Growing up my Mom would make a delicious dark chocolate cake with a hard sugary caramel frosting. Instead of water, this notorious delight had a cup of black coffee in place of water, and the icing was basically powdered and brown sugar caramelized in enough butter to make your arteries have nightmares. This cake is so far from what I eat today, I think I might be pre diabetic just thinking about it. I still crave it every once in a while, so today I decided to take on making a healthier version, more suited for my lifestyle now.
These cupcakes are free of any gluten, dairy, eggs, xantham gum, soy, or other crazy ingredients that you would find in a gluten free or vegan cupcake at the store. Though my mom used coffee in her recipe, I omitted it for coffee flavoring because the high amount of chocolate in this little dessert is enough caffeine to hold me over for some time.
Yields: 8 Cupcakes
3 T flax
6 T water
1/2 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup gluten free oat flour
3/4 cup almond flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
1 cup vegan milk
1/2 tsp gluten free vanilla flavoring
2 tsp gluten free coffee flavoring
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
First things first, mix the flax and the water together. Set aside for 10 minutes, allowing the flax to absorb the water (this is the egg substitute)
Sift together the flours, cocoa powder and baking soda. Mix in the salt and the palm sugar.
In a separate bowl, combine the flax mixture, milk, vanilla and coffee flavorings, maple syrup, and coconut oil.
Slowing add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing as you go.
Pour into greased cupcake tins. For some reason I have been having trouble with my cupcake liners sticking to the cupcake. I found it is just easier to grease them, you are saving some paper as well!
Bake at 350 for 18 – 22 minutes. Cupcakes are ready when they start to pull from the side of the pan, these are so moist that sticking a toothpick doesn’t work.
This just makes a small amount of frosting, but a little goes a long way!