Is Buttercream Frosting Gluten Free

Is Buttercream Frosting Gluten Free?

The other day my son invited one of his friends over. They had started their friendship recently and I wanted him to feel welcome at my place. He seemed like a sweet kid. For snack time, I decided I would bake some incredible vanilla cupcakes, covered in gluten free frosting buttercream. As it turns out, my son’s friend could not eat them at all.

He had forgotten to tell me he was a celiac and he was not allowed to eat any gluten. Although that time he was not able to enjoy my baked treats, I was determined to make something he was going to love for next time. I researched and found an incredible recipe for gluten-free cupcakes, but I was left with doubt about the frosting. Is buttercream frosting gluten-free?

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What is Gluten?

While researching for a perfect recipe, more doubts started creeping in my mind. I mean, what is exactly gluten?

Well, gluten is the name for the proteins found in the flour made out of wheat and other types of cereals. These proteins help make bread and other baked goods. They provide elasticity by forming a network that allows the dough to rise. 

Gluten Free Frosting What is Gluten?

This network of proteins catches the air bubbles produced by yeast and makes the bread bouncier and your cupcakes fluffier. 

But they are not good for some people’s health.

Why is Gluten Bad for Some People?

Although the most commonly known condition associated with gluten is celiac disease, there are other types of allergies that are connected with gluten. Some people are allergic to wheat or just have gluten sensitivity.

Celiac disease is the most severe form of gluten intolerance. It affects less than 1% of the population. 

What happens is that the immune system gets confused and attacks gluten as it was a foreign invader. This can cause problems with the intestinal tract, nutrient deficiencies, anemia, and a whole array of other issues. 

It is an autoimmune disorder and there is no cure for it. 

Is Buttercream Frosting Gluten-Free?

The short answer is yes. It generally is. But there are some precautions you need to have in order to make sure that your freshly whipped up frosting does not hurt any of your guests.

First of all, you need to make sure that all the ingredients you are using do not have any type of wheat derivatives in them. Especially the powdered sugar, as some brands cut the product with other powders or the product is packaged is a facility that also handles wheat flour, for example.

Why is Gluten Bad for Some People?

So, generally speaking, if you are making your own buttercream you should be covered and nobody will get sick from it.

The Best Gluten-Free Buttercream Frosting

This classic buttercream will only take you about 10 minutes to make if you already have all the ingredients at hand. It yields about 8 servings and it tastes amazing!

8 servings means that it will comfortably frost a 9-inch layer cake or 24 cupcakes. You can easily make half a batch if you do not need as much.

Is Buttercream Frosting Gluten-Free?

Ingredients

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

In a large bowl, beat the butter until it is creamy and fluffy using a handheld mixer or a stand mixer.

The Best Gluten-Free Buttercream Frosting

Step 2

Add 2 cups of the powdered sugar. Do this gradually, you do not want the powder to go everywhere!

Step 3

Add the meringue powder, the vanilla extract, and the salt. Continue to mix on medium until everything is well combined.

Step 4

Now we need to incorporate the rest of the powdered sugar and the light cream alternatively. Pour some light cream followed but a bit of the powdered sugar. 

The Best Gluten-Free Buttercream Frosting Incorporate Sugar

Step 5

Check the consistency of the mix. If it is too stiff, you may want to add more cream. If it is too soft, you may want to add more powdered sugar. It all depends on the weather and what you are going to use the buttercream for.

Step 6

Beat the mix on high for another 2 minutes. It should be light and fluffy, perfect to frost some cupcakes!

The Best Gluten-Free Buttercream Frosting Make it Fluffy

Tips for Making Gluten-Free Cupcakes

You may want to use this special gluten-free buttercream on some gluten-free baking. Well, we are going to help you with that but bear in mind that it is not so simple as the previous recipe.

First of all, you will want to get your hands on some gluten-free flour mixture. A mix like this already has everything you need to move forward, but there are other ways. You can buy different kinds of flours -rice and potato flour are great- but you will need some xanthan gum (it is a stabilizer).

Tips for Making Gluten-Free Cupcakes

That is an easy way to adapt your regular cupcake recipe. You will need to take the precautions we had with the powdered sugar, though. Make sure that your sugar and all other ingredients are gluten-free.

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Is Buttercream Frosting Gluten-Free?

The other day my son invited one of his friends over. They had started their friendship recently and I wanted him to feel welcome at my place. He seemed like a sweet kid. For snack time, I decided I would bake some incredible vanilla cupcakes, covered in buttercream. As it turns out, my son’s friend could not eat them at all. He had forgotten to tell me he was a celiac and he was not allowed to eat any gluten. Although that time he was not able to enjoy my baked treats, I was determined to make something he was going to love for next time. I researched and found an incredible recipe for gluten-free cupcakes, but I was left with doubt about the frosting. Is buttercream frosting gluten-free?
Prep Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Is Buttercream Frosting Gluten Free?
Servings: 24 cupcakes
Author: cakedecorist.com

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup of softened butter
  • 3 ½ cups of gluten-free powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp of gluten-free meringue powder
  • 2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • tsp of salt
  • 4 to 6 tbsp of light cream

Instructions

  • Step 1
  • In a large bowl, beat the butter until it is creamy and fluffy using a handheld mixer or a stand mixer.
  • Step 2
  • Add 2 cups of the powdered sugar. Do this gradually, you do not want the powder to go everywhere!
  • Step 3
  • Add the meringue powder, the vanilla extract, and the salt. Continue to mix on medium until everything is well combined.
  • Step 4
  • Now we need to incorporate the rest of the powdered sugar and the light cream alternatively. Pour some light cream followed but a bit of the powdered sugar.
  • Step 5
  • Check the consistency of the mix. If it is too stiff, you may want to add more cream. If it is too soft, you may want to add more powdered sugar. It all depends on the weather and what you are going to use the buttercream for.
  • Step 6
  • Beat the mix on high for another 2 minutes. It should be light and fluffy, perfect to frost some cupcakes!

Notes

  • You may want to use this special gluten-free buttercream on some gluten-free baking. Well, we are going to help you with that but bear in mind that it is not so simple as the previous recipe.
  • First of all, you will want to get your hands on some gluten-free flour mixture. A mix like this already has everything you need to move forward, but there are other ways. You can buy different kinds of flours -rice and potato flour are great- but you will need some xanthan gum (it is a stabilizer).
  • That is easy to adapt your regular cupcake recipe. You will need to take the precautions we had with the powdered sugar, though. Make sure that your sugar and all other ingredients are gluten-free.
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But What If you are Buying Canned Frosting?

Well, that is a whole other story. Not all brands are gluten-free, so you definitely need to be looking out for a label on the package that actually says they are.

If they do not have that label then you are better off looking for another brand.

In our experience, Betty Crocker frosting does guarantee they are gluten-free. 

But What If you are Buying Canned Frosting?

Do you know anyone who has a gluten allergy, sensitivity or has celiac disease? If so, have you tried baking for them? Try out our gluten-free buttercream and tell us what you think. We are sure you will love it!

Remember you can definitely make this recipe with other types of flavors, like fruits or chocolate. Being gluten-free does not mean being fun free! Adapt the recipe to your family’s preferences and needs in any way you wish. Post a picture of the finished product below!

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