This week is teacher appreciation week. As a person who loves teachers, my mom, sister, aunt and uncle are all teachers, I know how much they appreciate knowing what they mean to us, the parents. So this week make an extra effort to all of the teachers in your lives and let them know how much you appreciate the very difficult and important service they provide our children. It is a huge responsibility that often times goes unrecognized.
There are endless amount of clever teacher appreciations gifts out in the blogosphere. There is a particular one that really caught my eye. Amy from Living Locurto came up with this over the top adorable, as well as incredibly delicious, ice cream cupcake recipe with free printables to boot! I made these for all of my boy’s teachers and they couldn’t believe that they were not actual ice cream sundaes!
As you may or may not know, both my boys are allergic to both gluten and casein, among a lot of other things. In order to let them share in the fun, I also made a gluten, casein, soy, vegan version. Turns out one of their teachers also has a gluten allergy so she gets to enjoy one as well. She sure did get the right student in her class! I want to share this version with you.
To see Amy’s recipe and free printables click here. In order to make them gluten free and casein free, I made some substitutions and I think it turned out pretty great! Can you even tell the difference? Believe me you cannot!
1. Instead of using regular cake mix, I substituted with Cherrybrook Kitchen, chocolate cake mix prepared per box instructions, and as always I add a tablespoon of very good pure vanilla extract.
2. For the frosting, I didn’t use a box mix I made it using the same exact recipe that Amy uses, but instead of using butter, I replace that with Spectrum Shortening 1:1 substitution ratio. Instead of the milk I used almond milk. I didn’t use the ivory gel color because the color was fine without it. Chill and assemble as per her instructions.
3. For the chocolate topping I was unable to use the chocolate melts because they contain milk, instead I replace it with melted Enjoy Life chocolate chips and then topped with gluten free, casein free jimmies sprinkles. Most sprinkles are gluten free, casein free but always check to make sure. Then top with a bubble gum ball before chocolate sets. Insert wooden spoon into “ice cream”.
Michaels Craft stores have the perfect ice cream cups with wooden spoons right now and they were just what this needed! I did not use Living Locurto free printables because my son really likes school buses, (he rode in one once and now won’t stop asking me to go ride on the school bus) so instead I used these free printables by Lauren McKinsey designs, click here to get yours free! I used a 2” scallop cutter to cut each one and then hole punch. I wrote each teachers name on the wooden spoons, placed it inside a clear cellophane bag, tie tag on with pretty ribbon and you’re done! I put them all in The Cupcake Carrier that I love so much and off they went. It was really quite simple and definitely has that “WOW” factor. Hope you enjoy making these, either traditional or gluten, casein free. Now get out there and show those teachers some LOVE!!