Let Them Eat, Gluten-free Shirley Temple Cupcakes!

Ok so everyone I know that must eat gluten free misses one thing, cupcakes. Well I have an amazing cucpcake recipe for you! Remember ordering Shirley Temple drinks as kids? Well now it also comes in a cupcake, amazing I know. The best part is that you can make them for your gluten free freinds too! Just do as Marie Antoinette once said, “Let them eat cake”.

Okay so here are the ingredients you will need for the cupcake:

1½ cups plus 1 tablespoon all purpose gluten free flour blend
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
½ cup 7-Up, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon maraschino cherry juice
Several drops of red food coloring

Okay so here are the ingredients you will need for the frosting:
½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 large pinch of fine sea salt
2½ cups confectioners sugar
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon maraschino cherry juice
12 maraschino cherries, patted dry with paper toweling

Okay now let’s make these tasty treats…

First preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line your cupckae tray with cupcake liners, should make about 12 cupcakes. Now in a large mixing bowl whisk together 1½ cups of the gluten-free flour blend, baking powder and salt.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on medium high speed for two minutes or until light and fluffy.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well and scraping down the bowl after each addition.  Turn the mixer to low and add half of the flour mixture, then the 7-Up and finally the rest of the flour mixture.  Add the vanilla extract and mix.  Scrape the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl well to ensure all the ingredients are fully incorporated.  Do not be concerned if the batter looks a little curdled.

Take a ½ cup of the batter and put in a small bowl.  Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of flour, the maraschino cherry juice and enough red food coloring to turn the batter red. Stir well.  Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans (about 1 big teaspoon per cup).  Gently spoon the remaining batter on top of the red batter trying not to mix the two colors but to keep in layers.

Bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until the tops of the cupcakes are slightly springy and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling. (The cupcakes will puff up a bit while cooking because of the 7-Up.)

Now after the cupcakes have baked, let them cool and prepare the frosting.

Lets make some frosting…

In a mixing bowl of an electric mixer, preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and salt on high speed until creamy.  Sift in the confectioners’ sugar and mix on low until fully combined.  Add the vanilla, lemon juice and maraschino cherry juice.  Mix to combine.

Pipe on or frost the cupcakes with the frosting and top each cupcake with a maraschino cherry. Then presto! Beautiful, fun cupcakes everyone can enjoy. Including your gluten free freinds and/or self.

Does this make you want a Shirley Temple? Made me want one. 😉

Recipes via SimplyGluten-Free