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Double Chocolate Whammy Cupcakes

Isn't chocolate just gorgeous? And when it's good quality it is low in carbohydrate too. In other words: low in sugar. Mona Farrugia lauds the joy of the low-carb chocolate cupcake.

Double Chocolate Whammy Cupcakes


Main Ingredient chocolate
Preparation Time 30 minutes
Cooking Time 20 mins
Course Cake
Recipe Serves 12
Recipe Type Cupcake

I absolutely adore cupcakes.

They are beautiful to look at and, when made well, wonderful to eat.

In most cases they are also just a paper cup of super-processed flour, colour and all the stuff we should not really be eating.

So I work hard - if you can call being in the kitchen and experimenting 'working hard' - to develop the impossible: cupcakes that are actually delicious to eat and good for you.

These cupcakes are exactly that: low in carbohydrates, have no added sugar, contain no wheat, perfect for diabetics and those who are allergic to gluten or have a wheat intolerance. The most important thing though, is that they are absolutely divine to eat. Indulge - you really can!

You need:

100 grams of dessicated coconut, the type without sugar added to it

60 grams good, dark cocoa powder (I use Valhrona)

100 grams of ground almonds

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

125ml coconut oil, melted butter or olive oil

6 eggs

1 cup of agave nectar


Preheat the oven to 180C


So simple you will not believe it:

  1. In a machine, blend the wet ingredients: oil, eggs and agave
  2. In another bowl mix, by hand, the almonds, chocolate and coconut, bicarb and salt
  3. Pour the wet mix into the dry mix and blend together with a spatula
  4. Prepare a muffin tin by lining it with muffin or cupcake papers
  5. To make your job so much easier, pour the mix into a measuring jug and pour it into the individual cases
  6. Bake for around 20 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean

To decorate:

I whip some mascarpone cheese with some fresh cream and then sprinkle dessicated coconut from high. If you have cute decorations, or even fresh edible flowers, use them. In this case I have also mixed in some (around a tablespoon or two) cocoa powder (as above) in order to have a nice dark background for the dessicated coconut. It also means you get a double chocolate whammy.

If this ridiculous quantity of chocolate is not enough for you, maybe you'd like to go for the 'hilariously' titled Irish Car Bomb: Chocolate, Whisky and Beer Cupcakes - one for the boys and the butch laydeez.

Shopping Tips
I buy Agave nectar from Casa Natura in High Street, Sliema because they have it in large bottles. Other health shops like Naturali at Smart and Good Earth also have it, but the bottles are smaller and run out quickly.


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Yasmin Galea
August 02, 2011
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Just made these yesterday and they came quite good. However, I was a little bit disappointed regarding the chocolate as I couldn't find that brand.
If you have any suggestions where to find it I'd really appreciate it ( apart from abroad).

It is a really low carb delicacy, keep up the good work.

June 11, 2011
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Agave nectar - the big bottles - I buy from Casa Natura in Sliema (updating Shopping Tips - thanks for pointing that out!)
Cocoa - to be honest I have no idea but you can most def get it delivered online

Melissa Mifsud
June 10, 2011
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Yummy! Where would I buy the agave nectar from? I've never used it. Also is the cocoa sold in supermarkets here in Malta?

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