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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?
Servings: 24 cupcakes
- 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
- ⅛ tsp of salt
- 4 to 6 tbsp of light cream
In a large bowl, beat the butter until it is creamy and fluffy using a handheld mixer or a stand mixer.
Add 2 cups of the powdered sugar. Do this gradually, you do not want the powder to go everywhere!
Add the meringue powder, the vanilla extract, and the salt. Continue to mix on medium until everything is well combined.
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.
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.
Beat the mix on high for another 2 minutes. It should be light and fluffy, perfect to frost some 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).
- 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.