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Chocolate Frosted Macaroon Cupcakes

plus they're gluten-free!

Recipe Courtesy of The Fancy Duckling 

"A baking 'fail' ends up producing a delectable treat that is not overly sweet, yet hits all the right notes in your mouth. For a self-confessed “Not-A Coconut Cupcake  with Chocolate Frosting Lover" these are pretty darn delightful." 

- The Fancy Duckling 

The Fancy Duckling is an actress, writer, and avid gluten-free baker.

After a chronic illness changed her diet seven years ago, she became determined to create a delectable birthday cake that was as delicious as the one from her childhood memories. Find more recipes at her website, thefancyduckling.wordpress.com, or contact her at thefancyduckling@gmail.com


For the Coconut Cakes

  • 2 3/4 Cups almond flour
  • 4 Tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1/4 Teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt
  • 2 Cups coconut sugar
  • 4 Large eggs
  • 1 Cup Earth Balance
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 Cup almond milk
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 Teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 1/2 Cup shredded unsweetened coconut

For the Chocolate Frosting

  • 3/4 Cups cacao powder
  • 1/2 Cup gluten-free shortening
  • 1/2 Cup Earth Balance
  • 2 Teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 Cups powdered sugar


For the Coconut Cakes

On a Large cookie sheet lined with foil, spread out the coconut in one layer. Bake on 400 degrees for 10 minutes, until just about starting to brown but not. Set aside to cool. Reduce oven heat to 350 degrees.

In bowl, mix first four ingredients and set aside.

Separately, mix lemon juice and milk and set aside.

Cream the Earth Balance and the Coconut Sugar together in stand mixer or by hand.Add the Eggs, one at a time, beating until just combined before adding the next one. Add the vanilla, coconut extract, and milk mixture.

Slowly, add in the flour mix, being careful not to over mix. Using a spatula, gently fold in the toasted coconut.

Line small mini muffin tins with liners, and fill each to the top.

Cook for 15 minutes until cakes come out clean when toothpick is inserted.

While the cupcakes cool, make the frosting 

For the Chocolate Frosting

Mix Shortening and Earth Balance together until slightly fluffy.

Add the cacao powder, vanilla, and ½ cup Powdered Sugar to the mix until you get the sweetness and consistency you desire.

Frost the top of cooled Mini Cupcakes

Nutritional Facts
Calories Per Serving767
Total Fat53g82%
Vitamin A27µg3%
Vitamin B120.1µg2.5%
Vitamin C10mg17%
Vitamin D0.3µg0.1%
Vitamin E3mg14%
Vitamin K5µg6%
Folate (food)12µgN/A
Folate equivalent (total)12µg3%
Niacin (B3)0.2mg1.1%
Riboflavin (B2)0.1mg6.8%
Sugars, added56gN/A