Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Peanut Butter & Jelly Cupcakes

I recently attended a cupcake exchange hosted by my good friend Gwen, a local food and fitness blogger. You can check her out at All Things Gwen. The idea was something similar to a cookie exchange except I was not burdened with making nearly as many cookies. The attendee list was between 8-10 people. Gwen asked us to bring at least one dozen cupcakes. We needed to bring enough so that everyone could get a sample of each others treats. It was not necessarily an exchange in the sense that you walk away with dozens of cupcakes although I did end up with a variety of a dozen cupcakes that were leftover. Score!

Before I tell you about my gluten-free red velvet cupcakes I need to show you some pictures of what the other attendees created. The cupcakes pictured above were my favorite. They made me swoon. I never had a peanut butter and jelly cupcake before so I was excited to get to try them. The other cupcakes were just as incredible.

Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Funfetti Cupcakes

Carrot Pudding with Cream Cheese Frosting

Red Velvet Cupakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Fat Free Apple Streudel Cupcakes

Vegan Applesauce Cupcakes with Coconut Icing

The exchange was so much fun. I’m glad Gwen put this together. I never thought to have anything other than a cookie exchange. Doing an exchange with cupcakes was a brilliant idea. Kudos to Gwen! By the way, we all had a serious sugar high going on after we went around and sampled each cupcake. I didn’t need any coffee. I was wired!

As for my contribution, I took the risk of using a recipe I had never tried before. I only had time to make one batch. They were a hit at the exchange but I knew that the texture was off so I came home and put together another batch based on a recipe from my favorite southern gal Ms. Paula Deen. I did not have to make many changes to her original recipe. They turned out perfect.

Adapted from Ms. Paula Deen


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