My dear friend Elana Amsterdam’s new cookbook, Gluten-Free Cupcakes: 50 Irresistible Cupcakes Made with Almond and Coconut Flour, arrived Friday (courtesy of Elana and 10 Speed Press). Yes, 50 cupcake recipes! Cupcakes that run the gamut from seemingly simple, like a gluten-free Vanilla Cupcake, gluten-free and vegan Chocolate Cupcake, or even today’s gluten-free Marble Cupcakes, to decadent, such as German Chocolate Cupcakes.
There are even savory cupcakes, aka muffins, like Scallion Goat Cheese Muffins. And irresistible is right! I haven’t had a cupcake since going gluten free and I already have several other great cookbooks in my queue for review. Yet I couldn’t resist dropping everything and making cupcakes.
After reading Elana’s introduction and the comprehensive section on equipment, ingredients, measuring, and more, I flipped through the recipes one by one. So many gorgeous cupcakes, but it was the lovely chocolate and vanilla swirls of the Marble Cupcakes that caught my eye.
As you can see, the photo shows some that are frosted and some that are unfrosted. Elana reports that one of her sons like them without frosting; the other likes them with frosting.
I went for the no-frosting option and was perfectly happy with the results. Even Mr. GFE happily indulged, although with Elana’s cupcakes, indulgence is a relative thing.
The ingredients for these cupcakes are healthier choices such as almond flour, coconut flour, eggs, grapeseed oil, cocoa powder, coconut milk, fruit, nuts, and agave nectar.
I used our bees’ honey instead of agave nectar to make these beautiful marble cupcakes—a delightful mix of vanilla and chocolate goodness.
Note that the bright orange yolks from my friends’ free-range chickens actually made the vanilla batter a yellow-orange when I made this recipe, which makes them look like Halloween cupcakes!
Elana and 10 Speed Press have graciously allowed me to share this recipe with my gfe readers—woohoo! You can also see the gorgeous photo from her Gluten-Free Cupcakes cookbook I referenced above, which again, shows both the frosted and unfrosted versions.
Gluten-Free Marble Cupcakes and Chocolate Frosting Recipe
Recipes reprinted courtesy of Elana Amsterdam and 10 Speed Press. Cupcake sweetness: Medium; Frosting sweetness: High Frosting makes 1 1/4 cups. 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.
Vanilla Cupcake Batter
Chocolate Cupcake Batter
Vegan Chocolate Frosting
Recipes reprinted courtesy of Elana Amsterdam and 10 Speed Press.
Cupcake sweetness: Medium; Frosting sweetness: High
Frosting makes 1 1/4 cups. 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.