Monday, 23 January 2012

Gluten-Free Coconut Cupcake (with Coconut Frosting)

I think I might be obsessed with coconut.  I am definitely obsessed with coconut!  These gluten-free, vegan cupcakes are a coconut lover's dream.  Hot from the oven these little gems are sure to keep you warm on those cold winter nights. 
Now no more chit chat, here's the recipe:
for the cupcakes -
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut flour
  • 1 cup raw evaporated cane sugar (would be lovely to substitute coconut sugar if you can)
  • 1/2 cup shredded dried coconut
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup almond milk (hemp milk might be nice too)
  • 1/3 cup grapeseed oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
for the frosting -
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • agave, honey or coconut nectar (to taste)
  • shredded dried coconut (for garnish)
Combine all the dry ingredients for the cupcakes in a bowl and mix well.  In a separate bowl mix the wet ingredients.  Slowly add the wet to the dry and mix until well combined.  Pour into a muffin tin and bake at 350 F for 25-30 minutes.
When the cupcakes are cooled, whip together the coconut oil and sweetener.  Give each one a generous dollop of frosting and then sprinkle with more shredded coconut. 
It really can't get any more coconutty than this!

What could be better ... um ... how 'bout chocolate gluten-free coconut cupcakes with chocolate coconut frosting!!

I just couldn't resist trying out a chocolate version.  Simply add a few tablespoons of cocoa powder to the batter (chocolate chips in there might be nice too) and add some cocoa powder to the coconut oil frosting.

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