cook It Allergy Free on Facebook.

  111. On June 6, 2011 Laura said

    You used the pound cake also for making french toast.

  112. On June 6, 2011 Laura said

    I follow cook it allergy free on facebook.

  113. On June 6, 2011 Laura said

    I follow simply gluten free on facebook.

  114. 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!

  115. On June 6, 2011 Liz said

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

  116. On June 6, 2011 Liz said

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

  117. On June 6, 2011 Liz said

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

  118. On June 6, 2011 Kathy Flournoy said

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

  119. On June 6, 2011 Niecey Docherty said

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

  120. On June 6, 2011 Niecey Docherty said

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

  121. On June 6, 2011 Niecey Docherty said

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

  122. 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!!

  123. On June 7, 2011 Stephanie Hanes said

    French toast from pound cake? Delicious!

  124. On June 7, 2011 Stephanie Hanes said

    I follow Simply Gluten Free on Facebook.

  125. On June 7, 2011 Stephanie Hanes said

    I follow Cook It Allergy Free on FB too.

  126. 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!

  127. On June 7, 2011 kim ledford said

    i follow on Facebook!!!

  128. 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!

  129. On June 7, 2011 kim ledford said

    i follow Simply… Gluten Free on Facebook too

  130. 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

  131. On August 16, 2012 Cristi Perkins said

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

  132. On August 16, 2012 Cristi Perkins said

    I follow Cook IT allergy free on FB

  133. On August 16, 2012 Cristi Perkins said

    I follow Simply Gluten Free on FB

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