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. I have this exact ice cream machine, so if I happen to win, please choose again, as I’m sure there is a lucky person out there dying for it. I just wanted to stop by and comment and let you know that I recently made Chocolate Espresso Ice Cream (gluten free, dairy free, egg free) and it came out great! Here’s the link to my recipe.

    Chocolate Espresso Ice Cream

  2. maxine says:

    congratulations on the blog birthday!
    oh how i lust for a fancy ice cream maker!
    i absolutely luuuurve peanut butter caramel ice cream but its pretty rare to get it down here in australia.

  3. Kaeci says:

    Every time I’m searching for the best recipes,
    which is probably all the time I tend to find ice cream recipes.
    So in love with the ingredients and overall guilty pleasure
    I convince myself of making it. As I scroll down the procedure, the words
    “view ice cream maker instruction manual” always tends to catch me,
    ruining all plans of that amazing ice cream day planned, this being one of them.
    I need* this ice cream maker, it’s designed for me! My favorite ice cream is obviously gold medal ribbon from baskin Robbins — perfect blend of chocolate&caramel. Oh& bluebell is there best!

  4. Michelle says:

    Happy Anniversary!

    I’ve been lusting after an ice cream maker for so long! Pumpkin is my favorite flavor, but my roommate found a recipe for Thai iced tea ice cream and we’ve been dying to try it…

  5. Amelia says:

    Oh, would I ever love that ice cream machine.

    My favourite flavour is… chocolate! But not just chocolate. A lovely, rich dark chocolate ice cream, studded with chocolate covered cashews, pieces of home-made brownies, a few dollops of peanut butter, and the occasional spoonful of cheesecake batter. You can only make this yourself, and since my mum has the ice cream machine and I don’t, I rarely get to make it! It’s the tragedy of getting older, moving out, and not having the luxuries of… you know, your parents providing everything. Such are my first world problems, haha.

  6. Jillian says:

    I can imagine this machine whipping up my favorite homemade recipe, Banana Lavender with coconut. I’d love it!

  7. mackenzie says:

    congrats on the blog-o-birthday! those strawberries ‘n’ cream cupcakes look fantastic! my favorite ice cream is cookies ‘n’ cream. cannot. get. enough.

  8. Joi says:

    I would love that beautiful machine!

    My favorite is just about anything chocolate and if you throw a little coffee in there…. well, that would be just awesome!

  9. Lauren says:

    congrats on turning 1! i check this blog every day hoping for new delicious and healthy vegan recipes and i’m never let down :)

    I never actually liked dairy ice cream because it made me so sick to my stomach but i’m crazy for italian ice and vegan ice cream, especially this flavour they have at a local shop – espresso soy ice cream with crushed up oreo cookies. Super yummy!

  10. Caitlin says:

    i would LOVE the icecream maker! my husband and i love chocolate and peanut butter icecream!

  11. Iris says:

    Ooh so much fun! I love all ice cream, but my favorite is vanilla with something else in it, like chocolate chip chunks.

  12. Mama Cupcake says:

    Happy Blog Birthday!!! I just started my blog this week….I can’t want to have my first anniversary. Of course I would love to win this ice cream maker! (thank you for the giveaway). My favorite flavor is rocky road!

  13. Christine says:

    Those cupcakes look delicious.
    My favorite ice cream is chocolate peanut butter swirl.
    Happy Birthday!

  14. Wendi says:

    I’m a big fan of peanut butter, so any ice cream flavor that includes peanut butter is good enough for me!

  15. Renee says:

    Oh yes, I would love to own this! My favorite ice cream flavor is pistachio!

  16. Maria says:

    those cupcakes look so gooooood!!! I have to do them!!!!

    and my avorite ice cream is ROCKY ROAD!!! YUM!

  17. Rusty M. says:

    Happy,happy birthday! I hope you have lots of cake and of course, ice cream. Right now my favorite flavor is vanilla cardamom. So good.

  18. Alexandra says:

    Oh I would love an ice cream maker! Good vegan ice cream is so hard to find! My favorite flavor would have to be caramel and pear sorbet that a local ice cream shop sells. It is to die for!

    Happy Birthday and I look forward to more wonderful posts and recipes!

  19. Laviyah says:

    Chocolate Brownie Almond by So Delicious made with Coconut Milk. So smooth, creamy and delicious. Yummeeeee.

  20. Chris says:

    Happy Birthday! My favorite flavor is chocolate and peanut butter.

  21. Ash Jones says:

    I love ice cream soooo much! My favourite flavour ice cream is definitely mint. :)

  22. Danielle says:

    Coconut! Awesome work on the blog.

  23. Meryl says:

    I would love an ice cream maker! My favorite flavor is bittersweet chocolate!

  24. Yvonne says:

    I love the fresh taste of lemon ice cream (I used to eat this in France) and the comforting taste of vanilla ice cream (preferably with apple pie)!

  25. Kurt says:

    Thanks to Vegansaurus for linking to your site: subscribed!

    I <3 the peanut butter zig zag flavor from purely decadent, because peanut butter + chocolate + ice cream = bliss.

  26. Catharine says:

    Congrats on the blog birthday! My favorite ice cream flavor is mint oreo!

  27. Mihl says:

    These cupcakes look outstanding!

    Happy blog birthday! Your site is one of my favourites.

    My favourite ice cream flavour is chocolate.

  28. gail says:

    I would adore this ice cream maker. My favorite flavor is pineapple-coconut.

  29. Kelly says:

    Happy blogiversary! :D That cupcake photo is to die for. TO. DIE. FOR.

    As for my favorite ice cream flavor… hmm. It’s been so long since I’ve had anything really exciting! :( I guess I’d go with chocolate-peanut butter swirl. Mmm.

  30. Mia says:

    I would love an ice cream maker! My fave flavor right now is Tempt chocomint :)

  31. Melissa says:

    I want an ice cream maker! My favourite flavour is strawberry, hands down…with chunks of fresh strawberries in it.

    I just bought a maker from a thrift store, but it was missing parts, so your contest came at the right time.

    Happy Anniversary!!

  32. Amanda T. says:

    I would love to win an ice cream maker since I had to return one I ordered because I of being laid off. My favorite ice cream flavor is cookie dough.

  33. Erin says:

    I would love this handy little ice cream maker. My favorite flavor is coffee with vegan Oreos, based on my old love of Baskin’ Robbins’ Jamocha Cookies n’ Creme.

  34. Jenny says:

    I would love the ice cream maker!!!!!!!!!!! Favorite flavor would have to be chocolate, but I always like something crunchy in my ice cream too… chocolate with nuts?

  35. Sawn says:

    Hola! My favorite flavor is chocolate!
    But if i got a ice cream maker it be filled with avocados!
    I’ve always wanted to try this avocado flavor from good eats on their website! :D
    Its quite vegan but the comments say use coconut milk! xD Yum!

  36. Danielle says:

    I’ve wanted an ice cream maker for the longest time, so I would love to be entered into the contest–who cares if fall and winter are one their way? I’m sitting in 90 degree weather right now. My favorite flavor would have to be green tea with red bean paste on top. Yummm….

  37. Susie D. says:

    This ice cream maker is soooo pretty! It has been on my amazon wish list all summer. But I just couldn’t justify it. I have all kinds of homemade ice cream recipes bookmarked though! I especially love any ice cream with STUFF in it, like cookies, candies, or swirls of yummy goodness.

  38. Katie says:

    happy birthday to you! hooray for ice cream makers. my favorite flavor is mint chip!

  39. Valerie says:

    My favourite flavour is pecan! Love your blog by the way! :)

  40. Krystal S Williams says:

    Happy 1st Birthday. At the moment my favorite ice cream flavor is praline crunch, but I’d love to have an ice cream maker to explore new flavors

    (ps the cupcakes look so amazing I might try that recipe when my birthday comes around : )

  41. RachelBethany says:

    I’m torn between loving mocha almond fudge and peanut butter ice cream. I wish I had an ice cream maker so I could try the nutella ice cream recipe I see floating around! Congrats on one year!

  42. Sam says:

    Those cupcakes look INCREDIBLE.

    My favorite ice cream flavor is mint cookie :-)

  43. Amanda says:

    At our new house there is 2 big peach trees, what a coincidence that my favorite homemade ice cream flavor is peach.I don’t have that nifty ice cream machine but it is on my wish list. Once I get a new ice cream maker then there will be plenty of peach ice cream to go around.

  44. Meghan says:

    Congrats on the big ONE! I’ll be officially subscribing today as a present to you. =)
    I love a little vegan ice cream treat now and again, but I’m disappointed that I can’t find some of the less traditional flavours. If I had an ice cream maker (oh, dream come true), the first thing I would do is make my favourite ice cream flavour – green tea! Yum!!

  45. Erin says:

    I love red, and I love ice cream, my favorite flavour is plain ole’ vanilla. I would love to win this, so I could try out all the fabulous flavours I’ve seen.

  46. carmen says:

    would lOVE the ice cream maker. :) my fave ice cream flavor is pistachio!

  47. Michelle says:

    It’s funny but when I wasn’t vegan I wasn’t a big ice cream eater… but now that I am vegan and finding all sorts of amazing vegan ice cream recipes it has inspired me to look for an icecream maker when I am out shopping at secondhand stores! I haven’t found one yet and so would LOVE to win this one.
    My fav flavour would have to be anything with CHOCOLATE in it!!!

  48. Morgan says:

    Happy anniversary to you! Love your posts :] I’ve wanted an ice cream maker for so long but I just can’t seem to fit it in my budget. My favorite ice cream flavor would have to be chocolate! Anything chocolate!

    Congrats again :]

  49. Samantha says:

    Love it! My favourite flavour is cinnamon :)

  50. Sarah says:

    I have always wanted an ice cream maker. My favorite ice cream is vanilla hemp milk!