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Apple Cardamom Cupcakes (Grain Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free)

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  • Author: Jaime Hartman
  • Total Time: 45 mins
  • Yield: 10-12 1x


Moist and delicious apple spice cupcakes that you’d never guess are grain and dairy free.


  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • For frosting:
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup honey
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 cup coconut oil, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare muffin/cupcake pan with liners.
  2. Using an electric mixer or by hand, combine applesauce, honey, and eggs until smooth.
  3. Sift together all dry ingredients, making sure to get out any lumps in the coconut flour.
  4. Combine dry and wet ingredients, mixing thoroughly.
  5. Divide batter amongst 10-12 cupcake liners, filling each one about 2/3 of the way up.
  6. Place in oven and bake for 35-45 minutes, or until top is lightly browned and toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Meanwhile, begin making frosting. In a medium saucepan, heat coconut milk, honey, salt, and vanilla and allow to simmer for 10 minutes.
  8. In a small bowl or ramekin, combine arrowroot powder and water to form a thick paste.
  9. Add arrowroot mixture to pan, whisk vigorously, and bring to a boil.
  10. Remove pan from heat and very slowly add melted coconut oil while mixing with an electric hand blender.
  11. Allow pan to cool slightly, then place whole thing in refrigerator for at least an hour or until it is cool and has turned white.
  12. Remove from refrigerator and use electric hand blender to whip until fluffy.
  13. Spread a dollop on each cupcakes (this frosting is quite sweet, so you don’t need a lot but let your tastes be the guide!).
  14. Sprinkle with cinnamon for garnish.
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Category: dessert