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Gluten-Free Carrot Coconut Cupcakes

For awhile now Karla from Foodologie and I have been following the LA Cake Club on Instagram and have found ourselves drooling over the delicious cakes that are enjoyed at each gathering. Karla had the genius idea of founding a cake club in Orange County, and so the OC Cake Club was born.  For our first inaugural meeting, I decided to make some gluten free carrot coconut cupcakes with mascarpone frosting.

gluten free carrot coconut cupcakes table

This cupcake inspiration actually came from the birthday cake that the Englishman made for me this year.  Since I’m not the most well versed in cake baking, I decided to keep it simple and make cupcakes instead.

The recipe comes from Elana’s Pantry and I followed it almost to a T, with just a couple of modifications here and there.  For the frosting, I simply mixed mascarpone cheese and powdered sugar which was the perfect complement to the cupcakes.

If you are new to grain-free or gluten-free baking I highly recommend checking out Elana’s recipes.  She doesn’t use any fillers like xanthan gum and she uses minimal ingredients.  Plus, everything I’ve made from her blog comes out delicious.

Gluten Free Carrot Coconut Cupcakes (makes 10 cupcakes)

gluten free carrot coconut cupcakes pin


1 1/2 cups blanched almond flour

3 eggs

2 tbsp olive oil

1/4 cup honey

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tbsp cinnamon

1 1/2 cups grated carrots

1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

For the frosting:

1 small container mascarpone cheese

1/2 cup powdered sugar


Preheat your oven to 350F.  Line a muffin tin with paper liners or coat with cooking spray.

In a large mixing bowl whisk your eggs, olive oil and honey together until well blended.

Add your almond flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, carrots and coconut into the mixing bowl and continue to mix.

Gently spoon your batter into the muffin tin and place in the oven for 18-20 minutes.

gluten free carrot coconut cupcakes tin

While your cupcakes are baking, mix your mascarpone cheese and powdered sugar together either using a hand or stand mixer.

Remove your cupcakes from the oven and let them cool for 15-20 minutes.  Gently spread your frosting on top of each cupcake.

gluten free  carrot coconut cupcakes frosting

I’ll admit I am NOT the best when it comes to frosting cupcakes, but I promise these taste delicious.

I brought my cupcakes to the OC Cake Club and they were shared amongst the group along with Karla’s beautiful gingerbread cake with rum-soaked pears and Robyn’s 7-up cake and a bottle of almond champagne from Tanaya. One day I will be able to make something as lovely as these ladies.

gluten free carrot coconut cupcakes OC cake club

The cake club was a lot of fun and we are already planning our next one for early November.  I’m thinking I might need to do a holiday themed cake…

Current Foodie Favorites: July Edition

Welcome to another edition of current foodie favorites!  To see last month’s foodie favorites check it out here.

This month it’s all about delicious summery foods and new discoveries.  And iced tea.  Lots and lots of iced tea.

So here we go….

1. Homemade Hummus

Why I haven’t jumped on the homemade hummus train sooner I’ll never know.  And it’s so easy peasy to make.

Step 1: Buy garbanzos from bulk bins at Whole Foods (or Henry’s, or Sprouts, etc.).

Step 2: Soak Garbanzos overnight and then boil the next day.

Step 3: Blend garbanzos, tahnini, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper (and any other mix ins) in your food processor.

Looks kind of weird, tastes amazing. Promise.

Step 4:  Devour and repeat.

2. Iced Tea and Starbucks Tumblers

Ever since I got myself one of these bad boys:

Starbucks Cold Cup for the Win. Bottle of wine not included.

I’ve been on the iced tea train.  Naturally I’m a big fan of Starbucks’ black iced tea or their iced tea/lemonade combo but I also just like making my own tea at home with the Newman’s Own Royal Tea Blend with a slice of lemon.  So good.

3. Pasta Salads

Since it’s hot out, it’s fun to experiment with different types of cold salads.  This latest pasta creation was a hit but still needs some tweaking.  Recipe to come soon.

who doesn't love a good pasta salad?

4. Sugar Blossom Bake Shop

Move over Sprinkles, there’s a new kid in town. I’m already plotting my next visit for these delicious cupcakes.

Carrot Cake Cupcake, you are so delicious

5. Pain du Monde

Lovely little Euro-style bakery in Fashion Island.  Everything is made fresh and in-house (as evidenced by watching bakers knead bread while I placed my order).  The scones are pretty rockin’ too.

Bakery Bliss. Credit: OCweekly.com

6. The hot fudge Sundaes at Houston’s

Cause hey, we all need a little (or a lot) of ice cream in our lives during the summer.

Ice Cream overload in a bowl.

And who am I kidding?  I’m pretty obsessed with these at Houston’s as well.

Vodka Martini with Blue Cheese Olives. Oh Yeah.

Stay tuned for August’s foodie favorites next month!

Getting Sweet at Sugar Blossom Bake Shop

I recently had the pleasure of visiting Sugar Blossom Bake Shop in downtown San Clemente and meeting with the bakery’s owner, Lei Shishak.  Tucked off the corner of Del Mar Ave, this cute as a button bakery offers cupcakes, cookies and customizable birthday cakes made fresh daily with all natural and organic ingredients.  Sugar Blossom Bake Shop also has a variety of allergy-friendly items as well including gluten-free treats and nut-free cupcakes.

What sets Sugar Blossom apart from other bakeries is that nothing is “off-limits.”  Lei is constantly coming up with new dessert ideas, and is always looking to find the next treat her customers are sure to love! The bake shop offers a standard menu but also includes seasonal specials such as pumpkin cupcakes in the fall and a guiness-infused cupcake around St. Patrick’s Day.  Customizable cakes can be ordered for birthdays and other special occasions, and a real treat is the Macadamia Nut Cinnamon Rolls that Sugar Blossom offers every Sunday.

Since I was planning on doing some serious cupcake taste testing it only made sense that the Englishman came along for the ride.  We decided to try some cupcakes and cookies including some of Lei’s favorites.

Carrot Cake Cupcake: This cupcake was light and moist and had a nice cream cheese frosting.  I personally LOVED the fact that there were no nuts in the cupcake since most carrot cake cupcakes usually have walnuts (and I’m allergic).  It had a nice spice as well.  The Englishman would like to note that this was his favorite of the bunch.

Triple Chocolate Cupcake (with patriotic sprinkles!):  Lei mentioned it was a favorite and I can see why.  It had the right amount of decadent chocolate flavor without being too overly sweet.  It tasted like a perfect mini chocolate cake.

S’mores Cupcake:  This cupcake was fun!  It had gooey marshmallows with graham cracker dust on the outside and more marshmallow goodness on the inside.  Definitely the most decadent of the cupcakes but delicious.  Also a hit among English people.

Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroon (gluten-free):  This was by far my favorite and I practically devoured it in one bite!  I loved the toasted coconut and then the melted chocolate on the bottom.  A great combination.  Plus it’s a great gluten-free option as well.

Caramel Pecan Thumbster:  So much caramel!  It literally oozed out with each bite.  Another customer favorite.  Loved it with the chocolate and pecan as well.

After entering into a sugar coma, the Englishman and I chatted with Lei some more (she’s super sweet) and then decided to take some goodies for the road: another coconut macaroon, a lemon meringue cupcake and the oatmeal toffee cherry cookie (both unfortunately went unpictured).

Well, the oatmeal toffee cherry cookie was promptly devoured later that evening (so good!) and we delivered the other two goods to my parents’ house while stealing a sample or two for ourselves 😉  The lemon meringue cupcake had great lemon flavor and the meringue was so light and fluffy!  My only regret is that I didn’t get one from the bakery for myself!

Suffice it to say I’ll definitely be making a return trip to Sugar Blossom Bake Shop.  I loved the vibe of the bakery – from the local artwork and pictures of kids enjoying cupcakes on the wall to the freshly made cookies and cupcakes on display just waiting to be eaten.  I also love how the bakery will make custom cakes and cupcakes to order and there are plenty of allergy free options available as well!   Thanks Lei for letting us try your treats – we’ll definitely be back.  Gotta make sure I get my chocolate coconut macaroon/lemon meringue cupcake/oatmeal toffee cherry cookie fix!

Sugar Blossom Bake Shop

204 Avenida Del Mar, Suite F

San Clemente, California 92672