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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 April 26, 2011 Ericka said

    I love chocolate cupcakes!

  2. On April 26, 2011 Ericka said

    I am following Elana’s Pantry on Facebook.

  3. On April 26, 2011 Ericka said

    I am following Cook IT Allergy Free on Facebook.

  4. On April 26, 2011 Kiwe said

    LOVE LOVE LOVE chocolate cupcakes, maybe a little peanut butter thrown in the mix!

  5. On April 26, 2011 Kiwe said

    I am following Elana’s Pantry on Facebook.

  6. On April 26, 2011 Kiwe said

    I am following Cook IT Allergy Free on Facebook and I have the APP! :)

  7. On April 26, 2011 Michelle Ledesma said

    I have to admit I’m hard pressed to pass by any fudgy all chocolate cupcake! But the recipes you’ve shared certainly look like they, too, are not to be passed up!

    I’m new to your blog, but have to say I’m really enjoying it very much. Great job! Keep up the good work.

  8. On April 26, 2011 Michelle Ledesma said

    I now follow Elena’s Pantry on facebook. :-)

  9. On April 26, 2011 Desiree said

    Now my son can enjoy all the birthday fun with these cupcakes. Cant wait to get my copy!

  10. On April 26, 2011 Michelle Ledesma said

    I follow Cook It Allergy Free on Facebook :-)

  11. On April 26, 2011 codie said

    I am following Cook It Allergy Free on Facebook :)

  12. On April 26, 2011 Codie said

    I am following Elana’s Pantry on Facebook :)

  13. On April 26, 2011 Codie said

    I would have to say my favorite cupcakes are lemon with raspberry frosting… I would love to see if there is a similar recipe for these in your book. I miss them!

  14. On April 26, 2011 domestic diva said

    I like chocolate. Yum!

  15. On April 26, 2011 Alisa Fleming said

    Wow, you’ve been a busy baker!

    The husband and I are eating the Marble Cupcakes from this cookbook with fresh strawberries on top right now. They are delicious! I think I was light on the coconut flour (should have weighed it) as they are very souffle like, but tasty nonetheless!

  16. On April 26, 2011 Tressa said

    My favorite cupcakes are Hummingbird Cupcakes. :)

  17. On April 26, 2011 Tressa said

    I liked Cook It Allergy Free on FB :)

  18. On April 26, 2011 Tressa said

    I like Elena’s Pantry on FB :o)

  19. On April 26, 2011 Ashlie said

    German chocolate is my favorite cupcake – mostly because I love love love the nutty and coconutty icing (I absolutely loath buttercream style frosting).

  20. On April 26, 2011 Jeanine said

    I love any kind of cupcake. Some days it’s chocolate, other days, fruit. Those lime cupcakes look really, really good. But so does the strawberry. I am so indecisive.

  21. On April 26, 2011 Jeanine said

    I follow Elana’s Pantry on FB.

  22. On April 26, 2011 Jeanine said

    I also stalk, um, I mean, follow Cook it Allergy Free on FB. ;)

  23. On April 26, 2011 Kate said

    I am following Elana’s Pantry on FB.

  24. On April 26, 2011 Kate said

    I am following Cook it Allergy free on FB

  25. On April 26, 2011 Kayla said

    Follow both elana’s pantry and cook it allergy free :)

  26. On April 26, 2011 Lynne said

    I am following Elana’s pantry and cupcakes are my favorite, am so excited about the new Cupcake Book..can’t wait to buy it…yay

  27. On April 26, 2011 Christine H said

    I really want to try to goat cheese raspberry cheesecake cupcakes.

  28. On April 26, 2011 Karen M said

    I follow Elana’s Pantry on Facebook!

  29. On April 26, 2011 Karen M said

    I follow Cook It Allergy Free on Facebook!

  30. On April 26, 2011 Karen M said

    And I would love to win this cookbook as I have just started using almond and coconut flour and would love new recipes to try!

  31. On April 26, 2011 Nanci said

    I LOVE cupcakes!!! I will have to try the strawberry. I am now following Elana’s Pantry on FB.

  32. On April 26, 2011 Sarah P said

    I am following Elana on FB.

  33. On April 26, 2011 Sarah P said

    I am following Elana on FB.

  34. On April 26, 2011 Sarah P said

    I am following Cook IT Allergy Free on FB.

  35. On April 26, 2011 Sarah P said

    I have a whole bunch of organic limes at the ready and hope to make these Coconut Lime cupcakes soon!

  36. On April 26, 2011 Liz R said

    I love anything with chocolate and toffee!!!

  37. On April 26, 2011 Nicole said

    Cream-filled chocolate cupcakes topped with thick frosting are my all-time favorites!

  38. On April 26, 2011 Nicole said

    I follow Elana’s Pantry on Facebook.

  39. On April 26, 2011 Carol Weland said

    I luv to make cupcakes that put a smile on my celiac daughter-in-law’s face ~ any tastey gluten free cupcake is great!

  40. On April 26, 2011 Carol Weland said

    Thanks for drawing my attention to Elana’s Pantry on Facebook!

  41. On April 26, 2011 Carol Weland said

    Thanks for drawing my attention to Cook It Allergy Free on Facebook. Appreciate it!

  42. On April 26, 2011 Shelly said

    Chocolate has always been my favorite, but cannot have chocolate anymore thank you very much migraines!!! But these lime cupcakes just might become my new favorites, they sound scrumptious!

  43. On April 26, 2011 Jenna Medina said

    I follow Elana on Facebook!!

  44. On April 26, 2011 Shelly said

    I follow Cook It Allergy Free on FB!

  45. On April 26, 2011 Jenna Medina said

    I follow you on Facebook!!

  46. On April 26, 2011 NeeNee said

    I love strawberry cupcakes with a strawberry cream cheese icing. I am already following both of your wonderful sites and also on Facebook!

  47. On April 26, 2011 Shelly said

    I follow Elana’s Pantry on FB!

  48. On April 26, 2011 Jenna Medina said

    I love Red Velvet cupcakes! Yummy! Just like my Mom used to make!

  49. On April 26, 2011 Roxanna said

    I love the lemon cupcake with the coconut frosting

  50. On April 26, 2011 Roxanna said

    I now followi Elana’s Pantry on Facebook.

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