Gluten Free Halloween Cupcakes Recipe

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by Carol Kicinski on October 7, 2010

I just love cupcakes – they are little celebrations that fit in the palm of your hand. Individual cakes all your own – no sharing required. I have seen cupcakes that are incredible edible works of art.

And speaking of art – is there anything more endearing than kid art? Oh how I love the fridge door artwork my boys used to make. So why not let your little owns create their own edible artwork with some gluten-free Halloween Cupcakes so easy to decorate even I (who is hopeless pastry bag challenged) can do it. Keep it easy and make some gluten-free cupcakes with your favorite mix and for frosting, Betty Crocker’s ready made frostings are all gluten-free. This way the kids can be involved in the whole process.

That snooty male judge on Cupcake Wars may not give these high marks, but your kids will love them and best of all, you will have fun making them!

To give boxed gluten-free cupcakes a little more of a homemade taste add 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract to white cake mix and 1 teaspoon dried espresso or coffee crystals (decaf is fine) and 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract to chocolate.

Vampire Cupcakes

Ingredients:

1 can gluten-free cherry pie filling
Gluten free cupcakes (any flavor) – cooled
White gluten free frosting
Gummy fangs

Simply Gluten Free Halloween Vampire Cupcake

Pour the pie filling into the blender and puree until smooth. Using a sharp knife, insert at an angle and cut out a cone-shaped piece of the cake.

Simply Gluten Free Halloween Vampire Cupcake Blank

Fill the hole with pureed cherry pie filling. Cut off the tip of the cone, and place the piece of cake back into the hole, covering the filling and creating a smooth top. Frost the cupcakes, smoothing the top. Place a gummy fang on top of the frosting and stick a tooth pick into some cherry pie filling. Put a drop of pie filling at the tip of each fang.

Simply Gluten Free Halloween Vampire Cupcake Inside
The inside of these cupcakes with have a bleeding heart!

Spiderweb Cupcakes

Ingredients:

Gluten Free Cupcakes (any flavor) – cooled
Gluten Free White Frosting
Black or Orange Cake Decorating Gel
Plastic Spider Rings or Gummy Spiders

Simply Gluten Free Spider Cupcake

Frost the cupcakes and smooth out the top. Draw three concentric circles on top of the cupcakes with the decorating gel. They don’t have to be perfect – obviously!

 Take a toothpick and draw it through the circles; start at one point and draw the line from the center out, drawn the next one from the outside towards the center, alternating as you go.

 Simply Gluten Free Halloween Spider Cupcake


See how pretty?

Simply Gluten Free Halloween Spider Cupcake Finish
Top with plastic spider ring (then you get jewelry with your cake!) or a spider gummy.

Gluten Free Halloween Cupcakes Recipe

Ingredients

Gluten-free cupcakes (any flavor), cooled
Gluten-free Chocolate Frosting
Kinnikinnick KinniToos, quartered
Green or Yellow Jelly Beans
Black Jelly Beans
*Licorice Strips or Gluten Free Pretzel Sticks

Cat Cupcake
Frost the cupcakes, smoothing the top. Place two cookie quarters for the ears, two green or yellow jelly beans for the eyes, a black jelly bean for the nose and three licorice strips on each side for the whiskers – like this:

*Not all licorice is gluten-free – make sure you read the label. If you can’t find gluten-free licorice, use pretzel sticks. I couldn’t find licorice shoe strings which would have been ideal so I just cut regular licorice into skinny strips.
Cat Cupcake Halloween
So have fun in the kitchen this Halloween – make some edible gluten free art with your kids!
Simply Gluten Free Halloween Cupcakes

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  • perlipo

    How cute !! It really makes me want to make some now :p

  • Deanna

    Such great ideas! I ESPECIALLY love the bleeding cupcake. Oh yah, baby. Give me some good Halloween gore! :)

  • GFree_Miel

    These are awesome! I can't wait to make Halloween treats now!

  • The InTolerant Chef

    Cutie, cutie! I like a cake I don't have to share too! Yumm…

  • Ricki

    Oooh, scary (especially that fang!) ;) They are adorable! I don't have little ones (except for the dogs) but I think I'd still love to make these. And I've also been wanting to say THANK YOU for including my blog in your GF roundup–and for the page in general! A great resource and I'm thrilled to be included. :D

  • Jennifer

    These are SO fun!!! I have to share this with my sister, I have 3 little nephews who would go wild over them!

  • Cheryl Harris

    those are truly adorable!

  • The Recipe Choreographer

    I love the bleeding heart cupcake! My six year old will eat that up. Thanks for the great pictures.

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  • Dillon’s Mama

    Where do you find GF licorice? Do you have a brand name?

  • Antonia

    Super cute consider my son is gluten free gives me new ideas for party’s!

  • sharon.powell

    wow… i needed the recipe for the cupcakes and icing, all i can say is wow.

    • http://www.simplygluten-free.com Carol Kicinski

      Thanks Sharon!

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