I find that when I become obsessed with a concept or an idea about creating something, I have to do it regardless of time or purpose. I was staring at the cereals in the grocery store one day and I thought, “That would be an awesome idea for a cake”. And then, it happened. I came to a decision to make a small collection of cupcakes based upon cereals. I realize that a lot of the cereals produced by General Mills and Kelloggs aren’t gluten free, but, some of the boxes don’t list barley malt on the ingredients section. The only worry one would face would be the possible cross contamination about the product being manufactured in the same facility of those which contain wheat. Unfortunately, that little statement applies to a lot of things and usually those with food allergies take risks all the time even with gluten free products. I know I read a box, the other day, of gluten free cheerios that had that label listed on the bottom of the ingredients and I think that’s contradictory. If it is supposed to be made with those allergic to wheat, uh, wouldn’t it not even be NEAR wheat? Psh. If, however, I were to abstain from every single product that has that sticker, there would be a lot of food that I wouldn’t be eating now.
One of the few cereals that don’t contain barley malt is Trix. The only reason why I don’t eat it is because I find it too sweet and I can’t take something that sweet early in the morning. I don’t know, I just don’t like it. I find that I love Chex the most; simple and plain so I can top it with anything I want. Mm! I did also find that, believe it or not, Walmart’s Super Value Cereals (except for a few) don’t contain barley malt. I bought the Chocolate Puffs or whatever they’re called and, guess what? No reaction! They aren’t overly sweet either and dairy free because it uses cocoa powder. I was stunned. Happy, but stunned. Since I also found a lot of cereals discounted at Kroger as well, I have a huge arsenal of cereal in the bottom of our current pantry. I just love cereal.
So these little guys are the first of many cereal inspired baked delights. The recipe itself was anadaptation to the diet soda cake mix recipe. Of course, I didn’t use a cake mix even though Betty Crocker now produces a gluten free cake mix. Yes, I’m quite shocked too and not for good. I just don’t see how safe the mixes could be with all that flour floating about unless they have a designated facility to produce the mixes. But, anyway, I couldn’t just throw the soda and flour in a bowl because, if you do read the mixes, they contain baking soda, yadda, yadda. So I had to configure the measurements for a boxed cake mix and I received a good turnout - astonishingly. The coloration comes from gel coloring mixes. Since I also do cake decorating, I have a ton of Wilton cake gels and I used that. I’m sure if you purchase the liquid colors, you’ll achieve came results in reaching the color of choice. Just do it little by little to be on the safe side.
The only real problem I came across was my icing. Well, okay, the humidity and my icing. It slaughtered it. I had gorgeous peaks until I awoke the next morning to find my cupcakes swimming in butter cream. Curse you summer weather!~ It happens to everyone, even the best cake decorator. The icing can become too soft, too hard, too thick, too heavy and with each state can come a problem. So, don’t worry if it doesn’t work out. Blame Mother Nature. I’m sure she isn’t too thrilled with these ‘natural’ looking cupcakes. I’ve also given The Rabbit an upper hand because these were devoured by my church members. So uh, I guess Trix aren’t just for kids, or, maybe just for kids at heart. I at least know one kid thoroughly enjoyed them. He was so impatient when I was taking pictures!
Trixie Cupcakes 1 cups soy 1 cups brown rice flour ¼ cup corn starch 1/3 cup potato starch 1/3 cup tapioca starch ½ tsp xanthan gum ½ tsp cream of tartar 1 cups sugar 1 ½ tbsp baking powder
1 can (12 oz) Zevia Natural Twist (http://www.zevia.com/products_twist.html) or 12 oz seltzer + citrus zest (lemon, lime, etc) (or other clear soda) ½ cup oil
Food Coloring: Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Violet
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
Line and spray 18 cupcake tins.
In one bowl, sift all your dry ingredients together and stir until they are well combined. Make a well, and add the oil and soda.
Mix until you achieve a nice thick batter and then separate the batter six ways. Mix the coloring into the batter so that you have one red, one orange, one yellow, one green, one blue, and one violet. I found I could only fit three colors in a cup so I divided the colors by spectrum. You, on the other hand, can do it any way you please. Drop one heaping tablespoon of batter, color by color. So one red, orange, and yellow in one cup right on top of each other. Green, blue, and violet in another cup right on top of each other. Don’t stir or disturb them. As they bake, they will blend.
Bake them for 15 to 20 minutes, but make sure you don’t over bake them.
Top them with your favorite frosting and crushed Trix if you want. ? These cakes went through a harsh naming process. I was really tempted to name them “The End Result of Toucan Sam’s Fruit Loop Massacre”, but the name was kind of long. Next Cereal: Cinnamon Toast Crunch Have a suggestion? Drop a comment!