Gluten Free Cheesecake Cupcakes

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When you have to be gluten free, it’s always a challenge to find something sweet to eat. There are now several gluten free flours on the market, but some still suggest adding xanthan gum to the mix for the best results. If you bake a lot, xanthan gum might work for you. However, at $11.00 for a 8 oz. bag (and you only need to add about 1/2 tsp. to a batch) those are going to be very pricey cupcakes. Ha! We’re going to circumvent the whole idea of what a cupcake is and create something different. Gluten free cheesecake cupcakes.

These cheesecake cupcakes are brightened with lemon zest. To compliment the cupcakes, they are frosted with just a bit of lemon buttercream. The finishing touch is the fresh raspberry on top – a burst of flavors in your mouth!

Traditionally, a cheesecake base is made from crushed graham crackers. Those are not gluten free. There are gluten free graham crackers on the market, but I decided to use gluten free gingersnaps instead.

Put the gingersnaps into a large ziplock bag and crush with a rolling pin into fine crumbs.

Prepare 12 muffin tins with DOUBLE cupcake liners. Make the crusts, cover and refrigerate while making the filling.

Divide the filling evenly into the 12 lined muffin tins and bake for 18-22 minutes. They will poof up and you’ll think, “Oh no! This is not right!”, but cover and refrigerate them for at least a few hours and they will sink back down.

After refrigerating for a few hours (or even better, overnight) frost with the Lemon Buttercream Frosting and add a fresh raspberry.

Gluten Free Cheesecake Cupcakes
Course: Dessert
Servings: 12 Cupcakes
Author: Jeanette
Cheesecake Cupcakes
  • 1 cup crushed gluten free ginger snaps
  • 1 Tbls. sugar
  • 4 Tbls. butter, melted
  • 2 8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tsp. Madagascar bourbon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup sour cream, room temperature
Lemon Buttercream Frosting
  • 1/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups confectioner's sugar, sifted
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/8 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 or more Tbls. heavy cream
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line 12 muffin tins with double paper liners.

  2. Make the crusts: In a small bowl, combine gluten free ginger snap crumbs, 1 tablespoon sugar and melted butter. Press a heaping teaspoon of crumbs into the bottoms of the 12 cupcake liners. Press the crumbs with a juice glass. Cover and refrigerate while making the filling.

  3. Filling: On high speed of a stand mixer, beat the cream cheese until creamy and smooth.  Turn the mixer to low speed and add 2/3 cup sugar and salt and beat until combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the eggs, one at a time, beating until incorporated. Add the vanilla extract, lemon zest and sour cream and beat until will mixed.

  4. Remove the crusts from the refrigerator and evenly divide the filling among the 12 cups.  Bake for 18-22 minutes or until firm but centers still wobble. Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Cover and refrigerate for at least a few hours or overnight.

  1. In a stand mixer, beat 1/4 cup butter until creamy.

  2. Turn the mixer to low and slowly add 1 1/2 cups of the confectioner's sugar and mix until incorporated. Add the fresh lemon juice and the rest of the sugar.

  3. Add 2 tablespoons of the heavy cream and mix well.  Add more cream, a tablespoon at a time, to reach the desired consistency.

  4. Scrape down the bowl and add the lemon zest.


Happy baking!

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Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes With Lemon Buttercream Frosting

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It’s spring! Time for lightness and flavors to match. What’s better than a lemon cupcake? Lemon poppy seed cupcakes! These little cakes are moist and dense and the frosting is amazingly lemony.

For the best taste, always use fresh lemon juice. (To get the most juice, use pressure to roll the lemon on a hard surface before juicing.)  Since this recipe requires lemon zest, there is no way not to have fresh juice!

Items you will need:

Hand Held Juicer
Wilton Buttercup Yellow
Wilton Tip #6B
Wilton Sparkling Sugars

Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes
Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes With Lemon Buttercream Frosting
Servings: 12 Cupcakes
Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large lemon, zest and juice
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 large eggs (room temperature)
  • 1 Tbls. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 Tbls. poppy seeds
Lemon Buttercream Frosting
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 5 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 Tbls. grated lemon rind
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 or more Tbls. heavy cream
  • Wilton Buttercup Yellow
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.

  2. In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add lemon zest and sugar

  3. In a bowl of electric mixer, whisk together sour cream, eggs, vanilla, lemon juice and melted butter until blended.

  4. Add the dry ingredients just until all is incorporated - do not over mix. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the poppy seeds until combined.

  5. Divide the batter evenly into the 12 prepared muffin cups. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out with a few crumbs. Do not over bake. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.

  1. Cream the butter in an electric mixer.

  2. Slowly add one cup of sugar until mixed. Add another cup of sugar and the grated lemon.

  3. Add the third cup of sugar and the lemon juice. Mix until combined.

  4. Add the fourth cup of sugar and 1 Tbls. cream. Add the last cup of sugar and the rest of the cream.  Add more cream if necessary to achieved the desired consistency.

  5. Scrape down the bowl and add a small amount of coloring. Mix and scrape down the bowl adding more coloring if needed to achieve the desired color.


Once the cupcakes have cooled, frost with the Lemon Buttercream Frosting using a piping bag fitted with a Wilton 6B tip. Sprinkle sparkling sugar over the top.

Happy baking!

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Butternut Squash Chili – Meatless and Gluten Free

Ever have an occasion when you’ve had to bring in a dish to share? At the preschool, we take turns bringing in lunch once a month. This month was my turn. I decided to make Butternut Squash Chili since it’s one of my favorite recipes (adapted from Butternut Chili at Gluten-Free Goddess ) and feeds a lot of people. Not only do I think it tastes great, but it’s so visually appealing with all the colors of the vegetables. Did I mention it’s meatless and gluten-free?

I’m hoping the teachers will enjoy this chili as much as I do. So, here I come with my big pot of chili and announce to the teachers this is our lunch today. I could see the skepticism on their faces. Meatless chili with butternut squash, you’re kidding, right?

Then, the reviews came in – it was delicious! I actually had a friend tell me later that she was afraid to try it. However, since she trusts my cooking, she tasted it. She immediately asked for the recipe – how great is that?

Now, there are a lot of ingredients involved in making this chili. I don’t know about you, but if there’s a lot of ingredients to a recipe, I sometimes feel like a chicken with it’s head cut off and keep wandering around gathering and chopping. So, I’ve developed a system for this recipe to be more efficient:

Measure the spices and set aside.

Chop the celery, red and green peppers and toss into a bowl. Measure 2 cups of squash (add more if you wish). Keep the red onion separate.

Open all the cans. Drain and rinse all the beans together.

Have the prepped ingredients as close as possible as they are all added at the same time after the spices, garlic and red onions are cooked in heated olive oil for 3 minutes.

After all the ingredients are added, bring to a boil and simmer for an hour (or until the sauce is thickened and vegetables are soft).

5 from 1 vote
Butternut Squash Chili
Butternut Squash Chili
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hrs
Total Time
1 hrs 20 mins

A delicious meatless and gluten free chili.

Servings: 8 Servings
  • 2 Tbls. extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, cored, seeded and diced
  • 2 cups butternut squash, cubed
  • 3 cups vegetable broth, gluten free
  • 1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 4 oz. can mild diced green chiles
  • 2 14 oz. cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 14 oz. can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 Tbls. balsamic vinegar (check label to make sure gluten free)
  • 1 Tbls. honey
  • 1 8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 8 oz. sour cream
  • corn tortilla chips
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the spices and garlic and stir for a minute. Add the onions and stir for three more minutes.

  2. Add the remaining ingredients. Cover the pot and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer covered for an hour for the flavors to meld and the sauce to thicken.

  3. Garnish: Top with cheese, add sour cream and serve with corn tortilla chips.


Happy eating!

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Make Your Easter Table Special With This Easy Floating Easter Centerpiece

Easter Centerpiece

Easter is almost here! Are you hosting an Easter meal? Are you concerned about a centerpiece for your table? Here’s an easy Easter centerpiece that will make your guests think you are genius!


  • Mug or tea cup
  • Saucer or small plate
  • Fork
  • Moss
  • Figurine
  • Assorted flowers
  • Glue gun

Whenever I come up with some idea for a project, I always scout out thrift stores. Since I volunteer as a cashier for the Dorcas Shop in Cary, NC, that is always my first stop.  I found a beautiful cup ($.25), plate ($.50), fork ($.25), bunny figurine ($.50) and a scarf ($1.00) I thought would be fantastic for this project.

Next, I made a trip to my local craft store to find some flowers to add to my design. So far, I have a color pallet of white, yellow and green so I knew I wanted to add some flowers which would compliment and contrast this pallet.

After assembling all the supplies, it’s time to start creating!

The first step is to bend the fork so the tongs sit on the plate and the handle fits against the cup at the desired angle.

Add a large quantity of hot glue to the center of the plate and position the fork into the hot glue. Hold the fork until the glue starts to set. After the glue sets, cover the fork with more glue to secure.

Add a large quantity of hot glue to the center of the cup and position the handle of the fork. Hold the cup against the fork until the glue sets. Add more glue to secure the fork to the cup.

Now, the fun begins! Hot glue the moss to the cup, down along the fork and onto the plate. This is now the base of your arrangement. Arrange the figurines and flowers until you have an arrangement you’re happy with. Use hot glue to adhere the figurines and flowers in place.

I used my scarf and came up with this:

Then, I recreated the arrangement with moss and this is how it turned out:

Which do you like better?

Happy creating!



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