Woodchuck Cider Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes

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For this Memorial Day Weekend, we wanted to bring attention to another occasion occurring this month. May is Celiac Awareness Month. 1 in 100 people worldwide are born with the autoimmune disorder, preventing them from including gluten in their diet.

As gluten is found in wheat, rye, and barley, it’s an ingredient that is difficult to avoid! One of the great things about hard cider is that it is naturally gluten-free! As Woodchuck® meets the dietary needs of those with Celiac Disease, a gluten intolerance, or a gluten sensitivity, we’ve been able to try our hand at some tasty gluten-free recipes… with chocolate? Of course! Get ready to be THAT person at the party… and by THAT person, we mean the one that brought the delightful GLUTEN-FREE, CHOCOLATE dessert made with WOODCHUCK! This weekend, Give a ‘Chuck™ about Memorial Day and Celiac Awareness with our Woodchuck Cider Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes! 

Woodchuck Cider Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes

Serves 12

Ingredients (for cupcakes… get creative with the garnish!)

  • 1 cup – Your favorite Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour
  • ¾ cup – Sugar
  • 1/3 cup – Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tsp – Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp – Baking Powder
  • ½  tsp – cinnamon
  • ½ tsp – Salt
  • ½ cup – Milk
  • 2 tbsp – vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp – vanilla extract
  • ¼  cup – Woodchuck Hard Cider

 Recipe:

Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease the bottom of your muffin pan, or fill with cupcake liners.

In one bowl, combine the dry ingredients: Gluten-Free all-purpose flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.

In another bowl, whisk together the milk, vegetable oil, and egg until frothy. Whisk in the vanilla extract.

Take the whisked mixture and slowly combine with the dry ingredients. As you stir in the frothy ingredients, slowly stir in the Woodchuck Hard Cider. (The final mixture will be thin, so don’t be alarmed!)

Fill the muffin pan with the batter, and pop right into the preheated oven! Cook the muffins for 16-19 minutes. (Stick a toothpick or butter knife into one of the muffins to see if it comes out dry.)

Let sit for 5 minutes before taking the cupcakes out of the tray, and then let sit until fully cooled. Decorate with your preferred garnish (yes, we chose slices of apples!) and let the party begin!

For more information on celiac disease and a gluten free diet:

http://celiac.org/live-gluten-free/gluten-free-diet/what-is-gluten/