FeaturesAugust/September 2017 Issue

Gluten-Free Lunchbox Treats

Classic snack cakes get a gluten-free makeover.

If you wistfully recall the days when your lunchbox contained a classic Hostess snack cake, you’re not alone. For many of us, it’s a gluten-filled lifetime ago since we tasted that iconic combination of tender cake and luscious cream filling.

gluten free hostess cupcakes

Oksana Charla

Here are gluten-free versions (they can be made dairy-free, too) of two favorite treats from childhood. Guaranteed to bring back delicious memories, you’ll be delighted by how much they look and taste like the real deal. Make one recipe or both—and let your inner child indulge!

Hostess-Style Cupcakes

Prep: 60 minutes
Bake:18–20 minutes

MAKES 24 CUPCAKES.

gluten free hostess cupcakes

Oksana Charla

These tasty gluten free delights are filled with rich marshmallow creme and topped with luscious chocolate ganache. They're just like the famous American Hostess snack, only safe for us gluten-intolerant folks! These cupcakes freeze well. For egg-free cupcakes, see instructions. 

Hostess-Style Twinkies

Prep: 60 minutes
Bake:18–20 minutes

MAKES 24 CUPCAKES.

gluten free hostess twinkies

Oksana Charla

These tasty gluten free delights are filled with rich marshmallow creme and topped with luscious chocolate ganache. They're just like the famous American Hostess snack, only safe for us gluten-intolerant folks! These cupcakes freeze well. For egg-free cupcakes, see instructions.

Hostess-Style Creme Filling

Prep: 15 minutes

MAKES 4 CUPS.

This recipe makes enough filling for both Cupcakes and Twinkies. For all-natural (corn syrup-free) marshmallow creme, see the Shopping List to the right. This filling keeps on the counter for several weeks, so you can make it ahead.

Food editor Beth Hillson is a chef and cooking instructor. She is founder of Gluten-Free Pantry, one of the first gluten-free companies in the United States, and author of Gluten-Free Makeovers, and,The Complete Guide to Living Well Gluten Free (Da Capo Lifelong).

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