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Gluten Free Chocolate Spice Cupcakes with Fluffy Vanilla Frosting

If you’re looking for inspiration to get started with your holiday gluten free baking, look no further.  These Gluten Free Chocolate Spice Cupcakes with Fluffy Vanilla Frosting are fantastic.  In fact, they taste so good that my family and friends who sampled them, didn’t even know they were gluten free until I told them.  That isn’t something you can always say about gluten free baked goods.  


This recipe begins with a box of Hodgson Mill Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix that gets enhanced with cocoa powder, molasses and spices to become moist, chocolaty cupcakes that taste delicious on their own and even better with  fluffy vanilla frosting on top.  

Gluten free baking isn’t easy.  It’s actually pretty tricky to get the right combination of ingredients to mimic the missing gluten in baked goods.  Hodgson Mill takes a lot of the guesswork out of gluten free baking by having ready-to-go gluten free mixes available.  I knew that by using Hodgson Mill Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix as the basis for this recipe that I would end up with a great finished product, and these cupcakes are pretty amazing.  

 


Start off by whisking the cake mix, cocoa, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large mixing bowl.  Then add the butter and mix with an electric mixer until the butter resembles small pea-sized pieces among the dry ingredients.  Add the eggs, buttermilk, orange zest, orange juice and molasses next, beating slowly at first and then increasing the mixer speed to medium and mixing until the batter is smooth, about 2 minutes.  Next, fold in the mini chocolate chips. Easy peasy. 
 
 Line two 12-cup muffin pans with paper liners and divide the batter evenly into both pans, filling each cup ½ to 2/3 of the way full.  Don’t be tempted to overfill your cups or you’ll end up with mutant looking cupcakes because the batter will overflow all over the top of the muffin pans as the cupcakes bake.  It’s not a pretty sight.  Let my experience be your guide. 

Bake the cupcakes in a 350°F oven for 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle of a cupcake.  
 

 

Transfer the baked cupcakes to a wire rack to cool. 

 Aren’t they lovely?  Perfect gluten free cupcakes.  Yes!

 

While the cupcakes are cooling, make the vanilla frosting by beating the butter in a medium-sized bowl until it’s light and fluffy.  Then add in the cream, powdered sugar, vanilla and pinch of salt and beat until smooth and creamy, about 3-5 minutes.  
 

When the cupcakes are completely cool, cover them generously with the vanilla frosting, either with a pastry bag and tip or simply slather the frosting on with a butter knife.  If you’re not interested in frosting the cupcakes, a dusting of powdered sugar would also be quite nice.  Use holiday sprinkles if desired. 
These cupcakes taste best the day they’re made but can be stored in an airtight container for up to three days.  

Being a novice gluten free baker, it truly tickles me to have a baked good like these Gluten Free Chocolate Spice Cupcakes with Fluffy Vanilla Frosting turn out so well.  The cupcakes are lightly chocolaty from the cocoa powder and mini chocolate chips, and have just the right amount of spice from the ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  The orange flavor is subtle, but definitely evident in each bite and the molasses gives these cupcakes a slight nudge toward tasting like gingerbread.   Topping each chocolate spice cupcake with fluffy vanilla frosting makes them even more delicious and helps transform them into a special treat for the holidays - particularly with the addition of sprinkles.  

Whether you’re new to gluten free baking or not, Hodgson Mill gluten free baking mixes are the way to go when it comes to fool-proof gluten free baked goods.  These Gluten Free Chocolate Spice Cupcakes with Fluffy Vanilla Frosting are a perfect example of how Hodgson Mill can help you produce exemplary gluten free baked goods.  Pick up a box of Hodgson Mill Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix and get baking!  Enjoy!

Gluten Free Chocolate Spice Cupcakes with Fluffy Vanilla Frosting


Ingredients

  • 1 box Hodgson Mill Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1/4 cup Dutch process unsweetened cocoa powder 
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 2 tsp. orange zest, grated
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh orange juice
  • 3 Tbsp. mild flavored molasses
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 Tbsp. heavy whipping cream
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt

Instructions

In a large mixing bowl, whisking the cake mix, cocoa, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg together until well combined.  Add 1/2 cup softened butter and mix with an electric mixer until the butter resembles small pea-sized pieces among the dry ingredients.  Add the eggs, buttermilk, orange zest, orange juice and molasses next, beating slowly at first and then increasing mixer speed to medium and mixing until the batter is smooth, about 2 minutes.  Fold in the mini chocolate chips. Line two 12-cup muffin pans with paper cupcake cups and divide the batter evenly into both pans filling each cup ½ to 2/3 of the way full. Do not overfill.  Bake the cupcakes in a 350°F oven for 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle of a cupcake.  Transfer baked cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely. 

While cupcakes are cooling, make vanilla frosting by beating 1 1/2 cups softened butter in a medium sized bowl until light and fluffy.  Add in cream, powdered sugar, vanilla and a pinch of salt and beat until smooth and creamy, about 3-5 minutes. 

When cupcakes are cool, cover them generously with vanilla frosting, either with a pastry bag and tip or with a butter knife.  Use holiday sprinkles if desired.

Cupcakes are best eaten the day they are made, but will keep covered in an airtight container for up to 3 days. 

Original recipe by Holly

Servings

Makes approximately 24 cupcakes

You can find Gluten Free Chocolate Spice Cupcakes with Fluffy Vanilla Frosting and other recipes from Hodgson Mill by visiting the Recipes page.


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