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Strawberry season is upon us…the farmers market has the beginnings of the bright red beauties that are sweet and delicious. I decided to make two versions of strawberry cupcakes; one gluten free and one strawberry shortcake recipe. They were both well received.

Fresh Strawberries

This recipe is from a great gluten free blog Elana’s Pantry

1/2 cup coconut flour
1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
4 large eggs
1/2 cup agave nectar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 8 muffin cups with paper liners (I made mini cupcakes–My favorite!).

Mini liners

In a large bowl, combine the coconut flour, arrowroot powder, salt, and baking soda. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, agave nectar, and vanilla extract. Blend the wet ingredients into the coconut flour mixture with a handheld mixer until thoroughly combined, then fold in the strawberries.

Scoop 1/4 (1 T mini) cup of batter into each prepared muffin cup.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes (10-13 for minis), until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached. Let the cupcakes cool in the pan for 1 hour, then frost (either whipped cream or a strawberry buttercream) and serve.

Pink sea salt!

Pre-bake

Post-bake

The second recipe was from Martha Stewart‘s collection. It was a fairly simple recipe that didn’t include Jello (Jello?! Makes me feel like I’m back in Utah).

Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

Strawberry goodness

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Written by Tammi Shamblin

Shammy Tamblin, the dancing wonder, moved to NYC eight years ago and has loved it here ever since. Originally from CA, she lived with Mormons in the land of Utah while studying ballet at the University of Utah. She now lives in her favorite neighborhood in NYC, the East Village, in her very own studio apartment. She gets to make a living doing what she loves, teaching children the art of ballet. She loves to bake, dance like a dork, and dance on stage with ad hoc Ballet, discover new great restaurants and bars in NYC, and spend time with friends.