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Gluten-Free Strawberry Cupcakes and a giveaway!

April 29, 2011

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Baby steps.

I need to take baby steps when it comes to gluten-free baking.

Maybe the flours confuse me.  Maybe I have no idea what guar gum is.  Maybe arrowroot is intimidating.

… It’s just that I know exactly what all-purpose flour is going to do when I combined it with baking soda and buttermilk… it’s going to make me delicious, fluffy pancakes.  I like knowing that.

But I’m being a brat.  A total brat.  I like the sound of coconut flour.  I learned that arrowroot is just a thickening starch that comes from a plant.  I can still use eggs in gluten-free baking, and I’m totally on-board with agave nectar.

I made gluten-free cupcakes.  I was a brat for thinking that it would be torture.  Considering how delicious these are… I’m totally done being a brat, probably until the next time something challenges my sensibilities.

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There’s a new book in my collection. Gluten-free cupcakes I can get down with.  All of the recipes are made with either coconut or almond flour.  They all have agave nectar, sometimes coconut oil (yum!), and arrowroot.  I was amazed at how sweet coconut flour is. Seriously… amazing.  And boy is that stuff absorbent!  Crazy.  Yes.  You’re watching me learn new things.  Bare with me.

I’m stoked on this book, Gluten-Free Cupcakes.  Elana has made gluten-free baking feel not so daunting… not to mention that these cupcakes are totally delicious.  Her recipes have as little as three ingredients, usually six or so.  Totally do-able.    I want one of you to have a copy of this book.  I also want one of you to have a bag of coconut flour and a bag of arrowroot powder.  I’ll send those along too.  Get started!  There’s nothing that should stop you from gluten-free goodness.

Leave a comment with this post.  Tell me what you’re doing this weekend that might me just slightly outside of your comfort zone.  A winner will be chosen on Sunday night and announced on Monday.  Get on it!

UPDATE: Winner!  Kerry Edwards!  You randomly won the Gluten-Free Cupcake Book!  I’m stoked!  I hope you are too!!

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It’s strawberry time.

I’m totally ready to perfect my strawberry dice.

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Listen… sometimes pictures of batter aren’t as glamorous as you want them to be.  Well… most time they aren’t.

But there is some coconut flour and arrowroot magic going on here.

This recipe called for 4 large eggs and half a cup of coconut flour.  I said… no way.  And yet… way!  These cupcakes turned out tender, moist, cakey, and delicious.  Fan.

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I topped these little cakes with agave sweetened Cream Cheese frosting.  I am absolutely amazed at how simply delicious these are.  I think I just got 46 times more popular with my gluten-free friends.  I’m just sayin’.

Gluten-Free Strawberry Cupcakes

makes 8 (or 9) cupcakes

recipe from Gluten Free Cupcakes

Print this Recipe!

1/2 cup coconut flour

1 tablespoon arrowroot powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

4 large eggs

1/2 cup agave nectar

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries (plus more for topping the frosting)

Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F.  Line a cupcake pan with 8 or 9 foil or paper liners.  Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together coconut flour, arrowroot powder, salt, and baking soda.  If the coconut flour has a few stubborn lumps in it, make sure to whisk them out.

In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, agave, and vanilla extract.  Add the wet ingredients, all at once, to the dry ingredients and whisk together.  You can do this by hand or with a handheld mixture.  Whisk until all ingredients are well combined.  You’ll feel the mixture begin to thicken as you stir.

Fold in the strawberries.

Scoop batter into lined cupcake pan.  Fill papers to two-thirds full.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a wooden skewer inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out with just a few moist crumbs.  Remove from oven.  Allow cupcakes to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing from the pan to cool completely on a wire rack.  Once completely cool, frost with cream cheese frosting.

Cupcakes will keep, in an airtight container in the fridge for up 2 or 3 days.

Cream Cheese Frosting

makes:  enough to smear 8 or 9 cupcakes.  If you’d like to pipe this frosting, I suggest doubling the recipe.

1/3 cup heavy cream, whipped to stiff peaks

4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

2 tablespoons agave nectar

dash of pure vanilla extract

In a large bowl, whip heavy cream into stiff peaks using a whisk or a handheld mixer.  In a separate large bowl, whip the cream cheese, agave, and vanilla together until smooth and pliable.  Using a rubber spatula, fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture.  Fold until evenly combined.

Spread onto cooled cupcakes or place in a piping bag to pipe over cupcakes.  Sprinkle with small diced strawberries.

Frosting will keep, in an airtight container in the fridge for 2 or 3 days.


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  • Jennifer Atchley April 29, 2011 at 9:36 am

    This weekend I am learning the bassoon. I’ve been in this darn class all semester and the professor hasn’t taught us a thing. The playing final is next week, so I’m spending this nice sunny weekend practicing my booty off. (not fun!!!) This is definitely outside my comfort zone.

    Love the cookbook!

  • I’m spending this weekend studying for college final exams. As a student, I suppose that’s within my comfort zone. On the other hand, I know nothing about economics so taking this economics & healthcare class has been totally out of my comfort zone. Some yummy cupcakes would help me study better next week!

  • i have some coconut flour…i should make these! this weekend we are getting ready to move to Michigan, way outside of my comfort zone.

    • I promise, it’s not that bad (anymore) I just moved from South Carolina to the Detroit metro area and it was cold up until about last week but now it’s gorgeous!! Good luck on the move!

  • Jessica Harrison April 29, 2011 at 9:36 am

    This weekend, I’m shipping my kids off to my MIL (scary by itself) and I’m baking and decorating 100 cupcakes and sugar cookies for a birthday party and I’ve never baked more than 2 dozen of anything at a time. Should be interesting.

  • Hey! Those look sooo good. I’m working on cooking gluten free. So far it has been very time consuming. Anyways, this weekend I’m walking a 5k with a injured knee to raise support for preemie babies.
    Hope you have a good weekend too!

  • I’m going to take up running…..I may need to reward myself with one of these cupcakes:)

  • Tonight I am meeting some folks who I knew for like two days back five years ago for dinner and drinks… I’m a touch nervous, this is definitely not in my comfort zone…

  • My poor, bread-loving and baking mom was relegated to a gluten-free diet about 3 years ago. I totally just sent her the link to these :)

  • This weekend I am helping with an orphan ministry fundraiser…. oh… it’s a golf fundraiser. TOTALLY out of my comfort zone! Thankgoodness I am in charge of the children.

    http://www.orphanministries.com

  • I have been secretly creepin’ on your blog for a long time now, but this is my first comment! I really want to get on board the gluten free train to help out my adorable little autistic nephew who is allergic to gluten.

    This weekend I am writing a final for my first French Law class, as well as studying for my American law finals, translating my birth certificate into French for that dang French consulate, and doing all manner of other crazy things to get my paperwork together for a visa to study at a French law school this Fall!!!!!

    It is definitely outside my comfort zone since I’ve never been to Europe before, so I’m nervous and excited all at the same time!

  • I would love to give coconut flour a try!!

    As for what I’m trying new this weekend – laying baseboards… yikes! We recently installed new flooring and so this weekend comes with learning to use a miter saw and heavy duty nail gun. Watch out!!

  • This weekend I’m going on a date with a guy I barely know–something I never do. Should be fun. :)

  • can i just say right off the top that i have made *so* many things from your blog and they are *all* fantastic? the ginger and lentil soup? hells, yes! the chili? oh, my goodness. and, most recently, the chocolate brownie cookies which, honestly, you should have some kind of warning on. especially if you top them with coconut that toasts in the oven.

    anyway, to the giveaway question: i am going to help my girlfriend spring-clean our apartment and i am going to *get rid of clothes*. argh! i almost never do this because you never know, right? you *might* need that shirt (that you haven’t seen in 2 years because it’s been buried at the bottom of a pile of shirts you actually *wear*). but you might need it! now you’ve found it! in any case, as someone trying to go…maybe not gluten-free, but gluten-less, that cupcake book would find a friendly home with me. :)

    thanks for blogging, joy — please keep at it!

  • Oh gosh these look delicious, coconut flour sounds wonderful must get my hands on some to try out xoxo

  • Gluten free baking is intimidating for me, too. I’m vegan, and I’ve always wondered how vegan AND gluten free desserts would taste. I think I’ll leave that to the pros..

    But, I still want this cookbook!

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