Update: The winner of the “Gluten Free Cupcakes” book (chosen by random.org) is #30… Anaquita!

“My favorite cupcake flavor so far is pumpkin. Especially made with fresh pumpkin puree from a self roasted sugar pumpkin.”

Lovely! Congrats Anaquita, you’ll love this book. Email me to claim your loot!


I got a wonderful gift in the mail yesterday that compelled me to host a giveaway because I want one of you to have it too. One of my favorite food bloggers, Elana Amsterdam, of Elana’s Pantry has a new book coming out this week called “Gluten-Free Cupcakes,” and it looks heavenly. I have talked about Elana’s food philosophy in the past when her last book hit the shelves, but I want to say it again.

She really understands food and how it affects the body in a holistic way. We can’t all be perfect all the time with what we eat, and sometimes we just need a sweet treat. I personally am pretty sensitive to lots of gluten and sugar and so what I love is that Elana works so hard so that her recipes not only work but they are delicious. She tested one recipe for chocolate cupcakes 50 times. You heard me. And the cherry on the cupcake is that they are filled with ingredients that are natural and make you feel good. What could be better? You can have your cupcake and eat it too!

So in honor of this holiday and of this wonderful book, I’m giving away 1 copy of “Gluten Free Cupcakes.” You can read more about it here, and it’s currently available for a great price.

Here are some of the recipes you’ll find in her latest book:

~ Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Meringue Frosting
~ Marble Cupcakes with Vegan Chocolate Frosting
~ Flourless Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes with Vegan Chocolate Frosting
~ Lime Cupcakes with Vegan Coconut Frosting
~ Banana Split Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache and Whipped Cream Frosting

To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment telling me what your favorite cupcake flavor is! Or if you’re not a cupcake guy or gal, tell me what your favorite food treat is. To enter more than once, you can do any or all of the following: sign up for my newsletter on the right, join the fun on my facebook page, join my twitter adventures. Enter a comment for each one that you do and I’ll count your entry that many times.

Giveaway ends Wednesday at 5pm EST.

Happy Holiday! I hope the Easter Bunny is good to you, and you’re eating something delicious wherever you may be.

Here is a sneak preview of one of Elana’s recipes:

"Strawberry Cupcakes"

Reprinted with permission from Gluten-Free Cupcakes: 50 Irresistible Recipes Made with Almond and Coconut Flour. Copyright © 2011 by Elana Amsterdam, Celestial Arts, an imprint of Ten Speed Press, a division of the Crown Publishing Group, Berkeley, CA. Photo Credit: Annabelle Breakey.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time1 hr 45 mins
Servings: 8 cupcakes


  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries


  • 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 1/4 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, then frost and serve.
Other Cupcake Intrigue:

~ Cupcakes and a Giveaway by Simply Sugar and Gluten Free

~ Gluten Free Peter Rabbit Cupcakes by Family Fresh Cooking

~ Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting by The Pioneer Woman

~ Bananas Foster Cupcakes by Georgia Pellegrini