How many of you have your whole Easter meal planned out? Mine is coming along. I’m actually hosting this year and we are having some of our close friends over to join us. It’s going to be glorious! So far my menu includes rosemary crusted pork tenderloin, roasted garlic fingerling potatoes, and asparagus. For dessert, I’m going to attempt a brownie torte with raspberry filling and smothered in chocolate ganache. I’ll be sure to share the recipe…if it turns out!
If you are still in need of a dessert for Easter Sunday, these gluten free vegan coconut lemon cupcakes are quite the showstopper! I layered them in tiny mason jelly jars because everything is cuter in a mason jar. I love how they turned out! The coconut cupcakes are very similar to my vanilla cupcakes, with shredded coconut added to the mix. I layered them with vegan lemon curd (oh yes, it’s amazing) and my simple vanilla buttercream. It’s a beautiful thing how the tangyness from the lemon curd cuts through the sweetness of the buttercream. Coconut and lemon together is simply meant to be. Give these cupcakes in a jar a try and your guests will surely ask you for the recipe!
gluten free vegan coconut lemon cupcakes
vegan lemon curd
- 1 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 1/2 cups organic sugar
- 1/2 cup So Delicious coconut milk coffee creamer
- 4 tabelspoons cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons Earth Balance vegan butter
- zest from 2 lemons
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 3/4 cups Sarah’s gluten free flour blend*
- 1 cup shredded coconut, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup So Delicious vanilla coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 1 cup organic cane sugar
- 1/3 cup sunflower seed oil
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
vegan vanilla buttercream frosting
- 1/2 cup Earth Balance vegan butter, cold
- 1/4 cup organic non-hydrogenated shortening
- 3 cups organic powdered sugar, sifted
- 3-4 tablespoons So Delicious coconut milk coffee creamer
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup shredded coconut, for garnish
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with paper cupcake liners. Place coconut in food processor or high-powered blender and pulse until no long pieces of coconut remain. Add to large mixing bowl along with flour blend, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In large mixing bowl, stir together the coconut milk, and vinegar. Allow to sit for 1 minute to curdle. Add the sugar, oil, and vanilla extract. Slowly whisk in the flour mixture. Beat for 1 minute. The batter will become smooth and start to thicken. Pour batter into prepared cupcake pan. Bake for 17-19 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center of cupcake comes out clean. Place cupcakes on cooling rack and cool completely.
To make buttercream, beat together the Earth Balance with the shortening for 1 minute. Add the sifted powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons coffee creamer and vanilla. Beat for an additional 2 minutes. Add another tablespoon or 2 of the coffee creamer if needed. Beat the buttercream until light and fluffy. Place into piping bag with large round tip and set aside.
*For best results on texture and taste, be sure to make the lighter flour blend by replacing the 2 cups sweet white sorghum flour with white rice flour.