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Crème-Topped Chocolate Cupcakes (Vegan, Paleo)

Crème-Topped Chocolate Cupcakes (Vegan, Paleo)

(Originally published on 16 Feb 2016 at https://CornFreeHippie.com)

These cupcakes are simple to make, have intense flavor and are just the right combination of moist and fluffy.

When I mentioned to my Foodie-in-Crime that they are reminiscent of Hostess cupcakes, he said "these are way better". I've provided different options for the crème filling / frosting, so be creative and enjoy.

         Cupcakes
1 1/2 cups paleo all-purpose flour*
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1/3 cup raw cacao powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp vanilla bean powder

1 cup non-dairy (hemp, almond, cashew or coconut) milk
1/2 cup avocado oil
2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line a 12 cupcake pan.

Whisk dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Whisk wet ingredients in a small bowl. Add wet ingredients to dry. Combine, do not overmix. Fill pan cavities with 2.5-3 Tbsp. of batter each. Bake 16-18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

          Crème Frosting / Filling
1 cup palm shortening
1 cup homemade powdered coconut sugar (blend 1 cup coconut sugar + 1 Tbsp. tapioca or arrowroot)
2 Tbsp. avocado (or coconut) oil
1/4 cup coconut cream

In a stand mixer, beat shortening until fluffy. Add sugar & oil. Mix. Add 1 Tbsp. coconut cream at a time until a fluffy & spreadable consistency is reached.

         Ganache (optional)
1 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup coconut cream
1 Tbsp. coconut oil

Melt all ingredients in a double boiler.

         Assembly options

1. Without ganache:  Top cupcakes with crème frosting.

2. With ganache: Pipe crème filling into cupcakes using a piping bag, about 2 Tbsp. each (no need to remove center). Top with ganache. Use any remaining filling to decorate cupcakes.

*Note: See my recipe here: Paleo All-Purpose Flour.

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