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Apr
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2011

Gluten-Free Cupcakes: A Review, Giveaway, and Lime Cupcakes

Gluten Free Cupcakes by Elana Amsterdam  

Update: This contest has ended and the winner has been chosen by Random.org.

The Winner is: Florence Penton

Congratulations, Florence! :) I will contact you via email.

Do you know what today is? Well, yes. It is Tuesday. But…today is also the day that Elana Amsterdam’s new cookbook, Gluten-Free Cupcakes: 50 Irresistible Recipes Made with Almond and Coconut Flour, is finally available.

I know that today, many of you who pre-ordered your copies from Amazon for the unbelievable price wavering in the $9.00 range, will most likely have a copy arriving on your doorsteps.

But for the rest of you? You better go order your copy now. The price will not be this low for long.  What are you waiting for?

I will not lie. I have had my copy for a couple of weeks now. And I have put it to good use. The pages are sticky with batter already from the five different recipes I have made from it so far. And I have already had to pry it out of one of my girlfriend’s hands before she left my house with it. Literally. At least I know what I will be getting her for her birthday next month. That just made gift shopping really easy.

I have had so much fun working with the different recipes in the book.  These recipes are so simple to assemble. Not many of them even have more than seven or eight ingredients, and that includes counting the pinch of sea salt that is called for in each recipe.

So far I have made the Strawberry Cupcakes three times. The last time was on Easter, where they were devoured by the kids and adults alike. I never even got one. They were gone before I had room for dessert.

Gluten Free Strawberry Cupcakes

Photo Credit: Annabelle Breakey

I made the Chocolate Chip Mini Cupcakes just for fun. I stashed some of those in the freezer for a nice little treat for my son’s lunchbox. Not surprisingly, however, I have found my supply quickly dwindling. I have also found my husband with melted chocolate around his mouth more than once. Call me Sherlock Holmes if you want, but I think I have discovered my cupcake thief.

I have also made the Blueberry Lemon Cupcakes for a brunch I attended last week. I had 4 different women ask me for the recipe.

Then, the other night, I decided to go for one of the savory recipes that Elana also includes in the book. Because I am a Goat Cheese lover, I went for the Scallion Goat Cheese Muffins.

Oh my goodness. Now we are talking. They were unbelievable.  I served them for “Brinner” (that is breakfast for dinner, just in case you hadn’t deduced that yet).  I made a Spinach and Scallion Quiche and served these alongside.  I ate three with my meal, and could have easily eaten three more.

And finally, I recently whipped up these Lime Cupcakes.  If you are looking for a perfect spring-time cupcake, you seriously need to look no further. This one is it. The flavors of the coconut and lime come together brilliantly here.

And now as a treat for all of you…I have permission to share the recipe with you today.  After trying this one, I think you may be convinced that you need this cookbook.  I will even give one of you a chance to win a copy of it (details below).

Gluten-Free Lime Cupcakes from Elana's Pantry Photos and Recipe Reprinted with permission from Gluten-Free Cupcakes: 50 Irresistible Recipes Made with Almond and Coconut Flour. Copyright © 2011 by Elana Amsterdam, Celestial Arts, an imprint of Ten Speed Press, a division of the Crown Publishing Group, Berkeley, CA. Photo Credit: Annabelle Breakey

Lime Cupcakes

Makes 10
Sweetness: Medium

1/2 cup Coconut Flour
1/2 cup Blanched Almond Flour (packed)
1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
3 large Eggs
1/2 cup Grapeseed Oil
1/2 cup Agave Nectar
2 tablespoons firmly packed Lime Zest, plus more to decorate (about 3 limes)

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 10 muffin cups with paper liners.

In a large bowl, combine the coconut flour, almond flour, salt, and baking soda. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, grapeseed oil, agave nectar, and 2 tablespoons lime zest. Blend the wet ingredients into the coconut flour mixture with a handheld mixer until thoroughly combined.

Scoop 1/4 cup of batter into each prepared muffin cup.

Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached. Let the cupcakes cool in the pan for 1 hour, then frost, sprinkle with the remaining lime zest, and serve.

Vegan Coconut Frosting

Makes 2 cups
Sweetness: Medium

1/2 cup Coconut Milk (I used full fat canned coconut milk)
1/2 cup Agave Nectar
1 tablespoon Arrowroot Powder
1 tablespoon Water
1 cup Coconut Oil, melted over very low heat

In a medium saucepan, bring the coconut milk and agave nectar to a boil over medium heat. Whisk the ingredients together, then decrease the heat and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, to reduce just slightly, stirring frequently.

In a small bowl, dissolve the arrowroot powder in water, stirring to make a slurry. Increase the heat under the saucepan to medium-high so the mixture is bubbling. Add the arrowroot slurry to the coconut mixture, whisking constantly until the mixture thickens and turns opaque and shiny, about 1 minute. Once the mixture becomes shiny, remove the pan from the heat and gradually blend in the coconut oil with a handheld mixer until well combined.

Allow to cool on the counter for 15 minutes. The mixture will not look like frosting yet—don’t worry; this is okay.

Chill the frosting in the refrigerator for 1 to 11/2 hours, until the frosting fully solidifies and looks opaque white in color. Remove from the refrigerator and whip with a handheld mixer until thick and fluffy. The frosting will be sticky looking and lumps will dissolve during whipping.

Use immediately or store in a glass Mason jar in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Allow the frosting to soften a bit after removing from the refrigerator. Stir with a flexible spatula until spreadable

And now…your chance to win a copy of Elana Amsterdam’s book, Gluten-Free Cupcakes:

To enter, you may do 1,2, or all 3 of the suggestions below. Leave a separate comment for each to maximize your entry and chances to win:

1.  Leave a comment below telling me what your favorite cupcake flavor is

2.  Follow Elana’s Pantry on Facebook

3.  Follow Cook It Allergy Free on Facebook 

And finally… Good Luck! This contest ends on Tuesday, May 3rd at 3pm PST. Make sure to check back and see if you are the lucky winner!

152 Comments
  1. On May 1, 2011 Christine B said

    My favorite cupcake flavor is vanilla.

  2. On May 1, 2011 Christine B said

    I follow Elana’s Pantry on facebook.

  3. On May 1, 2011 Christine B said

    I follow Cook it Allergy Free on facebook.

  4. On May 1, 2011 Sara said

    I like the lime looks great. Perhaps with a spiked icing :)

  5. On May 1, 2011 Stephanie said

    I love chocolate cupcakes. However, I’ve always wanted to try a lime flavored cupcake!

  6. On May 1, 2011 Stefanie said

    I follow Cook It Allergy Free on Facebook :~ )

  7. On May 2, 2011 Gina said

    I love making banana cupcakes and topping them with peanut butter frosting :)

  8. On May 2, 2011 Beth said

    I love chocolate cupcakes!

  9. On May 2, 2011 Beth said

    I follow Elana’s Pantry on Facebook.

  10. On May 2, 2011 Beth said

    I follow Cook It Allergy Free on Facebook. :)

  11. On May 2, 2011 Diane M said

    Nothing beats a chocolate cupcake and I can’t wait to try out the chocolate chip mini cupcake recipe!

  12. On May 2, 2011 Diane M said

    I follow cook it allergy free on facebook.

  13. On May 2, 2011 Diane M said

    I follow elana’s pantry on facebook.

  14. On May 2, 2011 Brenda Yasinski said

    My favorite cupcakes are Lemon – I will be trying the Lime cupcakes – they look so pretty and I’m sure are very tastey!
    I love a tang to my cupcakes ~ LOL

    I follow – - Cook It Allergy Free & Elana’s Pantry on Facebook :D

    What a great promo! Thank-You! : )

  15. On May 2, 2011 Kate said

    I follow you both on facebook and twitter! Would love carrot cake cupcakes like Elanas carrot cake recipe in her first cookbook!

  16. On May 2, 2011 Karen said

    I love all flavors, but cannot resist chocolate!

  17. On May 2, 2011 Karen said

    I follow Elana’s Pantry on facebook!

  18. On May 2, 2011 Karen said

    I follow cook it allergy free on facebook!

  19. On May 2, 2011 Florence Penton said

    My favorite cupcake flavor, hmm (wow this is a hard decision), has to be chocolate with peanut butter frosting.

  20. On May 2, 2011 Florence Penton said

    I “liked/followed” Elana’s Pantry on Facebook.

  21. On May 2, 2011 Florence Penton said

    I already “like/follow” Cook It Allergy Free on Facebook.

  22. On May 2, 2011 Madeleine Todd said

    Vanilla! Plain – no frosting.

  23. On May 2, 2011 Nicole Hughes said

    My favorite cupcake flavor – chocolate, but any moist cake is good with me. :)

  24. On May 2, 2011 Nicole Hughes said

    And I just followed Elana on Facebook!

  25. On May 2, 2011 Nicole Hughes said

    And I’ve also liked/followed you on Facebook too! :)

  26. On May 2, 2011 Emily K said

    favorite?? that’s tough…. something chocolate perhaps…..? Lime sounds good to me!

  27. On May 2, 2011 Stefanie said

    Carrot cake with fresh shredded carrots, nuts & a yummy frosting are my favorite. Definitely can’t wait to try out these Lime ones….mmmmmmmmmm :~)

  28. On May 2, 2011 alena mack said

    Oooooooooo, my cousin just made the lime ones and the flourless chocolate ones… the chocolate were my favorite!

  29. On May 3, 2011 Mowenackie said

    So many to choose from. I’m thinking pumpkin is my top pick. Or maybe a pumpkin chocolate swirl cupcake!

  30. On May 3, 2011 Mowenackie said

    I follow Cook It Allergy Free on FB!

  31. On May 3, 2011 Mowenackie said

    I follow Elana’s Pantry on Facebook!

  32. On May 3, 2011 Rachel said

    My favorite cupcake flavor is probably vanilla, but I can’t wait to try this coconut lime!

  33. On May 3, 2011 Ashley Spencer said

    I like vanilla cupcakes the most.

  34. On May 3, 2011 Makenna said

    I follow Elana on twitter and facebook! Love her.

  35. On May 3, 2011 Stacy said

    So hard to pick one….Choc chip pumpkin w/ lots of cream cheese frosting – walnuts too :)

  36. On May 3, 2011 Stacy said

    I follow Elanas Pantry on FB

  37. On May 3, 2011 Stacy said

    I follow Cook It Allergy Free on FB

  38. On May 3, 2011 Betty said

    I love chocolate cupcakes with a fluffy white frosting!

  39. On May 4, 2011 glutenfreeforgood said

    I have these strawberry cupcakes on my list for a Mother’s Day brunch I’m planning. I love this cookbook and have already given 2 copies as gifts — one to a gluten eater and she loves it. =)

  40. On May 4, 2011 glutenfreeforgood said

    P.S. Oh, I know I’m late to the party (which is often the case with me), but I just wanted to comment on how much I love this cookbook of Elana’s. I had no intention of entering the contest and already follow and like (LOVE) all you lovely GF gals!
    xo
    Melissa

  41. On May 4, 2011 Kaitlyn said

    Followed Elana on Facebook!

  42. On May 4, 2011 Kaitlyn said

    Now I am following you! Excited to hear the winner!

  43. On May 4, 2011 Serena said

    I like vanilla cupcakes, but I have to say, those lime ones look AMAZING!

  44. On May 4, 2011 Serena said

    I ‘Like’ Elana’s Pantry on FB.

  45. On May 4, 2011 Serena said

    And I ‘Like’ Cook It Allergy Free on FB, too!

  46. On May 4, 2011 Amy said

    My favorite is vanilla cupcakes with chocolate frosting.

  47. On May 6, 2011 Claire said

    Before I went gluten free my favorite cupcake was Boston cream pie.

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