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Strawberry Cupcakes

strawberry cupcakes gluten-free dairy-free recipe
Photo by Annabelle Breakey from Gluten-Free Cupcakes

I am beyond tickled to announce the forthcoming publication of my second book Gluten-Free Cupcakes on April 26th, 2011. Right now the book is available for pre-order online for only $9.03!

I also want to thank so many of my delightful colleagues for spreading the word about my new book and blogging, facebooking and tweeting their hearts out about it:

Gluten-Free Cupcakes is truly a labor of love, as my boys were very involved in its conception and development –what child doesn’t love cupcakes? Jacob and Ethan my two sons, are now 12 and 11 respectively.

When my editor and I settled on a preliminary recipe list for the book, the first thing I did was print out two copies, one for each of the boys. They sat on the couch, read through the list, and then I queried them, “Which recipes do you like? Are there any that you want removed? Are we missing anything?”

My two little editors-in-chief, had quite a lot of feedback for me –Baseball Cupcakes easily made the cut. Then the concept of a cheesecake cupcake was added by Ethan, and a marble cupcake was added by Jacob. That’s just a highlight of our late night conversations –late night being before 9pm in our house, at least when it comes to children. Many a night after the boys were in bed, I was up baking cupcakes until 2 or 3 am.

Below is my recipe for Strawberry Cupcakes from Gluten-Free Cupcakes; it is one of Ethan’s favorites.

Strawberry Cupcakesprint


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 ¼ 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.

Frost with Whipped Cream Frosting or Strawberry Meringue Frosting (pg.92) from Gluten-Free Cupcakes: 50 Irresistible Recipes Made with Almond and Coconut Flour, and serve.

Makes 8 cupcakes

Here are some more gluten free dessert recipes that use strawberries that you might like:
-Strawberry & Mini Cupcake Kabobs from Kelly of The Spunky Coconut
-Strawberry Mousse (SCD & GFCF) from Zoe of Z’s Cup of Tea
-Chocolate Covered Berries from SunnyB of And Love It Too


posted on April 12, 2011

  1. Jenny

    I made a version of these a few weeks ago adding lemon zest and the juice of 1 lemon. It really seemed to bring out the strawberry flavor. YUMMY!

  2. Well, these look amazing. I will have to make them soon. :)

  3. Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing @ nourishingflourishing.com

    This is so wonderful. Huge congratulations and thanks to you : )

  4. Congratulations on your new book Elena!! I can’t wait to see the new recipes

  5. Briita

    so excited for your new book, all ready have it pre ordered! Thank you so much for all the work you do!

  6. I have been thinking about these for days now! They look SO good.

  7. Sarah D.

    Oh no! How can I make these *perfect cupcakes for a spring potluck* Thursday night without the frosting recipes!?

    :) I guess I will have to make them now, with made-up frosting, and then later, when I receive my cookbook from Amazon!

    Thanks Elana, they look beautiful.

  8. colormepink

    Yum! Strawberry was one of the requests for last year’s cupcake month, glad to see this one is with coconut flour, I’ve been nut-floured out lately. Looking forward to getting the new book and seeing the rest of the recipes.

  9. Linda:-)

    Congratulations Elana!! I have two of your books and most of the ingredients now as staples. I even bought a julienne peeler and now we eat zucchini & squash noodles instead of the flour noodles :-) something I thought my family would not be happy about but they love them. Thank you for helping us to eat healthier without being deprived of delicious treats!

  10. Michelle

    Looks so yummy! I have promised myself to be sweets-less until I get my copy so I can pig out on cupcakes! I love your recipes. They are always a billion times easier to bake than the traditional ones.

  11. Nana Rogers

    DH Said Oh looks good! He doesn’t like cake. But with the use of the coconut flour instead of regular, I think he will like these.
    Can’t wait to try them. And thank you for the strawberry info yesterday. Muchly appreciated!!

  12. Jamee

    YES! I am sooooo excited about this cupcake. I’ve already pre-ordered your book. :) And, I’m so happy this has arrowroot powder because I bought some a while back and didn’t know what to do with it. WIN-WIN-WIN!!!

  13. Chris

    Only 1/2c flour for whole recipe? Typo?

  14. These are beautiful!! Can’t wait to try them. And I can’t wait for you new cookbook, as your almond flour cookbook is my favorite gf cookbook… I tell everyone about it. I will review your cupcake book on my site, I’m sure my readers will be interested!

    Congratulations in advance!
    Pat

  15. You have put me out of my misery! The perfect strawberry cupcake has eluded me. I’ve got your new book on order and can’t wait to see it.

  16. Alisa Fleming @ alisacooks.com

    So happy to help – thanks so much for the link love, very sweet! And your book is beyond amazing!!!! I can’t believe I got to preview it. Will be baking cupcakes as soon as we get settled .. probably the Cinnamon Crumb ones first; those are calling my name!

  17. Congratulations and thanks on the new book! I’ve already preordered mine and am excited to start baking!

  18. Hey Elana, thanks for linking my strawberry mousse recipe! Much appreciated.

  19. Mary

    Congratulations! I preordered the book some time ago, and am eagerly awaiting delivery. Also, many thanks for sharing this recipe ahead of publication.

    Question–is the arrowroot powder necessary? What function does it perform in the cupcake?

    I’m very starch sensitive and try to avoid it completely, so am wondering if I can leave it out.

    Thanks!

  20. Felicia (a taste of health with balance) @ atasteofhealthwithbalance.wordpress.com

    these sound so simple and delicious!

  21. Shirley @ gfe @ glutenfreeeasily.com

    So beautiful, as is the rest of your new book! Feel super special to have the preview and to get to bake from it. I love using coconut flour. The marble cupcakes were so good. (Don’t ask me how many I ate!) Thanks for the link love once again, dear. I am so happy to spread the word!

    xo,
    Shirley

  22. Beth

    I can’t wait to receive my copy of your new book. My sister-in-law pre-ordered it for me as a gift.
    Made your chocolate cupcakes this past weekend for our teenage employees and they vanished within seconds.

  23. Linda @ Lemon Drop @ lemondropsfoodie.blogspot.com

    Very excited about this new book release ! I have your almond flour cookbook and we love it. Thanks for sharing such wonderful recipes

    Linda @ Lemon Drop

  24. jodye @ 'scend food @ sendfood.wordpress.com

    These cupcakes look beautiful, and as I have a few bags of coconut flour that are in desperate need of use, I’ll certainly be making these soon!

  25. Isabelle Norris @ isabelle-norris.blogspot.com

    HI Elana,
    Thank you for this great recipe, already printed, ready to be tested.
    I now have your 1st book and love it.
    Have pre-ordered the second and can’t wait to recieve it.
    All the best.
    Isa

  26. Kim (Cook It Allergy Free) @ cookitallergyfree.com/blog

    Congratulations, Elana!! What an amazing accomplishment! I am so excited for all of the amazing praise that this book is getting around the web. You deserve all of it. And thank you for the link love and sharing my App!! You are such a “sweetie”. Wink, wink!
    xo
    k

  27. Anna

    Beautiful recipe Elana! I made these this afternoon and they are gorgeous but they look much dryer than yours in the picture. I live in Australia and use a brand of coconut flour called NUI which may be a bit more absorbent than the one you use. I just wondered if your cupcake batter is of dropping consistency (as in you could pour it like a thick sauce) or if it is dryer than that? I translated the American cup and tbl into Australian measurements so it could be my very poor maths skills instead of the flour…
    Thankyou for such a fabulous insight into gluten free cooking. My three sons are not coeliac but I love to cook your recipes for the nutrition factor and they love everything I prepare from your book and website (and it helps me to be able to pick away at any leftovers with joy instead of guilt…) With gratitude, Anna x

    • Felicia

      I also made these this weekend and they were so dry, the batter was so thick i even added some water before putting them in the liners,it did not help! humm……i have been using coconut flour for other recipes and it works fine!

    • elana

      Anna,

      My batter is of dropping consistency. It is like a super duper thick sauce.

      I hope this helps :-)

      Elana

    • Robin

      When I made these, my batter was super thick as well, more like cookie dough than cake batter. I even added 1/2 cup of almond milk to thin it out. They came out tasting good, but were very dry. Could it be the brand of coconut flour? I used Bob’s Red Mill Organic.

    • Hello,
      I think the problem with the thick batter is over mixing. I just made them and I did a few turns and they looked fine, but I wanted to add almond slivers and I kept mixing it became very thick and cookie dough like. Sometimes it can make a difference if you use a electric mixer vrs. hand mixing with how much air is added to the batter. I think this recipe needs very little mixing.
      Hope that helps,
      Shara

      • Tanya

        I think this is the missing piece to my gluten free baking with coconut flour. I have being trying recipes for a few weeks now with bad results. I totally think it is the overmixing. I noticed that the more I stir the thicker it gets! I will come back to the blog if this didn’t solve my problem of dense, gritty baking..

  28. Kelly

    These are awesome! Came out very moist and the scent was heavenly! My kids BEGGED me for more. This recipe has sold me on your next cookbook (I already have and use frequently the almond flour cookbook). Thank you for making such a delicious alternative for my gluten-free, dairy-free family!

  29. Kelly

    ps: We replaced agave nectar with honey with great results!

    • Britt

      I just got my cookbook in the mail! Very exciting. I can’t wait to try everything! Thanks for all of your hard work and for sharing your delicious recipes with the world!

      Question for Kelly:

      I know that Elana is very clear that for optimal results you should follow the recipe as written, but I am allergic to agave, so I usually substitute with a very clear liquid honey.

      I am finding the one to one ratio that works with almond flour recipes doesn’t seem to work with coconut flour. It sounds like you have had great results which inspires me to keep on trying! When I made them, they were far too wet, even when cooked significantly longer than recommended (and I checked my oven temperature as mentioned in the book!)

      I made these cupcakes twice with a one-to-one substitution, once baked for 25 min, once for 35 min, and both were soggy. The third batch I tried with 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon honey for 25 min, and still soggy, but better. I don’t have a solution yet, but I will keep trying!

      I live in a very humid climate. Do you use any particular kind of honey or live in a drier climate? I’m just trying to troubleshoot! Thanks!

  30. Leslie

    I made this last night in cake form. I accidently added 1/2t of salt and it was still good enough that my boyfriend ate almost the whole cake. I’m going to make it again tonight with the correct amount of salt. Thanks for the tasty recipe!

  31. Mew Maurer @ glutenfreeabs.com

    Congrats for this! Its simply awesome! I could try this at home! Im sure my kids would be so excited about it!

  32. Diane

    Just made these … couldn’t wait for them to cool…they are so yummy!! Strawberries are perfect for Spring! I will make these again. Thanks, Elana :)

  33. Christine @ Nourish the Budding Lotus @ buddinglotusbody.com/nourish

    These sounds delicious…love the list of ingredients. Some gluten-free recipes have too many complicated ingredients, and I love that yours don’t! I look forward to getting the book and playing with your incredible recipes.

    All the best!
    Christine

  34. Kathy

    I love your website and recipes. I have the almond flour cookbook and already pre-ordered your new book. Thanks. I recently heard that agave surup/nectar is just as bad as HFCS (high fructose corn surup), in fact some people say it is worse and has HFCS in it. Dr. Mercola for one. Check it out on the web. It is not natural and lab generated. I have always used xylitol in your recipes. It is acually good for you. Or I may use stevia as a sweetner. I have an autistic son hence gluten free recipes and am constanly doing research hence the agave realization.

  35. nance

    Oh crap. I fear I will make these far too often. First batch I made with tapioca starch in mini cupcake pans. No frosting needed. Wowza!

  36. Katie

    Eeek. Made these tonight for the big family Easter dinner tomorrow, and while they are delicious, the one I tried stuck so badly to the paper wrapper that half of it remained behind! Any ideas why that happens? And any suggestions for salvaging them somehow?

    Thanks! :)

    • Felicia

      Mine did too! I wonder if I add coconut oil to the mix!!

      • elana

        Katie & Felicia,

        Thanks for your comments.

        I would try cooling the cupcakes in the pan for 2 hours instead of the recommended cooling time of 1 hour.

        Also, be sure to use fresh, not frozen strawberries as frozen strawberries will not work in this recipe and will make the cupcakes stick to the wrapper.

        Elana

  37. Meghanne

    I just made these and they were AMAZING. I didn’t have agave so I used 50% raw honey and 50% spoonable stevia. I also lightened them up using 2 eggs and 1/2c egg whites. They were so delightful I didn’t put any frosting on mine but put chocolate frosting on my husbands batch….let’s just say they were so good, I frosted them for him at 4pm and there were none left by 845pm. Wow. Big hit in my house! Can’t wait to get your new book in the mail

  38. nance

    I refrigerated overnight and they release better.

  39. Rainya Mosher

    I just pulled these out of the oven for Easter Dinner and am letting them cool. My first baked item with coconut flour and they look and smell amazing!

  40. Nancy

    I made sure to pack the coconut flour to get the right measure. While making my second batch I had to step away after I mixed all the ingredients,and it was several minutes before I put the batter in the pan. It thickened up quite a bit, and the cupcakes came out much denser than my first batch.

  41. Mayra

    Hi Elana,

    These look so yummy! I would love to make them this weekend and have everything I need on hand with the exception of “celtic” sea salt. Will regular sea salt work?

    Please advise.
    Thank you!
    ~Mayra

  42. just one bite of these scrumptious cupcakes, made me log-on to amazon and order your new book. just gave your book and this recipe a promo on my FB page! blessings, Kelly

  43. Rachel @ The Crispy Cook @ wheat-free-meat-free.blogspot.com

    I made this great Strawberry Cupcake recipe and my family really enjoyed it. Also just posted a review of your new cookbook back at The Crispy Cook. A wonderful cookbook!

  44. Colleen

    I just made these and the flavor is great, but they completely sunk in the middle! What did I do wrong? They overflowed at first and then sunk, so they look like bowls! Thanks!

  45. Natalie

    I made these yesterday and they turned out OK.I did not make the icing. I prefer the banana cupcakes. These didn’t really taste like strawberry. Maybe because the strawberries I used were not in season (I live in Canada). These turned out really sweet. If I were to make them again I would not put in as much Agave. Also, I had to take them out earlier than the alloted time, so monitor them.

  46. Melissa

    I made this recipe tonight for my family and this was my first foray into GF baking. These were amazing! I don’t use agave so I replaced it w/honey 1 for 1 and they turned out fabulously! I made a double batch but only had enough cupcake liners for 8 cupcakes so I did half w/and half w/out. The half w/is fine and the pan cleaned up easily, though I also had issues w/this batch falling in the center (cooked at same time as batch w/out liners, same temp, same ingred. amts., etc). The half w/out stuck to the non-stick pan even after I applied cooking spray to the cups. It took FOR.ever to clean the unlined tin! LOL Lesson learned! But the batch w/out the liners didn’t fall int he center. Not sure what one would have to do w/the other, but… Anyway, my family thought they were amazing! I topped them w/a cream cheese frosting w/strawberries folded in as I’m just not that crazy about whipped cream frostings. The cream cheese frosting went so well w/the cupcakes. Yum! I’m so adding this recipe to my rep!

  47. jen

    hi elana –

    thanks so much for the recipe. i am crazy about strawberries – muffins, cupcakes, smoothies – anything.

    i tried this recipe twice and both times they came out very dry and hard and they didn’t rise one bit, even to flatten themselves out on top (so they had little tips that burned). i am not an expert baker by any means but i bake quite a bit and know i got things right as far as oven temp, measuring, fresh ingredients, etc. not sure if you need to do something different for a gas oven vs electric. any recommendations?

    thanks!
    jen

    • elana

      Hi Jen,

      Happy to help you trouble shoot this recipe. Let’s start with the ingredients –did you use coconut flour? If so, which brand. Next, did you use large eggs? Using another size would make these dry and hard. Finally, what about arrowroot –which brand?

      One other thought –is your oven properly calibrated? I can explain how to do this if need be.

      Happy to get to work with you.

      Elana

    • kari

      Mine did the exact same thing as yours- did not rise, very dry, and had burnt whisps at top. Did you find out any pointers? I am new to using coconut flour but did measure it correctly, use large eggs, etc. Trying to perfect these for my daughters bday party. Used coconut secret raw coconut flour from whole foods and Bobs Red Mill Arrowroot. Would love any feedback!

  48. Elana,

    Reviewing your book has truly been the highlight of the season. At this point, we have tried nearly every recipe and have loved every one of them.

    Thank you for linking to my chocolate-covered berries recipe as well! Hope you are having an amazing summer.

    xo,

    SunnyB

  49. I find that when I make these, they stick to the liners too much, unless I add butter (I’m not dairy-free)to the recipe. I also add more strawberries to the mix, and I was able to get 12, not 9 cupcakes out of the recipe. So I guess my question is, why can some recipes from the book have grapeseed oil while others do not?

  50. The cupcakes are absolutely gorgeous little cupcakes! I made these for my family and they turned out as good as yours. Very delicious indeed!! Great recipe!!

  51. Sarah

    These are super yummy! Reminds me of the taste of yellow cake. I substituted Coconut Secret coconut nectar for the agave nectar. I also made these with chopped bananas and chocolate chips in place strawberries the second time I made them, and reduced the sweetener a bit, and they were amazing! Thanks for this recipe. :-)

    • Sarah

      Also, I found that for appearance’s sake it’s best to smooth down the tops of the batter with a spoon before baking, because if there are little peaks they don’t “melt down” during baking. If you’re going to frost them I guess that doesn’t matter, though.

  52. Katie @ RIddlelove @ riddlelove.com

    I just made these for my daughter’s 6th birthday. They’re delightful! Thank you for this recipe!

  53. Carly

    I am so excited to try these for my daughter’s 3rd birthday party tomorrow! A couple of her friends have Celiac’s and this is a great alternative (to traditional cupcakes) for her Strawberry Shortcake themed birthday party :-)

  54. S

    Hi Elana,
    Am overjoyed to have stumbled upon your site – cant wait to try the chocolate recipes in particular, as well as the almond bread (the primary reason for stumbling upon your site actually). I have one Q for you though – you are so beautiful and slim, how on earth is that possible with all the baking that you do? Granted you dont use wheat products but still, dessert is still dessert! I love baking and have gained a stone in one year! So what’s your secret if you dont mind my asking?

  55. S

    Hi Elana, Can you please help me? I cant find coconut flour anywhere here in the UK, but someone told me that its the same thing as coconut flakes, just blitzed in a food processor till it resembles flour. Is this true? Can I just use coconut flakes and powder them in the processor? I need to make gluten free bread and the one I made with almond flour didnt appeal so please tell me. Thanks.

  56. JENNIFER

    Hello Elana, I want to surprise my niece by having a gluten free cake at my daughters first birthday party. My niece sent me a copy of your recipe a few months ago, and I’d like to know how to adapt the recipe to make it for a 9″ round 2 layer cake and a 6″ round 2 layer cake. I hope to hear from you soon.

  57. Tina

    I’m sorry, but I didn’t like these cupcakes. I couldn’t taste the strawberry at all, and I even added a bit more than the recipe called for. All I could taste was coconut. I’m glad I tested them out before making them for my daughter’s birthday party, since my daughter requested strawberry cupcakes. I’m going to keep searching…

  58. Question would it still taste good if I used raw honey or organic sugar cane instead of agave nectar?

  59. Samantha

    Hi Elana! I made this cupcake last night and baked it at 350.. i put the timer on for 20 minutes and came back to check on them at 16 minutes and the tops were starting to burn. I immediately checked to see if they were done (and they were) and took them out. Unfortunately, not only did the tops have black bits but later when we ate them the bottom’s were burnt too. Not sure what I did wrong or if my oven is just gets too hot. The top half that wasn’t burned was moist but the bottom, not so much. Any suggestions?

  60. Debbie

    I just tried these tonight and they are delicious! Very sweet, nice strawberry flavor and really moist. Thanks for a great recipe!

  61. Kari

    Anyone have ideas for how to make this recipe into a cake rather than a cupcake? Healthiest Strawberry cupcake recipe I have found yet but need a round cake for my daughter’s birthday. Any thoughts on cooking times, etc? Thx!

  62. I made these last night and subbed 1/2 cup agave with 1/4 cup honey and 1/4 cup buttermilk. They turned out wonderfully, better than anything else I’ve made with coconut flour.

  63. Made a batch last night- I did about 1/4c honey, a few TBS of sugar/stevia blend, and about 1 TBS coconut oil to make up for some of the moisture from not using agave. Couldn’t find my arrowroot, so I subbed potato starch. I topped them with cream cheese frosting- really good cupcakes! :)

  64. lynn thiessen

    Folks should check out Bruce Fife’s suggestion for cooking with coconut flour………..he uses liquid lecethin and coconut oil to prep pans for baking……..works great. lyn

  65. Cherie

    Are you books available for the iPad?

  66. amy

    Elana:
    Do you ever bake your g/f cupcakes in silicone ‘pans’? I have been looking into these to save on all of the papers we go through, but I’m not sure they’ll give the same results. Any advice?
    Thanks,
    Amy

  67. Vanessa

    These were very tasty! I just wish I knew how to prevent the cake from sticking to the wrappers!

  68. Emily

    Thank you for sharing this recipe! I just made these and they were moist and delicious! I didn’t have strawberries so I used cherries and they turned out great. I’m sure I’ll just be using whatever fruit I have on hand when I make them from now on. I also wanted to share that mine turned out huge and I will probably be making 9 of them from now on – wondering if it has to do with baking them in Seattle climate after reading others reviews.

  69. Hana

    Hi Elana I live in Korea where it is hard to purchase coconut flour, & I was wondering if I could maybe subsitute it with a nut-flour instead? If so how do i sub it in, thanks!

  70. Charis

    I made these cupcakes yesterday for my son’s kindergarten birthday celebration. I was worried the other kids might not like them because they aren’t used to eating grain and sugar free, but I was wrong… only one kid in his class didn’t ask for a second cupcake (I made them mini sized). One kid even said he wished his mom would make cupcakes this yummy :) Elana, thanks so much for the hard work you put into your website and offering up delicious recipes for those of us who like to bake in ways more nourishing for our bodies.

  71. Amy

    I just wanted to thank you so much for posting all these wonderful nut free recipes. I am very creative, but with a nut allergy in my home it gets tricky. This was a wonderful gift today…Great to know your recipes are tested right here in Colorado, I do not need adjust for altitude….

  72. dyann

    can I substitute arrowroot powder for corn flour? (I have no allergies)

  73. Is this recipe big enough to make a 2 layer cake instead of cupcakes?

    Wanting to try for my daughters birthday cake.

  74. B. R. EDMONDS

    Why so much agave nectar for baked good instead of honey or maple syrup…I am a diabetic and told to stay away from agave. Can I substitute either of the other two for the agave?

  75. erica

    Can i substitute grade b maple syrup or coconut crystals? I don’t do agave

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