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. Lisa O. says:

    Congratulations on your anniversary! I’m crossing my fingers for this prize. My favorite flavor of ice cream is probably chocolate chip cookie dough with a caramel swirl (or brown rice syrup). I also once had an arborio rice ice cream once in Italy (in my pre-vegan years) that was amazing and I want to try to figure out how to make it.

  2. Rick says:

    I would love to win that! Right now I’m loving pumpkin pie ice cream!

  3. Jessica Caneal says:

    Hi there and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

    Please, please, pretty please enter me in this magical birthday contest. My favorite ice cream flavor is chocolate with vegan butter finger candies tossed in! I haven’t had it in oh so long!

  4. Vi says:

    Lemon (vegan) Sherbet with chocolate sprinkles!! mmm…

  5. Erin says:

    Awesome! I would like this fancy machine! My favorite ice-cream flavor is pistachio.

  6. Rosana Ferraz says:

    Happy Birthday!!!
    I would love to be entered into your giveaway!
    My favorite ice-”cream” flavor is caramelized banana (you can use maple syrup or agave to caramelize). It’s delicious!!!

  7. I’d make my favorite strawberry ice cream and drizzle chocolate into the machine at the last minute so it gets all crunchy and flaky in the ice cream…

  8. Grace says:

    I realllllly want to win this giveaway! I’ve been wanting an ice cream maker for SO long! My favorite ice cream flavor is Banana Walnut :)

  9. Carla says:

    Would love the machine as much as the coffee ice cream i could make with it!

  10. Melissa Hansen says:

    I fancy that beast! My favorite flavor is Coconut Bliss’ Cherry Almond. I can’t wait to make my own!

  11. Melanie says:

    I have wanted an ice cream maker ever since I went vegan! I was going to put it on my Christmas list. My favorite ice cream flavor is chocolate peanut butter or cookie dough :)

  12. Claire says:

    my favorite ice cream is mint :D
    or coffee.
    i cant decide!
    does this disqualify me?
    ill go with coffee.
    vegan of course :D

  13. Valerie H says:

    Yeah for Ice cream! I love chocolate. Simply and delish.

    • Valerie H says:

      Oh, and I’d love to be entered. :) I love your site and refer my friends to MV.

  14. Melinda says:

    Mango sorbet!!!

  15. Vicky Hong says:

    Oh, goodness. My favorite ice cream flavor would have to be chocolate, with chocolate chips and cherries.

  16. Shawn says:

    Those cupcakes look so good!

    My favorite ice cream flavor is Blue Moon. I would love to try to make a vegan version!

  17. Verity Kae says:

    Happy Birthday!!

    Id love to win the icecream maker. My favourite icecream is sweet pistachio flavour. (Weird I know.) But I’d love to create a pumpkin pie type icecream. =]

  18. larissa norman says:

    I would love to be entered!
    chocolate chip mint is my favorite!

  19. I’d love to have my own ice cream maker so I could whip up my own version of cookie dough ice cream–of which there is no suitable vegan kind on the market. (The ones I have tried have about 3 pieces of cookie dough in an entire carton–boo!!) However my fave ice cream flavor ever has to be mint chocolate chip or pistachio. Thanks for doing this giveaway!

  20. Emma says:

    Goodness that ice cream maker is beautiful! So swanky! It would most definitely find a happy home in my kitchen!
    I think my fave would have to be coconut probably although there are lots of recipes I’ve got saved for when I have an ice cream maker (oatmeal, sweetcorn..!)
    Happy blogiversary :)

  21. Leah says:

    I would love an ice cream maker! I love to make ice cream with lemongrass! Vanilla lemongrass, ginger lemongrass… anything with that tasty little reed! Yum!

  22. Cristy says:

    Happy Anniversary!

    This is a great give-a-way, so I’m putting in my entry. My favorite ice cream flavor is mint chocolate chip. Though really almost anything with chocolate really tickles my fancy. :)

  23. Chris Siegel says:

    Love your blog! You are so sweet to give one of your fans an ice cream maker!

    I just saw a recipe for vegan pumpkin ice cream on another vegan blog and it looked so amazing – I was hinting to my husband that I would love a an ice cream maker for Christmas. :) Since he probably wasn’t paying any attention to me it would be nice to win one!

  24. Dana says:

    Happy birthday to your blog! Even though I discovered it recently, I appreciate all of the recipes and effort you’ve put into it.

    Ice cream maker? Yes, please!

    Favorite ice cream? Any kind with coconut, almonds, and chocolate or peanut butter involved. Mmm.

  25. Chrissy says:

    My favorite ice-cream is mint chocolate chip, which I have done with out since becoming vegan. I’d love an ice-cream maker and I’d love to figure out how to replicate my old favorite!!!

  26. Josiane says:

    Happy first anniversary to Manifest Vegan, and best wishes for the coming year!

    Thank you for celebrating by offering us a chance at winning this lovely ice cream maker! I assure you it would be well loved in my kitchen. :) It’s hard to choose just one favorite ice cream flavor, so I’ll go with the first one that popped into my mind: chai! (and now I’m craving it…) The cool thing with an ice cream maker is that you can whip up any and all of the flavors you can dream of!

  27. Amy says:

    I have the food processor that matches that ice cream maker! Red is my favorite color so I’d love to get a little set going.

    My favorite (pre-vegan) ice cream flavor was grapenut custard, but I’ve yet to have a vegan version, so I think I need to concoct it on my own!

  28. Amey says:

    oooh, fun! I’d love a fancy little red ice cream maker! My favorite flavor is probably mint chip… but I’m not too picky!

  29. Liza says:

    I love plain old vanilla but I also really love cinnamon! I would love to have an ice cream maker, that would be way easier then coffee cans and dry ice!

  30. Maureen says:

    I love French Vanilla and there should be some caramel in it somewhere to make it extra good.

    Happy birthday

  31. Nichole says:

    What an awesome giveaway! Most of the time I go for mint chip or chocolate peanut butter (the classics). However once fall hits I love pumpkin. I haven’t seen a dairy-free version, so I’ve gone without (except for baked goods), but I would love to make my own!

  32. Diana says:

    Happy Birthday! I have this ice cream maker and it is awesome!

  33. Martine says:

    Happy Birthday !!!! what a cute cupcake !
    I’d love to have an ice-cream maker !!! My fav is dark chocolate with a swirl of rasberry but homemade frozen yogourt sound Yummy :)

  34. Kimberly Doss says:

    I would love to win the ice cream maker. My favorite flavor is mint chocolate chip

  35. Gabby says:

    Happy birthday! Your blog has truly been a godsend since I discovered I had a wheat intolerance!

    I would love an ice cream maker and I have a tie for my favourite ice cream flavour: green tea and mint chocolate chip :)

  36. Laura says:

    Happy Birthday and thanks for making me hungry with your blog for the past year!

    I would love to win that ice cream maker so I could work on veganizing Rocky Road and Moose Tracks ice cream. If I had a free ice cream maker, I wouldn’t feel so guilty about consuming 5,000 empty calories every day.

  37. Sandy says:

    Ooooo I’ve wanted an ice cream maker forever! I love homemade vanilla and pretty much all fruit ice creams. I’d love to try to make a grapefruit sorbet!

  38. KarmaLily says:

    Usually I like something classic and basic, like a super-creamy vanilla with a coconut milk base, but recently I was fortunate enough to try Coconut Bliss’s Cherry Amarreto and it was incredible!

  39. Hannah says:

    Ooh, I’d love an ice cream maker. Chocolate cherry is my favorite. Peppermint comes in close second because that is what I had every single birthday as a kid, and I’m dying to make my own this upcoming birthday. :)

  40. Julia says:

    Cookies n’ cream… hands down. Love it!

  41. Oh. And i am definably making those cupcakes before fall is over!

  42. Tamara says:

    How sweet of you! I would love to be entered, and my current favorite flavor is either cookie dough or oreo – hard to choose. :-)

  43. Rachel says:

    I’ve never had homemade vegan ice cream! How much fun that would be :) I think my favorite flavor thus far had to be carrot cake yum!

  44. First off, i just want to say i am a big fan of the site. One already? It has been so fun, the time passes quickly.

    And secondly, i have been wanting an ice cream maker for so long but have never found an affordable one at the store. With bills , working, and trying to open up a new business money has been tight. So i hope to win!

    Now favorite ice cream flavor? Such a tough decision. Probably a german chocolate one with peanut butter (using coconut milk!).

    Again even if i don’t win, thanks for everything! And happy birthday!

    -Andrew “VegMuffinMan” Morrison-

  45. Kristin says:

    oooooooooooooooh delicious! happy anniversary! your blog looks like a blog that’s existed far longer than 1 year. hats off! i’d love an ice cream maker. my favorite flavor is vanilla. yep, it’s true :o)

  46. VeggieDoc says:

    I would love to have an ice cream maker! My favorite flavor of ice cream is any kind of chocolate – but I really want to learn to make gelato!

  47. Noelle says:

    Yes please! Happy blogiversary! I like peanutbutter ice cream or anything with chocolate, and dark chocolate at that!

  48. Vegyogini says:

    Happy birthday to one of my very favorite blogs! It has certainly been a wonderful year of recipes and musings and I look forward to the year ahead.

    I already have a Cuisinart ice cream maker, so I’ll leave the giveaway to someone who doesn’t. What a generous way for you to celebrate, though!


  49. Jaclyn says:

    I would love to be entered into your giveaway! That machine looks stunning, and I love the sound of making my own vegan ice cream from scratch! My favourite flavour has got to be mint chip ;)

  50. Elianne says:

    My fav. ice-cream flavor is maple-pecan yummm!!

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