Saturday, February 9, 2013

Chocolatey Paleo Cupcakes w/ Chocolate Sweet Potato Frosting

I made these for my niece's birthday. She just turned two and she already loves chocolate. They are Paleo approved and deliciously chocolatey. My dad was surprised these were made with coconut flour because the texture and taste resembled wheat flour.

Chocolate Cupcakes
Makes 9-12 cupcakes

 Ingredients: coconut flour, cocoa powder, coconut oil, eggs, honey, maple syrup,  vanilla extract, baking soda, salt, and chocolate

Mix together in a small bowl: 
• 1/4 cup coconut flour 
• 1/4 cup cocoa powder 
• 1/4 tsp baking soda
• pinch of salt

Pulse together in a food processor or whisk together:
• 4 eggs
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
• 1/4 cup honey
• 2-3 Tbsp maple syrup
• 1 tsp vanilla extract

Add dry ingredients and pulse until blended

• 1/4 cup finely chopped or melted chocolate {You can make your own w/ 100% dark chocolate and some honey or maple syrup}

Pulse for 15-20 seconds to allow the chocolate to incorporate into the batter.  Pour into lined or oiled muffin tins about 2/3 full and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

{If you do not have enough batter to fill all muffin tins then fill the empty ones with 2 Tbsp of water to prevent uneven cooking and drying out}

Allow to cool and then frost with chocolate sweet potato frosting. Recipe is below :)

Chocolate Sweet Potato Frosting

I first attempted this frosting a few weeks ago for pancakes. They weren't a fail, but they weren't great. I finally created a recipe I am proud to share. The sweet potato makes the frosting silky and my family actually couldn't even believe it was sweet potato!

Ingredients: sweet potato {or yams}, cocoa powder, coconut oil or butter, coconut milk {or almond milk}, honey, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and chocolate

Bake until very well done:
• a medium-large sweet potato

Make sure you really cook the sweet potato because you want it to be sweet

Peel the sweet potato 

Add to a food processor or mixer and mix until combined:
• 1 cup of the cooked sweet potato
• 2 Tbsp butter or coconut oil
• 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
• 1/3 cup melted chocolate {unsweetened chocolate or dark chocolate but use less sweetener}
{my sweet potato was still hot when I mixed everything together so the chocolate melted by itself. If you are using cold sweet potato, melt the chocolate in a double broiler to prevent burning the chocolate}
• 2-3 Tbsp maple syrup
• 2 Tbsp honey
• 1 Tbsp coconut milk
• 1 tsp vanilla extract

In honor of Valentines Day this week 

Quotes from those who have tried this recipe 

~ Thanks for your awesome recipes... my family loved them. They were delicious! ~

~ Sweet potato chocolate frosting? What??? So amazing! Thanks for a truly wonderful recipe ~

~ This recipe rocks my world! The cupcakes were delicious and the frosting... it turned out perfect! The best thing I've made with my food processor to date! Thanks for sharing ~

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