OMG! Gluten & Dairy Free Vanilla Cupcake Recipe

Almost anyone that knows me knows that cupcakes are my thing! They hold a very special place in my heart, I have even been given various cupcake type items such as pajamas and signs with cupcakes on them. I even have dreams of opening my own Cupcakery one day! Remember a dream is a wish! Now I typically prefer to bake my cupcakes from scratch with my Über secret recipe, but every now and then you need a quick and easy recipe to make those darling and oh so delicious cupcakes as well.

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Don’t worry you will never see me using an actual mix, I consider that cheating! Do you?! 🙂 Thanks to the amazing bakers at King Arthur Flour there is a new cupcake recipe, which I modified of course to be not only gluten, but dairy free as well! While the following recipe is not cheating per say it uses King Arthur Flour’s Gluten-Free Baking Mix. One might wonder the differences between gluten-free flour and an all-purpose baking mix. Think of the gluten free flour for using in scratch or home made recipes. You measure all ingredients out and bake. The baking mix is a blend of flour, leavening agent (usually baking powder and xanthan gum) and salt. Not too sure if this new recipe is “cheating”, it not only cut’s a few corners, but it is OMG!! DELICIOUS!! 

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Ingredients

*Make sure you use King Arthur’s Gluten-Free BAKING MIX — NOT their Gluten-Free Flour!!!

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease or line 12 muffin cups with cupcake papers, and spray the insides of the papers. I really starting to love the presentation of cupcakes without the papers, that is my new preferred method!
  2. To make the batter: Beat the soft butter and sugar until thoroughly combined and somewhat lightened in color.
  3. Add the room temperature eggs one at a time, mixing until just incorporated.
  4. Combine the milk and vanilla.
  5. Stir one-third of the baking mix into the mixture; stir in half the milk, another third of the baking mix, the remaining milk, then the remaining mix. Scrape the bowl occasionally throughout this process to avoid air bubbles.
  6. Add optional sprinkles until just incorporated, careful not over mix batter.
  7. Scoop the batter by level ¼-cupfuls into the prepared muffin tins; a muffin or ice cream scoop works well here.
  8. Bake the cupcakes until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, and the middle springs back when pressed lightly —20 to 22 minutes for cupcakes.
  9. Remove from the oven. Serve warm; or cool completely, then spread with the frosting of your choice.
QOTD: Do you consider baking mixes “cheating”? What is your favorite flavor frosting?

Happy New Year & Happy Birthday to Me!! 2014

Happy New Year and Happy Birthday to ME!! Another year older and yes another year closer to Willard Scott’s Smucker’s Birthdays on The Today Show. keep-calm-i-ts-my-31st-birthday-2

It is beyond hard to believe that another year has gone by so quickly. Today I am the BIG 3-1!! I am a year older, perhaps wiser, definitely stronger, without a doubt, and absolutely a little less glass half empty kind of girl.

Working on a Dream

This past year has been filled with life lessons both good and bad, moments of joy, celebrations, bonding with old and new friends, heartache, and love. I will fondly look back at 2013 as a reflection of who I am as a person, the type of person that I want to be, and the person that I am trying to become. I learned the importance of home and where I truly belong.

WIZ OF OZ

Through resilience, strength, and determination I have learned the importance of learning how to juggle listening to my heart, my gut, and my head. It is very tricky business juggling the three and learning when to jump and when to stand still and take it all in.  One of my proudest moments was continuing my goal of promoting mental and physical health. Accepting who you are flaws and all. Encouraging not only myself, but others as well to stand up and advocate for yourself in regards to your health. Despite a few health obstacles, this past year I completed a goal that I set in 2012; running my first marathon during the Goofy Race and a Half Challenge weekend 2013. Crossing the finish line in Walt Disney World was life altering.

Marathon QuoteA year from now, I don’t want to have any regrets or heartache. Life is all about the little bumps and bruises and the hidden curves along the way. I am embarking on a new outlook towards life. I intend to be bold and follow my dreams, not settling. Listening to my inner voice. Taking chances. Understanding that yes, sometimes taking a chance gives us a second chance.  My wish for next year is to be easier on myself, focus more on the good and less on the bad, and honestly just give myself a break. As many of you may or may not know my middle name is Joy and I’ve decided that 2014 is the “Year of Joy & Making it Count!” and I hope that you will adopt this as your theme too. Whatever happens professionally, financially or personally it will not rob us of the joy that is this life. Go forth, get happy, be joyful, and make it count!

Happy New Year

QOTD: How are you going to make it count in 2014?