Baron had his 40-something-ish birthday last week.
As usual, I promised to bake him cupcakes.
Peña colada cupcakes.
Sounds easy enough, right? Wrong.
Things turned a little too…er…experimental.
The first attempt was with fermented chickpea dough.
Looking like normal cupcakes on the outside, the middle evaporates leaving only a mucousy piece of pineapple.
Then there was a mix of coconut and almond flour that ended up going into a loaf pan in an attempt to prevent waste. Inedible.
Getting back to basics was crucial in order to save Baron’s cupcake dreams.
Settling on a basic vanilla bean cake with maple syrup frosting (his favorite), I got back to work.
Using my quinoa flour chocolate cupcake recipe as a guide, I finally got good results.
It’s sweet and moist. With only a slight hint of quinoa since discovering a new technique to remove the saponins.
The frosting’s nut-like undertones remind me a bit of coffee when combined with maple syrup. It’s a fabulous basic frosting.
Right in the knick of time.
I’m always convinced I’ll stumble upon genius when I’m experimenting. But, really… fermented chickpea dough cupcakes?
What was I thinking?!
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Vanilla Bean Quinoa Flour Cupcake with Maple Coconut Frosting
Makes: 12 cupcakes, Cook time: 30 minutes (clean toothpick), Prep time: about 15 mins, Oven Temp: 325 degrees F
- 1 and ½ cup quinoa flour (grind your own in a coffee grinder on a “fine” setting)
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
- ¾ tsp. xanthan gum
- 6 pitted medjool dates, soaked in 1/2 cup hot water
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 3 TBSP maple syrup (vegan and gluten-free)
- 2 TBSP apple cider vinegar
- 1 TBSP vanilla extract
- 1 vanilla bean
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- ½ tsp. salt
- Pre-heat oven to 325 Degrees F. Fill a large muffin pan with 12 paper cupcake liners (they hold moisture better than foil or silicon). Lightly oil liners.
- Soak medjool dates in 1/2 cup hot water for about ten minutes.
- Meanwhile, combine quinoa flour, xanthan gum, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
- In medium bowl, mix together applesauce, non-dairy milk, apple cider vinegar, and vanilla extract. Split open the vanilla bean with a knife and scrape the seeds out of the inside. Add to the liquid ingredients.
- To create a syrup, blend the medjool dates and their soaking water. I used my immersion hand blender. Add the semi-firm coconut oil and blend until it’s completely combined. Add oil-date mixture to the wet ingredients and stir well.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir well. Batter consistency is important. You want it to be pourable and fairly wet.
- Drop by 1/3 cup into cupcake liners.
- Cook for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Nutrition information: Serving Size: 1 cupcake. Calories: 250,Carbohydrates: 26.8g, Fiber: 2.8g, Protein: 3.6 g, Fat:15.1 g
Maple Coconut Frosting
Frosts: About 22 cupcakes
- Two 15 ounce cans of Extra Thick Coconut Milk (I use Trader Joe’s with xanthan gum and no sweetener added)
- 5 TBSPs plus 1 tsp. Grade B, 100% pure organic maple syrup (vegan and gluten-free)
- Refrigerate coconut milk for 24 hours. Open the bottom of the can with a can opener and pour out the coconut water and save for smoothies. Scoop out the remaining cream. It should be about a cup of very thick white cream. Place it in a glass bowl.
- Lightly whip with a hand blender on low or medium low setting. Add maple syrup and whip just to blend.
- If your cream begins to get choppy rather than creamy, it is too warm. Stick it in the freezer for 30 minutes, and re-whip.
- Frost cupcakes with a piping bag or knife. You’ll have some frosting leftover. Freeze any leftovers and re-whip when ready to use.
- Store cupcakes in the refrigerator. Best served at room temperature.
Nutrition information: Serving Size: 1.5 tablespoons, Calories: 25.8,Carbohydrates: 3.5 g, Fat:1.21g
Nutrition information for 1 cupcake with 1.5 tablespoon frosting: Calories: 275.8, Carbohydrates: 30.3g, Fiber: 2.8g, Protein: 3.6 g, Fat:16.31 g
Please note: Nutritional information is not guaranteed and will vary based on the ingredients used.