Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes - Gluten and Sugar Free
- 2 1/2 cups blanched almond flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 2/3 cup honey
- 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
- 4 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1/2 cup finely chopped strawberries
- 2 egg whites, room temperature
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice or vinegar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons strawberry preserves (freshly pureed strawberries will work too)
Adapted from againstallgrain.com
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Line a standard muffin tin with baking cups.
Combine the honey, coconut oil, eggs, lemon juice, vanilla, and lemon zest in the jar of a blender. Puree on medium speed for 20 seconds or until frothy and smooth.
Add the dry ingredients and blend on high for 30-45 seconds. The batter should be very smooth and contain no lumps. If needed, scrape down the sides with a spatula and blend again for a few seconds until all of the dry mixture is incorporated.
Gently fold the chopped strawberries in by hand. Divide the batter evenly into the muffin tin, filling about 3/4 of the way full.
Bake for 16-18 minutes, until a toothpick can be inserted into the middle and comes out clean.
Let the cupcakes cool completely on the counter before frosting.
Once the cupcakes have cooled, make your Italian meringue.
Bring your honey to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat.
Meanwhile, beat the egg whites and lemon juice until frothy and you can just begin to see trail marks from your beaters. When you lift out the beaters, you should see soft peaks.
With the beaters or mixer running, slowly pour in the boiling honey in a steady stream. Continue beating for 6-8 minutes, until the meringue is cool to the touch.
Gently fold in the strawberry preserves. Put the frosting into a piping bag for a pretty design, or spread onto cupcakes with a knife.
* For easier separation, separate the whites from the yolks when they are cold.
* Meringue will not stiffen if you use a dirty bowl (usually because of leftover oil) or let any of the yolk get in with the whites
* Over beating will cause the meringue to fall. Stop once you can lift the beaters out and see stiff peaks.
* The frosting needs to be piped immediately and is best served immediately as well. Once it’s on the cupcakes though, it will hold up in the refrigerator for 24 hours.