apple cupcakes: Creative & sneaky twist on gluten free (or not) boxed cake

When it comes to school, I have realized there is a lot that children with food allergies can get isolated from.  I make Hunter his own cupcake for every party, but he misses out on that special character, design, toy, etc… that everyone else gets.  For the first 2 weeks of October, the theme was apples.  I decided to supply the class with apple cupcakes to celebrate the end of the theme.  Of course, I had to stick with my “sneaky” traditions, but no one seemed to notice the sweet potatoes in their yellow cake cupcakes!



apple cupcakes: Creative & sneaky twist on gluten free (or not) boxed cake
  • Boxed cake mix (I used Hodgson Mills yellow cake mix)
  • ½ c. sweet potato puree (boil sweet potatoes then puree with 1-2 TBSP water)
  • 1 snack size applesauce
  • 1 cup water (for added sweetness substitute some water for apple juice)
  • ½ c. brown rice flour
  • 3 eggs
  • cupcake liners (preferably red)
  • decorating: raisinets or tootsie rolls, gummy worms ( make sure gf), white icing, wilton icing colors (red or any other favorite apple color)
  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all ingredients.
  3. Fill cupcakes ⅔ full
  4. Bake for 20 minutes or until cupcake passes toothpick test
  5. Allow to cool
  6. While cooling divide tootsie rolls into 4 pieces, then mold to look like apple stem.
  7. Create red icing using 1 tub icing & 1 tsp wilton icing color (or enough to make your desired shade)
  8. Frost cupcakes.
  9. Place Raisinet (or tootsie roll) “stem” on each cupcake
  10. 8. Use straw to make a hole for worm, then insert worm.
As for the decorations, use what is easy & safe for your family. I had to make some modifications based on having to accommodate our gluten free living and another child’s peanut allergy.

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  1. NICE! Now I need to figure out how to make these egg-free. I wonder if the egg-substitute would work okay here? Or if I could just use three bananas…anyway, great recipe.

  2. Those are so pretty! You should come link it up to my whats cooking wednesday linky this week!


  3. This recipe might work for my son! He has a ton of food allergies but I think if we substitute the eggs for egg replacer we can do this. Yay!
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  4. Very clever idea.
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  5. So yummy! Thanks for posting!
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  6. Very cute Cupcakes! I’m still trying to master the art of Gluten Free Cakes, but this gives me great encouragement to start

  7. sounds like these would be a great treat

  8. I just printed this recipe and I am going to make them tomorrow. I have been yearning for cupcakes and it is so hard to find anything sweet, that is Gluten Free. My tummy thanks you!

  9. Such cute cupcakes. They would be great for a fall party, too. Thanks for sharing on the Making a Home Homemaking Linky at Linda’s Lunacy.
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  10. Oh these would be super awesome to back to school party.
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  11. We have been moving towards gluten-free and this looks so cute! I think the kids would absolutely love it and I look forward to giving it a try.


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