Insanely Chocolatey Gluten-Free + Dairy-free Cupcakes

Gourmet Mami
by Gourmet Mami
14 cupcakes
35 min

You have to try these Insanely Chocolatey Gluten-Free + Dairy-free Cupcakes!

We love chocolate in my house….and these cupcakes are always a hit! Not only are they insanely chocolatey, they are gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar free—but the best part is that nobody will ever know! A surprise ingredient, applesauce gives this cake a rich and fudgy texture while making it a little healthier at the same time. Top these off with some chocolate ganache for a decadent treat perfect for chocolate-lovers! If you're looking for another great gluten-free + dairy-free chocolate cake recipe, check out my recipe for Decadent Chocolate Cake

Insanely Chocolatey Gluten-Free + Dairy-free Cupcakes
Recipe details
  • 14  cupcakes
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 20 Minutes Total time: 35 min
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For the Cupcakes:
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 oz. bittersweet chocolate
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp sea salt
For the Ganache:
  • 4 oz. bittersweet chocolate
  • 4 oz heavy cream or dairy-free creamer
  • Pinch of sea salt
For the Cupcakes:
Preheat oven to 350°. Line muffin tins with muffin liners.
Whisk almond flour, baking soda, and cocoa powder in a medium bowl; set aside.
Heat chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring occasionally, until melted. Remove bowl from heat. Stir in oil, vinegar, almond extract, and applesauce until smooth.
Beat eggs, coconut sugar + maple syrup mixture and salt in a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment on medium-high speed (or use an electric mixer and large bowl) until more than doubled in volume and mixture holds a ribbon for several seconds when the beater is lifted above batter, about 6–8 minutes. This step is very important because it is key to creating an aerated texture.
Pour the chocolate-applesauce mixture into egg mixture and beat on low speed until combined. Add in the dry ingredients and beat on lowest speed, scraping down bowl as needed, until combined.
Transfer batter to prepared muffin tins. Bake until the top springs back when gently pressed, 15-18 minutes.
Remove from the oven and let cool completely while you make the glaze.
For the Ganache:
Place the chocolate in a bowl.
Heat the cream in a small saucepan until it begins to gently simmer. (Do not let it come to a boil– that’s too hot!)
Pour over chocolate and let it sit for 2-3 minutes to gently soften the chocolate.
Then stir until completely combined and chocolate has melted. Cover and refrigerate until it’s thick and a spreadable consistency.
Spread the ganache over the cupcakes to cover the top.
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