Happy belated birthday to my super, awesome, lovely, beautiful friend Carolyn! If you haven’t checked out this girl’s blog, you really should. Her work outs are amazing, and she has been a total inspiration to me ever since I met her! She is also super sweet and a truly amazing friend. She eats gluten free, and I always feel bad that when I make desserts for things, she can never eat them. So Nicole and I put our heads together to plan out some awesome surprise birthday cupcakes for her. Well, then poor Nicole got sick, but still gave me all of the fantastic ingredients I needed to carry out our plan!
My friend Christina sent me a recipe for gluten free coconut cupcakes that I used as a base. I’m not sure who it’s originally from, so dear person who created it, if you read this lil ole blog, please tell me so I can be like “Hey readers! All 3 of you! Go look at ______’s awesome recipes”. Thanks in advance. I’m a big fan of your recipe!
I altered the recipe a bit to make it healthy(ish) and put some of my own touches in. Also, Nicole gave me all of these gf flour options, so I ended up getting a little accidentally creative on the flour mix, but I think it was pretty much the happiest accident ever.
Sometimes gluten free things come with weird textures, but not these babies. Friends and family scarfed them down, and my step dad called them the best cupcakes I’ve ever made! Who knew creating recipes around different diets could be so fun? It makes me want to explore more with gf, vegan, paleo and any other fancy diet recipes. I found that I really like creating things for people who eat a certain way and may not always have foods on their plan provided.
Gluten Free Almond Joy Cupcakes
yield 24 cupcakes
For the coconut cupcakes:
- 1 cup raw cane sugar
- 1 cup Splenda
- 1 cup egg substitute
- 2 1/2 cups brown rice flour mix (see below)
- dash salt
- 1 tbs baking powder
- 1 tsp xanthan gum
- 1 cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut vanilla almond milk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon coconut extract
Brown rice flour mix:
- 1 cup brown rice flour
- 1 cup sweet white sorghum flour
- 2/3 cup potato starch (not potato flour)
- 1/3 cup tapioca flour
- Preheat oven to 350. Line 2 muffin tins with cupcake liners and lightly spray with nonstick spray.
- Beat sugar, Splenda, and egg substitute at medium speed for approx 1 min. Add in all remaining ingredients and beat at medium speed for 1 min.
- Evenly divide the batter between your 24 lined cups. Each one should be about 2/3 full.
- Bake for 18-20 min, until top springs back when you press lightly on the middle, or toothpick inserted in center comes out mostly clean.
- Cool completely on wire rack, then frost with chocolate almond cream cheese frosting.
For the Chocolate Almond Cream Cheese Frosting:
yield enough to frost at least 24 cupcakes
adapted from How Sweet It Is (I love pretty much every single one of her recipes)
- 3 x 8 oz blocks reduced fat cream cheese (you could also use fat free, I just had red fat on hand)
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 2 1/2 oz grain sweetened chocolate chips, melted and cooled
- 1-2 tsp almond extract
- Beat cream cheese on medium speed in a stand mixer until smooth. Add almond extract.
- On low speed, add in powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time, followed by cocoa powder.
- Increase to medium speed and add melted chocolate.
- Beat until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl often.
- Frost and enjoy!
- raw sugar
- shredded coconut