Sunday, January 11, 2015

Heartland - red velvet cupcake mix - Jan. 11, 2015

Chocolate of the Day: 

Heartland Gourmet
Gluten Free Red Velvet Cupcake Mix
Good - Good ++
Weight: 2.5 oz. (estimate) for 1 finished cupcake /16 oz. (454 g.) in total box
Calories: 250 calories (estimate) for 1 finished cupcake
Cost: $2.98 (sale) for 1 box of mix
Purchased from: Burlington, San Francisco, CA

Today was Day #5 of Chocolate Baked Goods Theme Week. Somehow a warm oven and kitchen in the middle of winter is very appealing. And it's hard to imagine a baked goods week without including at least one chocolate cupcake in the mix.

I eat only gluten-free items; however, I don't always have time to bake from scratch. Happily there are now several gluten-free mixes available.

This Gluten Free Red Velvet Cupcake Mix from Heartland Gourmet (Lincoln, NE) offered a convenient cupcake solution. (The cream cheese frosting was not included, but the box did include a helpful recipe for it.)

These red-tinged* red velvet cupcakes had an appealing cake texture, and were moist and tasty. I cut back on the sugar a bit in the cream cheese frosting and enjoyed the whole frosted cupcake experience. If you prefer a lighter frosting, a dollop of lightly sweetened whipped cream on each cupcake would've worked well also.

*In some recipes I located, the red coloring in red velvet cupcakes comes from beets; artificial food coloring was used here.

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