Pink Velvet Cupcakes with Maple Vanilla Frosting


So, I have a confession to make. I have been trying to make a delicious red velvet cake or cupcake for a long time now.  By long, I’m talking nearly two years at this point. The topic first came up when my best friend requested a recipe upon our return from Afghanistan. It’s safe to say that I am still trying. Why? Well, simply because these did not turn out red, but they did turn out DELICIOUS.  Since Ombre is the trend now, we can call these Ombre Cupcakes or Pink Velvet; well, whatever makes you happy. I think that Ombre trend may be over, but I am not hip on the current hairstyles. A point I need to make is I do have hair now. It definitely requires me showering more, grr guy problems.

Paleo Red Velvet Cupcakes

What has been going on in your life?  Let me fill you in on mine.  I am actually going to make a bulleted list because it’s easier for me:

  • I am writing a cookbook with PaleOMG called The Paleo Kitchen, and I almost peed myself in excitement to share :)
  • I started a YouTube Channel, where my face will become more prominent, and I will share useless thoughts and knowledge :)
  • Just in case you didn’t know, I post random parts of my life all over my Instagram :)
  • I love Life, I love you and I love sharing recipes with everyone.  Expect a lot more :)

Paleo Red Velvet Cupcakes

Besides my bulleted points above, life is pretty amazing.  I am flying home to Boston for Thanksgiving. I will be able to spend time with friends and family that I haven’t seen in almost three years.  I know I am going to freeze my ass off, but I just used that as a purpose for going to buy more Lululemon, in order to keep me warm.  Yes, you read that right. I am ADDICTED to Lululemon, and I now get the obsession. The clothes are the most comfortable things I have ever worn, and they seem to last a long time.  Confession over.  Speaking of Thanksgiving, this will be a perfect recipe to have on your tables for dessert. Oh, I also have a Lemon Poppy Seed Cake Pop recipe coming soon.  Keep your eyes peeled.  Bye :)

Paleo Red Velvet Cupcakes

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Pink Velvet Cupcakes with Maple Vanilla Frosting
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Serves: 10
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. In a stand mixer or large bowl, mix together coconut oil, maple syrup, eggs and vanilla extract with a mixer or whisk
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk tapioca flour, coconut flour, baking powder, beet powder and salt together
  4. Slowly mix the dry mixture in with the wet mixture, adding ¼ cup at a time until well mixed
  5. Scoop your batter into muffin liners in a muffin pan. Fill each well 2/3 of the way and you should get 10 cupcakes
  6. Place in oven and bake for 18-20 minutes or until cooked through. Use a toothpick to poke through a muffin to make sure the toothpick comes out clean
  1. Combine the palm shortening, maple syrup, vanilla, tapioca flour and coconut flour in the bowl of a stand mixer with a whisk attachment or a large mixing bowl
  2. Using the stand mixer or a hand mixer, beat until smooth
  3. Add your chilled coconut milk and beat until well combined. Do not over mix or your frosting might seperate
  4. Once your cupcakes are completely cool, use immediately by placing in a piping bag or ziploc bag with a corner cut off to frost your cupcakes
This frosting recipe is from The Urban Poser. I only made one modification but the rest is hers, make sure you check out the Original recipe and her amazing website.

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  1. I have a question for you. This was my first attempt at making a paleo cupcake and while they were good they were dense and slightly dry. Did I do something or is that how paleo baked goods taste? Thanks!

    1. Sometimes they can turn out that way. Depends on how well you mix it and how hot your oven gets. Make sure they get mixed well before going in the oven. And maybe lower your temp or shorten the baking time. Sometimes fluffing up egg whites and mixing that into the batch at the end helps lighten them up as well.

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