Gluten-Free Sunflower Cupcakes

Bring a ray of sunshine to the table with these beautiful sunny gluten free cupcakes. They are sure to brighten up anyone’s day.

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Gluten-Free Sunflower Cupcakes Recipe

Bring a ray of sunshine to the table with these beautiful sunny gluten free cupcakes. They are sure to brighten up anyone’s day.

  • 1h 55mins Total Time
  • 24 cupcakes Servings

All You Need Is ...

  • 1 box Betty Crocker™ Gluten Free Devil’s Food Cake Mix
  • Vegetable oil, water and eggs called for on the cake mix box

For the decoration

  • 2 tubs Betty Crocker™ Velvety Vanilla Icing
  • Gluten-free yellow food colouring paste or gel
  • 100g dark chocolate chips

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Betty's Easy Steps Hide Images

Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C for fan assisted ovens)/Gas Mark 4. Line 2 x 12-hole muffin trays with paper cupcake cases.

Make, bake and cool the cake mix as directed on the box for cupcakes using the oil, water and eggs.

To decorate, put the icing in a mixing bowl and beat in enough of the yellow food colouring paste or gel to give a striking sunflower yellow colour (see Tips). Spread a thin layer of icing over the cupcakes. Spoon half of the remaining icing into a piping bag fitted with a small star nozzle. Pipe 6 lines from the centre of each cupcake, out to the edge, making an evenly spaced, ‘spoke-like’ pattern on each. To create the petals, start in the centre and pipe a loop by going down 1 side of each spoke, turning at the edge of the cupcake and following the next spoke back into the centre. Repeat to create 6 loops, filling the piping bag with the remaining icing, as required.

Fill the centre of each cupcake with chocolate chips, pointed-side down. Serve immediately and store any leftover cupcakes in an airtight container in a cool place for 2-3 days.

Betty's Tips

Some food colouring gels do not give as intense a colour as pastes – you may find you need to add 2-3 teaspoons to get a good strong colour, but add gradually.

Dark chocolate chips are the most effective for the centre of the sunflower but you can use milk chocolate chips if preferred.

For an alternative centre to the cupcakes, try decorating with a halved blackberry, cut-side down.

Baking gluten free? Always read labels to make sure each recipe ingredient is gluten free. Products and ingredient sources can change.

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