Sunday, March 3, 2013

Sixty Second Frosting - A Paleo-ish Dairy Free, Grain Free, Gluten Free, Egg Free, Nut Free, Refined Sugar Free Option

My daughter's birthday party was this weekend. I created this frosting for her gluten free egg free dairy free nut free cupcakes - it is so simple, I couldn't believe how easy it was! You won't believe how easy it is, either. This recipe makes a buttercream-y fruit-flavored frosting that isn't shockingly, cloyingly sweet, but instead gently sweet.

I baked these cupcakes in unbleached parchment liners, and then transfered them to colorful liners after they had cooled.

Sixty Second Frosting
Makes enough to frost 3 dozen standard size cupcakes

One 10 oz. jar of St. Dalfour jam, flavor of choice (I used raspberry)
    -> You can substitute 10 oz. of any no-refined-sugar-added jam
1.5 cups of Spectrum organic palm shortening
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract, preferably one without corn syrup as an ingredient
1/4 tsp. ground sea salt

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, and whip at high speed until very smooth (about 30 seconds at the highest speed if use my stand mixer).

If desired, use a cake-decorating tip to pipe the frosting out onto the cupcakes.

For special touches, add fresh fruit, colorful cupcake wrappers, or other cupcake toppers.


Just for kicks, let's compare ingredients. Frosting from a can, a "rich and creamy white" flavor, from a popular national brand:

Sugar, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and Cottonseed Oil, High Maltose Corn Syrup, Water, Corn Starch, Salt, Distilled Monoglycerides, Polysorbate 60, Color Added, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Citric Acid, Freshness Preserved by Potassium Sorbate. Also may contain milk ingredients. 
But hey, look, it's gluten free!

Here is the ingredient list for the above sixty-second frosting:

Red raspberries, concentrated grape juice, fruit pectin, organic expeller pressed palm oil, organic vanilla extract, ground sea salt.

I by no means classify frosting of any sort - paleo-fied or not - as a health food, or a weight loss food. But, birthdays are meant to be celebrated, so when you are celebrating one and baking your loved one some cupcakes or a cake, isn't it nice to know that you can make a frosting using 6 ingredients that you can recognize - in less than 60 seconds?

What do you like to do to decorate your cupcakes for birthday celebrations?

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  1. Thank you for the recipe. Looks delicious, and the photo is really great. The butterfly and raspberry on top make them look so appealing and cute.

  2. Looks great! Where is the recipe for the cupcake itself?

  3. Thanks! I'm going to try this frosting for my son's cake this weekend!

  4. Thank you for the great recipe! Do you refrigerate this icing?

    1. Since the frosting is entirely nonperishable ingredients you may be able to make it ahead of time nonrefrigerated, but I wouldn't wait too long without refrigerating...say, longer than 12-24 hrs.


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