Cupcakes on a cake stand with lit candles and The Migraine Relief Plan book
Vanilla cupcakes with fudgy frosting to celebrate the birthday of The Migraine Relief Plan

On February 14, 2017 The Migraine Relief Plan debuted in the world. I couldn’t be prouder of this book or the lives it’s touched in the last two years. I have traveled the country meeting migraine sufferers at wellness events and patient education days. I have more than 800 members of our Facebook support group who help each other on a daily basis. And I’m thrilled to see that it sells consistently on Amazon, knowing that doctors all over the country are recommending it to their patients.

When I asked my readers’ group what I should do to celebrate this milestone, the obvious answer was “birthday cake!” So I hereby present this tasty recipe for simple vanilla cupcakes with rich, buttercream-like frosting that is of course, migraine-friendly. A huge shout-out to my friend Ricki Heller’s book Naturally Sweet & Gluten-Free: Allergy-Friendly Vegan Desserts: 100 Recipes Without Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, or Refined Sugar for the inspiration. I highly recommend her book, as she’s a genius with desserts for people on special diets.

Three vanilla cupcakes with lit birthday candles set in fudgy frosting swirls.

Just a note: As with all desserts, this is meant to be eaten in moderation. Yes, there’s a little sugar in them.

Vanilla cupcake with fudgy frosting

Vanilla cupcakes with fudgy frosting

Vanilla cupcakes with rich fudgy frosting, completely migraine-friendly!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 18 cupcakes


Vanilla cupcakes

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (gluten-free) Bob's Red Mill 1-to-1 is best (includes xanthan gum)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons psyllium husk powder (only if using a flour blend that doesn't include xanthan gum)
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup agave syrup honey, or maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk whole milk, hemp milk, rice milk
  • 1/3 cup grapeseed oil sunflower seed oil, light olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract alcohol-free for migraine diet

Fudgy frosting

  • 1 cup coconut sugar (organic)
  • 1 cup sweet potato puree (canned or use a baked sweet potato)
  • 40 drops stevia (organic) drops, vanilla flavor preferred
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract alcohol-free for migraine diet
  • 1/2 cup carob powder
  • 1/2 cup carob chips Sunspire brand unsweeted carob chips
  • 1/2 cup tahini or unsalted sunflower seed butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil


Vanilla cupcakes

  • Preheat oven to 350F/180C/gas mark 4. Line 18 cupcake tins with liners.
  • Separate the eggs.
  • Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk flour with baking powder, baking soda, and psyllium husk powder (if using).
  • In a mixing bowl (or the bowl of a stand mixer), beat egg yolks, agave syrup, coconut milk, oil, and vanilla until smooth.
  • Add flour mixture and beat just until no lumps remain. Fold in egg whites using a spatula until mixed in completely.
  • Scoop batter into prepared pans, about 2/3 full. Place on center rack. Bake 10 minutes, then rotate pans. Bake another 10 minutes, or until tops spring back and a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool completely on wire racks before frosting.

Fudgy frosting

  • Place coconut sugar in blender and blend on high for one minute or until a fine powder.
  • Place sweet potato and stevia in food processor fitted with S-blade. Process until smooth.
  • In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, place remaining ingredients and stir over low-medium heat until melted and smooth. Scrape into food processor. Blend until very smooth.
  • For thick fudgy frosting, immediately spread on cupcakes. For pipe-able buttercream style frosting, refrigerate until cold. Then beat until fluffy. Use a large piping tip to create frosting swirls as shown.


For best taste, eat the day they are baked. Warm briefly in a microwave on day two. For a two-layer cake, grease two 8-inch cake tins, then divide batter evenly. Bake 35-40 minutes, rotating pans about halfway through the baking time. Cool for 15 minutes in the pans before removing to a wire rack to finish cooling. Adapted from Golden Vanilla Cake or Cupcakes and Chocolate Buttercream Frosting from Naturally Sweet & Gluten-Free by Ricki Heller. There are many, many recipes in this book that could be adapted to The Migraine Relief Plan.