1-2-3 Gluten Free cupcakes review & recipes

Recently, I was sent 1-2-3 Gluten Free’s Devil’s Food Chocolate Cake mix via Make It Gluten Free in the United Kingdom for review. I have been looking for a quick and easy way to make gluten free cupcakes and I was excited to give this mix a try!

Make It Gluten Free is a UK-based website which is importing 1-2-3 Gluten Free and Simple Mills mixes from the United States. The products are packaged and labeled in the US for UK consumers. Both brands’ products can be ordered for UK and European delivery on the Make It Gluten Free website. In the US, 1-2-3 Gluten Free products can be found in a number of stores, purchased online directly from the company, or on Amazon.com. I recently reviewed their pancake mix as well.

My review of 1-2-3 Gluten Free Devil's Food Chocolate Cake Mix and two recipes: Hostess-inspired and chocolate tiramisu gluten free cupcakes!

Gluten free cupcakes – Hostess-inspired vanilla-filled and chocolate tiramisu.

The mix requires a few extra ingredients to be added – brown and white sugar, butter, eggs and buttermilk. It also requires the use of a mixer, which I do not have in the UK. I did everything by hand, so my cupcakes were a bit denser than they would have been if I’d followed the directions properly. With that said, let’s get into it!

The first time I made these, I made the first batch of gluten free cupcakes plain and according to the directions (except for the mixer). They have a really nice chocolate flavor and don’t taste gluten free (three gluten-eating friends confirmed this!) Because I didn’t use a mixer, they were slightly dense, but this is totally my fault.

I threw a few chocolate chips into the batter for the second batch of cupcakes – they didn’t add much and the ones that sunk all the way through stuck to the paper wrappers. I wouldn’t recommend this move.

The next time I made them, I experimented with a couple of recipes which both came out awesome. The first was inspired by delicious Hostess cupcakes, and the second was inspired by my recent trip to Italy. Since both recipes involve mascarpone cheese, you’ll want to make sure that you serve them right away – I tried storing them in the refrigerator and it changed the texture and flavor of the cake. Here are my recipes for vanilla-filled chocolate cupcakes and chocolate tiramisu cupcakes!

Vanilla-filled chocolate gluten free cupcakes

My review of 1-2-3 Gluten Free Devil's Food Chocolate Cake Mix and two recipes: Hostess-inspired and chocolate tiramisu gluten free cupcakes!

Vanilla-filled chocolate gluten free cupcakes

Cupcakes

1 box of *123 Gluten Free Devil’s Food Chocolate Cake Mix,
prepared as cupcakes per directions on the box^
^The box says it makes 24 cupcakes – UK fairy cake wrappers are smaller, I got 40 cakes from the box

Filling

1 cup (8 oz package) or 250 g package mascarpone cheese
4 teaspoons sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Frosting

Your favorite chocolate frosting – I used Betty Crocker (no shame!)

Make the cupcakes according to the directions and ingredients on the box. Let them cool. Mix the filling ingredients together in a bowl.

My review of 1-2-3 Gluten Free Devil's Food Chocolate Cake Mix and two recipes: Hostess-inspired and chocolate tiramisu gluten free cupcakes!

Fill the cupcakes, then hide the hole with the top of the piece you cut out.

To fill the cupcakes, carefully and neatly carve out a round hole in the top of the cupcake – I used a metal teaspoon. Scoop out the “cork” you’ve just created and set aside. Fill the hole with vanilla mascarpone, leaving just a little space at the top. Slice off the bottom of the cake “cork” you removed, leaving just the top bit. Carefully fit the top bit of the “cork” over the filling to hide it.

Once you’ve filled all the cupcakes, frost them to hide the holes where you filled the cakes. If you’re feeling extra fancy, you can use any remaining filling to draw the signature squiggly line across the frosting (I piped mine through a sandwich bag with the corner snipped off.) Serve and eat these right away! You can make the cupcakes ahead of time, but fill and frost them right before serving.

Chocolate tiramisu gluten free cupcakes

My review of 1-2-3 Gluten Free Devil's Food Chocolate Cake Mix and two recipes: Hostess-inspired and chocolate tiramisu gluten free cupcakes!

Chocolate tiramisu gluten free cupcakes

Cupcakes

1 box of *123 Gluten Free Devil’s Food Chocolate Cake Mix,
prepared as cupcakes per directions on the box

Coffee Soak

½ cup hot water
2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
4 teaspoons powdered sugar (UK = icing sugar)

Frosting

1 cup (8 oz package) or 250 g package mascarpone cheese
4 teaspoons sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Dusting

Cocoa powder (I use sweetened)

Make the cupcakes according to the directions and ingredients on the box. Let them cool. Mix the coffee soak together in a mug or other heatproof container.

Start by poking a few holes in each cupcake (I used a toothpick, you can also use a fork.) Slowly drizzle a teaspoon of the coffee soak over each cupcake, allowing time for the liquid to soak in. Once you’ve drizzled all the cupcakes, mix the frosting ingredients together in a bowl. This gives your cakes a little time to cool from the hot coffee soak.

Then, frost each cupcake with the vanilla mascarpone. I used a butter knife and patted the frosting gently into place (it doesn’t really spread like most frosting would.) Once your cakes are all frosted, dust each one with cocoa powder. Serve and eat these right away! You can make the cupcakes ahead of time, but soak, frost and dust them right before serving. These were particularly affected by storage in the refrigerator – they lost the coffee flavor and the texture became almost soggy.

So there you go – another great product from 1-2-3 Gluten Free, and two ways to make some extra special gluten free cupcakes. Have you tried this mix? What’s your favorite kind of cupcake? Tell me in the comments!

My review policy and disclosure: I received the mix reviewed in this article for free. I have done a fair and honest review of the product, and promise that I always will.

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4 thoughts on “1-2-3 Gluten Free cupcakes review & recipes

  1. Raia T.

    Mmm! Those tiramisu cupcakes are calling to me… 😉 Thanks so much for sharing these with us at Savoring Saturdays! I hope to see you back at this weekend’s party!

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