Elana’s Pantry Gluten-Free Cupcakes – Review and Giveaway!

Elana Amsterdam - Gluten Free Cupcakes

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Cupcakes! Fabulous, gluten-free, grain-free, yummy-in-the-tummy cupcakes!

Did I get your attention? Good. Because you need to read this post. If you like cupcakes, that is. If you don’t like cupcakes, well… I just can’t help you then. You are a lost cause. Sorry. But it’s the truth. I know it is a trend, and some people don’t like to be one of the lemmings, but come on… Cake in cute papered, individually wrapped portions. Well, that’s if you eat just one. We all know how easy that is to do. Hah!

OK. Now that I have picked myself up off the floor from laughing so hard, let’s get on with it.

My friend, Elana from Elana’s Pantry (you know you love her), has written another fabulous cookbook, all about cupcakes. (You can click here for my review of Elana’s other cookbook, The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook. Also fabulous.) The cupcake cookbook came out a while ago, but you know, my life all in upheaval and all that jazz. So, I am finally getting around to reviewing it.

So, here is what you are getting in this post:

  • My opinion of the cookbook.
  • Cute pictures that I took of the cupcakes Max and I made.
  • A recipe for Lime Cupcakes from Elana’s book.
  • A chance to win your very own copy of Gluten-Free Cupcakes!

Seriously?!?! Can you top that? OK, maybe if I was giving away a copy to everyone, but let’s get real. A girl has to pay her own bills, too, right?

But, everyone does get the recipe for Lime Cupcakes with Vegan Coconut Frosting! Whoo-hoo! These are the ones we are making next. I made the Chocolate Banana Cupcakes because I wanted to use what I had on hand. We ALWAYS have chocolate and bananas. Two very important staples of life, in my opinion.

So, here is my opinion of the cookbook, Gluten-Free Cupcakes: 50 Irresistible Recipes Made with Almond and Coconut Flour, if you haven’t guessed it already. Fabulous! Amazing! Phenomenal! Tasty! Yummy! Uh…and all of those other adjectives. Loved the cupcakes we made and have the book all dog-eared up to make more.

Cute picture of cupcakes with fake bunny pretending to eat them. (I’m not a big frosting person, so my cupcakes are sans frosting.) And another picture of Max helping me make said (delicious) cupcakes.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Banana Cupcakes
Gluten-Free Chocolate Banana Cupcakes sans Frosting

Making Gluten-Free Chocolate Banana Cupcakes
Can you see the measuring cup in his hand?

Now, for the recipe that you can make right now. Lime Cupcakes!

Gluten-Free Lime Cupcake
Gluten-Free Lime Cupcake

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)

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 10 muffin cups with paper liners.
  2. 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.
  3. Scoop 1/4 cup of batter into each prepared muffin cup.
  4. 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

 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Allow to cool on the counter for 15 minutes. The mixture will not look like frosting yet—don’t worry; this is okay.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Disclaimers -

  1. 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. Photo Credit: Annabelle Breakey (for the Lime Cupcake photo).
  2. I received the cookbooks for free to review and giveaway.
  3. Opinions, as always, are my own.

And, for the giveaway… (I was going to write coup de grâce, but then I looked up what it really means. Ew. Nope. Not gonna use that phrase again.)

So, here’s the deal. It’s easy. I am giving away a copy of this fantastic book to one you beautiful readers. Just leave a comment below telling me which one of Elana’s recipes on her site, Elana’s Pantry, that you would like to try for yourself. I did it this way before, and I got some great ideas for recipes to try. Thanks!

Of course, there are the usual ways to get extra entries.

~Post about this giveaway on your blog and/or share it on Facebook. Leave a separate comment here saying that you did.

~Tweet about this giveaway using @GlugleGFree and @elanaspantry. Leave a separate comment here saying that you did.

~Subscribe to Glugle Gluten-Free via reader or email (upper right-hand corner of page). Leave a separate comment here saying that you did.

~“Like” Glugle Gluten-Free on Facebook. Leave a comment here saying that you did.

~“Follow” me on Twitter. Leave a separate comment here saying that you did.

~“Friend” me on Facebook. Leave a separate comment here saying that you did.

~“Like” Elana’s Pantry on Facebook. Leave a comment here saying that you did.

~“Follow” Elana on Twitter. Leave a comment here saying that you did.

If you already follow or like, go ahead and leave a comment saying that you already do. That counts.

Until later, here’s to…Living better, easily!

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PPS – The giveaway for the Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook ends June 28th, at 9pm, PST has ended. Congratulations to Hedy! I will emailed the winner, and you will have 48 hours to get back to me. After which, if I have not heard back from you, another winner will be drawn.

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167 Responses to “Elana’s Pantry Gluten-Free Cupcakes – Review and Giveaway!”

  1. Marsha A.

    I would like to try Elana’s recipe for blueberry cherry crumble.

  2. Marsha A.

    I subscribe to Glugle Gluten Free via email.

  3. Gillian

    A recipe from Elana’s that I haven’t tried? Humm, I would love to try one of her recipes for crackers using almond pulp — I used to make almond milk at home and I never knew what to do with all that good pulp, so I would like to try Elana’s recipe for ‘Wheat Thins” using almond pulp.

    But my favorite? Hands down, her Brownies made with almond butter! Oooh so good!

  4. Gillian

    I subscribe to Glugle Gluten Free on email!

  5. Allyson

    I love her ideas for powerbars. I always struggle with finding ideas for breakfast and these look wonderful!!!

  6. Kimberly Baham

    I already “like” you on facebook…have for awhile now, that’s how I found out about this awesome giveaway! :)

  7. Kimberly Baham

    I sent you a friend request on facebook!

  8. Kimberly Baham

    I liked Elana’s Pantry on facebook too…not a tweeter, so no more entries for this gluten free girl :( but still very grateful for the three chances to enter! :)

  9. I would love to try Elana’s peach chicken. I am obsessed with peaches and this recipe looks amazing. I also liked you on facebook.

  10. MaryCay

    I want to try a brownie recipe. The lime cupcake is now my go to recipe – I half the amount if sweetner and don’t frost it. Its perfect for my daily “bread” and goes great with chicken and egg salad!

  11. Not entering, but love your review, those yummy cupcakes of Elana’s, and the cute pic of Max! I totally agree on chocolate and banana, but must make the lime ones very soon after reading Heidi’s earlier review and seeing this photo again. :-) Best of luck to all!

    xo,
    Shirley

    • Thanks to Shirley, I have the new cupcake book! I’ve made the strawberry cupcakes and the cinnamon streusel cupcakes. Both are really good recipes!

      Thanks again, Shirley……and Elana, too!

      Carol

  12. MaryCay

    I subscribe to Glugle Gluten Free by email!

  13. MaryCay

    I retweeted your tweet on twitter. Try saying that five times fast:)

  14. I am such a fan of Elana’s. Love her breads, her crackers, her bar recipes (date walnut/almond joy bars….mmmm). Next up for me? Biscotti. Yep, want to get the biscotti goin’ on. :^)

  15. I have tried many of Elana’s recipes, my favorite is the mocha biscotti. I would love a copy of this book!

  16. Alison elgie

    Yummy yummy yummy in my husbands gluten free tummy! – & the rest if the families too!

  17. The photo you have posted makes me want to make this lime cupcake.
    I love that Elana uses Agave. We all need to get healthier.
    Thank you so much for all your encouragement and that you all
    promote each other.
    I

    • Glugle Gluten-Free

      Congratulations! You are the winner, Hedy!

      ~Tia

  18. Kirsten

    I’ve been eying some of her energy bar recipes… :)

  19. I am definitely trying the lime cupcakes this weekend! I tweet shared it too! Can’t wait:)

  20. I am already following both of you on facebook and twitter and love your posts! Keep ‘em coming:)

    If these cupcakes are as good as they look I plan on making them for my daughter’s graduation party in a few weeks for 100 people! I need to check out her cookbook.

  21. I’ve been missing muffins and cupcakes…some are 6 for 6.00 and look awful! These look like traditional coffee house pastries. I want to try all of them, and I will thank God and you when I do! :)

  22. I absolutely LOVE Elena’s recipes!! Definitely making these cupcakes this weekend!

  23. Christi Mae

    I already follow Elana on Facebook! And I love her chocolate cupcakes. Would like to try the Vegan Coconut Frosting. I’ve tried so many recipes of hers and love all of them! Both of my kids have very specific dietary needs so, consequently, have many foods to avoid and recipes of Elana’s work for us! Also, I liked your page! :)

  24. Laurel

    Chocolate covered cherries! I don’t even have to figure out how to replace eggs. Besides, they’re my fave and I have a birthday excuse next month. :))

  25. I would love to try one of her newer posts, the Apple Blackberry Crisp.

  26. I already follow/subscribe to Elana’s Pantry and “Like” is on FB.

  27. I just “Liked” Glugle Gluten Free on FB.

  28. Next on my ‘to do’ list from Elana’s blog is her Strawberry Cupcakes! Her lemon kale chips are AWESOME!

  29. AmyGrace

    I made these cupcakes and then for the frosting substituted lime juice for the coconut milk. Was wonderful!!!

  30. I love her roasted whole chicken recipes….the rosemary one is awesome.

  31. I love lime. I adore cupcakes! And w/ Coconut frosting!!!! So tropical, so divine, so gonna make some!

  32. The next recipe I’ll try from Elana’s Pantry is a newer post, the Apple Blackberry Crisp.

  33. Katrina

    I liked Elana on facebook. I think I will be making these lime cupcakes for my hubby for Father’s Day! :)

  34. Chelsea

    I’m excited to try Elana’s strawberry cupcakes. Yum!

  35. I just “LIKED” your facebook page! I love Elana’s first cookbook! Her Classic Drop Biscuits are my ABSOLUTE favorite recipe!

  36. Chelsea

    I just realised I entered my email address wrong on my previous two posts. It should be the address in this entry: river26[at]gmail[dot]com. Sorry for the confusion!

  37. Catherine N.

    I’d love to try the mock “Wheat Thins” from Elana’s site.

  38. Catherine N.

    Just ‘liked’ you on Facebook. Methinks I need to do a giveaway….

  39. If you have not tried Elana’s Banana Walnut Muffins (or is it Walnut Banana? hmmm) you are seriously missing out. Talk about super easy and oh my goodness tasty!! I subscribe to Elana via FB and her own site too. Gotta get hooked up here now…

  40. Stefanie

    I “Liked” Glugle Gluten-Free on Facebook. :~ )

  41. Stefanie

    I “Liked” Elana’s Pantry on Facebook :~ )

  42. Katrina

    Will probably try My Favorite Trail Mix or/and Chocolate Cranberry Power Bars for our family hiking and camping trips! :)

  43. Yum, now I’m craving cupcakes! I liked glugle gluten free on facebook.

  44. Abbe Smith

    Love you. Love elana. and so making some version of your lime cupcakes and her key lime cupcakes for my husband’s birthday. i am newly celiac and type 1 diabetic so love your use of agave and lower carb flours.

    so i have a random bag of chestnut flour… do you think i could sub chestnut flour for almond and mix in some coconut?

    • Glugle Gluten-Free

      Hi Abbe –

      Honestly, I have no idea. I have never worked with chestnut flour before. Only even saw a real chestnut this past Christmas. Had horse chestnuts in my neighborhood growing up. At least that’s what we called them. I’m sorry I couldn’t be more help. Have you tried asking Elana?

      xo – Tia

  45. My mum’s coeliac so since her diagnosis I’ve always been on the lookout for great gluten free recipes and sites. I found Elana a few weeks ago and fell in love with her recipes, also snapping up her almond flour cookbook. It is great to subsequently find you and read your very enthusiastic review on her cupcake book. I love your site too and have added you to Facebook, Twitter and have bookmarked here. I’ll also be singing your praises to my mum :) I thoroughly recommend the chicken meatballs on Elana’s blog, the soda bread and the pancakes. I make all these for myself though I’m not coeliac just because they’re so yummy!

  46. IldiAbraham

    I like Glugle Gluten Free on Facebook and would like to win! :)

  47. IldiAbraham

    I also like Elana’s Pantry on facebook! :)

  48. IldiAbraham

    I have just subscribed to your gluten free blog via email so that I will get all your new posts. :)

  49. Stephanie

    I love all of Elana’s recipes especially her biscuits!

  50. Thanks to Shirley of Gluten Free Easily, I have Elana’s new book. I have made the Strawberry Cupcakes and the Cinnamon Streusel Cupcakes. Both are REALLY good…excellent texture and flavor.

    Thanks again, Shirley and Elana!

  51. Kristen Kloos Seagrist

    I like glugle gluten free on facebook…I can’t wait to try that recipe!

  52. Kristen Kloos Seagrist

    I like elana’s pantry on facebook….love the cookbook. Great photographs from what I can tell. YUM!

  53. ChristySinTX

    I just made the Vegan Herb Crackers from Elena’s site! My 5 year old twins, LOVE THEM! I love them and that means WINNER WINNER WINNER! Finally some good SCD, GF/CF crackers for us to enjoy!

  54. ChristySinTX

    I also liked your page on facebook and now I need to ‘friend you’. So that means 3 entries for me. I just can’t do Twitter, I’m already a solo mom to 5 year old twins, one of which has serious allergies and autism. My plate is full ;-)

  55. Stephanie KL

    I follow you via RSS feed. I enjoy your down to earthiness and your wit as well as your recipes.

  56. Stephanie KL

    I follow Elana via RSS feed as well as Face Book.

  57. Stephanie KL

    I don’t have Elana’s cookbook yet but from her website I’ve tried the pumpkin pie muffins and the dark rye bread. Both are requested frequently by my husband. In the last two weeks I’ve made 4 rye breads and a batch of the muffins. Next I think I’ll try the herb crackers so the almond butter has a place to rest.

  58. I am hoping to make fig tapenade with walnut crackers. It sounds really different and a great party snack.

  59. SHaron

    Id like to try Elanas strawberry cupcakes.

  60. Venessa

    I would like to try the power bar recipe Elana has. Looks yummy!

  61. Tweeted about the Review + Giveaway on Twitter

  62. And it’s these Lime Cupcakes that I’m dying to try and Hello – Frosting? Yes Please!

  63. Dawn Hecke

    I posted about the giveaway on facebook

  64. Dawn Hecke

    I Subscribe to Glugle Gluten-Free via reader

  65. I want to try her “wheat” thins recipe -it’d be great to have a yummy swap for them!

  66. Melissa Lawler

    I like Glugle Gluten Free on Facebook

  67. Melissa Lawler

    I follow Glugle Gluten Free on twitter

  68. Melissa Lawler

    I like Elana’s Pantry on Facebook

  69. Melissa Lawler

    I am following Elana’s pantry on Twitter and can’t wait to try the double chocolate walnut brownies!

  70. Jen Galloway

    It’s really hard to choose which recipe I would want to try, but I’m definitely drawn to the chocolate recipes. They all look so yummy,… but the one that made me say “mmmmm” to myself was the chocolate peanut butter fudge! As far as all the “liking” & “tweeting” goes, I had already “liked” your blog. Now I’ve also “liked” Elana’s Pantry on FB & became one of your friends on FB. Thanks for keeping us informed of all that is new to the gluten free world!

  71. Marta S.

    Like *Elana’s Pantry* on facebook now. also on Glugle Guten Free on faebook, too. Thank you!

  72. Anna Murrie

    I’d like to try the Chocolate Almond Joy Bars!

  73. I have your page “Liked” on FB that’s how I knew about this giveaway. All of your products look and sound Yummy!
    Would love this cookbook:)

  74. Wanda Michael

    Hi & Thank you so much for this site!!! I like Glugle Gluten Free & Elana’ Pantry on F.B. And I send you a friend request.. My husband has: glutenfreespouse.com. I will share this site with him.
    Thanks again for everything your doing for us Gluten Free folks!!

    Wanda Michael

  75. Vanette

    I love Elana’s first cookbook – use it all the time! I “liked” her on Facebook – gladly. I am excited to try some recipes on this blog, too. Thank you for all the great gluten free recipes and resources.

  76. Michelle Jones

    Oh…wanting to try my favorite (and greatly missed) RED VELVET CUPCAKES!

  77. Michelle Jones

    Subscribed to Gluten Gluten Free Blog via Google reader

  78. Michelle Jones

    Following @Gluten GFree on Twitter

  79. Michelle Jones

    “friend” request sent on Facebook

  80. Michelle Jones

    Following @elanaspantry on Twitter

  81. Michelle Jones

    “liked” Elana’s Pantry on Facebook

  82. Viki Brookover

    I’m a fan of Elana’s Pantry on Facebook

  83. Viki Brookover

    I’m a fan of Elana’s Pantry on Facebook would love to win

  84. Jennifer Van Mol

    I love your recipes, thanks so much for sharing!! am trying to go completely gluten free..I follow you on twitter and like the group on facebook…thanks again!! =)

  85. Stefanie

    I already Like” Glugle Gluten-Free on Facebook.

  86. Stefanie

    I already “Like” Elana’s Pantry on Facebook- and would ❤ love to win this giveaway. My daughter’s birthday is in a couple weeks and I would love to make some yummy cupcakes for her class to show them gluten free is just as yummy ツ

  87. brandi smith villegas

    Already “like” you on facebook!