Fabulous Friday: Betty Crocker Gluten Free Cupcakes

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome to Fabulous Friday!

This week on Fabulous Friday, I would like to chat about a gluten-free goody that I discovered–Betty Crocker Devil’s Food Cake Mix.

For those of you who do not know, my mom is a type-one diabetic and was recently diagnosed with an intolerance to gluten–she does not have Celiac disease. That is totally different; however, her endocrinologist thought it best that she avoid gluten. So in order to fully support her, we all switched to eating gluten free. We have become total label-reading pros at the grocery store–scanning each item for the “Gluten Free Certified” badge…and a whole list of other things that I am not going to chat about today! 

The VIP and her absolutely fabulous mom!  :)
The VIP and her absolutely fabulous mom! :) This photo was taken before my mom went gluten free. At her last endo visit a few weeks ago, she had lost eight pounds, reduced her a1c by one point, and her thyroid levels were all normal. This is fabulous news because she has been struggling to get happy reports! She will be heading for another checkup next Friday–so prayers and fingers crossed!

I love to bake; however, I am no Cake Boss *wink*. So, I started searching online for gluten-free cupcake recipes and found one that seemed somewhat simple. I tried it….and needless to say, it was a total flop. No one wanted to eat them…not even Ziva, my Giant Schnauzer *sad face* Back to Google I went, and after several searches, I stumbled upon the Betty Crocker Devil’s Food Cake Mix–and it was available at my local Publix. Yay! SCORE!

 To add a bit more chocolate to the cupcakes, I sprinkled in some gluten-free chocolate chunks by Enjoy Life–Yum yum yum! Girls have got to have their chocolate *wink* This recipe was so simple–If I can’t mess it up, I know y’all will do fabulous *wink*

 Now, before I show y’all the picture of my cupcake…I must warn y’all–I am not a food photographer nor a 5 star baker…*wink*

A diabetic-friendly alternative to icing is cream cheese. Mom and I found a great all-natural brand called "Temp Tee", and it is absolutely delish! So yummy I could just eat it with a spoon *wink*
A diabetic-friendly alternative to icing is cream cheese. Mom and I found a great, all-natural brand called “Temp Tee,” and it is absolutely delicious! It’s so yummy that I could just eat it with a spoon *wink*

  If you are looking for a tasty gluten-free snack to tame your sweet tooth, give these cupcakes a try! The VIP gives the Betty Crocker Devil’s Food Cake mix 5 delicious stars! 

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To make your own cupcakes, simply follow the instructions on the box and toss in some chocolate chunks for additional goodness. Next time, I might add some pecans…hmmmm…

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

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Cupcakes and Driver’s License

“You look absolutely delectable…”

I baked Peach Bourbon cupcakes for my great grandmother’s (Maw Maw P.’s) seventh 85th birthday…none of us are really sure just how old she is because every time we ask the answer is 85;)

I don’t mean to brag…but….my cupcakes were quite spectacular! They were so delicious that I just had to share the recipe with y’all (in my Paula Dean voice). As I have said before in the Monthly Macaroons: May 2012 blog, I have a thing for pastries. Cupcakes, Rice Krispie treats, and mint chocolate ice cream will win this VIP’s heart forever…or at least until I have finished all of my treats…

The Big Book of Cupcakes by Betty Crocker is a great place to find easy to make, fabulously delicious cupcake recipes! It includes icing techniques and decorating tips for cupcake amateurs like myself!
 

Cupcake Recipe (Makes 24 Cupcakes):

  • 6 medium peaches, peeled
  • 2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2/3 cup of butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 2 tablespoon of bourbon/whiskey
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour

Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup of butter or margarine, softened
  • 5 to 6 cups of powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • thin peach slices, if desired
Adding fresh peach slices gives the cupcakes a burst of sweet flavor and a beautiful look!

Guess who is now a licensed driver?! This fashionista…that’s who! As a reward for being such a fabulous driver, my mommykins got me a little reward…a Wanda’s Garden II Pink Amethyst ring from Pandora purchased at the Jewel Shoppe in Louisville, Mississippi. Oh, how I long to have a ring on every finger…just like Phoebe Buffay from Friends! I cannot wait to start cruising around dressed in vintage apparel while jamming out to 80s music with my Giant Schnauzer, Ziva…we…will…be…ADORABLE!:)

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Dear Deddy,

I would love to have a VW Karmann Ghia…and I shall call her GG! Mom said she was sick and tired of hearing “Karmann Ghia” and if I said it one more time…she was going to take away my computer charger…So, I have to now beg you…I am including this letter to you in my blog to express my deep desire to own a Volkswagen Karmann Ghia…no particular color, but since you asked…my dream color is Verbena Green! So…Deddy, pretty please with no cherries (I know how we both hate cherries.) on top will you buy me a Volkswagen Karmann Ghia?

Love,

Abby:)

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