Gluten Free Pineapple-Yellow Cupcakes, A Semi-Homemade Recipe

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Since the kids are having a Play-Date, or it’s some little guy’s Birthday and you need a variety of desserts, or it’s just Saturday and you want something to thrill the family….here is a Semi-Homemade G-F Recipe you can make with really no fuss.

It uses a G-Free Boxed Yellow Cake Mix ( I like Betty Crocker’s Gluten Free Line) and dresses it up with a few things. But the idea may not have occurred to you, so that’s my job. You won’t follow the exact directions on the box, so be sure to notice that fact.


  • 1 G-Free Boxed Yellow Cake Mix ( This used Betty Crocker G-F)
  • 3 Eggs
  • 8 ounces Crushed Canned Pineapple (Important: drain through a strainer of the liquid it’s packed in.) + 1 ounce( about 2 tbls) more, set aside for Icing later.
  • 1 Tbls Pineapple Juice Concentrate ( Frozen juice in cylinder) (Use the rest for a juice drink.)
  • 1 tbl Pure Vanilla Extract

Icing Ingredients:

  • 8 tbls.( 1 stick)Sweet Butter-Softened at room temp.
  • 4 cups Confectioners Sugar
  • 2 to 3 tbls Milk
  • 1 oz or 2 tbls Pineapple chunks ( Strained as above.)


Prepare cake mix without adding the water they call for in box directions. Since we’re adding moisture with the Pineapple, you don’t need the water.

Add the Pineapple, Vanilla and Juice.
Beat with electric beater for the 2 ½ minutes they suggest. Time it if you can, since this is important to increase volume.

Pour into the liners or if making a cake, into the greased pans.
Bake for the time recommended. My cupcakes took exactly the time Betty tells us!

Leave in pan to cool for about 30 minutes, then gently remove to cool on a rack.
When completely, cooled frost as directed below;

Icing Directions:

Place softened butter in a large bowl. Add the Confectioners’ Sugar – one tablespoon at a time, and Milk, and beat on low at first, then to medium speed.
Add the Pineapple chunks last with a spatula.

If it seems too thin, add some more Conf. Sugar. It’s hard to give specific measurements, since humidity in your area may change things a bit. But, slowly add some more powdered sugar in spoonfuls, until it’s thick enough for icing and remaining ON the cake. If it’s too thin, the icing will fall down the sides.

Should you want to use a tip, go ahead. You don’t need to buy one, you can just cup the tip of a plastic baggie, in one corner, on an angle, and have your own home-made devise. Small angle cut on that tip!

The Jungle designs used in mine are available in baking sections of stores like Michaels, or A.C.Moore in my area. Craft stores all over sell these now.
(And many provide coupons for weekly sales. Aha!)

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