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Holy Ninja Cupcakes Batman!


When it comes to birthdays I pretty much turn a blind eye to the whole "avoiding" sugar thing. It's a no holds barred feast on gluten-free chocolate cake and buttercream frosting.

And so it was with this batch of Batman and Lego Ninjago cupcakes. Can anyone help me here? Is the green guy Cole or Jay, or wait maybe it's Kai? My boys would be aghast if they knew I didn't know which was which.

Birthdays can be hectic. So to save time I usually turn to three friends—Bob, Pamela, and Michael. Bob faithfully brings the super-moist Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake Mix. Pamela rocks it home her sugar coma-inducing (but oh so good) Vanilla Icing Mix.

The cake is easily made without eggs and milk—just sub with chia eggs and non-dairy milk. The icing may be made dairy-free by using either Earth Balance Soy-Free Buttery Spread or Spectrum Palm Shortening.

For decorating, I grab the fondant and food coloring (yep, the artificial stuff). My kids know that these decorations are just that—for decoration. We don't eat them. I draw the line at artificial colors, even on special days.

Blocks of white fondant and a rainbow of food coloring can be found at Michaels (they offer cake decorating classes, too—something I could really use to improve my lame buttercream piping skills). All you do is massage the coloring into the fondant and then treat it like playdough (if it gets too sticky, toss it in the freezer for a bit). You could try all-natural India Tree Nature's Colors, however the colors just won't be as intense. A halloween bat cookie cutter came in handy for the Batman cupcakes. An edible food coloring pen for the ninjas' eyes.

A Special Thank You

A special "thanks" goes out to Pamela, Bob, and Michael for helping me look like a rockstar mom at my kid's party. The "mom, that was the best day EVER!" was the best part and made the extra (but not so extra) effort worth it.

This month we have celebrated National Celiac Awareness Month. My son is going on his 6th year of life and 4th year of being gluten-free. I would like to extend a special thank you to companies like Bob's Red Mill and Pamela's for making the transition an easy one for us.

Some other folks hard at work for the gluten-free'ers have been Jules Shepard, John Forberger, and the American Celiac Disease Alliance. They are the founders of 1in133.org, a collaborative effort to refocus attention on the overdue gluten-free labeling rules. Learn more about their cause here and updates on where things stand on Capitol Hill.

Reader Comments (10)

Bob and Pamela are our good friends when it comes to birthdays, too! :) It's funny how much you and I think alike sometimes! I love that I can make gluten, dairy, and egg free cupcakes for my son's parties that look and taste so good no one even realizes there is anything "different" about them! All the kids gobble them up! :) Have you ever tried making the icing with Artisana coconut butter? I did that this year for Will's birthday -- it was sooo good!

Happy Birthday to your son! I hope he has a wonderful day. xo Lisa

May 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLisa@Pocketfuls

p.s. Your cupcakes look really amazing!!

May 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLisa@Pocketfuls

Aw, you did a great job Alexa, way more love than Bob, Pamela, and Michael can offer went into those!

May 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlisa

These are adorable!! And I love that you still don't let the kids have the artificial coloring, even on a birthday. Good for you. :-) I can tell these are made with love.

I am in LOVE with those ninja cupcakes!

May 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDebi

Thank you Lexie for showing us dessert-lovers a safe way to have a "traditional" birthday celebration! These cupcakes look (and must taste) absolutely da bomb!

Oooohh: "Masters of Spinjitzu" so same as "Mighty Morphin' Power Rangahs" and the "Mutant Ninja Turtles" you were reared on yah? Oh wait: we didn't have a TV, back then? Nevermind.

May 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPoha

wow, those cupcakes are amazing! so fun! thanks for sharing!

Lisa, Alisa, Courtney and Debi ... glad you enjoyed. The combo of Bob's and Pamela is OVER the top good. :) xoLexie

May 27, 2012 | Registered CommenterLexie

Poha ... funny, I know a little chihuahua terrier with that name. If this is you, I am surprised my little canine friend knows so much about super heroes. I thought Skippy John Jones would be more up your alley : ) Thanks for sneaking on the computer and leaving a commento. xoLexie

May 27, 2012 | Registered CommenterLexie

Mouth watering!! :DD Want one right now!

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