Gluten and Dairy Free Candy Cane Cupcakes



Hi it's Jo Falkinder from An Easy Gluten Free Life here and I have to admit...when I was photographing these cupcakes, I had a wobble. Let me set the scene - half a roll of kitchen paper had been covered in eggs, butter and green food dye. Sparkly gold stars, Candy Canes, green frosting and sparkly red sprinkles were all over my kitchen worktop and I was part way through piecing together perhaps the most christ-massy photograph ever taken...When suddenly it hit me - Can you actually have too much Christmas???


Obviously, the answer to this is no, so get raiding your baking stashes ladies because today I'm bringing you all the Christmas you can handle! You can pretty much decorate these cupcakes with whatever you like, because although the Candy Canes look very cute... These cupcakes are essentially mint chocolate cupcakes which is an essential flavour combo here in the UK at this time of year. So why not make pop little sugar paste figures atop the piping, throw some good old lustre dust on there or go big and make the frosting red and green? Whatever you decide - make sure it's FULL ON CHRISTMAS because, well, why the heck not?


Like everything I make, the piping on here is super simple but looks great because this blog ain't called An Easy Gluten Free Life for nothing ;) To get two tone frosting, you simply fill half of a large piping bag with green frosting and half with white. Seriously, it's that simple. Some people find it easier to put the green/white frosting into separate smaller pastry bags then slot these into a larger bag which works just as well too. 

Never piped a cupcake before? Don't panic, I've got you covered - this simple tutorial from Emma's Sweets will show you the way


I hope you have as much fun baking these as I did but if you have any questions - just grab me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter by clicking the links above ... Merry Freakin' Christmas everybody!



Gluten and Dairy Free Candy Cane Cupcakes

Makes 9 large


Ingredients - for the Cupcakes


* 175g Pure Sunflower Spread

* 135g Asda Free From Self-raising flour

* 3 medium eggs

* 100g light brown soft sugar

* 75g white granulated sugar

* 40g cocoa powder

* 1 teaspoon Waitrose baking powder (use 0.75 tsp for other brands)

* 3 tablespoons of a dairy free milk alternative


Ingredients for the Frosting


*600g icing sugar

* 200g Pure Sunflower spread

* 15 drops of PME Juniper Green gel colour

*1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract

* 15ml or 3 teaspoons of dairy free milk alternative

* Large piping bag

* 1m open star nozzle


Method - for the Cupcakes


* Mix together sunflower spread and both sugars until it forms a smooth paste

* Add the eggs and beat until you have a batter with small lumps in, like so 

 * Gradually fold in the flour and cocoa powder, adding the Baking Powder once they are combined

* Slowly fold in 3 tbs of a dairy free milk alternative until the mixture is sloppy and comes easily off the spoon, but isn't runny


Method - for the frosting 


* Sift 600g icing sugar into a large bowl

* Chop 200g of sunflower spread into cubes and add to icing sugar

* Combine well until you have a smooth, but stiff frosting

* Slowly add 1/4 teaspoon of Peppermint Extract until you are satisfied with the taste

* Split the frosting into two halves

* To one half, add approximately 15 drops PME Juniper green gel colour, or more for a darker green. The frosting should now have a creamy, loose consistency

* To the remaining half, slowly add a dairy free milk alternative until it is the same consistency as the green frosting


How to Decorate your cupcakes


* Fit your piping bag with a 1M open star nozzle

* Blow into the bag to make it swell up, then lay the bag flat on it's side

* Using a palette knife, gently spread the white frosting into one half of the piping bag. Fill the remaining gap in the piping bag with green frosting, like so

* Gently squeeze the frosting out of the bag until it starts to come out as a mix of green and white

* Pipe a swirl onto your cupcakes and decorate with Candy Canes and sprinkles. You can see how to pipe a swirl here

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