Gluten Free Graveyard Cupcakes
Halloween can be tricky for kids with gluten sensitivities with parties, school events, and trick-or-treating. If it is hard for a grown-up to resist cookies and cupcakes, just think how difficult it is for an 8 year old!
The answer to school functions and parties is simple – bring gluten free treats to share and your kiddo won’t wind up caving into temptation or end up feeling left out.
These creepy Gluten Free Graveyard Cupcakes are so easy to make that you can even get the kids involved – another great way to help keep them on their gluten free diets!
It can get busy around the house at Halloween so I say use shortcuts wherever possible. I used Kinnikinnick gluten free chocolate cake mix for the cupcakes and Betty Crocker Ready-to-Spread chocolate frosting. From there it is all about the decorating. Get some gluten free gummy worms (such as from Surf Sweets) to crawl out of the dirt and use jelly beans for grubs. The tombstones are made from KinniToos Chocolate and Vanilla Sandwich cookies.
Safe Gluten Free Candies: If you are looking for an updated list of safe gluten free candies, here is the 2014 Gluten Free Halloween Treats List from the Celiac Disease Foundation.
Gluten Free Graveyard Cupcakes
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 18 standard muffin cups with paper cupcake liners.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, vegetable oil, and water. Whisk for 2 minutes. Slowly add the cake mix and whisk until combined – the batter should be slightly lumpy; do not over mix.
- Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups and bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and the tops spring back when lightly touched. Let cool in the pans for 5 minutes and then remove and transfer them to a wire rack to finish cooling.
- Frost the cooled cupcakes with frosting.
- Twist the KinniToos to separate into two halves. Scrape the frosting from the middle and discard. Cut the bottom third off of half the cookies. Place the smaller cut portion in a plastic food storage bag along with the remaining cookie halves. Using a rolling pin, crush the cookies until they resemble dirt. Sprinkle the crumbs on top of the frosted cupcakes.
- With the decorating icing, write on the side of the cut cookies that the filling used to be on. Make sure that the flat side of the cookie is the bottom of the tombstone. You can write things like RIP, Boo, or people’s initials. Stick the cookies into the frosting and prop up the back with a toothpick, if needed. Cut the gummy worms in half and stick a half into each side of the cupcakes. Place 2 jelly bean “grubs” on each cupcake.
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