Review: Trader Joe’s Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting
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May 21 2013

Review: Trader Joe’s Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

If I am anywhere within a 2-mile radius to Trader Joe’s, I make it a point to swing in to pick up my favorites.  I build this time into my errands and bring along coolers if I am picking up refrigerated or frozen items.  Recently when I was on one such trip, I found these gems waiting for me.

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Oh yeah!

Ingredients: Powdered sugar (cane sugar, cornstarch), cane sugar, unsalted butter, buttermilk (cultured low fat milk, nonfat milk solids, sodium citrate, salt, vitamin A palmitate, vitamin D3), water, cream (cream, carraggnan), expeller pressed canola oil, rice flour, eggs, potato starch, cocoa powder, tapioca starch, vanilla extract (water, ethyl alcohol, vanilla bean extractives), salt, sodium bicarbonate, xanthan gum, baking powder (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, cornstarch, monocalcium phosphate), coffee.

I knew my time with these cupcakes would be limited, so I made sure to stake my claim loudly and clearly to the 17 year old boy who inhales all things gluten-free in my house.  The cupcakes are moist and rich with a decadent, creamy frosting.  Darn near perfect and had these been served to me on a plate, I wouldn’t have known that they weren’t homemade.  Jon concurred and asked me to make sure to buy these each and every time I go to Trader Joe’s from here on out.

Trader Joe’s maintains a list of their gluten-free products making it easy to shop in their store.  I was disappointed to find that there weren’t any Udi’s Gluten-Free items in stock when I was there this time, but was told there had been a delivery issue and they hoped to have them back on the shelves as soon as possible.  It makes me happy to see the gluten-free baked goods line consistently growing at Trader Joe’s.

Have you tried the new Trader Joe’s gluten-free cupcakes?

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Kimberly Bouldin is a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After her celiac diagnosis in 2006, she has made it her mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from "made from scratch" homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, Kim shares her experiences and passes along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. Kimberly is a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans. Follow Kim on Twitter!

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  • LPNPA

    I have tried them and was not as enthusiastic about them as you were. Were not very rich in chocolate flavor and the icing tasted like pure creamed butter to me. ICK, no thanks!

  • Beth

    I have tried them and was not as enthusiastic about them as you were. Were not very rich in chocolate flavor and the icing tasted like pure creamed butter to me. ICK, no thanks!

  • kayte71

    I loved them too!