All About Gluten-Free Cupcakes

Wow.  Thanks for your generous response to the announcement of my forthcoming book Gluten-Free Cupcakes!

I very much appreciate all of your comments and am really happy about having the opportunity to answer some of these questions directly.

First off though, I want to let you all know that writing the book was a fabulous experience this past summer which my entire family enjoyed. It’s amazing to me that my boys, now aged 10 ½ and 12 are old enough to truly participate in my work projects, whether it’s pre-testing a recipe, or selecting and reviewing recipes that they deem as book-worthy.  And my husband?  He is the best, most honest taste tester in the world –my world, at least.

Although I can be a bit of a lone wolf, and like to work by myself, I feel blessed to work with my children and hubby and evolve into more and more of a team member.  For me, that’s really what family life has taught me and it’s been a long and interesting experience of personal growth, that I feel more than lucky to have.

So, back to business, the business of the book!  I would like to answer a few reader questions and comments left on my Gluten-Free Cupcakes Cookbook post.

Chaviva asked two great questions:

Do they require loads of complicated flour mixtures?

Chaviva, the answer to your first question is a resounding no.  I do not use complicated flour mixtures.  The recipes in the book contain coconut flour and almond flour, my two favorite flours.

After having made some (what I consider) unsuccessful red velvet (minus the red) cupcakes over the weekend … I could really use an uplifting cupcake recipe!

The answer to your second question is yes, there is a recipe for red velvet cupcakes in this book.

Janet commented:

I have a vegan friend who’s been unimpressed with the gluten free cupcakes she’s tried so far. This book might change her mind.”

Thanks, Janet. I have a very versatile vegan chocolate cupcake in the book that can be mixed and matched with the vegan frostings that the book contains.  I’m excited about the numerous vegan frostings that I’ve created for Gluten-Free Cupcakes and hope your friend will be too!

Karen commented:

Look forward to a book on savory foods in the future.”

Karen, thanks for that suggestion, I really appreciate it.  Just wanted to mention that Gluten-Free Cupcakes will have a section in it with savory muffin recipes, which will work very well for breakfast, snacks and hors de’oeuvres.

My favorite comment was this one from Aria:

My name is Aria and I’m nine.  My favorite recipe is pumpkin pie muffins. They are good!  I would love your new cookbook.  Please enter me in the contest.

What can I say to that, other than I love nine year olds who cook!  Thanks Aria.

In other news, I’ll be attending Blogher in San Francisco today and tomorrow (October 8th and 9th), where I’ll also be a speaker.  If you are at the conference I would love to meet you.  On Saturday morning, I’ll be moderating a discussion on the ins and outs of recipe writing.  I hope to see you at my panel (which includes Gaby from and Jennie from for what I foresee as a potentially lively discussion!

Finally, remember, voting is still on for the Pacific Foods Everyday Chef Challenge.  I’m in the final round, so if you have a minute, head on over there and vote for the only gluten free blogger.


32 responses to “All About Gluten-Free Cupcakes”

  1. Hi Elana and thanks so much for your new cupcake cookbook!

    I tried both your marble cupcake and your triple chocolate chip cupcake recipes from it today. Excellent! I’ve never baked with coconut flour before and I love the results…

    Questions: How long will these (as well as the cupcakes in your book in general) keep in the freezer, and how long will they keep in the refrigerator? Also how long will the frostings in the book keep in the freezer and how long will they keep in the frig.?

    Thank you for your fabulous work, and congratulations,

    • Jennifer,

      Thanks for your comment.

      If you look on page 9 of the Gluten-Free Cupcakes cookbook you will find storage tips.

      Elana :-)

  2. Dear Elana,
    I just wanted to write to tell you that I love your book and recipes! Although I am not celiac, I am an athlete and follow a low starchy carb diet and stay away from wheat and wheat products, rice, potatoes and starchy legumes.. I love that there are recipes that use almond flour and I can have quiche again! MMmmmmm! I have tried the broccoli Quiche recipe, and have also substituted the broccoli with zucchini and used and assortment of wild mushrooms… delicious!!

    Thanks again!

  3. oh, no! if it’s not too late, I’d love to win a copy of your new cookbook. Congrats! I’ll still be purchasing it, nonetheless. Keep up the great work!

  4. Just wanted to say I had the opportunity to make your Thai Soup and it is fabulous! I’ll being making it again and again. Voted for it and you most happily! Thanks.

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