Fancy a sweet treat but on the FODMAP diet? There's no need to give up cake thanks to cook book author Emma Hatcher, who specialises in FODMAP-friendly recipes. These passion fruit cupcakes will give tea time that sweet fix, without it having to contain any FODMAP foods. Emma says: 'These cupcakes are light and delicate with a charming, tropical tang. Every few bites you get a little crunch from the passion fruit pulp, and when topped with the rich whipped coconut cream icing you've got a stunning flavour and texture combination, if I do say so myself. Don't skip chilling the coconut milk. It is this process that allows the coconut fat to separate out and solidify, giving you creamier, thicker icing at the end.'
- For the cupcakes:
- 70g ground almonds
- 75g brown rice flour
- 40g potato starch
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 75g brown sugar
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 1 egg
- 60ml almond milk
- 60ml passion fruit pulp (from roughly 2 passion fruit), plus extra to top
- 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted and cooled
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- For the whipped coconut cream icing:
- 1 tin (400ml) full-fat coconut milk, refrigerated for 24 hours
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract or 1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped
- 1 tsp cinnamon
To make this cupcake recipe, preheat the oven to 180°C (gas 4) and line a cupcake tin with 10 paper cases. Place the ground almonds in a medium bowl and sieve over the rice flour, potato starch, salt and baking powder. Add the sugar and lemon zest and whisk to combine.
In another bowl combine the egg, almond milk, passion fruit pulp, coconut oil and vanilla, whisking thoroughly. Add the wet mix to the dry mix and stir until just combined.
Spoon into the paper cases and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the centre.
Remove the cakes from the oven and set aside for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.
Meanwhile, make the icing. Open the can of coconut milk and scoop the top layer of white, creamy goodness into a mixing bowl, discarding the water or save it for another recipe. Blend the thick coconut milk with a hand mixer on a high speed for 15-20 seconds, just until the mixture softens.
Add the maple syrup and vanilla extract and mix again for 1-2 minutes, until light and creamy. Finally add the cinnamon and stir to incorporate.
I like to place in the fridge for a few minutes to solidify again before using.
When the cakes are cool, pipe or spoon the whipped coconut cream on top of each and drizzle over a little passion fruit pulp to finish.
These cupcakes are best eaten on the day of baking, however any leftovers will store in an airtight container for 2-3 days or can be frozen for longer.
Recipe from FODMAP Friendly Kitchen – available on Amazon.