These gluten-free, flourless vanilla cupcakes are insanely delicious. Light and fluffy with just the right amount of vanilla flavor and without being overly sweet. Cupcakes, as delicious as they are, can sometimes leave you a bit weighed down, because of the amount of butter, sugar and wheat in them. You will be surprised how light these feel and how satisfying they are due to the coconut oil in the batter. They contain less sugar than some of the more traditional cupcake recipes and replaced wheat flour with almond flour for additional nutritional boosts, such as iron and protein. I used coconut oil instead of butter in the batter part because of its “superfood” benefits. Butter is still included in the icing, but I replaced 1/4 with 2% Greek Yogurt. The icing itself has a softer texture than pure butter or commercially bought icing, with a nice light summer feel.
Here is what you need to make flourless vanilla cupcakes:
1 1/4 cups Almond Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Powder, I prefer non-aluminum
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
3/4 cup Cane Sugar
1/2 cup Coconut Oil, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
1/2 cup Greek Yogurt, Non-Fat or 2%
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla
3/4 stick unsalted Butter, softened
1 1/2 cups Powdered Sugar
3 tbsp. Greek Yogurt, Non-Fat or 2%
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
For the batter blend coconut oil, sugar, eggs and yogurt with a mixer. Add flour, baking powder and baking soda, salt and vanilla. Place dough in paper cup lined muffin pan and bake for about 12-14 minutes.
For the icing make sure your butter is softened. Place butter and yogurt in bowl and start blending it for about 1 -2 minutes, slowly adding powdered sugar and vanilla. The longer you blend it, the smoother and softer your icing will be. But don’t over mix it to the point where you have heavy cream. Usually 5-7 minutes is good.
When cupcakes are cooled down, apply the icing, this is my favorite part. Tip: Letting the icing set in the fridge before applying makes it easier to top the cupcakes.
( I remember back in the day in NYC when Magnolia Café just started out watching all the cupcakes being made from scratch. I loved watching the baking staff applying the icing in pastels colors, we would sometimes just site there just to observe their craft. That was even before Sex and the City made this bakery famous later on. It truly is a gem. If you ever visit NYC visit Magnolia Bakery, they now have countless locations through NYC.)