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.
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!
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
1 cup of agave nectar
Preheat the oven to 180C
So simple you will not believe it:
- In a machine, blend the wet ingredients: oil, eggs and agave
- In another bowl mix, by hand, the almonds, chocolate and coconut, bicarb and salt
- Pour the wet mix into the dry mix and blend together with a spatula
- Prepare a muffin tin by lining it with muffin or cupcake papers
- To make your job so much easier, pour the mix into a measuring jug and pour it into the individual cases
- Bake for around 20 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean
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.
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