Cupcake Toppers

Keep your little party animals happy and healthy with this cupcake recipe that cuts down on the amount of sugar and oil that is used. Once they are fully baked, let the kids go wild with making their own personalized cupcake toppers using craft supplies and photos. Parenting Expert Bonnie Edelman explains how:

For one dozen cupcakes:
1 cup garbanzo and fava bean flour
1/4 cup potato starch
2 tablespoons arrowroot
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup coconut oil
2/3 cup agave nectar
6 tablespoons applesauce
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup hot water or hot coffee

-Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line one, standard 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners and set aside.

-In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, potato starch, cocoa powder, arrowroot, baking powder, baking soda, xanthan gum, and salt. Add the oil, agave nectar, applesauce, vanilla, and hot water directly to the dry ingredients. Stir until the batter is smooth.

-Pour 1/3 cup of the batter into each prepared cup. This portion will almost fill the cup up entirely. Bake the cupcakes on the center rack for 22 minutes, rotating the tray 180 degrees after 15 minutes. The cupcakes will bounce back when pressed and a toothpick inserted in the center will come out clean. Remove from the oven.

-Let the cupcakes stand for 20 minutes. Transfer them to a wire rack right side up and cool completely. Using a frosting knife, gently spread 1 tablespoon of frosting over each cupcake. Place the cupcakes in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Vanilla Frosting: Enough for one dozen cupcakes

1 1/2 cups soy milk
3/4 cup soy "Better Than Milk" powder
1 tablespoons coconut flour
1/4 cup agave nectar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup coconut oil
2 tablespoon lemon juice

In a blender or food processor, combine the soy milk, "Better Than Milk" powder, coconut flour, agave nectar, and vanilla. Mix the ingredients for 2 minutes. As the machine blends, slowly add the oil and lemon juice, alternating between the two until all parts are incorporated. Pour the mixture into an airtight container. Place the container in the refrigerator for 6 hours, or for up to 1 month, before using.