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Gluten free and sugar free cupcakes....is this even possible?

I have a friend who is gluten and sugar intolerant. I have always prided myself on being able to make cupcakes for everyone with any allergy but for this I am stumped. I am not 100% but I am fairly certain she said she cannot have even the fake sweeteners (ie Splenda). Anyway, I was hoping to make her some going away cupcakes as a surprise when she goes back to college, so any ideas are greatly welcomed!!!

Thank you in advance! 

sshuggi2 years ago
That really sucks for your friend. Anywho, I think I have a solution:
1. Use rice flour instead of wheat. That should solve the gluten problem.
2. Use aspartame or saccharin. That should solve the sugar problem. Here's a link on fructose intolerance and a list of do's and don't's (that's a wired word...)

P.S. artificial sweeteners can be many times sweeter than normal sugar, be sure to adjust accordingly. 
imbigman2 years ago
I know i'm a few months late on this one, however I use raw blue agave nectar in all my bakings. There is no differance in taste. At least no one tells me. My son is sugar intolerant.
Yes its possible. Even pizza can now become gluten free.

http://www.nypizzeria.com/
Kesthie2 years ago
In response to one of the posters, the herb is Stevia.

Anyhow, if you want to be on the safe side, using either cinnamon and or vanilla lends a sense of sweetness to any dish.

You could always do a dairy-based (cream cheese, whipping cream, etc) "frosting" with vanilla...vanilla beans are usually superior in flavor to vanilla extract but it's your choice.

You could get creative with almond, almond extract...right now for the topping I'm picturing cream cheese & whipping cream mixed together with some ground up vanilla beans (or extract) and sliced almonds with perhaps a touch of almond extract. Mmmm...

Although I'm a bit too late in posting, hopefully this will be helpful for any future cooking or baking! :-)
Try using dried coconut powder instead of normal sugar and see if this is ok.

Cheers

Spencer
lemonie2 years ago

sugar intolerant is a new one to me, any sugar?

L
seandogue2 years ago
The gluten free cake is something you can find recipes for all over the net., the icing is a bit tougher.

There is an herb, whose name I cannot recall, that has leaves that act "like" a sweetener. It's possible that you could use something like a merange infused with that herb as an icing.

Hopefully someone who reads this will know the herb's name. It is a possible solution, seeing that your friend can neither have real sugar or artificial sweeteners.
rickharris2 years ago
Should be there are alternatives to both gluten and sugar for baking.