Golden Birthday Cupcakes

I’d never heard the phrase “Golden Birthday” till our twins came home from school a couple of years back talking about a friend who was celebrating her 12th birthday on the 12th of April.
It certainly seemed like a made up holiday, but which holidays aren’t?
This one is simple, just gather all your golden accessories and have a fun time.
Since the Golden Birthday will fall on whatever day your birthdate and age match up, it can be quite fun.
This year our twins turned 14 on December 14th.
This former catering Momma went a bit into overdrive to embrace the golden theme with a bit of inspiration from this site. 

We had gold balloons, gold tablecloths, gold plates, cups and napkins, gilded chargers full of golden oranges, carrots and yellow peppers for dipping in hummus.

All things yellow were included for foods, especially things I would typically not buy.

So organic potato chips, organic corn chips and organic cheese puffs made an appearance too.

But most of all the sixteen girls who attended loved the chocolate fountain with fruit and the yellow cupcakes gluten free, of course.

Golden Birthday Gluten Free Yellow Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream from @GFDoctor
Yellow cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream – sprinkled with golden stars.

Yellow Cupcakes -Gluten-Free
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Yellow Cupcakes made both gluten-free and gum-free using whole grains for a bit of nutrition
Serves: 14
  • 1 cup butter
  • 412 grams (2 cups) organic cane sugar
  • 3 jumbo eggs
  • 288 grams (2 cups) white flour mix
  • 108 grams (¾ cup -2 Tablespoons) whole grain flour mix
  • 15 grams baking powder
  • 2 grams salt
  • 1 teaspoon packed pixie dust
  • 120 grams ½ and ½
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. place paper liners into cupcake pans or grease well.
  3. beat butter in mixer till light and fluffy
  4. add ⅓ sugar, beat for 1 minute
  5. repeat with remaining sugar.
  6. Beat in eggs
  7. Stir together till one color: flour mixes, baking powder, salt, pixie dust.
  8. Add half flour mixture to butter mixture, beat well
  9. add one half of the ½ and ½, beat well
  10. repeat with remaining flour and ½ and ½
  11. Stir in vanilla extract
  12. Scoop dough into paper liners, filling to ⅔ full
  13. bake 30-35 minutes
  14. creates 14 cupcakes

I used my favorite Buttercream for the frosting,
Golden Birthday Cupcakes
This simple frosting is my daughters favorite. Combining butter, confectioners sugar and a bit of cream somehow transcends the ingredients
  • One Stick of unsalted organic butter
  • one pound of confectioners sugar- I use C&H pure cane because the organic sugar makes the frosting come out beige in color
  • ¼ cup cream or ½ &1/2 or milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  1. Beat butter in mixer till light and fluffy.
  2. Add confectioner sugar by the cup, beating 1 minute after each addition.
  3. Once you have added two cups of the sugar, add the vanilla extract.
  4. Add another cup of sugar
  5. Beat another minute.
  6. Begin to drizzle the cream down the side of the bowl as you beat, allowing the frosting to loosen and swell with air.
  7. Continue to beat once all the cream is added.
  8. To create the cupcake swirl, I loaded the frosting into a piping bag with a open tip. This kit has all the things you need, including colors.

To finish them off with just the right touch, I used these edible glitter stars from Wilton.

But these hearts were a close second choice

I wish I could have found a naturally tinted gold color, but I’ve never found one. Have you?


  1. Kerry says

    Hi, I am very new to GF baking and don’t like the idea of using gum, so your recipes look great. I have brought all sorts of flours/ starches to make my own mixes of flour according to different recipes rather than using store brought ones. You say to use white flour and whole grain flour in this recipe- do you know amounts of the other flours to use as a substitute for these store brought ones as I don’t want to have to buy even more! Also would they work with a substitute?

    Do you have a basic flour mix to use in all your recipes or do you change the ingredients to suit what you are making?

    • says

      Hi Kerry,
      The white flour and whole grain flour mixes are my creations. Clicking through, I realized that the links to the recipes weren’t live. They are now, so I hope you have all you need.