Monday, November 10, 2008

Gluten-Free Cranberry Carrot Cider Cupcakes with Gingerbread Frosting


This Gluten-Free Cranberry Carrot Cider Cupcakes with Gingerbread Frosting recipe is my November Cupcake Hero submission! I love cranberries, so I was happy to see that these colorful and festive jaw-locking berries were this month's spotlight ingredient. The tartness of the cranberries really pops and gives the cupcakes a refreshing burst of flavor.

These cupcakes remind me of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Why? Well, they have the pumpkin pie spice, they've even got a bit of cider, and let's not forget about the gingerbread frosting! I was so happy that the frosting ended up tasting like gingerbread, just like I'd hoped!


When my husband tried them out he asked, "Are these gluten-free?!" as if I'd suddenly thrown him a curve ball and started cooking with AP flour again :). Nope, haven't done that, these cupcakes are as gluten-free as cupcakes can get! But the great thing is that they don't taste gluten-free at all; serve these at your holiday party and no one will know that they're not eating any gluten! These cupcakes are really tasty, try 'em!

Gluten-Free Cranberry Carrot Cider Cupcakes with Gingerbread Frosting

Tastes like Thanksgiving and Christmas in a cupcake!

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22 comments:

Snooky doodle said...

these look nice and hey they re gluten free too :)

Tanya said...

Those look so good! You'd get my vote!

Tracy said...

Must.Have.These.Now...LOL! These look and sound incredible, Sophie...so many favorite, delicious flavors in a single cupcake...very inspired!...mmm...Happy Day ((HUGS))

VeggieGirl said...

Fabulously festive cupcakes!!! :0)

Janna said...

Very cute! I love cranberries too, so I will have to come up with something creative. I have been a cupcake hero slacker the last 2 months.

Cakespy said...

These look amazing! They're so cute and I love the flavor combination!

Sharon said...

I love the marriage of my two favorite dessert holidays - Thanksgiving & Christmas! They look lovely.

Y said...

Love how you decorated these. They sound and look very Autumn-y.

Proud Italian Cook said...

Love the gingerbread frosting! They look like the perfect cupcake to bring to a holiday party!

Bridgett said...

You take gorgeous pics, Sophie! These look and sound delicious and I bet the frosting is perfect.

Grace said...

what a glooorious creation! carrot cake is a personal favorite, i love cranberries, and the frosting is to-die-for. masterful. :)

Ivy said...

What a challenge. They look so Autumnalicious!:)

Lucy said...

What a wonderful combinations of flavors. I've been stocking up on fresh cranberries to hold me over once they're gone from the markets..

Haley said...

These look so cute! I'll be sure to vote for you! I've been awful about participating in these challenges :(

Lori said...

You create some amazing things that are gluten free. Wow! Beautiful pictures.

Vera said...

The cupcakes look yummy, Sophie! They are so season-appropriate!

Mary Ann said...

I am really loving cranberries right now and these bring so many flavors together at once. They sound amazing. I had almost forgotten about gingerbread!

Deborah said...

These scream out the holidays to me!

PG said...

Cupcakes look wonderful! I would love to make them.

Dana aka Gluten Free In Cleveland said...

I never thought of baking with cider. Seems so obvious now! They look beyond good. :)

Charity Sauve said...

Hi, these look delicious! I have one question though. I notice you have a dried cranberry on top, but are the cranberries in the cupcake fresh or dried? It wasn't quite clear in the recipe. Thanks so much for creating these! I can't wait to try them!

~Charity
promiseofjoy@yahoo.com

Sophie said...

Thanks for stopping by, Charity. I used dried cranberries. :)