Monday, June 17, 2013

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes (Gluten-Free too)

I can't believe my blog is a year old already!  Hopefully I'll get more followers/viewers in this new year of my blog.  I made these cupcakes about two weeks ago when I was craving chocolate, and since the first cupcake batch came out well, I decided to go with my Gluten-Free Cupcakes cookbook by Elana Amsterdam.  They were also sugar free;  they were sweetened with agave nectar.  I like agave a lot, but sometimes when things are sweetened with it, it makes your baked goods extremely moist...a little more than I would like.  That being said, I thought the cupcakes were still very good, and the buttercream turned out really good too.

Here's what you'll need:
  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon flax meal
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Here's what you'll need for the buttercream:
  • 1/2 cup Spectrum all-vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup Earth Balance Natural Buttery Spread
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 3/4 cup agave nectar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line 9 muffin cups with paper liners.  In a large bowl, combine the almond flour, cocoa powder, arrowroot powder, ground chia seeds, flax meal, salt, and baking soda.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the coconut milk, agave nectar, vinegar, and vanilla extract.
Stir the wet ingredients into the almond flour mixture with a large spoon until thoroughly combined.  Scoop 1/4 cup of batter into each prepared muffin cup.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached.  Let the cupcakes cool in the pan for 1 hour, then frost and serve.

Now onto the buttercream:

In large bowl, blend together the shortening and buttery spread with a handheld mixer until creamy.  Mix in the salt, agave nectar, and vanilla extract, whipping until smooth.
Refrigerate the frosting for 2 hours, or until firm.  Frost the cupcakes immediately, then place them into the fridge to keep the consistency of the frosting firm until serving.  Enjoy! 

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