I’m not entirely sure what possessed me to attempt more gluten-free cupcakes, but I stumbled upon this recipe from Elana Amsterdam’s archives while searching for something else, and I was curious how it would turn out. The other cupcake recipe of hers that I tried uses almond flour, and while still yummy, those cupcakes are dense, heavy, and moist to the point of almost seeming soggy.
Last summer I offered two cake decorating camps at the Franklin Rec center: Essential Skills and Rolled Fondant. This year, not only am I teaching those camps again in June at the Franklin facility, but I also have them scheduled in July at the Spring Hill Longview Rec center. Plus, at both locations I’ve added a Sweet Treats Camp for younger students.
If you didn’t already know, Betty Crocker does gluten-free cake, cookie, and brownie mixes now. Actually, these have been around for a while, but I’m honestly not a fan of Betty Crocker. Or cake mixes in general for that matter. But if I have to use a cake mix, I’m more than likely not going to eat it, so I usually go for Duncan Hines if it’s on sale or Pillsbury, whichever is cheaper.
I finally tried the Very Vanilla Cupcakes recipe in Elana Amsterdam’s Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook. I’ve been wanting to make them ever since I got the book, but for one reason or another I just didn’t get around to it. Probably because I usually end up making her chocolate chip cookies, which are exceedingly addictive and rarely last more than a few days around our house, if that long.
The kids are on “Winter Break” until Wednesday, and my genius child had a great idea: host a Yummy Treats Decorating mini-camp for him and his friends. One day for cupcakes, one day for cake pops, and another day for cookies. We’re having to skip a day for other obligations, but today was the day for cupcakes.
I haven’t baked anything exciting lately, so I don’t have a recipe to share, but I am going to show pictures of some display samples I’ve put together. These aren’t difficult to make, but they have been somewhat time consuming and are the main reason I don’t have a recipe to post. But don’t worry, once I have all of these completed I’ll get back to making edible stuff.
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As some of you may already know, I’m starting a new cake decorating class series this month at the Franklin Recreation Complex. The facility is hosting an “Art Sparks” event on Saturday, January 29 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. to promote all the arts and crafts programs they offer.