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Gumbo Cupcakes

What I tasted as I popped a warm gumbo cupcake bite into my mouth blew my mind. I tasted gumbo!
Prep Time1 hr 40 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time2 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Cajun
Keyword: gumbo cupcake recipe, gumbo cupcakes, Mardi Gras cupcakes
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Calories: 280kcal
Author: Stef


Roux Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

Cupcake Ingredients:

  • roux from above
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon file powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 6 ounces andouille sausage cooked and roughly chopped

Glaze Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon file powder
  • 12 grilled shrimp optional


Roux Directions

  • I used the oven method for the roux because I clearly prefer baking to cooking. This roux will come out much thicker than a traditional roux. This is intentional.
  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Place oil and flour in an oven-safe skillet.
  • Bake for ninety minutes, stirring every twenty minutes. The end result should be thick and medium brown.
  • Remove from oven and cool to room temperature before using in this cupcake recipe.

Cupcake Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix roux, sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and spices.
  • Mix in eggs, one at a time.
  • Mix in chicken broth.
  • Mix in tomato paste.
  • Fold in sausage.
  • Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until cupcakes bounce back when lightly touched.
  • Glaze Directions:
  • Mix all ingredients.
  • Spread over warm cupcakes. (If not serving immediately, refrigerate until ready to serve, and reheat in the microwave in ten second bursts.)
  • Optionally, top with a grilled shrimp.


Calories: 280kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 295mg | Potassium: 152mg | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 160IU | Vitamin C: 1.6mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1.5mg