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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 April 26, 2011 Roxanna said

    I am following Cook IT Allergy Free on Facebook.

  2. On April 26, 2011 RHIANNON said

    mmmmm looks delicious, must try this recipe! i love citrus cupcakes. question, why use the two different flours – almond and coconut – and not just one flour? particularly curious because of my b/f’s allergy to almonds :-/

    • On April 26, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hey Rhiannon! Not all of the recipes call for almond flour. In fact many of them only have coconut flour in them. The two together just add a nice texture. But you can totally only use coconut flour. Coconut flour alone though, does require more eggs in a recipe. But this would be a great book for you and S.

      • On April 27, 2011 RHIANNON said

        yay! yea i see a lot of recipes calling for almond or a mixture with almond flour, so it’s great to know that i don’t have to. i love coconut flour!

  3. On April 26, 2011 Janet said

    My favorite flavors are ginger spice and blueberry (though not necessarily together).

  4. On April 26, 2011 Janet said

    I follow Elana’s Pantry on FB

  5. On April 26, 2011 Janet said

    I follow Cook It Allergy Free on FB

  6. On April 26, 2011 Tabitha Teeter said

    I follow Elana’s Pantry on Facebook.

  7. On April 26, 2011 Tabitha Teeter said

    I’m now following you (Cook It Allergy Free) on Facebook.

  8. On April 26, 2011 Tabitha Teeter said

    I love carrot cake with cream cheese icing, but both the strawberry cupcake and coconut lime cupcake you have pictured sound amazing. I really must learn how to make food prettier and am glad I can see ideas here.

  9. On April 27, 2011 InTolerantChef said

    I’ve already ordered my copy from Amazon and can hardly wait, thanks for the preview!

  10. On April 27, 2011 Lauren said

    My favorite cupcake flavors generally include chocolate and/or cream filling. Since I am trying to greatly reduce my dairy intake and I have to eat gluten free, this would be a wonderful addition to my cookbook arsenal! I have Elana’s first cookbook and I love the ease of her recipes.

  11. On April 27, 2011 Janice Marela said

    I follow Elana’s Pantry on Facebook.

    Jan

  12. On April 27, 2011 Melanie said

    My favorite flavor is chocolate!

  13. On April 27, 2011 Jodi Castallo said

    These all look so good but I have to say that I am a great fan of the chocolate cupcake.

  14. On April 27, 2011 Niv said

    I have subscribed to CookItAllergyfree email and also use the iphone app.

  15. On April 27, 2011 Neveen said

    I’m not so much a sweet girl as I am savory. I’ll do a savory cupcake anytime of the day! Thanks for the opportunity to win the book

  16. On April 27, 2011 Lungesandlunch said

    Followed both on Facebook! My favorite is marble because that’s what my mom used to make as my birthday cake!

  17. On April 27, 2011 Sarah C. said

    I love any cupcake with Lemon or lime in it! The one featured looks great.

  18. On April 27, 2011 Sarah C. said

    I follow Elana’s Pantry on FB.

  19. On April 27, 2011 Sarah C. said

    I follow Cook IT Allergy Free on FB too!

  20. On April 27, 2011 Stefanie said

    I Follow Elana’s Pantry on Facebook ! Inspiring, love it :~ )

  21. On April 27, 2011 Amy said

    My favorite cupcake flavor is plain old chocolate. I love them all but will never apass up chocolate.

  22. On April 27, 2011 jas said

    yum! I have Elana’s first cookbook and LOVE her pie crusts. My favourite cupcake though would have to be a light fluffly chocolate cupcake with sweet cloudlike vanilla frosting…. nom nom nom….

  23. On April 27, 2011 Amy said

    I just liked elana’s pantry on facebook. I’d love this cookbook now that I am going gluten free. If I donn’t win it will go on my wish list as I have heard so many good things about Elana’s recipes.

  24. On April 27, 2011 Amy said

    I already like cook it allergy free on facebook!

  25. On April 27, 2011 missy B said

    Following Cook It Allergy Free on FB

  26. On April 27, 2011 Stacey said

    I love coconut cupcakes!

  27. On April 27, 2011 Stacey said

    I follow Elana’s Pantry on FB!

  28. On April 27, 2011 Stacey said

    I follow cook it allergy free on FB!

  29. On April 27, 2011 Ellen said

    My favorite cupcakes would be either chocolate or carrot cake. Love them both!

  30. On April 28, 2011 Ryan said

    By far strawberry is my favorite!

  31. On April 28, 2011 Ryan said

    I follow you on FB!

  32. On April 28, 2011 Ryan said

    I follow Elana’s Pantry on FB!

  33. On April 28, 2011 Allyson said

    I am usually a chocolate cupcake kind of girl, but those blueberry lemon ones sound amazing! My mother in law LOVES blueberries….those might end up on our mother’s day brunch!

  34. On April 28, 2011 Allyson said

    I follow Elana’s Pantry on Facebook!

  35. On April 28, 2011 Allyson said

    I follow Cook It Allergy Free on Facebook!

  36. On April 28, 2011 Nicole Smith said

    My favorite cupcake flavor is chocolate with cream filling and/or coconut creme frosting!! So yummy!

  37. On April 28, 2011 Nicole Smith said

    I am currently a follower of Elana’s on Facebook! Love her recipes! Recently got my first 5 lb bag of almond flour! :D

  38. On April 28, 2011 Nicole Smith said

    I just like your page on Facebook as well! Excited to try your lime cupcake recipe!

  39. On April 29, 2011 Nicole said

    I love all cupcakes! But my favorite is anything with pumpkin. I also can’t wait to try the vegan coconut frosting. Thank you!

  40. On April 29, 2011 Marsha A. said

    My favorites are carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting….but those lime cupcakes sure sound good. I will have to try them and they just might become my new favorites.

  41. On April 29, 2011 Marsha A. said

    I follow Elana’s Pantry on facebook.

  42. On April 29, 2011 Staci A said

    The cupcakes look amazing! I love chocolate chip cupcakes with chocolate icing!

  43. On April 29, 2011 Staci A said

    I like Elana’s Pantry on Facebook.

  44. On April 29, 2011 Staci A said

    I like your site on Facebook too. Thanks!

  45. On April 30, 2011 molly said

    My favorite cupcake has to be vanilla with a hidden oreo in the bottom! It’s definitely gotten tricky to recreate that since going gf & df!

  46. On April 30, 2011 molly said

    Following Elana’s Pantry on FB.

  47. On April 30, 2011 molly said

    Following Cook It Allergy Free on FB. <3

  48. On May 1, 2011 Cara said

    I love all cupcakes, especially lemon in the spring and summer! :)

  49. On May 1, 2011 Cara said

    I follow Elana’s Pantry on FB :)

  50. On May 1, 2011 ThePalatePeacemaker said

    Red Velvet Cupcakes and/or any type of Spice Cupcake. I die. :)

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