cupcakes

  • Marble Cupcakes and Vegan Chocolate Frosting

    Weekly Recipe: 
    NonWeekly

    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

    Marble Cupcakes

    MAKES 8
    SWEETNESS: Medium

    Vanilla Batter
    1/4 cup coconut flour
    1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    2 large eggs
    2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
    1/3 cup agave nectar

    Chocolate Batter
    2 tablespoons coconut flour
    2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    2 large eggs
    1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
    1/4 cup agave nectar

    Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 8 muffin cups with paper liners.
    To make the vanilla batter, in a large bowl, combine the coconut flour and baking soda. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, grapeseed oil, and agave nectar. Stir the wet ingredients into the coconut flour mixture with a large spoon until thoroughly combined.

    To make the chocolate batter, in a large bowl, combine the coconut flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, grapeseed oil, and agave nectar. Stir the wet ingredients into the coconut flour mixture with a large spoon until thoroughly combined.

    Fill each prepared muffin cup with 4 tablespoons of batter, alternating tablespoons of chocolate and vanilla, starting with chocolate batter and ending with vanilla. Use a toothpick to swirl the batter in figure eights.

    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 and serve.

    Vegan Chocolate Frosting

    MAKES 1 1/4 Cups
    SWEETNESS: High

    6 ounces dark chocolate chips (73% cacao) (about 1 heaping cup)
    1/2 cup Spectrum all-vegetable shortening
    1/4 cup agave nectar
    1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    2 tablespoons water
    Pinch of sea salt

    Who would guess that this super-rich and thick chocolate frosting is vegan? Frost over everything, or simply eat it with a spoon, like I do.

    In a medium saucepan over very low heat, melt the chocolate until smooth. Allow the pan to stand on the counter for 5 to 10 minutes to cool the chocolate to room temperature.

    Blend in the shortening with a handheld mixer, then blend in the agave nectar, vanilla extract, water, and salt until smooth. Place the saucepan in the refrigerator for 3 to 8 minutes, until the frosting becomes spreadable.

    If the frosting becomes too stiff to work with, reheat the pan ever so briefly over very low heat and stir until the frosting is softened. If the frosting is too runny, place it back in the refrigerator until it firms up.

    Use immediately or store in a glass Mason jar in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

  • Gluten-Free Cupcakes


    Marble Cupcakes

    MAKES 8 
    SWEETNESS: Medium 

    Vanilla Batter
    1/4 cup coconut flour
    1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    2 large eggs 
    2 tablespoons grapeseed oil 
    1/3 cup agave nectar 

    Chocolate Batter
    2 tablespoon coconut flour 

    Check out Elana Amsterdam's gluten-free marble cupcake recipe!