First, a little Crispy Cook housekeeping. The winner of the Betty Crocker Gluten-Free baking mix package is Paula. Paula's got a great blog, Live Free, Gluten Free, where you can find some of her delicious recipes, lifestyle tips, weekly menus and information about cooking without gluten or dairy. Congratulations Paula!
As I noted in my earlier post about the Betty Crocker gluten-free mixes, there is a gluten-free baking contest underway at Glutenfreely.com, and you are all invited to submit a holiday-themed recipe by June 30, 2011. For more details, see last month's post or go to the Glutenfreely website.
I submitted a recipe for Chocolate Cupcakes with a Creamy Orange Frosting that was inspired by our family's tradition of spreading around a Chocolate Orange (you whack it and it breaks into citrus-printed wedges) and reading a lovely story about sharing. My youngest daughter's preschool teacher started this holiday tradition with us and we've enjoyed it ever since.
I made a batch of these cupcakes and brought them to Youngest Daughter's first summer softball game as a treat for the players afterward and with the exception of one chocolate-hater (weird!) they were scarfed right down. Only later, did my kid ask me if these were gluten-free, and then she was surprised because she thought they were really good. The GF stealth baker strikes again!
Disclosure: I received a package with five boxes of Betty Crocker gluten-free baking mixes in it for myself and a second box to share with a Crispy Cook reader as a giveaway from MyBlogSpark.