Elana, Me and Her Lime Cupcakes, Sinful Recipe from Gluten Free Cupcakes

Here comes Gluten Free Cupcakes Cookbook (Celestial Arts) by no other than the soul of Elana's Pantry, Elana Amsterdam.

Well almost, Elana's new cookbook is scheduled to be released on April 26, 2011.

Why did I pick the Lime Cupcakes recipe?

Lime desserts have a warm weather feel to them so i thought it might break the spell and stop the drizzle falling over my corner of New Jersey today, not cold yet not inspiring.

Here it is for your sweet lime addiction.

Lime Cupcakes

Makes 10

Sweetness: Medium


1/2 cup coconut flour

1/2 cup blanched almond flour

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

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.

I might come back with seconds (another recipe) in a few days if you behave.

(* Recipe by Elana Amsterdam from Gluten Free Cupcakes, April 2011, reproduced with permission of the publisher, Celestial Arts)

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