Gluten Free Chocolate Vanilla Muffin-Cakes

by Marla on September 11, 2011 · 55 comments

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Gluten Free Chocolate Vanilla Cupcakes with Statue of Liberty topper

There she is Lady Liberty. Perched on a muffin with a coconut dress. Standing tall to honor peace and freedom. Today we all reflect on a day where our world was vandalized. Today we come together to remember, heal, hug and love.

It has been a decade since the horrific 9-11 terrorist attacks. Earlier this week I asked us to bake Remembrance Cakes. Cakes to share love, thoughts and prayers for lives lost. You guys have given true emotions and support for the folks who need it most. You are all amazing!

What were you doing when you heard about the tragedy 10 years ago? What are you doing today to honor and support? We will eat cake and share lots and lots of hugs…..

You know I can never decide whether to call something a muffin or a cake because a muffin is essentially cake. Lady Liberty looks nice standing tall on pillows of freshly whipped cream…

Gluten Free Chocolate Vanilla Cupcakes with Statue of Liberty topper

Let’s forget about muffin/cupcake definitions. We have more important things to discuss today.

Gluten Free Chocolate Vanilla Cupcakes with Statue of Liberty topper

I made layered chocolate and vanilla muffins to symbolize the darkness and light that we face in life. Happiness is found in the light and somewhere in between. Darkness is made a bit lighter here with chocolate.

Chocolate chips in little bowls

As soon as I thought about the idea to post Remembrance Cakes I went on a search to find some cupcake toppers. I was tossed between sweet angels and these New York City toppers. NYC won, I thought the Statue of Liberty is a bit of an angelic gal. She protects the city and it’s people with her torch.

Gluten Free Chocolate Vanilla Cupcakes with Statue of Liberty topper

Even though the 9-11 attacks invaded our whole nation & world, these little symbols of life in NY show a vibrant community. A strong place where people live life. Today they will honor loved ones lost forever.

Empire State Building and Chrysler building cupcake toppers

I wish us all great strength today and always…….

Gluten Free Chocolate Vanilla Cupcakes with Statue of Liberty topper

Here are flowers from my birthday sent by my 3 sisters in law. I pass the beauty of them on to you all and the ones who need them most. The survivors who lost loved ones in this tragedy……..

Hot pink birthday flowers

Dig into some cake today and give the ones around you great BIG hugs. Chocolate, vanilla, a combo or anything your heart desires…

Gluten Free Chocolate Vanilla Cupcakes with Statue of Liberty topper

A bite, a nibble, a munch. A celebration of life and memories.

Together we can bring some lightness into this wild world we live in. At least just for a moment.

Gluten Free Chocolate Vanilla Cupcakes with Statue of Liberty topper

Many of you have linked up blog posts in remembrance. You have come together as a strong community and that is beautiful. You all poured your hearts out and baked to remember…thanks for that. I am sure everyone has unique ways to honor and pay tribute.

My contribution are  these little gluten free cakes. Simple to make and even easier to enjoy. I topped ours with some candied orange peel and freshly whipped cream….

Gluten Free Chocolate Vanilla Cupcakes with Statue of Liberty topper

Have a peaceful and loving day with your family, friends and loved ones. Let’s all pray for those in deep suffering today and wish them peace and lightness as they move forward.

We will never forget. xo

Gluten Free Chocolate Vanilla Muffin-Cakes

Rating: 51

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Yield: 7 regular sized muffins

Serving Size: 1 muffin

Gluten Free Chocolate Vanilla Muffin-Cakes

*If you choose to make mini muffins simply adjust the baking time and start testing earlier.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (74 grams) Gluten Free Oat Flour
  • 1 cup (118 grams) Blanched Almond Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine Sea Salt
  • 4 ounces Egg Whites
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened light Coconut Milk
  • 3-4 droppers full of Vanilla Stevia Drops adjust to taste
  • 1 teaspoon pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • Optional Ingredients
  • Candied Orange Peel
  • Chocolate Chips
  • lightly sweetened Whipped Cream or Cream Cheese
  • chopped Nuts

Method

  • Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F with the rack in the center. Prepare a standard muffin tin with liners.In a medium bowl, whisk together oat flour, almond flour, baking soda and sea salt. In another bowl whisk together egg whites, coconut milk, stevia drops and vanilla extract. Combine wet and dry ingredients well to form a batter. Divide the batter in half and stir the cocoa powder into one of the batter bowls. Adjust sweetness if needed.
  • Take a spoonful of chocolate batter and place one in each muffin cup (fill a little less than 1/2 way.) Top each chocolate layer with a spoonful of vanilla batter. Leave some room at the top of the muffin cups for expansion.
  • Add optional toppings, candied orange peel, nuts or chocolate chips. Bake muffin cakes for about 18-20 minutes or until a skewer comes out virtually crumb free.
  • Serve with whipped cream, cream cheese, melted chocolate, nut butter or simply a glass of milk.
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{ 52 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Bev Weidner September 11, 2011 at 3:44 pm

This is so great, Marla! Fantastic tribute. I just might tear up.
AGAIN.

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2 Notyet100 September 11, 2011 at 3:52 pm

I luved the way u have symbolized darkness and light ,beautiful post

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3 Katrina September 11, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Great post today. Beautiful photos and beautifully written :)

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4 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 11, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Wow, Marla…your photography is just a Work of ART!!! Truly…amazing. You need to be doing food photography and food styling professionally. You are sooo amazingly talented!

And the recipe doesn’t look half bad either :) Ok, it looks scrumptious!

I just linked up to your last post with my latest creation that I just blogged about. Thank you for coming up with such a great idea.

See you soon!!!!

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5 Mike@The Culinary Lens September 11, 2011 at 4:17 pm

I love this tribute is so wonderful.

I may not have been born here but I very much feel like a New Yorker. You have managed to choose three of my favorite New York icons The Chrysler Buildindg, Yellow Cabs and Lady Liberty.
And I agree “Today we come together to remember, heal, hug and love.”

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6 Keelie (SweatEqualsSuccess) September 11, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Simply beautiful.

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7 Courtney September 11, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Marla, what a beautiful post – the muffins look delicious. Love the NYC toppers!

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8 Caroline @ The G-Spot September 11, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Marla, these are beautiful — and look absolutely delicious. I adore the cake toppers! Thank you so, so much for sponsoring this effort. I am so happy to have been a part of it. Sending you and your loved ones so much love on this and every day. <3

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9 Cara September 11, 2011 at 5:18 pm

Thanks again for hosting this event to remind us to take a few moments to remember and to be thankful. Lovely post, and yummy cakes!

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10 Catherine September 11, 2011 at 6:01 pm

Dear Marla, It was humbling to be a part of this effort to remember. Thank you, Catherine

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11 Beth September 11, 2011 at 7:09 pm

A beautiful post. We will never forget the victims of Sept 11, their family and their friends.

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12 Caneel September 11, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Marla, I love the light and dark symbolism in your delicious cakes today. Thanks for hosting us in this great tribute!

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13 MikeVFMK September 11, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Marla, this is a beautiful post.And beautiful little cakes. I hope you got to spend some time with your family today. That`s exactly what I did.

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14 Sandy September 11, 2011 at 8:33 pm

Thank you for giving us a place to share our memories with each other. It has been an emotional day for this mother of a commercial pilot. Baking to Remember has been a very peaceful distraction.

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15 Baking Serendipity September 11, 2011 at 9:05 pm

I love this tribute. And as an English teacher, the symbolism of your muffin cakes has me smiling :)

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16 Marla September 12, 2011 at 5:47 am

Thanks Sarah. Was trying to have that not come off as too goofy. I wanted these cakes to go so far beyond the “cake” glad they made you smile.

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17 Amanda September 11, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Wow, beautiful and so yummy-looking! Your photos are absolutely gorgeous.
And what a nice way to pay tribute!

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18 Rosa September 11, 2011 at 10:53 pm

A wonderful tribute. Those muffin-cakes look really splendid.

Cheers,

Rosa

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19 Kathryn September 12, 2011 at 1:21 am

What a lovely post and a touching tribute. Your photos, as ever, are beautiful.

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20 Jeanette September 12, 2011 at 3:58 am

What a beautiful tribute for 9-11.

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21 leaf (the indolent cook) September 12, 2011 at 5:42 am

Such a beautiful tribute, with such gorgeous little cakes. Much love to all.

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22 Amanda September 12, 2011 at 6:15 am

Beautiful post! Thank you again for giving us a place to share our recipes and memories–such a great tribute! The NYC cake toppers are just fabulous…LOVE them!
Sending you peace and love.

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23 Marla September 12, 2011 at 6:37 am

Amanda, back at you girl. Thanks so much for participating, baking cakes and sharing your emotions with us. Our community is awesome and it is so great to know we have each other’s backs through everything. xxoo

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24 Ari@ThE DiVa DiSh September 12, 2011 at 7:34 am

This is a beautiful post Marla! And the pictures are absolutely stunning, as they tell a story.
Such a great idea to do this!!

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25 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] September 12, 2011 at 8:57 am

I love the symbolism behind the cupcakes: darkness and lightness we face during life.

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26 Heather September 12, 2011 at 9:42 am

What a sentimental, personally meaningful way to commemorate yesterday. And the cupcakes and photos are gorgeous!

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27 HeatherChristo September 12, 2011 at 10:06 am

Marla- these cupcakes are so cute, and indeed inspire happiness. You completely inspired me to bake a cake, well, cupcakes, this weekend in remembrance! Lovely way to bring everyone together.

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28 Maria @ Scandifoodie September 12, 2011 at 11:11 am

They look gorgeous!

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29 Caroline September 12, 2011 at 11:19 am

These are fantastic. I love the concept you used for the cakes. Beautiful post. xx

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30 Marsha - redhotcookinmama September 12, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Marla, thanks for the link! I love the idea of the two colors and the symbolism.

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31 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. September 12, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Great pictures and great post! Happy Monday!

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32 Brooke @ Food Woolf September 12, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Those cupcake toppers are adorable. If I were a kid they would make these the coolest cupcakes ever!

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33 Kimby September 12, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Loved the contrast in the cupcakes and your thoughts re: darkness vs. light — and also your heart-shaped plates — very fitting. You made this post special with your special touches, Marla. Thank you.

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34 Marla September 12, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Kimby…I could not decide what these little cakes were either. Cupcakes, muffins…all is good. All I do know is yummy.
So glad you were touched. Aren’t those heart shaped plates neat??? I stumbled on them in my over crowded prop shelves and knew that they had to be in this post :)

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35 Kimby September 12, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Meant to say muffins, but I was too sentimental over what you wrote to notice my faux pas. Thanks again.

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36 Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) September 12, 2011 at 6:15 pm

“I made layered chocolate and vanilla muffins to symbolize the darkness and light that we face in life. Happiness is found in the light and somewhere in between.”

This just makes me love and appreciate your recipe creations even more :)

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37 Marla September 12, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Awwww, Liz. That is so touching. *kisses*
Thanks for joining us in baking to remember. xxoo

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38 Diane {Created by Diane} September 12, 2011 at 9:26 pm

whichever they are cupcakes or muffins they have my vote for beautiful and sound delicious! LOVE the lady liberty :)

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39 Nancy@acommunaltable September 12, 2011 at 10:09 pm

Hi Marla!

A beautifully written post and I think your choice of toppers was just right! Yesterday was difficult day for many – for me a bit of a double whammy – remembering 9/11 and saying good bye to my Uncle. That day was truly one of darkness and light – thank you for reminding us of that important fact.

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40 Marla September 13, 2011 at 6:31 am

Hi Nancy. So sorry to hear you had a double whammy 9/11. You are always one who brings lightness to my world. I look forward to seeing you again this week :) xo

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41 jenjenk September 13, 2011 at 12:09 am

beautiful!!! muffins, cakes whatever way you want to classify them, they’re gorgeous!

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42 Kristen September 13, 2011 at 12:15 am

Beautiful cakes and an even more beatiful tribute!

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43 Angela FRS September 13, 2011 at 6:06 am

Happy belated birthday! I love the symbolism of the light and dark–beautiful.

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44 Mari @ Mari's Cakes September 13, 2011 at 10:25 am

Beautiful tribute, wonderful recipe! I Love it :)

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45 Lisa {With Style and Grace} September 13, 2011 at 12:43 pm

What a great tribute post, Marla! You really can’t go wrong with the chocolate vanilla combo, classic. Oh, I so badly want a bite, ok who am I kidding, I want the whole thing!

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46 Joanne September 13, 2011 at 7:24 pm

I love this tribute that you’ve put together, Marla! Everything looks just perfect, especially your cupcakes! Lady Liberty does look quite lovely on that whipped cream.

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47 bridget {bake at 350} September 14, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Love this…and those little NYC toppers are darling!

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48 Cookin' Canuck September 14, 2011 at 2:34 pm

What a wonderful tribute, Marla. Sunday was indeed an emotional day, remembering everything that was last on that day 10 years ago. Thanks so much for make it possible for so many to pay this tribute.

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49 Georgia Pellegrini September 15, 2011 at 3:58 pm

So beautiful Marla. 10 years ago I was sitting in economics class in college when it all happened. I’ll never ever forget running back to my dorm room to call my family that lived in New York. This year, I was standing in line at airport security at the exact time. The whole airport stood still in silence together. It was so powerful.

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50 Marla September 16, 2011 at 6:22 am

G, I recall seeing your tweet last week about being in the airport on 9/11. How eerie, bone chilling and so very sad. xxoo

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51 susan September 20, 2011 at 9:35 am

so loving the props. and the muffins don’t look so bad either!

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52 Andrea DiGeronimo September 20, 2011 at 2:40 pm

What a wonderful, beautiful post. The gluten free cup cakes, Yumm! Your styling is through the roof, awesome! Great colors, beautiful heart shaped plates, adorable tea towels, & love the NYC cupcake toppers. Brilliant! xo

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