Gluten Free Flower Cupcakes

by Carol Kicinski on August 6, 2016

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Children’s birthday parties need to have cake or cupcakes – it’s just a fact. Unless you want to have a bunch of very disappointed kids.

If you want pretty cupcakes but aren’t a cake decorating expert, I’ve got an idea for you – get those kids to do the decorating for you! Not only do you end up with cute cupcakes, you give them a fun activity to do at the party.

These flower cupcakes are adorable and so simple, even little ones can make them and have fun.

To make life really easy, start with a boxed gluten free chocolate cake mix and store-bought frosting. From there, all you need is some little terra cotta flower pots, lollipop sticks, decorating icing, crushed chocolate cookie crumbs, and some candy fruit rings, jelly beans, and gummy worms.

Make sure your candy is allergen free. To make the flowers for these cupcakes, we used Surf Sweets made with organic ingredients and free of corn syrup and artificial colors and flavors.

You can order the little terra cotta pots from Amazon or find them at a craft or garden store. I used 2-inch pots, but if you can’t find them, just bake the cupcakes in a muffin tin (I recommend you use green cupcake liners) and they will be almost as cute. If using the pots, make sure you wash and dry them first.

To make the flowers, simply put a dot of decorating frosting on jelly beans, then “paste” them on the candy rings. Then stick a lollipop stick into the ring and stick the flower into the cupcake. Don’t forget the gummy worms! After all, we all know that worms are good for gardens!

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Gluten Free Flower Cupcakes

Ingredients

12 small terra cotta flower pots (about 2 inches)
1 box gluten free chocolate cake mix, plus ingredients to make the cake
Chocolate frosting
1 cup crushed gluten free chocolate cookie crumbs
12 lollipop sticks
12 Surf Sweets watermelon or peach rings
White decorating icing (not gel)
Surf Sweets jelly beans
Surf Sweets gummy worms

Directions

Bake the cupcakes per the package directions. If using terra cotta pots, fill them 2/3 full with the batter before baking. Let cool completely.

Spread a layer of frosting on top of each cupcake. Place the crushed cookie crumbs on a small plate and dip the frosting into the crumbs.

For the flowers, place decorating icing on jelly beans and “glue” them to the candy rings. Insert a lollipop stick into the candy ring and then insert the flower into the top of the cupcake. Add gummy worms to the pot for a fun garnish.

Servings:

Makes 12 gluten free fun cupcakes.

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Heather @Gluten-Free Cat August 6, 2016 at 3:45 pm

Oh my are these not the most adorable desserts? I saw some pretty creative birthday treats when I taught kindergarten, but these “take the cake”! xo

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