Strawberry Cupcakes with Meringue Frosting

gluten-free cupcakes cookbook elana amsterdam

If you’ve been reading gluten-free blogs for a while, then you are probably familiar with Elana of Elana’s Pantry.

Elana has a new cookbook out, Gluten-Free Cupcakes: 50 Irresistible Recipes Made with Almond and Coconut Flour.

I was intrigued by this cookbook because despite the great looking recipes on Elana’s blog, I still haven’t done much baking with almond or coconut flours.  They are, however, healthy substitutes for wheat flour.  While some of her recipes use a little bit of arrowroot powder, they are very low in starches and carbohydrates, especially compared to many gluten free recipes (including my own).

This book is mostly about cupcakes with a few muffin recipes and a nice selection of frostings, fillings, and toppings.  When you purchase this cookbook, which is only $9.99 at Amazon right now (the list price is $16.99), you will want to start by reading Cupcakes 101: Equipment, Tips, and Ingredients.  That section of the book contains important information to ensure that you get good results with Elana’s recipes.

The sweetener used in these recipes is agave nectar. I know some people are not fond of agave due to the high amount of fructose it contains.  If that’s the case for you, I still recommend the book, but you will have to experiment with other sweeteners.  Personally, I don’t mind using agave occasionally.

Many, but not all of the recipes in this book are dairy free.  One of the reasons Elana uses grapeseed oil in some of the cupcake recipes is because it is dairy free.  It is the frostings, fillings, and toppings that pose a greater problem, but there are several vegan recipes, and the meringue frosting (see below) is naturally dairy free.

I made the strawberry cupcakes with meringue frosting and have been given permission to share those recipes with you.  The cupcakes were moist and tasty, and I was especially impressed with how soft they stayed after a couple of days in the refrigerator.

Elana says not to double the recipes, but I did anyway because I knew 8 cupcakes just wouldn’t be enough.  The meringue frosting needs to be eaten soon and does not keep, so don’t double that recipe unless you are sure they will all be eaten.  My son enjoyed the extra cupcakes without any frosting for snacks at school.

Strawberry Cupcakes from Elana Amsterdam | The Gluten-Free Homemaker (cookbook photo)


Strawberry Cupcakes

from Gluten-Free Cupcakes: 50 Irresistible Recipes Make with Almond and Coconut Flour by Elana Amsterdam

Makes 8

Sweetness: Medium

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 8 muffin cups with paper liners.

In a large bowl, combine the coconut flour, arrowroot powder, salt, and baking soda. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, agave nectar, and vanilla extract. Blend the wet ingredients into the coconut flour mixture with a handheld mixer until thoroughly combined, then fold in the strawberries.

Scoop 1/4 cup of batter into each prepared muffin cup.

Bake for 20 to 25 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 and serve. [/print_recipe]

Strawberry Meringue Frosting

from Gluten-Free Cupcakes: 50 Irresistible Recipes Make with Almond and Coconut Flour by Elana Amsterdam

Makes 3 cups

Sweetness: High

    • 1/4 cup agave nectar
    • 2 egg whites
    • 2 tablespoons finely chopped freshstrawberries

In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring the agave nectar to a boil, stirring constantly. Decrease the heat to low and simmer for 6 to 10 minutes, watching constantly and stirring occasionally, until the agave nectar darkens slightly from its original amber color, then remove from the heat and set aside.

In a deep bowl, whip the egg whites to stiff peaks using a handheld mixer. Be sure to push the beaters around the bowl to incorporate air into the whites. This step is important; if your egg whites are not whipped to stiff peaks, the recipe won’t work. Stop whipping as soon as the egg whites are stiff; overwhipping will result in egg whites that are dry and grainy. The foam of the whites will be stiff enough to stand up in well-defined, unwavering peaks.

Drizzle the warm agave nectar very slowly into the egg whites, while whipping with a handheld mixer, to keep the peaks stiff. The meringue will become pearlescent and shiny.

Allow to cool to room temperature, then fold the strawberries into the meringue. Use right away.

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Disclaimer:  I was provided with a free copy of Gluten-Free Cupcakes: 50 Irresistible Recipes Made with Almond and Coconut Flour. The opinions in this post are my own.

About Linda Etherton

Linda has been gluten free since 2000 when I was diagnosed with celiac disease which propelled me into the world of gluten-free cooking and baking. I am convinced that gluten-free food can and should be delicious, and I never apologize for serving it.
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  1. I follow you on twitter and re-tweeted the giveaway. I haven’t tried Elana’s recipes, but definitely want to test them out soon! I love using coconut and almond flour in my cooking since it is so much healthier than rice / potato flour. Thank you!

  2. I love Elana’s recipes. I have her first cookbook and would love this one, too!

  3. Shannon Schuren says:

    Thanks for sharing! I have not tried any of Elana’s recipes yet. I’ve had some success with almond flour – I’ve got a good banana bread recipe that uses it, as well as one of my holiday cookie staples – but I haven’t worked with coconut flour. Will have to try these – they look divine!

  4. I follow Elana’s blog but have not tried any of her recipes. They look wonderful, though, and that cupcake looks delicious!

  5. I follow you through Blogger.

  6. I haven’t tried any of Elana’s recipes yet, I don’t think. I follow her blog, though! I follow so many blogs that I can’t keep track of what I’ve made from them all. I really want to get my hands on her cookbooks. :)

  7. debbie schnell says:

    Yes! I have tried Elena’s delicious vanilla cupcakes, lemon and strawberry are next, I’m picking up a flat of Ponchatoula, Louisians strawberries tonight :)

  8. debbie schnell says:

    Posting on my facebook page! :)

  9. debbie schnell says:

    Tweeting now!! :DD

    I would get so much use out of this wonderful book!

  10. francine says:

    where do i get coconut flour? it is not available in my area?

  11. I haven’t tried any of her recipes, but have wanted to. Like you I haven’t baked with almond or coconut flours much.

  12. I subscribe to your blog via RSS feed.

  13. Already subscribed!

  14. Mmmmm…I would love a copy of this book. I have really enjoyed trying different recipes from different sources as it is amazing the variety there is to achieve a gf product. I have not tried Elana’s recipes yet, but have been meaning too. I do read her blog from time to time. I have a huge bag of almond flour sitting in my fridge right now. Sounds like I might get a chance to use more of it soon:)

  15. I have tried Elana’s recipes, my mom uses them all the time. I already belong to your email feed. Will post giveway on facebook as soon as I am through here! Would love to win!

  16. Felicia says:

    Great giveaway! Who doesn’t LOVE cupcakes! 😉

  17. I have tried many of Elana’s recipes from her website and her last cookbook. It was a godsend to find her website when we first started off on the Specific Carbohydrate diet, as many of her recipes are easily converted to it. She is one of my inspirations. I have found honey often substitutes well for the agave.

  18. This looks like something I would love to try for my daughter who is gluten intolerant.

    Thanks so much for your great site and this opportunity! :)

    • I forgot to mention I’ve never tried these recipes.. but I hope to soon! :)

  19. I’m an email subscriber. :)

  20. I shared this on my Facebook page. :)

  21. I have tried many of Elana’s recipes, both ones from her first cookbook and ones on her blog. I bake exclusively with nut flours, so her recipes are ideal for me. I’d love to win her latest book.

  22. I subscribe to your blog via email.

  23. I have not tried any of Elana’s recipes yet. I would love to win this cookbook. It would be nice to be able to bring a treat to parties and such and be able to enjoy them too!
    I am also a follower of this blog!

  24. I’d love to add this cookbook to my collection. I haven’t tried any of Elana’s recipes yet, but have plans to try some of her cupcake recipes in a few weeks!

  25. I already follow your blog via RSS

  26. Janis S. says:

    I subscribe to your emails.

  27. Janis S. says:

    I follow Elana’s blog and have tried a few of her recipes. They were all good. Would love to win this cookbook so I can make many more of her wonderful recipes.

  28. domestic diva says:

    I really want a copy of this book — sounds fab!

  29. domestic diva says:

    I’ve tried many of Elana’s recipes. My favorite: kale chips.

  30. domestic diva says:

    I follow on gfc

  31. Janis S. says:

    I shared this on facebook.

  32. Christine says:

    I’d really like to win this cookbook since right now the only flours I’m using are coconut and almond, and I’m having a hard time coming up with recipes.

  33. The Strawberry Cupcakes look delicious!

  34. Christine says:

    I subscribe to your blog by email.

  35. She has an apple cinnamon muffin in her first cookbook that my kids just love. I’d love to win this!

  36. I am also a subscriber to this blog!

  37. I haven’t tried any of the recipes but the strawberry one above looks amazing! I even have all the ingredients. Looks like I have a recipe to use for a home party tomorrow! Would love the new cookbook to try more! Thank you!!!

  38. Catherine Cobb says:

    I subscribe via RSS!

  39. Catherine Cobb says:

    I haven’t tried them yet, but I am going to ASAP!

  40. Christine Bailey says:

    I have not tried any of her recipes yet, but would love to win the book so I could try some of them, or even all of them!! :)

  41. Christine Bailey says:

    I subscribe via email

  42. Christine Bailey says:

    I shared this on my facebook page!

  43. Devorie Raitport says:

    I havent tried baking with ccocnut flour…I mostly stick to garbanzo bean, potato starch and rice flour, but the recipes look wonderful. I’d love to win a copy and try them out.

  44. That cupcake looks so beautiful! I’d love to try it and see how 4 eggs fit into a recipe with basically only half a cup of flour. Sounds very different from the starchy, refined flour cupcakes I’ve been used to.

  45. No, I haven’t tried any of her recipes. I’d love to, though, for my autistic son. :)

  46. I do not have any of Elana’s cookbooks so have not had the opportunity to try any of her recipes. Would like to use coconut flour though.
    I am a follower of this blog.

  47. I am a subscriber to your blog via emails

  48. I shared this giveaway on facebook

  49. I have not tried her cupcakes yet but they sound really interesting and I’d love to make them sometime

  50. We just started our gf lifestyle, so I would love to have a book like this…especially with birthdays coming up soon!

  51. I already subscribe through blogger.

  52. YUMMMM these look super, I can’t wait to try them!!

  53. I’d love to win this cookbook!

  54. I read your emails with delicious anticipation!

  55. Marsha A. says:

    I love Elana’s first book and would like to own her cupcake book. thanks for the chance to win it.

  56. Marsha A. says:

    I am an email subscriber.

  57. My sister made the Strawberry Cupcakes from this cookbook and they were delicious! I hope I win. :)

  58. I am already subscribed to your blog via email. :)

  59. Jennifer says:

    I haven’t tried her recipes. I just haven’t been able to bring myself to give up Tom Sawyer flour! It makes everything taste the way I remember the “regular” stuff did. I should cough up some cash for the special flours soon, though, as I’m trying to make even healthier choices than I already do!

  60. Lesley says:

    I am new to gluten free cooking and would love to get a copy of this cookbook.

  61. I have the Almond Flour Cookbook, and love it! My favorite recipe in there is the chocolate chip scone recipe. I’d love to have a copy of this one. Thanks for the giveaway :)

  62. Colleen says:

    Would love to win and try all the great recipes!

  63. Colleen says:

    I subscribe via email. Love your site!

  64. Stephanie Wilson says:

    I am new to gluten free cooking and one of my first cookbooks was the Almond Flour Cookbook. I would love to try one with both almond flour and coconut flours for cakes! I miss those!

  65. Sharon says:

    I have made Elanas peach crisp recipe and it wad delicious! I’d love her cookbook to try even more!

  66. Sharon says:

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  68. Sharon says:

    I tweeted about this giveaway!

  69. Stephanie Wilson says:

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  70. I can’t wait to try some cupcake recipes. Homemade baking is the one GF thing I have not tried yet. Thanks !!

  71. Just tweeted about giveaway……tweet name TheRealMobo.


  72. Also just posted givea way on my FaceBook page. Wanda Smith Moncrief.

  73. I have tried about a dozen or so of Elana’s recipes from her first cookbook. Each one is a keeper and my husband requests them all the time.

    Last week I tried out her marble cupcakes, and they were excellent! I would LOVE to win her latest book because I know whenever I fix one of her recipes, it will turn out great. My husband breathes a sigh of relief when I fix a new recipe from her, too.

  74. Allyson says:

    I love Elana’s Pantry. Her spicy power bars have become a morning snack favorite at our house!!

  75. Allyson says:

    I subscribe via email.

  76. Carmen E. says:

    I have never tried her recipes, but have really wanted to! What a great giveaway…would be so fun to win! :)

  77. Carmen E. says:

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  78. Amanda says:

    Elana’s recipe’s are amazing! I made my whole Easter dinner and dessert with recipes from her blog. For dessert, we had the gluten-free carrot cake with coconut frosting. It was great…and unlike many cakes, it stayed moist for days. Everyone in my family (all of whom do not eat gluten and dairy free like I do) absolutely loved it and it (no exaggeration) completely shifted their view on gluten free meals and treats. Next time I make it, I may not add the raisins, but my parents said it was the best part, so what do I know? I think it was sweet enough without the raisins. I would absolutely love to have her cupcake cookbook and since the contest ends on my birthday, it would be a perfect birthday present hehe 😉

  79. Amanda says:

    I subscribed via e-mail

  80. Amanda says:

    I posted on my facebook page :)
    If I share the link though, due to my privacy settings you will probably be unable to see the post. Here’s the link though anyway:

  81. Shannon J. says:

    I have not tried any of Elana’s recipes but I’m still pretty new to the GF lifestyle and have not gotten too carried away with baking and stuff yet.

  82. Shannon J. says:

    I subscribe via email!

  83. I have made a couplew of her bread recipes…yum!

  84. I have made a few of Elana’s recipes. They are quite good. I made these cupcakes on Sunday. My daughter who is nine thought the frosting the best!

  85. My 2 daughters who are 7 and 9 were just diagnosed about a month ago with severe food sensitivities. I have been so busy trying to find food that they will eat for meals that I haven’t even thought about desserts. This would be a great way for me to be able to give them something that other kids their age can have and put a smile back on their beautiful faces!

  86. For the love of sweet things . . . what kind of sweetener is okay to eat? I would love a copy of this book. I have been gf for 4 years and am just now learning to bake.

  87. I love Elana’s recipes! She has great cracker recipes! She has a delicious almond flour pizza crust too.

  88. I am already subscribed. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway. :)

  89. I have heard great things about Elana’s book but haven’t tried any of her recipes.

  90. I follow your blog and facebook and twitter

  91. I’d love to try some of the recipes in this book! I haven’t tried any of Elana’s recipes yet.

  92. I have not tried the recipes yet, but I will, as soon as I can find these ingredients! I tweeted the giveaway. I subscribed to your updates. Hope I win this fabulous cookbook!

  93. I subscribe via RSS feed

  94. I have tried a few of Elana’s recipes and am always looking for more!

  95. Hannah Johnson says:

    I follow you on twitter. I can not tolerate gluten so this cookbook is perfect for me. I hope I win :)

  96. Tracey King says:

    I subscribe via email.

  97. Claire Abel says:

    Wow, do they look yummy.I can’t wait to try them!

  98. Catherine N says:

    I have not tried any of Elana’s recipes yet. I just found her blog, which looks divine… and I love baking with almond flour! I would love to check out this cookbook!

  99. I have recently had to go gluten free, dairy free, and egg free. Apparently these foods have been the root of many of my health issues. Looks like this cookbook would be a great inspiration.

  100. I’ve tried Elana’s recipes. My favorite is her chipotle chicken.

  101. Corrine says:

    Elana’s Pantry is new to my. I love to find new baking ideas and am excited to find cupcake recipes! I posted this on my facebook for all of my celiac friends to see to!

  102. Kimberly Baham says:

    I haven’t tried any of her recipes yet…we are new to the world of gluten free living. Just found out this week that BOTH my girls are gluten intolerant, they are 4 and 2…I have been on a gluten free diet for about 6 months. Lots of changes, lots to learn. Would LOVE a gluten free cookbook for baking!

  103. Kimberly Baham says:

    I just signed up to receive your newsletter!

  104. I have not tried any of her recipes, but I am super excited to…being gluten free and casein free is very difficult and I sure do miss some of my favorite sweets!! :o)

  105. Kimberly Baham says:

    Just posted this giveaway on my profile page!

  106. I subscribed to your email updates!

  107. …and shared with my Facebook friends!

  108. Taylor says:

    I have not tried any of these yet

  109. I follow you on FB–that’s how I found out about this give-away! :)

  110. These look great!!! Almond and coconut flours would be new for me and most welcome. And I love that many of the recipes are also casein-free, as we are a gf, cf family. Thanks for telling us about the book!

  111. Teresa says:

    I haven’t tried any of Elana’s recipes yet, but I can’t wait! I was only recently diagnosed w/ celiac, so it’s taking some getting use to. Thanks for all of the recipes and tips!

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