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Best Chocolate Paleo Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Frosting

These are the best chocolate paleo cupcakes ever! Gluten free and dairy free, they’re moist and rich with a soft crumb, and the dark chocolate frosting is oh so good. This recipe is surprisingly easy and quick to pull together. In short? They’re just perfect !!

With the moistest texture and perfect crumb, they’re quite possibly the best paleo thing I’ve ever eaten, and that’s a seriously bold claim!

Best Chocolate Paleo Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Frosting (Gluten Free, Dairy Free) Recipe
Perfect, moist, tender chocolate cupcakes that no one would guess are paleo, gluten free, and dairy free! Topped with a rich, dark chocolate frosting.

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder or cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Wet Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk whisked well
  • 1/3 cup cold or room temperature coffee see Note 1
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons refined coconut oil melted
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons chocolate extract see Note 2

Dark Chocolate Frosting

  • 2 cups vegan chocolate chips like Enjoy Life or Lily's, see Note 3
  • 3/4 cup coconut cream just the solid white part of a can of coconut milk or cream
  • 1/4 cup refined coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 325º Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients. In a medium bowl, whisk together wet ingredients until smooth. Pour wet ingredients mixture to dry ingredients bowl and stir until well combined and with no lumps.
  3. Line muffin tin with 12 cupcake liners, preferably parchment paper. Pour or use a disher to fill muffin tin 3/4 full.
  4. Bake in the middle rack for 16-17 minutes. Do not overbake. Begin checking for doneness every minute starting at 15 minutes: insert a toothpick into the center of a cupcake. The toothpick should come out with crumbs but not completely coated like the center is liquid. As soon as the toothpick comes out this way (Crumbs but not coated), remove the pan from the oven. Let sit 5 minutes then remove cupcakes and cool completely on a wire rack.
  5. While cupcakes cool, make the frosting. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients. Microwave in 60-second bursts, stirring very well in between each burst, until ingredients are completely melted and totally smooth. Set aside and let cool to room temperature or chill in the refrigerator until firm but scoopable.
  6. Frost cupcakes when cupcakes are completely cool and frosting is set. Sprinkle with chocolate jimmies, if desired and not on a strict paleo diet.

Recipe NotesNote 1 Coffee brings out the natural cocoa flavor in chocolate dishes, so I highly recommend using a bit of your leftover morning brew in this paleo cupcakes recipe! However, if you don't have coffee on hand, water will do.Note 2 Chocolate extract is another amazing way to enrich the chocolatey flavor in a recipe like these paleo cupcakes, so I highly recommend using it. However, you can omit the chocolate extract if you cannot find it.Note 3 I use Enjoy Life chocolate chips, which do have cane sugar as an ingredient. If you are very strictly paleo and do not consume any refined sugar, you will want to use a different brand of chocolate chips. Lily's is keto-friendly and sweetened by stevia and erythritol. Lily's does contain soy lecithin. For an unsweetened option, try Pascha Organic 100% Cacao chips. You will absolutely need to sweeten the frosting if you go this route, though; try adding coconut sugar to taste when the mixture is warm and stirring to dissolve well.
Recipe Source : Best Chocolate Paleo Cupcakes Ever with Dark Chocolate Frosting @ 40aprons

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