Gluten Free Cake Pops

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Gluten free Cake Pops. Have you seen any out there? Have you found recipes for gluten free cake pops?
I bet you have seen cake pops everywhere… like Starbucks, but no gluten free ones, right? I scoured the aisles of cookbooks the other day at Chapters and not one of the cake pops books had any gluten free versions. Why?
Well today I solve that issue. Here is a recipe for gluten free cake pops that I hope you will be happy with. They are not hard to make, they just require patience as there are a lot of steps to be followed. Because there are a lot of steps, I am not going to write a long blog for you to read today.
Here is the recipe.


Gluten Free Cake Pops

Ingredients
  

  • Gluten free cake mix (I used celimix, but any will do as long as it makes a 8×8 pan)
  • Gluten free cream cheese icing (recipe to follow)
  • 6 inch 6 inch cookie sticks (Available at Michaels) this recipe made 31 pops2 bags
  • Wilton candy melts (available at Michaels)
  • 2 foam rectangles (to stand pops in)

Instructions
 

  • Prepare the cake mix according to package directions, bake in an 8×9 pan. Set aside and cool.
  • Prepare the cream cheese icing. Set aside til cake cools.Once cake is cooled, crumble cake, using a fork, into a large bowl.
  • Add cream cheese icing (start with a cup). The amount will vary, just use enough to allow mixture to roll into a ball.I used an x-small ice cream scoop to make the balls. I basically scooped up the mixture twice and rolled them into a ball with my hands.
  • Place the cake/frosting balls onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.Melt the candy melts in a microwave safe bowl (follow manufacturers instructions).
  • Dip one end of the cookie stick into the candy melt and then insert the same end directly into the cake ball.After all the cake balls have cookie sticks in them, put the cookie sheet into the fridge or freezer to set.
  • Remove cake balls after an hour. You will have to reheat your candy melts again-make sure not to burn
  • Carefully dip the cake pops into the melted candy. Turn it around until it is completely covered.
  • Take cake pop out and turn around and around until excess candy melt has dripped off.
  • Stick the cake pops into a foam rectangle to dry and decorate them with sprinkles or flavored sugars(do this right away so that the sprinkles stick on)
  • Once all dipped, place cake pops on foam rectangle into the fridge to harden.
  • Take a breath! You have now made gluten free cake pops!
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Cream Cheese Icing

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 3 cups gluten free icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions
 

  • Beat butter and cream cheese in large bowl of electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  • Add icing sugar and beat at low speed until well blended. Beat in vanilla until smooth.
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Gluten Free Muffins

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It is Sunday morning. The temperature outside is -15, and the ground is covered in winter white. I’ve already had a hot cup of earl grey tea, I am still in my pjs and enjoying the quietness of the morning. What do I want to make this morning?
Muffins. Muffins.
Pre-celiac mornings, I would whip up a basket of fresh muffins for my family to enjoy. I had a great recipe for a basic batter that allowed me to add various toppings for my families various likes. Some wanted blueberries, some did not like nuts, others liked cinnamon apple spice.
So that is what I wanted today, a great batter to add various topping to. And I found it. The mixture is simple to make and truly makes a fluffy muffin.
Fluffy? Gluten free?
Those 2 things do not normally go together but these do!

Gluten Free Muffins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup tapioca starch
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions
 

  • Mix together the cornstarch, tapioca starch, xanthan gum, salt, baking soda and baking powder.
  • Beat the eggs, buttermilk, oil, sugar, and vanilla together in a bowl until frothy (I used my stand mixer for this).
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet.
  • Mix on high for about a minute.
  • Now is the time that you can add toppings to the mixture, or if you are like me you want a lot of variety.
  • I fill lined muffin pans with ½ batter, then I add the various toppings, and again, top with batter.
  • This again, allows of variety in your muffin flavors.
  • I added blueberries, to some, dark chocolate chips to some, in others I added a variety of nuts (walnuts, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds) cranberries, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.
  • The list is endless in the possibilities.
  • Bake in a 375 degree oven for 20-25 minutes.
  • This recipe makes 12 large muffins.
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Enjoy!


Lack of Products in Texas

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One thing I have found since being in Texas, is there really are NO gluten-free bread products. I have been to 3 different grocery stores here: Randalls (a Safeway company), HEB, and Super Walmart.

In Calgary my Safeway has 2 different freezers to find bread products. I can get various Gluten-Free breads, muffins, and pizza crusts from Kinnikinnick. I also have another freezer where I can find GLUTINO products-breads, bagels, and pizza crusts. I can also get gluten-free frozen waffles from a company called Lifestream.

Here, in Texas. I find none of these options, or anything else gluten free.

I have even asked at these stores if they have anything. All, I get is a blank look of “What is gluten free?” It surprises me that there is nothing available to people with celiac’s disease. Well-here in Woodlands, Texas I have not found anything.

With 1 out of 100 people suffering with celiacs-I am not sure what most Americans do.

Now, the one thing they do have here though is gluten free Chex cereal. 2 kinds are available: rice and corn. Both are labeled gluten-free and are really good.

I have enjoyed eating cereal every morning while being here. I will miss my morning treat… as Chex is NOT available in Canada.