Giveaway Wednesday: Gluten-Free Cupcakes

Posted by on May 18, 2011 | 102 Comments

I’m heading out to BlogHer Food first thing in the a.m., but didn’t want to leave y’all without something fun. Since its gluten-free and Celiac awareness month, I thought a delicious, brand-spankin’ new gluten-free cookbook would be the perfect giveaway item …

Yes, I’m giving away Gluten-Free Cupcakes: 50 Irresistible Recipes Made with Almond and Coconut Flour by Elana Amsterdam. Technically, this is a grain-free cookbook (well beyond gluten-free!) with very easy recipes that contain just a handful of ingredients (my kind of recipe). To get a taste, click the picture below to see the Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Meringue Frosting Recipe from this cookbook …

Note to those with food allergies /  intolerances: this book is completely gluten-free (obviously) and soy-free, and mostly dairy-free, but does use quite a few eggs and a lot of the recipes use nuts.

What are Giveaway Wednesdays? (Almost) every Wednesday I will host a giveaway. It may be big, it may be small. It may be hosted on Facebook, Twitter, Alisa Cooks, or Go Dairy Free. You never know where I’ll pop up with Wednesday’s giveaway! But this week, it’s here on Alisa Cooks.

How to Enter? Just comment here and let me know why you want to win this book! If you feel so inclined, you can also share a link to one of your favorite gluten-free recipes. That would just be a bonus for all of us 🙂

How to Get a Second Entry? Tweet, Facebook, or otherwise share this giveaway with others, and leave a second comment letting me know that you did!

Deadline? I will plan to pick the winner on Monday, May 23rd!

Good luck! I’ll be back soon to report on the conference.


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Comments (102)


  1. Joanne says:

    Have fun at BlogHer Food! I wish I were going so that I could meet you! Sigh…next year?

    What an awesome cookbook! I have a lot of friends with Celiac’s so this would be perfect for whipping up treats that everyone could enjoy!

  2. Laurel says:

    I want this book because I was too dumb to buy it when I was on Amazon yesterday. I am also gluten and dairy free and just received 5 lbs of coconut flour and some almond flour. Now what am I supposed to do with all that stuff and why didn’t I buy this book? Only the Shadow knows.

  3. Karen R says:

    I would love to win this book!

  4. Nicole Hanse says:

    Since becoming GF CF I have struggle not only with such big changes for myself but trying to incorporate some changes in my families diet. They are truly stuck in what they WANT. I have been eyeing this cookbook or a while but havent been able to afford to purchase it yet.
    This would be a great way that I can find ideas that I could “sneak” on the kids with good healthy alternatives to what they are used to. I love to bake and miss so much making fun, exciting birthday cakes that I too can enjoy. Gluten free baking is difficult at times. Thanks for your consideration and for doing a wonderful job helping those of us that struggle a bit with recipes.
    Thank you, Thank you, Nicole

  5. Barbara says:

    I would love this to help in fixing desserts for my granddaughter when she comes to visit.

  6. Jessica says:

    Elanas blog,, has been my saving grace through all of my dietary issues. I’ve gone gluten free to grain free and now dairy and egg free, most of her recipes have been easy to sub out the egg with flax etc. there is a chocolate cake made from garbanzo beans that’s amazing but I can’t find it this morning so here is the chocolate beet cake I made for seder this year, it’s delish

  7. Erin says:

    I just started cutting out gluten in addition to already going dairy free. Just trying to Be more healthy! But that’s hard when I have a fetish with cupcakes! 🙂

  8. Diana says:

    I’d love to win this because I’m GF and haven’t tried baking with nut flour and would love to. Thanks!

  9. luz says:

    I love Elana! She has so many “go to” recipes that fit my lifestyle and taste great!

  10. Stephanie says:

    I have celiac disease and I recently moved out, so now I am learning how to cook. Every once in awhile I like to enjoy something sweet or different. I am extremely limited in what I can eat due to other health issues as well. It would be great to have a variety of sweet recipes that I can make and share with friends for celebrations!

  11. Marissa GF says:

    I would love to experiment more with coconut flour. I LOVE Elanas Recipes for their simplicity and deliciousness! Some of the first recipes I tried when I went GF were from her blog 🙂
    I’ve made a yummy coconut cupcake from a GF booklet once and loved them, thus why I’d like to have more coconut flour recipes to play with 🙂

  12. Marissa GF says:

    Shared on FB 🙂

  13. Nicole says:

    I’d love to win this for my mother. I recently persuaded her to try some of Elana’s blog recipes that use almond flour and she’s become a big fan. Her 75th birthday is coming up at the end of July. This would make a GREAT gift!

  14. Debbie Moore says:

    A GF cupcake cookbook sounds terrific, and the cupcakes look quite yummy.
    I love the cupcake shows on Food TV, and would absolutely love to make cupcakes for me and my family that we could all enjoy. Both my sister and I were diagnosed with Celiac in 2005, and it’s been a huge learning curve to adjust to living on a gf diet. One of the biggest difficulties is baking, it has been a challenge to find suitable alternatives to baking flour. This cookbook would be ideal, and my daughters and I can bake cupcakes together!
    I’m getting hungry just looking at the pictures!!

  15. Kim B. says:

    I love to bake and my sister & I are both GF so this book would be a wonderful addition to my shelf full of cookbooks.

  16. Lori says:

    My daughter has a new friend that is allergic to gluten and I would love to have this book so I can feel confident in baking things for when she comes over!

  17. alli says:

    I would *love* to have this book because this book has gotten terrific reviews from lots of people and I’m teaching myself how to bake Gluten Free and it’s so hard! It would be awesome to have a recipe book where so many testers have shared about the recipes workability. Also I’m soooo broke after spending so much of my $$$$ over the past few years trying to find “holistic” remedies from”holistic”” practitioners to solve my real medical Celiac problem, (which was never diagnosed properly till recently…) that winning a cookbook to learn from would be a blessing. Thanks!! peace

  18. Now that I can have almond flour, this book will be perfect! But I’ll likely buy it, if I don’t win it.

  19. Lizz says:

    We just found out that our daughter tested positive for Celiac Disease. I would love to win this and start making her some yummy treats. It’s also her birthday in a few weeks, so I need some cake-substitution inspiration. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  20. Lizz says:

    I tweeted your giveaway! I’m @lizznlittlebit

  21. MaryK says:

    Would love to add this to my Elana library…she’s awesome!

  22. Michelle B says:

    Would love this book because I am new in the gluten free world and need all the help I can get 🙂

  23. autumn says:

    i have elana’s first book, but it got ruined by water damage 🙁 i’d love to update my collection.

  24. Melinda says:

    I will use this book to try and find the perfect GF, DF cupcake that will taste as good or better than “regular” cupcakes.

  25. I’ve been looking for a good kid-cake recipe…maybe I’ll get lucky! thanks!

  26. Haley N says:

    I want to win this book because I want to try to cook good gluten free food for my friend who has a trouble with gluten products

  27. Haley N says:

    just tweeted about this 🙂

  28. Alena Mack says:

    My cousin got this book, and she made me a couple of the cupcakes for my birthday! I was so jealous I almost stole hers! So – it would be really nice to have my own!!!
    Here’s a link to our yummy decadent coconut cupcakes

  29. Sheila says:

    What a great book this would be to add to my two DF/GF cookbooks! I could make GF cupcakes for my co-workers.

  30. Sarah says:

    I would love to win this to bake with my son and my niece!

  31. Sarah says:

    I shared with my friends!

  32. Shelley says:

    I would love to win this book for my 3 year old that can’t eat wheat!!!!

  33. Tanya says:

    I miss baking
    I miss cupcakes
    I miss FROSTING

    There’s some commercial on tv that I just spotted the other day that had beautiful flying cupcakes. I almost cried.

    I’m tired of feeling pathetic. I’d like to have something I can share with my son. That’s why I would like to win a copy of this cook book.

  34. johnna says:

    As a newcomer to the scene of using different flours and nuts, etc… in baking and raw foods, I would so LOVE to win this cookbook!

  35. Ashley says:

    Would love to win this book!! Elana’s recipes are delish and love all the gluten free goodness.

  36. Maddie Cee says:

    I JUST stumbled upon your blog and am so thankful I did! Over the past several months I have made some huge life changes in the ways of food and diet. After the process of losing an extreme amount of weight and successfully gaining it back ( to a healthy weight !) I have found that my digestive system is WAY out of wack. Gluten and dairy products are no longer staples in my diet and I LOVE playing around with new gluten free and vegan recipes.

    Thank goodness for bloggers like you who help people like me with these changes! dont know what i would do without the wonderful bloggin world

  37. Cathy says:

    I would love to win this cookbook. I love Elana’s recipes…they are fast and easy with a few ingredients.
    She knows how to keep things simple..but good.
    I am struggling with staying gluten free and I believe this book can really help me.

  38. Carol says:

    I was diagnosed with celiac disease last November after struggling to find the cause for my health issues for years, and just this week found that my 12 year old daughter has celiac as well. My daughter and I love to bake together, and we are determined to make the most of this lifestyle change by challenging ourselves to try new gluten free recipes that everyone finds enjoyable. My daughter and I would enjoy using this cookbook as a way to welcome our new gluten free lifestyle and still spend time in the kitchen together!

  39. Sarah says:

    I would like to win this book because I am learning to go gluten-free for my DH and sweets are my weakness 🙂

  40. Marnie Warren says:

    I would love this book. I have tried five recipes so far and none have put a smile on my son’s face… Poor little guy just wants a birthday like everyone else.
    I’m recommending a great book to bake gluten free bread “the gluten-free gourmet Bakes Bread” author Bette Hagman, on amazon. Fantastic!

  41. Kjirsten says:

    I would to have this book!
    You have given me so much hope and encouragement while I go through eating changes.

  42. Anna says:

    cupcakes are my new favorite thing — and i love elana’s other book so i can only imagine how great these recipes are! thanks for offering the giveaway!

  43. Desiree says:

    I am new to gluten free baking.
    I made these strawberry cupcakes a few weeks back and paired them with Elana’s white frosting (marshmallow texture). Although the texture I don’t think turned out how it’s suppose to be, I haven’t given up on gluten free baking 🙂

  44. Teslaca says:

    I’d love to have a copy of this book. I have several food allergies and it’s difficult to find good recipes that work well. These cupcakes look splendid!

  45. Vicki says:

    Your cupcakes look amazing! I can’t want to get a copy of your book and try them:)

  46. Suzanne says:

    I’m not sure if this ended or not. I would love to win a copy of the book as the recipes I’ve seen out of it so far are amazing looking.

  47. Heidi says:

    Our family has eaten gluten-free for about 6 months and we’re feeling great! I would love to have this cookbook as a reference for a few recipes to really wow people when we bring the cupcakes to social events. I don’t care much for baking so we mainly eat veggies and raw–this book would be great for inspiration for that something yummy.

  48. JW says:

    I want to win because I like cupcakes.

  49. Joan Gibson says:

    I have to start a dairy-free diet and came upon your website… hope it will help. Also, my daughter has to have gluten-free meals and this cookbook would be very very helpful.

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