Carousel Cupcakes

Gluten Free Carousel Cupcakes

If you need a fun idea for a child’s birthday party – how about this? Each child gets their own cupcake to decorate. Not only do they have fun, but they also get to take pride in creating their own little edible masterpiece. Another plus? Portion control! It reduces the risk of have your house overrun by a bunch of sugared-up maniacs.

These gluten free carousel cupcakes are so cute and so easy, even little ones can do it! All you need to do is bake the cupcakes, provide frosting, sprinkles, drink umbrellas, straws, and animal cookies. Then let them have fun!

Fortunately, Kinnikinnick makes both gluten free cake mixes and animal cookies – called K-Kritters. To keep things even easier, I use store-bought frosting, but you can certainly make your own buttercream frosting if you wish.

If you’re looking to make your own frosting, here are some buttercream frosting recipes you might like:

Salted Caramel Buttercream

Caramel Vanilla Buttercream

Chocolate Buttercream

I made this recipe on Facebook Live last year with my adorable g-kids! If you want to check out this recipe in action, click here to watch that video.

Carousel Cupcakes Recipe

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Carousel Cupcakes
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Gluten Free Carousel Cupcakes

Prep Time35 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 18 cupcakes
Calories: 371kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More



  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 18 standard muffin tins with cupcake liners.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the eggs, water, and oil. Whisk to combine. Add the cake mix and whisk until fully combined. Divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin tins. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool completely.
  • Frost the cupcakes and sprinkle the tops with sprinkles. Cut the straws in half, open the umbrellas and slide the straw onto the umbrella. Insert one umbrella in the middle of each cupcake. Place 3 or 4 K-Kritters on each cupcake in a circle, as if the animals are part of a carousel.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Carousel Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 371 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Cholesterol 37mg12%
Sodium 271mg11%
Potassium 35mg1%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 35g39%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 53IU1%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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