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Chocolate Cupcakes With Chocolate Buttercream Icing

The most chocolatey chocolate cupcakes you can get, without being too rich to finish eating!

These gluten free chocolate cupcakes are so delicious!!! The cake recipe is by My Gluten Free Kitchen with my own chocolate buttercream icing recipe which I think compliment them well!

What you'll need

  • 2 cups sugar

  • 2 cups good quality gluten-free flour blend

  • 1 tsp. xanthan gum (omit if using a flour blend that contains xanthan)

  • 1 tsp. baking soda

  • 1/4 tsp. salt

  • 1 cup salted butter (2 sticks)

  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder *see note

  • 1 cup water

  • 1/2 c. buttermilk

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

For the frosting

  • 60g salted butter

  • 25g cocoa powder

  • 255g icing sugar

  • Up to 3 tbsp of milk

What you'll need to do

  1. Line a muffin pan with paper liners of your choice and set aside.

  2. In your mixing bowl, combine sugar, flour, xanthan gum, baking soda, and salt and set aside.

  3. In a medium saucepan, combine butter, cocoa powder, and 1 cup of water. Bring just to boiling, whisking constantly. Remove from heat and add to dry ingredients, beat until combined.

  4. Add buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla and beat for one minute on low-medium speed.

  5. Pour batter into cupcake liners. A top tip is to use a 1/3 cup measurement for each case.

  6. Bake at 180°C for 17 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean or with a few crumbs with no wet batter.

  7. Let cool in pan for at least 4 minutes, then remove cupcakes (if you can resist). Do not frost the cupcakes until completely cool!

  8. Meanwhile, melt your butter in a bowl and sift in the cocoa powder and icing sugar a little at a time.

  9. If the icing is too thick, gradually add the milk until it reaches the desired consistency.

  10. Pipe over the cupcakes, sprinkle with chocolate chips or decoration of your choice and voila, ready to be eaten!

I think this combination is truly delicious for an indulgent treat, and they also look great at parties on a cake stand.

Let me know if you give it a go as always, and if you have any suggestions of what you have tried to achieve the perfect chocolate cupcake!



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