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Gluten Free Vegan Strawberry Cupcakes

Recipe Courtesy of: Carol Kicinksi

Gluten-Free, Vegan Strawberry Cupcakes – A strawberry double whammy – in the cupcakes and the frosting. These vegan cupcakes are moist, creamy and packed with berries and the frosting is reminiscent of cream cheese frosting thanks to Vegan Gourmet’s cream cheese alternative.

Ingredients

1/2 c
Vegenaise®
1 1/2 c
good quality gluten-free flour
1 tsp
Baking Powder
1/2 tsp
Baking Soda
1/2 tsp
kosher or fine sea salt
1 c
Sugar
1 c
free milk or water (I like to use a combination of half coconut milk and half water)
1 tbsp
freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tsp
pure vanilla extract
1 c
fresh strawberries, very finely chopped

Frosting:

¼ cup Vegan Gourmet cream cheese alternative
¼ cup Earth Balance
1 tablespoon coconut oil
¼ teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
¼ cup finely chopped strawberries
4 – 5 cups (or more) powdered sugar

Garnish – optional:

Strawberries
Mint leaves
Directions

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 12 standard sized muffin cups with paper liners.
Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a mixing bowl and whisk to combine. In another mixing bowl whisk together the Vegenaise®, sugar, dairy free milk, lemon juice and vanilla until smooth. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredient and stir to combine. Let sit for 5 minutes to thicken up. Stir in the strawberries and divide the batter among the prepared cups filling each cup almost full. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes or until golden brown, the cupcakes feel firm to the touch and a tooth pick inserted into the center comes out clean. The strawberries will make these cupcakes very moist.

Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling. While the cupcakes cool, make the frosting.

Combine the Vegan Gourmet cream cheese alternative, Earth Balance and coconut oil in a mixing bowl of an electric mixer, preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, and beat at medium-high speed until smooth. You may have to scrape down the sides of the bowl a couple times to ensure the mixture is completely smooth. Add the salt, vanilla, lemon juice and strawberries and mix to combine. Sift in 4 cups of powdered sugar and mix, starting on low speed, to combine. You may need to add more sugar because you want the frosting to be the consistency of either stiffly whipped cream or buttercream frosting. Refrigerate the frosting for about 10 minutes before frosting the cupcakes.

Frost cupcakes and refrigerate until serving time. If desired garnish with strawberry slices and mint leaves just before serving.

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