Strawberries ‘n’ Cream Cupcakes & Ice Cream Maker Giveaway

Today marks the one year birthday of Manifest Vegan!

I can’t even explain how fun and rewarding this past year has been. You guys are the best, seriously!

I have over 1000  subscribers to my feed already… thank all you so much! I look forward to many more years and many more recipes. But for now, I’ll spare you anymore of this mushy talk and get straight to the presents!

In honor of turning one, I (and many readers who so kindly chimed in) have decided that a little giveaway is in order- you know, to say “thanks”, for keeping this thing alive. I wanted to give you guys a chance to get a present that I totally want for myself… because, isn’t that what birthdays are all about?

I have become an ice cream making fanatic lately… especially since Autumn has arrived. Makes perfect sense, right? Although, I am using an ancient rock-salt-type-bucket-thing that makes a helluva lotta noise and a pretty incredible mess.

This sleek little Cuisinart (pictured below) seems like it would be waaay better than what I’m using; and it’s red!

Mine’s the color of a 1984 apple computer. With a brown bowl.

I have also included an easy recipe for some party-worthy cupcakes…. that will go nicely with champagne ice cream. Oh hell yes.

Strawberries ‘n’ Cream Cupcakes- Vegan & Gluten Free

makes 10

Strawberry Cupcake Ingredients:

  • 1 cup vegan granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup sorghum flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/4 cup potato starch
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 3 tbsp vinegar
  • 1/2 cup very small chopped strawberries
  • extra sorghum flour

Cream Frosting Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cups vegan confectioner’s sugar
  • 3 tbsp vegan margarine
  • 4 tbsp almond milk


Preheat oven to 350 °F. Line a standard sized muffin pan with 10 paper liners or lightly grease and flour the pan.

  1. In large bowl, mix together sugar, olive oil, vanilla, salt and baking powder.
  2. In smaller bowl, sift together sorghum flour, tapioca flour, potato starch, and xanthan gum.
  3. Gradually add flours to olive oil and sugar mixture. Stir in almond milk until everything is well combined.
  4. Add vinegar 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring well after each addition.
  5. In small bowl, lightly toss strawberry pieces with a little sorghum flour to coat. Fold strawberries into batter to evenly distribute throughout.
  6. Drop a little less than 1/4 cup of batter in each baking cup.
  7. Bake about 30 minutes in preheated oven.
  8. Let cool and then make frosting.

To make frosting:

Combine frosting ingredients by hand and then use an electric mixer on high speed to make the frosting fluffy. Keep chilled before use to avoid melting.

Pipe onto cupcakes after they have thoroughly cooled. Chill briefly and drizzle with melted chocolate. Enjoy!

Store in fridge…

Giveaway Rules and other stuff: UPDATE! CONTEST NOW CLOSED! THANK YOU EVERYONE! Winners will be announced October 2nd.

  1. To enter, just leave a comment letting me know you’d like this fancy machine, and your favorite ice-cream flavor. Make sure, in the comment form, you fill out a correct email address so I can get in touch with you if you win. I promise I will never share any of your personal information with anybody, ever.
  2. If you’d like to leave a comment and not be entered… that’s okay too! Just don’t tell me your favorite ice cream flavor! :)
  3. The contest will end on October 2nd at 12:00am Eastern Time. I will announce the winner the next day.
  4. To choose the winner, I will be using a random number generator.
  5. I am doing this out of my love for blogging and ice cream… and this giveaway is not being sponsored by anyone but Mr. Manifest Vegan and myself.
  6. Open to anyone, anywhere!
  7. One entry per person.

Here’s the deets on the machine [from Amazon]:

Cuisinart ICE-20R 1-1/2-Quart Automatic Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt & Sorbet Maker, Red

Creating up to 1-1/2 quarts of ice cream, frozen yogurt, sorbet, or frozen drinks at home takes only about 20 minutes with this electric appliance, and salt and ice are not needed. After the machine’s chilling chamber has been in the freezer for about eight hours the liquid between its walls becomes thoroughly frozen. The chamber then goes atop the power base, the unit’s paddle goes into the chamber, the transparent top is locked in place, and the machine is turned on. Ingredients go into the chamber through an opening in the top as the paddle turns. The chamber chills the ingredients to whatever consistency is desired–though dense treats are hard to make because the paddle churns in air.

Chocolate chips, chopped fruit, nuts, and other special ingredients can be added toward the end. The nonstick chamber makes cleanup a snap. Storing it in the freezer ensures a frozen confection is only 20 to 40 minutes away when the mood strikes. The machine measures 10 inches in diameter and 15 inches high and weighs 9-1/2 pounds. It carries a three-year limited warranty. A detailed instruction booklet including many recipes comes included. –Fred Brack

Thanks, everyone, for being awesome!

PS: If you haven’t yet subscribed to Manifest Vegan (“subscribe” button in the upper right hand corner), or aren’t following me on facebook or twitter… it would be extra birthday-tastic if you would do so today (or any day, really)!

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254 Responses to Strawberries ‘n’ Cream Cupcakes & Ice Cream Maker Giveaway

  1. allyson says:

    Hi Guys!

    Thank you all for participating…. time’s up, though, and comments are now closed! I will announce the winner later today, October 2nd.

    Stay tuned……….. :)


  2. Libby says:

    OOOOOOOOh! I want this machine!!! My favorite ice cream is anything with nuts and chocolate and vegan caramel!!! Or cinnamon! Or coconut!!! Okay, now I’m drooling…

  3. Emily says:

    Happy birthday MV! Your vegan resources and recipes are amazing. I look forward to many more years :)
    My favorite ice cream flavor is chocolate chip cookie dough.

  4. My favorite ice cream is peanut butter chocolate!
    I also love the color red!
    Plus my man Luvs ice cream!

  5. Liz says:

    My favorite ice cream flavor is mint chocolate chip!
    Unfortunately I can hardly find vegan versions of it around here. :(

  6. Melissa Hadley says:

    I’ve been looking for a good Ice Cream Maker… this one looks fabulous. My favorite is chocolate coconut milk ice cream YUM!!

  7. sea says:

    I can’t believe I haven’t seen your blog before. This recipe sounds awesome, and I can’t wait to try it. Love that it is naturally gluten-free. I wonder how it would work with hemp milk… (we’re nut-free at the moment…)

    I would LOVE this gorgeous ice cream maker and it would match all my red Kitchenaid beauties. *covet covet*
    Favorite ice cream… chocolate or pumpkin… vegan of course.


    • allyson says:

      Hi Sea- I’m sure it would work perfectly with Hemp milk. I often use hemp and almond interchangeably, and I really enjoy the results with hemp. :)

  8. Dylan Mandel says:

    you’re recipes = simply amazing.

    chocolate mint, everyday :) ..or cookies and cream mm

  9. Gloria says:

    Hooray for ice cream makers! Mocha almond fudge is the best, though pistachio comes close too

  10. Gloria says:

    YES ICE CREAM [and ice cream maker!]!! My favorite is mocha almond fudge.

  11. Melanie says:

    no household is complete without an ice cream maker! Crazy I don’t have one already! My favourite flavour is chocolate peanut butter! Oh my word!! YUM!

  12. Trish Cain says:

    Happy vegetarian/vegan day all! Yes I would like to win this ice cream maker!!! Pumpkin ice cream is what I call nature’s prozac….nummers!!!

  13. Rick says:

    I’d definitely like one of these fancy ice cream machines… My favorite flavor is just plain old chocolate, but made with raw cacao powder, avocado, and young coconut… Sounds kind of weird, but it’s sooooo good and pretty guilt free…

  14. I love pralines and cream….wonder how we can make that vegan? I’ll give it a try if I win!!!!

  15. Becky says:

    Aww, the cupcake looks so cute and delicious! This ice cream maker would be perfect! My favorite ice cream flavor would have to be blueberry or raspberry (soy ice cream in particular!). :)

  16. Evelyn says:

    I would love this ice cream maker! My favorite flavors are cotton candy, raspberry w/ peanut butter (tastes like pb&J), and i like coffee and rocky road! i cant just pick one lol!! OH and recently at my loves culinary school i tired a lime&basil sorbet & it was amazing!!!! My bf & I would enjoy playing around with flavors, i hope i win :D

    Thanks & Happy B-day!!

  17. Stephanie says:

    This is such a great giveaway! My favorite ice cream flavor has always been peppermint. Sadly, though, I don’t think it’s made by any vegan ice cream brands. I guess I’ll have to try making my own!

  18. Judy says:

    Your cupcakes look divine and my favorite ice cream happens to be good old-fashion strawberries with real, fresh strawberries!

  19. Lauren Kumbera says:

    Great giveaway! Your cupcakes are super cute, I can’t wait to make them for my friends! My favorite ice cream flavor is vanilla bean so you can add whatever you’re in the mood for :)

  20. Tracey G says:

    I realllly want the ice cream maker! My favorite ice cream is mint choco chip.yummmm.

  21. Ashley says:

    Happy be-lated! Those cupcakes look scrumptious.

    I’ve been eyeing ice cream machines, this one is super cute! I would love to win, my favorite flavor is Ben & Jerry’s Phish food from my pre-vegan days. Mmmm!

  22. Scott says:

    Those zebra muffin liners are the best, haha.

    My favorite ice cream flavor is coffee with a good drizzle of hot fudge. Yum!

  23. Natalie says:

    I would love this fancy machine (was the one I was going to buy!) and my favorite ice cream is anything with chocolate & peanut butter in it!

  24. Gwen says:

    I would love the ice cream maker!!!! My fave is Rocky Road!

  25. Ooooh, good idea! I love maple walnut ice cream. And pistachio.

  26. Heidi says:

    i have coconut ice cream on the brain…mmm :)

  27. Astrid Cook says:

    First of all, that recipe sounds – and the photos look – absolutely delicious! I’ve been in a big cupcake-making mood recently, and these sound totally great. Definitely trying it out soon.

    I would also love to win that ice-cream maker! It’s just beautiful! My favorite ice cream flavor has to be salted caramel pecan from Stogo… but the most interesting flavor I’ve ever had is watermelon (I know, watermelon ICE CREAM!?!) from Lulu’s.

  28. Jacqui Dickinson says:

    Wow what an awesome giveaway!! My favorite flavor is Espresso!! : P

  29. Kris says:

    I love the color! My favorite ice-cream flavor is Mocha Almond Fudge

  30. May says:

    This is on my list of things to get!! Please help me cross it off! :)
    My favorite is almond joy ice-cream.

  31. Nancy says:

    Would love to win this ice cream maker! My favorite flavor would have to be Praline Pecan, but I really love them all!

  32. Sarah says:

    My roommate and I would love this ice cream maker–perfect for our board game nights! My favorite ice cream flavor is Haagen-dazs’ white chocolate raspberry truffle!

  33. DeDe says:

    I would love this ice cream maker! How great it will be to make homemade vegan ice creams any time I desire! My favorite vegan ice creams are Vegan Pumpkin Ice Cream and Vegan Cinnamon Ice Cream, together would be great too!

  34. Deanne O'Donnell says:

    I would love this ice cream maker! How great it will be to make homemade vegan ice creams any time I desire! My favorite vegan ice creams are Vegan Pumpkin Ice Cream and Vegan Cinnamon Ice Cream, together would be great too!

  35. These cupcakes are beautiful! I would also love to win this machine – My favorite ice cream flavor is peppermint.

  36. kathy says:

    OOOOhhhh an ice cream maker, have been looking at buying one as my husband is lactose intolerant we wanted to start making it ourselves. My favorite flavour is chocolate and vanilla bean.

  37. Sarah F. says:

    Pick me! I’ve been looking to buy an ice cream maker, but to win one would be so lovely! And it’s red! : )

    My favourite ice cream is pralines n’ cream.

  38. Bobby E says:

    I would def take the Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker off your hands hahah! My favorite ice creams flavor is Vanilla Bean Coconut Milk ice cream yummmmm. Thanks for the drawing and happy 1 year for Manifest Vegan woohoooo!!

  39. Leigh Conner says:

    I love Cuisinart products and I love this machine. My favorite ice cream is dulce de leche ice cream.
    Thank you!

  40. Rachel Z says:

    OMG you rock and I would LOVE that machine. It would match my Cuisinart mixer and they’d sit there on the shelf like two little color-coordinated siblings, appliances making my life happy. I know I’d love and use it because I currently borrow my neighbor’s like WAY more often than is socially acceptable. But theirs is white, so this would be better.

    Current favorite ice cream flavor: Vanilla Bean (made from real vanilla beans. With coconut milk.)

  41. Cheryl T says:

    I would adore this item and my favorite ice cream flavor is a tie between pumpkin and pistachio!

  42. amber says:

    I LOVE ICE CreAM MAKERS. I almost bought one, but didn’t…obviously. I think my favorite flavor would be pistachio!!! WITH ALMONDS

  43. Emily says:

    I have wanted an ice cream maker for so long! My favorite ice cream flavor is cherry’s jubilee!

  44. ReVay says:

    I would love it! My favorite ice cream flavor is cotton candy :)

  45. Julia says:

    I would LOVE this adorable ice cream maker! Such a fun giveaway! My favorite flavor is Raspberry Chocolate Chunk – Graeter’s makes an amazing one!

  46. Nikki says:

    I would love this machine! My favorite flavor is vanilla bean with bourbon :)

  47. debbie howland says:

    I can’t wait to try this recipe. I will have to stop off at the farmer’s market on the way home. The red ice cream machine is so adorable! My favorite ice cream flavor is chocolate mint chip! thank you!