Every year for the Fourth of July our family has a little get-together at a local lake.  It’s been a few years since we have been able to attend and so this year I was excited to be going.  Since we have seen marked improvements with MarocBaba since removing gluten from his diet I didn’t want a total sabotage during the weekend.  I also wasn’t going to be in my kitchen and didn’t want to have to buy a lot of ingredients.  So cupcakes it was.  I totally cheated and used cake mix.  (You didn’t think I took the long way with everything did you?)  The verdict is that these cupcakes are fast, easy and super cute.  I will probably make them again for the kids birthdays.

What I Used:

  • 1 box of white cake mix
  • 1 box of Betty Crocker Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix (so good!)
  • 1 can of Pillsbury Vanilla Dream Easy Frost
  • Blue Food Coloring
  • Red Food Coloring
  • a bunch of Pop Rocks
This is not organic and natural – there are tons of those not so lovely ingredients in the frosting especially.  I let this one go because I think it’s ok for a treat, not for all the time.

Make each of the cake mixes in a separate bowl following the directions on the box.  Add red food coloring to one batter and blue to the other.  I did this so that MarocBaba (and everyone else) would know which cupcakes were gluten-free.  Spoon batter into cupcake tins and bake according to package instructions.  Once a toothpick comes out clean, remove from the pan and place on a cooling rack.  After they are completely cooled frost.  I used the Easy Frost and it was fantastic but any frosting does the trick!

If you’re serving these right away sprinkle the Pop Rocks on.  If not wait to sprinkle them.  They will melt if they sit around too long.  Trust me the Pop Rocks make these cupcakes!


Red Gluten-Free Cupcakes and Blue Traditional Cupcakes