For his fourth birthday, my son requested strawberry cupcakes.
Well, actually that is not true, he requested lemon, which I made and he hated, but that’s another story. The second time around, for his actual birthday (yes, I made him cupcakes twice), he wanted strawberry. And, being the procrastinator I am, I waited until the night before to figure out how I was going to make gluten, dairy, egg free strawberry cupcakes.
Oh yes I did.
Luckily, I have Pinterest. (Well, technically YOU have Pinterest too.) I searched and found this cupcake recipe from Elana’s Pantry. And I found this cupcake/frosting recipe from The Gluten Free Canteen. I made modifications to both (making the cupcakes egg free and the frosting dairy and booze free) and viola…
Rustic looking, but freaking delicious tasting cupcakes.
Strawberry Cupcakes (from Feeding My Kid)
Adapted from Elana’s Pantry, original recipe here. The original calls for four eggs. I was nervous trying to modify with so many eggs in the original recipe, but it did work. I used a mixture of flax eggs and Ener G Egg Replacer to hedge my bets.
½ cup coconut flour
1 Tbsp arrowroot powder
¼ tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 Tbsp ground flaxseed plus 6 Tbsp water (these are the flax eggs)
3 tsp. Ener-G egg replacer plus 4 Tbsp water (these are the egg replacer eggs)
½ cup sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
½ cup finely chopped fresh strawberries
Scoop ¼ cup of batter into each paper liner. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
Elana recommends frosting with whipped cream or Strawberry Meringue. Recipes for both are in her excellent cookbook Gluten Free Cupcakes and neither of which will work with our food allergies. So, enter the strawberry “buttercream” recipe from Gluten Free Canteen.
Strawberry “Buttercream” Frosting (from Feeding My Kid)
Adapted from The Gluten Free Canteen, original recipe here.
1 tsp vanilla
4-6 Tbsp macerated and puréed strawberries (the original recipe calls for macerating these in massive amounts of booze, which would be awesome, but completely inappropriate for my four-year old. I macerated mine by chopping finely, adding granulated sugar, and sitting in the fridge for a few hours prior to whipping this frosting up.) Set aside a few strawberries for garnish – i.e., don’t macerate them.
4 cups powdered sugar
Cream together Earth Balance and vanilla. Add 4 tablespoons of the strawberry puree until thoroughly combined. Add powdered sugar and mix on low until combined, then mix on high until light and fluffy. Add more strawberry puree by the tablespoon until the buttercream looks like frosting and tastes as strawberry-ish as you desire. Use to frost your cooled cupcakes.