Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Two Thumb's Up: Elana's Cupcakes

Bad Henry. Chocolate is a big no-no for dogs, but luckily, not for me.

I'm going to be missing Mother's Day this year because I'll be on vacation with the boyfriend for a week, so I threw an early Mother's Day dinner this past weekend for my grandma, mom and sister. The dinner consisted of ham, Spanish tortilla, radish cole slaw and biscuits. But I needed a dessert! And I needed it to be gluten-free, dairy-free and light on the refined sugar. Luckily, Elana's Pantry came to the rescue.

If you haven't visited her blog, I highly recommend it. Not only does she live in one of the coolest places on Earth: Boulder, Colorado, but she has a clear, easy-to-follow blog with beautiful photos and tasty recipes. She cooks and bakes gluten-free, dairy-free and tends to work with high protein flours. I also have yet to see a recipe of hers that calls for sugar.

Now on to the cupcakes. These little gems rock; it's as simple as that. The cupcake itself is moist and has a nice hint of vanilla and undertone of coconut. The frosting was rich and amazing. I had to test out a cupcake before serving them to my family of course and the only way I can describe my first bite, which was the perfect amount of chocolate paired with a moist vanilla cupcake? Gosh darn delectible (and gluten, dairy, and soy-free).

You can find her recipe for the cupcake here and the recipe for her frosting here.

Note: I did not have celtic sea salt, so I used regular sea salt instead. I also did not have Dagoba choco drops, so I used Enjoy Life chocolate chips.


Ricki said...

Sounds like an amazing dinner (poor Henry looks so jealous!). I love the sound of Elana's pantry--must go check it out! :)

Sheltie Girl said...

You did a lovely job on your cupcakes. I use Enjoy Life! chocolate too as I can never seem to find the Dagoba choco drops.

I hope your guests enjoyed your beautiful baked goods.

Natalie @ Gluten a Go Go

Elana said...

Lizzie-Thanks for reviewing my recipe on your site. You are too kind. You have the cutest dog ever! He has such expressive eyes and is adorable. Thanks again.

The Good Eatah said...

Definately check it out, Ricki; she's a very thoughtful cook, much like you!

Thanks, Natalie :) I'm a big fan of Enjoy Life; they just make life easy with their labeling.

Elana! Thanks for creating the recipe! And thanks for the kind comments about Henry. He soooo wanted to try them.

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