Homebaked & Homefaked

Don’t call it a shortcut.  Call it….using available resources.

Hey, I’m all for a homemade, from scratch product.  But sometimes there just isn’t time (or ingredients) to make everything completely from scratch.  In these instances, I turn to trusted products that help me fake a homemade product.  No one will be any the wiser.

Perfect example?  These gluten-free chocolate cupcakes.  (Btw, these are NOT “healthy” and are a “sometimes” food for sure) 🙂

I baked the cupcakes completely from scratch using this recipe.  BUT to make it gluten-free, I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free All Purpose flour with the appropriate amount of Xanthan gum (see ‘flour’ package).

Estimated nutrition information (1 cupcake, WITHOUT frosting):  203 Calories, 10g Fat, 0.8g Saturated fat, 29g Carbohydrates, 2.4g Fiber, 1.4g Sugar, 2g Protein

Now comes the “homefaked” part of things:  canned frosting.

I know! <gasp>  But I didn’t have the patience that day to make chocolate buttercream.

But in keeping with the gluten-free cupcakes, I got gluten free frosting.  Expensive?  No!!  Turns out, Pillsbury brand canned frosting is gluten-free.  Look for this on the can:

So there you have it, homemade cupcakes and homefaked frosting.  All gluten-free to accomodate the birthday girl and other coworkers that received them.

And no one suspected a thing.       ….ok so I admitted to using canned frosting.  But no one cared 😉

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