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. Ashley says:

    Oh how I would love the Cuisinart ICE-20R 1-1/2-Quart Automatic Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt & Sorbet Maker in Red! I would make my favourite ice cream – flavour: Coconut!

  2. Georgianne says:

    I’ve been following your blog for awhile, but I wish I had found it a year ago! Happy birthday:D
    This is a great giveaway- I’d love to throw in my name and I have to agree with an earlier post, I do miss Ben & Jerry’s flavors. My husband and I both agree, though- Peanut Butter Zig Zag by Purely Decadent is awesome

  3. Aleesah says:

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and I’m always impressed by your recipes. They’re so inventive and beautiful (not to mention tasty!).

    I’d love to win this ice cream maker… I’ve been dying to make coconut milk ice cream and don’t have the spare cash to buy one right now. My favorite flavor is mint chocolate chip, but that was a tough choice. I’m a plain vanilla kinda girl, too. :)

  4. Cait says:

    my favorite ice cream flavor is coconut with chunks of chocolate covered coffee toffee-homemade in a local store and DELICIOUS!!!

  5. MeowMix says:

    I’ve always wanted the Red one- I want everything Red :) My favorite ice cream flavor is dark cherries with dark chocolate! YUM! Congrats on the 1 year!

  6. Diane says:

    My favorite ice cream flavor is cookies n cream!

  7. Deeba @ PAB says:

    Saw these precious cupcakes on FG and followed them, to be met with this wonderful giveaway too! Love the way you presented these beauties, and love the ‘red’ in the ice cream maker! WOW!!
    Anyone? Anywhere? Sounds fab to me. Do count me in. My fave flavour is coffee, and if the good RNG picks me, I’d love to pay for postage coz I live miles away!
    Congrats on your first anniversary!

  8. Katrina says:

    Your cupcakes look amazing! My favorite ice cream is mint chocolate chip. I want it now…

  9. T says:

    Yummmm such pretty cupcakes! Thanks for the recipe.

    (Don’t enter me for the ice cream maker though, i live too far away.)

  10. Beau-Robert says:

    I’ve always wanted to try my hand at vegan ice cream! My favorite flavor of ice cream is Earl Grey for sure.

  11. Kayci says:

    so hard to choose…. but i think i have to go w/ my pre-vegan favorite, baskin robbins’ jamoca almond fudge. i need to find a vegan version!

  12. Sana says:

    Your Cupcake look great!! I love coffee ice cream.

  13. Paige C says:

    Hi! I love cherry flavor with chocolate chips! Happy B-day!

  14. Amy Rose says:

    I would love to win this machine. My favorite flavor ice cream is vanilla right now, but that could certainly change if I made my own! Thank you.

  15. Kelsey says:

    Hi! I’d love to enter this contest! I just found your site recently but fell in love with your delicious recipes and oh.. the glorious glorious food photography! Oh, it is also so delicious.

    My favorite ice cream flavor…. I do love green tea ice cream, but am torn between that and butter pecan. (I’ve yet to find a nice vegan butter pecan ice cream though!)

  16. Mary says:

    oooh me! pick meeee!! I love love LOVE ice cream! I love pecan praline flavored ice cream! YUUUUMMMM!
    Happy blog birthday!

  17. Kylie Hayward says:

    Congrats on your anniversary! The cup cakes look amazing. I want to make them. My favorite ice cream is banana. Here’s to many more years!

  18. Matt B says:

    Hi Allyson:

    My favorite flavor has to be mint chocolate chip but it should always be that unnatural green color with square chocolate chunks! It is just doesn’t taste the same without it (although Soy Dream is sooo darn good!) 1000 and counting! Take care.

  19. Natasha says:

    I’d like to enter! My favorite ice cream flavor was in my pre-vegan days at a place where they served only homemade ice cream. I had “Ukrainian Rose Petal”. It even had tiny bits of edible rose petals mixed in. Since I’ve only had it once its forever placed as number one in my ice cream memories.

  20. Michelle says:

    I’d love an ice-cream maker! My current favourite is peach but I’ve also been a longtime fan of just simple vanilla.

  21. Kim says:

    Well I have to enter this contest! Ice cream is my favorite treat and narrowing down my fav flavor is hard but I think chocolate and peanut butter is the best! Have never made vegan ice cream in an ice cream maker YET! Congrats on 1000, that is amazing! The skies the limit!

  22. Christine says:

    How fun! It’s gotta be cookies ‘n’ cream. Oh, the cookies.

  23. alex says:

    I need this to make chocolate peanut butter ice cream! yummm

  24. lynne says:

    I would love an ice cream maker to make super cool flavors! My favorite flavor is probably vanilla bean…or peanut butter!

  25. Debs says:

    This year I’ve been making ice creams completely by hand and would love to have this ice cream maker.

    My favourite flavour at the moment is tiramisu, but I’m sure I’ll find a new favourite flavour soon LOL

    Thanks, brilliant giveaway & happy blog birthday too.

  26. Mandy says:

    The cupcake looks delicious, I’ll have to try it. :D Probably going to omit the frosting though…

    And the machine would be an amazing thing to have!

    My favorite ice cream flavor is pistachio hands down. :D

  27. Cheryl W. says:

    My favorite flavor is pumpkin. I love it and I wish I didn’t have to wait till Christmas to get some. I would love to win this machine so I could make my own organic pumpkin flavored ice cream.

    Thanks for the opportunity to enter my name.

  28. vixedvegans says:

    I would love this ice cream maker! My favorite flavor is pb cardamon ice cream.

  29. margaret says:

    yay for one year! love your blog, photos, and recipes :)

    i think it would be swell to have that ice cream maker :D i’ve always wanted to make my own vegan ice cream. my favorite flavor.. hm, that’s hard.. i’d probably go with chocolate chip cookie dough. or peanut butter cup :)

  30. Hannah says:

    Oh, I would so very much entirely love this ice cream maker! It’s always so painful reading ice cream recipes on blogs and beign unable to recreate them.

    Favourite flavour? Anything with peanut butter in it :)

  31. Colleen says:

    I’d love to enter also! I had a cheap ice cream maker when I was about 10 years old and would love one now that I’m older! My FAVORITE ice cream flavor is chocolate peanut butter. Rocky road is also at the top of my list. I love your blog so much! I love the tasty recipes and the gorgeous photography.

  32. Jennifer says:

    I would love to win the ice cream maker, I’ve never owned one! My favorite flavour is old fashioned vanilla bean..
    I love the looks and sounds of your cupcakes too, especially them being gluten free!

  33. kirsten says:

    chocolate and mint fer sure!

  34. Jen says:

    What a fun giveaway!! I can’t decide on just ONE favorite ice cream flavor. My favorites include macadamia nut brittle, pistachio and strawberry.

  35. Kara says:

    Best wishes on your blog birthday! I’ve been wanting to get myself an ice cream maker for a while now…my favorite flavor is good ‘ol chocolate.

  36. Emily says:

    What a great giveaway! In my pregan days I loved Chunky Monkey and I have to admit that’s still my favorite flavor. Maybe if I win, I’ll try to make my own vegan Chunky Monkey ice cream.

  37. Ang I. says:

    My favorite ice cream flavor growing up was black cherry, with butter pecan being a close second. Now that I’m ‘all grown up’ I would love to try to make some fancier creations like Nutella Ice Cream. yummy!

  38. Sarah McWhirter says:

    WOW what a giveaway! My favorite ice cream flavor is strawberry (with frozen strawberry chunks, please).

  39. Farrah says:

    Great website and great contest!!! My favorite flavor of ice cream is Mango& vanilla soy ice cream from TJ’s!

  40. chocolate raspberry truffle……… yum! what a nice give away. happy bday :)

  41. Veronica says:

    Happy Birthday Manifest Vegan!!!! These cupcakes are perfect in everyway, from the drizzle of chocolate to the fresh strawberry ontop. My favorite ice cream flavor would be just your simple soy chocolate ice cream, call me boring but its what I always get.

  42. Cat says:

    Oooooh! Pick me!!

    My favorite ice cream flavor, by far, is Mint Chocolate Chip. There’s nothin better!

  43. Juliana says:

    I love the recipes and I love that you guys have a gluten-free section! Keep up the good work. Happy anniversary!
    I absolute love coconut ice cream, could definitely have one of those right now since it’s a (rare) warm day in San Francisco. I would love to get an ice cream maker.

  44. Vanessa H says:

    Awesome giveaway! My favorite ice cream flavor is pistachio.

  45. Nicole says:

    Wow, what a fantastic giveaway! I absolutely LOVE homemade mango gelato. Seriously. I can’t get enough of it.

  46. LS says:

    Congrats! Coconut is definitely my favorite flavor of ice cream. Luckily it’s already vegan, so I didn’t have to find a new ice cream when I decided to forgo dairy.

  47. Elise says:

    Congrats on the one year!!!! Its a real delectable pleasure reading you!

    I really wanted to have this ice cream maker for a long time…this red one!!!!! But i always waited…Of course i enter the contest :-)

    My favorite ice cream is hard for me to say, because my heart always love nutty or coconut flavor one day and the other wants coffee or chocolate, but the best i had in my entire life was Tiramisu flavor. Yum…

  48. Mia says:

    Hi! I’d love to enter the contest—I’d love to win that ice cream maker and learn to make my favorite flavor: key lime!

  49. Monica says:

    I would love to win because I love caramel ice cream.