Lime Cupcakes

lime cupcakes
Photo: Annabelle Breakey

These lime cupcakes, topped with a vegan coconut icing, are full of refreshing flavors - and gluten-free!

Ingredients

Makes 10

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup blanched almond flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup grapeseed oil
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar
  • 2 tablespoons firmly packed lime zest, plus more to decorate (about 3 limes)

lime cupcake

Directions

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 10 muffin cups with paper liners.

Step 2: In a large bowl, combine the coconut flour, almond flour, salt, and baking soda. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, grapeseed oil, agave nectar, and 2 tablespoons lime zest. Blend the wet ingredients into the coconut flour mixture with a handheld mixer until thoroughly combined.

Step 3: Scoop 1/4 cup of batter into each prepared muffin cup.

Step 4: Bake for 18 to 22 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, sprinkle with the remaining lime zest, and serve.

Vegan Coconut Frosting

Makes 2 cups

  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 cup coconut oil, melted over very low heat

Step 1: In a medium saucepan, bring the coconut milk and agave nectar to a boil over medium heat. Whisk the ingredients together, then decrease the heat and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, to reduce just slightly, stirring frequently.

Step 2: In a small bowl, dissolve the arrowroot powder in water, stirring to make a slurry. Increase the heat under the saucepan to medium-high so the mixture is bubbling. Add the arrowroot slurry to the coconut mixture, whisking constantly until the mixture thickens and turns opaque and shiny, about 1 minute. Once the mixture becomes shiny, remove the pan from the heat and gradually blend in the coconut oil with a handheld mixer until well combined.

Step 3: Allow to cool on the counter for 15 minutes. The mixture will not look like frosting yet—don't worry; this is okay.

Step 4: Chill the frosting in the refrigerator for 1 to 11/2 hours, until the frosting fully solidifies and looks opaque white in color. Remove from the refrigerator and whip with a handheld mixer until thick and fluffy. The frosting will be sticky looking and lumps will dissolve during whipping.

Step 5: Use immediately or store in a glass Mason jar in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Allow the frosting to soften a bit after removing from the refrigerator. Stir with a flexible spatula until spreadable.

Recipe courtesy of Gluten-Free Cupcakes.

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