Photo by Garbo Productions
Feeding four-year-olds is hard enough, throw celiac disease into the mix and this becomes a very daunting task. We explore gluten free options at home and in the San Francisco Bay Area and put them up against the toughest critics around... my kids.


GF cupcakes for breakfast

The kids woke up confused by my extra enthusiasm so early in the morning. Then the excitement grew when they learned I had decided to serve them some GF cupcakes in tea cups.  My other motivation was to explore some candid options for the site logo.  My camera is sub par, however, I thought I would explore some yummy photography. 

I used a GF yellow cake mix from Betty Crocker, and surprisingly, I was quite pleased  since I didn't have time to make them from scratch.  However, I did make the frosting from scratch and my favorite recipe is from the joy of baking website
Buttercream Frosting:
2 cups (230 grams) confectioners sugar (icing or powdered sugar), sifted
1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons milk or light cream
Assorted food colors (if desired)

With the photos complete, I asked Audrey her thoughts. My four year-old said, "The chocolate pink kinda tastes weird. I don't like the pink color as much".  I realized the Wilton brand food coloring has a funny taste so I won't be using that again. Sam told me, "I like the lellow, I like it because it has different dots. I like it because it has the taste I really like". The dye in food coloring can change the taste of any baked good dramatically for a young person. Note to self.

The dots I purchased at whole foods and I love this brand, "Let's Do, Sprinkelz",  a product of Germany. The food coloring I use is, Americolor from Ateco Gel Colors. According to website site, the baking supplies list Americolor as safe since June 2006.  Although,  I had some reservations since it lists modified corn starch; so I decided to call them to make sure the manufacturing practices were still keeping this product gluten free in 2010. To contact them, I called  1-800-556-0233 to confirm their GF claim.


  1. I love the idea of having the cupcakes served in the tea cups. I'll have to look at Goodwill for some pretty teacups to use for Katie's first teaparty.

  2. Ang you ROCK! You are one of the coolest mom's I know! We are definitely going to have to have a tea party sometime you make them sound so exciting :)

    Love you lots give the kiddos kisses from all of us

  3. I like your photos. Keep 'em coming!