Gluten Free Apple Streusel Cupcakes!

Gluten Free Apple Streusel

Gluten Free Apple Streusel Cupcakes

Adopting a Gluten Free lifestyle whether by choice or necessity can create many obvious challenges, you may well find yourself wondering if you’ll ever eat cake again! Thankfully the range of gluten free ingredients is constantly expanding and most supermarkets now stock gluten free flours etc.

Today I am going to share my favourite gluten free adaption of a classic recipe for Apple Streusel Cake.


2 X 280g/10 oz Jar Bramley Apple Sauce

1 Tsp Bicarbonate of Soda

2 Large Eggs

110g/4 oz Butter

170g/6 oz Soft Brown Sugar

350g/12 oz Plain Gluten Free Flour (I use Dove Farms)

4 Tsp Baking Powder

1 Tsp Cinnamon

1 Tsp Ground Nutmeg

Crumbly Topping

100g/3 1/2 oz Plain Gluten Free Flour (I use Dove Farms)

100g/3 1/2 oz Soft Brown Sugar

1/2 Tsp Cinnamon

1/2 Tsp Ground Nutmeg

70g/2 1/2oz Butter


Step 1

This recipe makes about 24 cupcakes depending on how large your cases are, the recipe can be halved. First pour the jars of Apple sauce into a large bowl and then add the bicarbonate of soda, mix in thoroughly (it will fizz up!)IMG_2745

Step 2

Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Slowly beat in the eggs. Then sift in the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg. Start folding the flour into the butter mixture, adding in a spoonful of your fizzy apple sauce periodically until everything is combined. Spoon the mixture into paper cases.

Step 3IMG_2637

In a new bowl make the crumbly topping. Place all the topping ingredients into the bowl and rub the mixture together using your fingers until it resembles breadcrumbs. Then scatter over your cake mixture evenly and lightly press down with your fingers.IMG_2741

Step 4

Bake in the oven at 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 for approx. 15 mins or until they bounce back when pressed lightly. Cool on a wire rack. They are particularly yummy eaten warm, although I like them cold as well.

Gluten Free Apple Streusel

Gluten Free Apple Streusel Cupcakes


Rachel’s Organic Apple & Cinnamon Yogurt & Apple & Cinnamon Fudge Recipe!

As any longtime reader of this blog will know I’m a huge fan of Rachel’s Organic yogurts. Last Christmas we made their fabulous Christmas Ice Cream Bombe, so when I heard they had brought out a new Limited Edition yogurt I was only too keen to try it. We also created our own recipe using the new flavour, Apple & Cinnamon Fudge!

The brand new Apple & Cinnamon yogurt is unfortunately a limited edition. I say unfortunately because it’s absolutely delicious and I could happily have a pot in my fridge at all times. The fresh tang of apple mixed with the dreamy creamy yogurt and spice of cinnamon is like Christmas in a pot! I sincerely believe that everyone should try this new flavour before they lose the opportunity, it’s just that yummy!

I love the Rachel’s Organic website for the recipes they provide, so I eagerly browsed for a recipe using my favourite new flavour. When I discovered that none existed I turned to my husband and his fudge making skills and he created this scrumptious Apple & Cinnamon fudge.

Festive Apple & Cinnamon Fudge

5 Tbsp Double Cream

5 Tbsp Rachel’s Organic Apple & Cinnamon Yogurt

25g Unsalted Butter

450g Granulated Sugar

Heat the cream, sugar and butter in a pan on a low heat until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add the yogurt and heat until 120C, making sure to continue stirring while heating so the mixture does not catch on the bottom of the pan. Remove the pan from the heat and beat until the mixture begins to thicken. Pour into a prepared pan and leave to cool.

Mattel Hot Wheels Apptivity Review

Apptivity is a brand new idea from Mattel that allows kids to play with their favourite toys on the iPad.

When I was asked if I would like to review the Hot Wheels version of  Apptivity I jumped at the chance. My boys love both playing on the iPad and with Hot Wheels so this seemed like a great idea.

The idea is simple, first purchase a compatible Apptivity toy (in our case a small blue car) then download the free app. When the car is placed onto the iPad screen it interacts with the app using patented conductive technology. Simply put, you swivel the car on the screen to drive along the track.

I was rather apprehensive about allowing a toy to be placed onto the iPad screen, I was concerned about scratches. So far though I’m happy to report that none have appeared, although I did keep an eye that the boys didn’t press too hard.

The actual app looks very impressive, it’s graphics and content are excellent for a free game. However I suspect this was also it’s initial downfall, on an original iPad it crashes on a regular basis before you can actual do an awful lot. The iPad 2 seems capable of handling the game, but this isn’t made entirely obvious on the toy or app.

I also fear that my boys were a little too young for the game, even with my game savvy brother sitting with us we all got a little confused as to what we were actually supposed to be doing. It would have been much more fun if they had simplified the games to just basic races as far as we were concerned.

This all sounds rather negative and I must admit that I wasn’t overly impressed with the game. However my sons would tell a vastly different story. Despite some crashes, confusion and general head tapping they absolutely adore this game and ask to play with it often. They are much more forgiving of the little niggles which would stop me from playing. They don’t care because at the end of the day they get to play with a car on the iPad with cool music and great visual effects, it’s a boys dream.

As a parent you may find yourself slightly disappointed for the points I mentioned, but Mattel know their market and the child you buy it for is quite likely to be thrilled. I obviously can’t comment on the other incarnations of Apptivity.


The range brings to life some of the UK’s hottest toy brands including Hot Wheels, Batman and WWE as well as extending the play value of top-selling apps such as Angry Birds, Cut The Rope and Fruit Ninja. And it’s great for all the family – there’s even an Apptivity toy for toddlers.

Single Apptivity packs start at RRP £11.99. There are also larger starter packs priced at RRP £24.99, which come with exclusive figures, amplifiers and accessories.

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