Does anyone else feel like there is something altogether wonderful & magical about snow falling in the middle of the night, creating a quiet peace that is incomparable to any other? I wasn’t acquainted with this mystery in the deserts of Arizona. It wasn’t until I visited a high school friend during my freshman year Spring break in Providence, RI. It was a Friday, and all the students on the campus had left for their Spring break. Not only
was the campus and surrounding area quiet, but we soon found ourselves inside looking out to what would seem a snow globe world. Picturesque.
It reminds me of Arizona’s desert night sky. When you look up at the open clear sky, all you see is the infinite expanse of stars. Or what I refer to as “the stars beyond the stars.” Snow falling and covering the world at night creates the silence of peace beyond the silence. It reminds me of how finite I am amidst the vast accompaniment of sound. That’s a bit how I feel with every birthday celebrated, especially my kids’ birthday. This finite person, gets to relish in these moments of seeing the stars beyond the stars. Yet I get distracted or overwhelmed by the greatness of it all…the mystery. I would rather spend my time marveling and rejoicing over the unknown, the stillness of the fallen snow, or simply being given the pleasure to be still with the moment.
These moments, these treasures that I wish I could put in a locket and wear around my neck to serve as a reminder that life is worth living to its fullest. When I see my daughters laugh and hug one another, when I see the white flag of humility waving, or when I see Veronica’s progress developmentally and she isn’t even aware she has a delay (because she sees the stars beyond the stars). Oh how wonderful it is to look at the world like that. I think having Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes also makes it easier for a four years old (or 30, 40, 50 yrs).
Gluten-free Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes (printable recipe)
This recipe has been adapted from my non-GF recipe. Both are wonderful and they are a sure hit at kid’s parties and the adults like to eat them too. A note about measuring almond flour. I use a blanched almond flour and I scoop it out with a spoon and put it in my measuring cup. I encourage you to use a scale, which will get the most accurate results; however, I know that is not always an option. Do NOT scoop out with your measuring cup, because it will yield a higher weight than what my recipe requires.
- 2 1/2 cups (180 g) almond flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup (120 g) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/4 cup (65 g) light agave nectar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup (170 g) whole milk
- 1/4 cup (30 g) multi-colored confetti sprinkles
- 12 cupcake GF sugar wafer cones
Whipped Cream Frosting
- 1 cup cold heavy whipping cream
- 1-2 Tb light agave nectar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 350. Place the wafer cones in the muffin pan.
- In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter & sugar until well blended. Beat in the egg and vanilla until light. With the mixer on low speed, gradually add half of the almond flour mixture, then the milk and then the rest of the flour mixture until well blended. Fold in the confetti sprinkles into the batter. Using a small ice cream scooper/cookie dough scooper, divide the batter evenly among the 12 cupcake cones.
- Bake the cupcake cones for 20-25 minutes. When you press lightly in the middle of the cone, they should spring back. Let them cool on a cooling rack until they’re completely cooled.
- While the cupcakes are in the oven. Put your metal mixing bowl and whisk attachment in the freezer. Allow them to get cold (about 15 minutes). Remove the bowl & whisk attachment. Add cold heavy whipping cream to the bowl. Beat on high speed until stiff peaks form. Add the agave nectar & vanilla and beat on low speed a bit more, just until they are mixed throughout the whipped cream. If you want to add a color to it, do so now and fold it in with a rubber spatula.
- Prepare a pastry bag fitted with a star tip. Twist the bag right above the tip and push it gently inside the tip, in order to avoid the frosting from coming out. Turn down the opened end of the bag one inch down. Place the pastry bag, tip side down, into a glass. Using a rubber spatula, fill the bag with the whipped cream frosting. Twist the bag, in order to keep the frosting from squeezing out. Pipe the whipped cream frosting onto the cupcakes and sprinkle with additional confetti sprinkles.