Saturday, March 17, 2012

Gluten Free Wanna Be Hostess Cupcake-Quick and Easy

 I tried making these Hostess cupcakes because my kids were standing in line and wanted one.  Followed by promises that when we get home I would make them.
I don't know why I did that.  I think I was under duress in that grocery store line!

1 box of gluten free chocolate cake mix*
(make cupcakes according to package)

1/2 cup dairy free shortening 
1 cup powdered sugar
1 Tbsp of hot water 
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract*

Pour powdered sugar into a medium bowl.  
Add 1 Tbsp hot water and stir until it looks like picture below.

It will form a ball and will be glossy.
In a separate bowl beat the shortening until fluffy.
Add the sugar a little at a time.
Beat until smooth.
Spoon filling into an injector or a pastry bag fitted with a tip to pipe the filling into the cupcake.
Insert into the side of the cupcake and fill.

Frost cupcakes with your favorite chocolate frosting.
I used a 10 oz bag of Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips mixed with 2 Tbsp oil.
Microwave at 30 second intervals until melted and
smooth when stirred. 

Use your favorite white frosting if you wish,
 (I cheated and used left over filling, remember
I was still under duress from that shopping experience!)
and added those famous curls.
I made mini cupcakes and full sized cupcakes.
 Cook's Notes:
* I used Better Batter's Chocolate cake mix.
* If you are allergic to almond extract feel free to substitute with more vanilla extract.

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