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Cherry Almond Cupcakes

These cupcakes bring together the dynamic duo of cherry and almond! A little bit of almond meal is mixed into the batter in substitute of a portion of the flour, bringing a unique texture and little bits of nutty goodness in every bite and a pink cherry frosting is piled high on top of each cupcake. Even though almond meal is more dense than all-purpose flour, these cupcakes still turn out incredibly light and fluffy. These will be a hit at the next party or picnic.

Cherry Almond Cupcakes

This recipe is vegan, and dairy free

SERVES

10-12

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE CUPCAKES:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 1/2–2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup almond flour/meal
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

FOR THE FROSTING:

  • 12 tablespoons vegan butter softened
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 5 tablespoons maraschino cherry liquid
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • Cherries, for topping

PREPARATION

TO MAKE THE CUPCAKES:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a small bowl, combine almond milk and vinegar. Set aside.
  3. In your mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, almond meal, cornstarch, baking powder, and baking soda.
  4. Add the coconut oil and almond extract to the almond milk, then add the whole mixture to the flour. Mix well, scraping down the outside and bottom to get all the flour out.
  5. Place cupcakes in cupcake liners and bake for 25-30 minutes. Cool completely.

TO MAKE THE FROSTING:

  1. Place vegan butter in mixer and mix until smooth. Gradually add in the powdered sugar, alternating with the cherry liquid. Finally,add in the almond extract and mix until smooth. Place the frosting in a piping bag and ice cupcakes once they are cooled. Top with a cherry.