archive for May, 2010

Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes

Posted on May 28, 2010

Yesterday was the last day of school for the boys and their friends and we all celebrated on our porch with these fun and festive cupcakes.  Super easy to make and even easier to eat, the boys made a big mess –their faces were covered in yummy deliciousness in the mid day heat.  Then they ran around to our back yard, turned on the sprinkler and jumped on our trampoline.  What a great afternoon!

Here’s how to make your own yummy, ... read more →

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Posted on May 25, 2010

I thought these gluten free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cupcakes would be a breeze to make.  I was wrong.  A dozen batches later, here is the recipe.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

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½ cup creamy peanut butter (unsalted)
½ cup agave nectar
2 eggs
¼ teaspoon celtic sea salt
¼ teaspoon baking soda
½ cup roasted peanuts (unsalted), chopped
½ cup chocolate chunks

In a large bowl, with a hand blender, mix peanut butter, agave and eggs until creamy
Blend in salt and baking soda
Fold in peanuts and chocolate
Scoop ... read more →

Blueberries and Cream Cupcakes

Posted on May 21, 2010

The idea to make these gluten free Blueberries and Cream Cupcakes came from the book Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes. You can view her original recipe over at ivillage.com.  While testing, the boys and I were referring to these yummy little gluten free treats as blueberry shortcake cupcakes and as you can imagine, the 3 of us enjoyed every bite.

My husband, unfortunately, was not privy to a tasting of these gluten free cupcakes since he was on an extended business trip ... read more →

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Posted on May 18, 2010

I’ve been wanting to make gluten free Carrot Cupcakes for a while now.  When I think of spring, I think of carrot cake and when I think of picnics and potlucks I think of carrot cake cupcake yumminess.

These little gluten free Carrot Cake Cupcakes are topped with my Creamy Cream Cheese Frosting, though if you’re looking for a vegan frosting option, you could go with my Coconut Cream Frosting.

My younger son loved these, though the whole family enjoyed ... read more →

Flourless Chocolate Cupcakes

Posted on May 14, 2010

Here’s a quick and easy dessert that will wow your guests whether they’re gluten free or “full of gluten”. This Flourless Chocolate Cupcake recipe is dark and rich –my husband absolutely loved it.

He is really benefiting from the Elana’s Pantry month of cupcakes, given that he is my primary taste tester. And thankfully he enjoyed this treat as much as, or even more than, the last (Banana Cream Pie Cupcakes) –though that’s not much of a surprise since he’s quite the ... read more →

Banana Cream Pie Cupcakes

Posted on May 11, 2010

I’m on a gluten free cupcake mission, as you can see from the photo above and my other recent posts for Jelly Donut Cupcakes and Coconut Key Lime Cupcakes. 

The boys are thrilled when they get home from school and the house looks like its ready for a birthday party.  And I’m thrilled to see them with frosting all over their cute little faces.

Banana Cream Pie Cupcakes

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1 ½ cups blanched almond flour
1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
¼ teaspoon celtic sea salt
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Whipped Cream Frosting

Posted on May 11, 2010

This gluten free Whipped Cream Frosting is fun to make and so easy that the children can practically do it by themselves.  I like to spread it over my Banana Cream Pie Cupcakes, though it goes equally well with Chocolate Cupcakes.

Whipped Cream Frosting

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1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup

Place the cream and honey (or maple syrup) in a large (and if possible deep) bowl
Whip with a hand blender until stiff peaks form
Spread over cupcakes or cake
Serve

Frosts about ... read more →

Chocolate “Dirt”

Posted on May 10, 2010

This chocolate “dirt” is perfect for dusting cakes and cupcakes.  It’s made from one simple ingredient –chocolate chunks and super easy to prepare.

I recently used this dirt to dust the Whipped Cream Frosting on my Banana Cream Pie Cupcakes.

Chocolate “Dirt”

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1 handful chocolate chunks

Place chips in a coffee grinder
Grind until the texture of coarse sand
Serve over cream, berries or cupcakes

Enjoy!

Coconut Cupcakes with Key Lime Icing

Posted on May 7, 2010

Thanks everyone for your cupcake suggestions.  The idea for these gluten free Coconut Key Lime Cupcakes came from comments left by sas and laura in my Jelly Donut Cupcake post –the post that launched my own personal month of cupcakes.

These gluten free cupcakes were a real winner with my children.  Whenever I get out the icing bag, they go bonkers and yesterday was no different.  I had to hold them back when they arrived home from school, so that I ... read more →

Key Lime Icing

Posted on May 7, 2010

This sweet, rich yet tart and tangy Key Lime Icing is a cinch to make and has great flavor.  I like to pair it with my gluten free Coconut Cupcakes to make Coconut Key Lime Cupcakes.

Key Lime Icing

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1 pint heavy cream
½ cup agave nectar or honey
¼ cup lime zest (I use a microplane zester) (3-4 limes)

In a large bowl, whip the cream, agave and lime zest with a hand held mixer
Whip until the cream forms soft peaks
Spread on your favorite ... read more →

Jelly Donut Cupcakes

Posted on May 4, 2010

In honor of Celiac Awareness Month, I have decided to make May my own personal cupcake month.  Today’s post is Jelly Donut (or Doughnut) Cupcakes, and I’m going to attempt to do a gluten free cupcake recipe every time I post in May –wish me luck!

These gluten free Jelly Donut Cupcakes are filled with yummy raspberry jam and oozing with fruity goodness.  My husband liked them so much that he took the entire batch to his office to (hopefully) share ... read more →