Monday, June 6, 2011

Cookbook: Gluten Free Cupcakes

Elana Amsterdam recently released her second cookbook, Gluten-Free Cupcakes.  Her first cookbook, The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook, had a little bit of everything- great desserts, breakfast items, and some rather tasty entrees, while this new, brightly colored cookbook is 90% sweet, with 10% savory. She focuses on healthier alternative ingredients like almond and coconut flour, agave nectar, grapeseed oil, and coconut oil.  It was hard for me to decide which recipes to try out first, but I finally narrowed it done.

Since I needed a nice side for a meal I started out with the garlic cheddar muffins; easy ingredient list, and I already had everything in the house.  The muffins whipped up super easy and turned out perfectly brown.  I was beyond excited to try one.  Perfectly cheesy; a great punch of garlic; texturally soft and fluffy.  I will certainly add these to my go-to-biscuit-recipe-file in the future.
After such a great experience with the savory recipe, I continued on and made ice cream cone cupcakes. It was difficult to decide which one to make, but when I realized I already had ice cream cones in the house, I knew I had to make her recipe on page 78. I put my cones in my muffin pan and stuffed foil around them as suggested, and then filled them with the cake batter.

The only thing I did different was that I used butter instead of the grape seed oil, only because I didn't have grape seed oil in the house. The cupcake itself was moist, although I do wish I had filled the cones slightly more. Now the frosting didn't look as cool and impressive as the one in the cookbook, mainly because I just knifed it on, but if you put frosting in a frosting bag and squeezing it out, you could indeed replicate her presentation. Flavor-wise, these were great, and they can make a great impression.  It was not a difficult recipe to follow, only a little extra time was needed to make sure the cones did not fall over in the pan.

Ice cream cone cupcakes not your thing?  Well there are plenty more options in Gluten Free Cupcakes. You've got your basic vanilla, strawberry, and red velvet cupcakes, but if you're looking for something more fancy, how about white chocolate cherry, mocha chip, or pina colada cupcakes, and those are just the ones I randomly flipped too.

Wish you had a copy? Well here's your chance to win one!!!!!!!! In order to win your own free copy of Gluten-Free Cupcakes by Elana Amsterdam you must do 2 simple things. The 1st: become a follower of my blog, and 2nd post a comment and tell me what your ultimate cupcake combo would be (please leave your email with your comment so I can contact you if you win. If you don't leave your email, obviously I will not have a way to contact you. Thanks :-)) You have until June 29 at midnight, PST to enter. Winner to be announced on June 30, 2011.

11 comments:

Olinda Paul said...

I loved her last cookbook and this one sounds exciting because who doesn't love a good cupcake.
I would like to see French Vanilla, with raspberry and chocolate swirls. Then butter cream frosting piped in underneath the cupcake like a hostess cupcake.Total Yummo!

simplynutritiouskate said...

I love vanilla bean with raspberry filling maybe some coconut!

{MumandRoo} said...

I can't find the button to follow the blog! :( Also, for a second entry, my ultimate cupcake combo would be either a dark fudgy chocolate with a raspberry center and cream cheese/white chocolate icing, OR a coconut and pineapple white cake with brown sugared top (think pineapple upside down cake) and flaked coconut on top.

{MumandRoo} said...

I forgot to leave my email... it's mumandroo@gmail.com

Debbie said...

Please remember you MUST include your email address in your comment or I can't contact you if you win. Thanks :-)

Nicole said...

I would love a chocolate cupcake with coconut/pecan frosting... german chocolate. ;)

Diane said...

My ideal cupcake would have chocolate cake with a creamy peanut butter filling and chocolate buttercream icing. I have Elena's other almond flour cookbook and it's fantastic, the snickerdoodle recipe is my favorite. My email is dianekclifford@gmail.com

laura west kong said...

I can't find the button to follow your blog either, but I'm following you on Twitter (@gfChefLaura).

I'd love to make a blackberry green tea cupcake.

laura west kong said...

my email is: divaofquilting at yahoo dot com

charissa (zest bakery) said...

I'm a sucker for root bear floats so I'd like a vanilla bean cupcake with a rootbeer frosting. Yum-my!

charissa@zestbakery.com

Debbie said...

Charissa you're the lucky winner! I'll be in touch by email. Hope you make the rootbeer float cupcake happen!