Delicious gluten-free berry filled vanilla cupcakes are filled with a fresh berry & chia seed jam and topped with a fluffy lemon cream frosting.
Easter is only a few days away and instead of Easter egg shaped treats, I decided to make some fresh, spring inspired cupcakes! These are the perfect individual—no cutting or utensils needed—dessert. The fact that you don’t have to grease and flour cake pans and that they take less time baking in the oven has me making them more often. I mentioned before that I used to make party and wedding cakes and cupcakes for a time before getting my degree in graphic design. Cakes are what I’m familiar with and many times a go-to dessert for entertaining.
Creating cakes and frostings that are gluten and refined sugar free (and still delicious) has been challenging to say the least. I’ve made many futile attempts with few successes, but I always share the wins and this is one of them!
Since spring is now here, I wanted to make these very fresh in flavor. The cupcakes are adapted from my Summer Berry Cake with a bit of lemon zest added. I filled them with a chia jam made from fresh berries and chia seeds. For the frosting I blended together grass-fed butter, cream cheese, thick unfiltered honey, and some fresh lemon juice. It was the perfect fluffy topping and only mildly sweet. I love desserts, but I don’t like them overly sweet.
Chia seeds absorb the juices from the berries and make a thick jam-like consistency. It doesn’t require any cooking or starch, just time to thicken. I cut a small plug of cake out of the center and
ate them all filled each with the berry-chia jam—as much as would fit!
I topped these with fresh berries and even drizzled lemon curd on a few. You can dress these however you wish—lemon zest, candied lemon peel or toasted coconut—just keep them in a cool place so the frosting doesn’t melt. I hope you enjoy these sweet treats!
Do you have any special plans for the holiday? Since my husband is a pastor and will be working all throughout the weekend, we’ll attend a few services at our church with him. We’ll have our big Easter dinner on Monday when he’s off. Happy Easter to you and your family, dear friends!
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28