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Mango Cupcakes (gluten-free, Paleo, dairy-free option, nut-free option)

May 28, 2013 Print this page


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It’s Memorial Day, which to me means the start of summer. School is ALMOST over, the weather is should be getting nicer, it’s light out later…what’s not to love? 

If you’ve got a barbecue to attend in the upcoming weeks, try these cupcakes. They’re light, summery, and very friendly to gluten-free, dairy-free, Paleo, and nut-free diets! 

A special thanks to Tammy Credicott from The Healthy Gluten-Free Life for recipe inspiration!

To bake the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin tin with 10 parchment muffin liners. (I know, 10 is an awkward number in baking, but I’m not perfect.)


First, separate 4 egg yolks and whites. This is best done when the eggs are cold. Put the whites in the bowl of a stand mixer and the yolks  in the bowl of a food processor. 

Beat the egg whites on medium-high (for me, about setting 8) until smooth but NOT stuff peaks form, about 3 minutes. Set aside.

In the food processor, blend the egg yolks, 1/3 cup of raw coconut nectar OR raw honey, 1/2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract, and 1/4 cup of whole milk, nut milk, or coconut milk until well-combined, about 2 minutes. (If using coconut milk, increase the vanilla extract to 1 1/2 tablespoons.)

Slowly drizzle in 1/3 cup of refined coconut oil and keep going for about a minute more.

To the wet ingredients, add 10 ounces of defrosted mango chunks. Blend until completely smooth, about 2 to 3 minutes. Your finished product should be golden yellow and the consistency of a thin pancake batter.


Fold the mixture in the food processor into the egg whites with a spatula. Make sure there are no clumps! 

Once the wet ingredients are well-folded, sift in 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon of coconut flour, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, and a good pinch of salt. Gently stir with the spatula until homogeneous. 

Evenly divide the batter among the muffin cups, smoothing the tops with the back of a spatula if necessary.


Bake until a toothpick comes out clean in the center and the cupcakes are firm to the touch, about 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to come to room temperature.


While the cupcakes cool, make the frosting. In the bowl of a stand mixer on low (for me, about 2), beat together 1/2 cup of organic, non-hydrogenated palm shortening, 1/3 cup of raw coconut nectar, 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, 2 teaspoons of coconut flour, 2 tablespoons of arrowroot powder, and a pinch of salt. Slowly drizzle in 1 heaping tablespoon of melted refined coconut oil and mix until smooth, about 2 minutes.

Here comes the cool part: with a spatula, gently fold in 2 ounces of freeze-dried mango, pulverized. This technique is awesome for creating fruit frostings: try it with strawberries, raspberries, or even pineapples!

Scoop the frosting into a large plastic bag and push to one corner. Twist up the end of the bag you’re not using to create a pastry-like bag.

Let the frosting chill in the fridge until ready to use. Before piping, let it sit out on the counter for 15 minutes.

Top each cupcake with about 2 tablespoons of frosting and a slice of kiwi, then serve!


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