Lime-Coconut Cupcakes

Agave syrup adds a mellow sweetness to the batter of these delicious gluten-free cupcakes, which are slathered with a tart lime buttercream.

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  • 3/4 cup sifted coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup light agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons whole milk or almond milk
  • 1 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Unsweetened shredded coconut, for garnish

How to make this recipe

  1. Make the Cupcakes

    Preheat the oven to 350º. In a large bowl, whisk together the coconut flour, baking powder, and salt until blended. Whisk in the eggs, agave nectar, oil, milk and vanilla until completely blended and smooth.

  2. Make the Cupcakes

    Divide the batter equally between lined muffin cups and bake for 20 minutes, or until golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer the baking tin to a wire rack and let the cupcakes cool for 10 minutes. Carefully remove the cupcakes from the tin and place on the wire rack to cool completely.

  3. Meanwhile, Make the Frosting

    In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, beat together the butter, confectioners’ sugar, milk, lime juice, one teaspoon of zest, vanilla and salt until smooth and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Frost the cupcakes, garnish with the remaining lime zest and shredded coconut, and serve or store in an airtight container for up to two days.

Contributed By Photo © Emily Farris Published March 2014

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