4/3/12

Coconut Infused Vanilla Cupcake (Low Carb and Sugar Free)


Sugar Free and Low Carb - the accidental Coconut Infused Cupcake


Imagine you were going to go on vacation to Florida but when you got off the plane you found yourself in Minnesota.  Having lived in Minnesota I can tell you it's an incredible state and I love it, but you first would have to wrap your brain around the fact that you were expecting the beach and got Mall of America.  And then you would like it.

That is how I feel about this cupcake.

I was craving a vanilla cupcake but since I'm currently cutting out all sugar and flour I had to find a way to make a low carb, sugar free version.  I was throwing together some ingredients tonight, experimenting to quell my craving and I had to make a decision between almond meal (flour) or coconut flour.  Since I'm brand new to using coconut flour I decided to try it.  Either fortunately or unfortunately, the coconut flavor does shine through in this recipe.  While I was expecting and hoping for vanilla, I got a light coconut infused cupcake instead.  It definitely has the coconut flour texture that is a little dry and grainy but overall these cupcakes are moist and if you are sugar free, low carbing and trying to get a faux cupcake fix, it works.  I topped with a whipped cream frosting but you could use any sugar free version.

Coconut Infused Vanilla Cupcake

1/2 c Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
1/4 c coconut flour
1/2 t baking powder
1/4 c Splenda
1 t vital wheat gluten
1 egg
1/2 t vanilla
1/4 c plus 1 T heavy cream

Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl.  Add the egg, vanilla and cream.  Mix until smooth.  Pour into cupcake liners and bake at 350 until done.  I used a counter top cupcake baker and got 13 mini cupcakes from this recipe.  In a regular sized cupcake liner I would guess you are going to get about 4-6.  I baked the mini cupcakes 5 minutes.  Bake regular sized about 15-20 min.


My mini cupcake maker makes it easy to 'test' recipes without heating up the large oven



Some of the Items Used:
Nostalgia Electrics Cupcake Maker
100% Certified Organic Coconut Flour 1 lb (454 grams) Pwdr
Body Fortress Whey Protein Powder, Vanilla, 32 Ounces (Pack of 2)
Arrowhead Mills Vital Wheat Gluten - 10 OZ
Splenda No-Calorie Sweetner with Fiber, Granulated, 14-Ounce Bags (Pack of 2)

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