It’s hard to decide what’s better: the taste of the cupcakes I tried in Elana Amsterdam’s Gluten-Free Cupcakes book or the enticing color pictures of them.

For gluten-free eaters who have been sad not to be able to hop on the cupcake bandwagon, this book is a lifesaver. This collection of 50 cupcake recipes is gluten-free, refined-sugar-free, and high in protein and taste.

We first tried the White Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes with White Chocolate Frosting. The white chocolate chips and cherry pieces were of equal size and they were easy going down and easy on the eyes. Equally good were the Strawberry Cupcakes, and the recipe is here.

Most of these recipes are made with coconut or almond flour. Some are even vegan and dairy-free. Vegan chocolate lovers will be satisfied with the Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with the Vegan Chocolate Frosting.

Amsterdam’s Cinnamon Crumb Cupcakes were a good start to a lazy weekend morning. They can be topped with frosting or served without as the streusel topping is quite good on its own. One of the book’s nice features, other than its positively gorgeous photography, is the sweetness rating. This is helpful when deciding whether to make something as a snack or as a special dessert.

The book contains a few savory muffin recipes. While the ones I tried were good, the festive, dessert cupcakes are really the author’s sweet spot.

Gluten-Free Cupcakes is published on Ten Speed Press and available for purchase on Amazon. For more information about this popular food blogger, go to www.alanaspantry.com.