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Grain-free and gluten free, these gorgeous cupcakes are absolutely delicious. They bake up moist and tender, then are topped with a high piping of whipped cream. And dipped in chocolate for a truly divine treat. You'll want to eat these little cuppies with a fork. But will absolutely love them. One of my favorite grain-free baking recipes of all time.
Let's pretend for a moment you're kinda paleo. (Oh, hai. That's me.)
Try as I might to be pure cavekid, baked goods always have me like whoa. I love them. I crave them. Entirely, completely and pastrilily.
That's not a thing.
But let's pretend it is.
So anyway, here we are. Kinda paleo.
You try to be a good cavegirl. Eat veggies, and steer clear of toast. Say no to legumes and run into the next room if anyone even mentions the word "wheat".
But oh, do you need a cupcake from time to time. And not just a cupcake. But one topped with whipped topping and eight stages of love.
That's not a thing.
But you knew that already.
So in this world, when you want to still eat paleo (because going grain-free has made you feel soo good), but you really want a damn cupcake: these gorgeous chocolate Hi Hat Cupcakes are the answer to such cravings.
Almond flour cupcakes so good, no one will believe they're grain free. Chocolatey and soft and moist. Even thought "moist" is wurst.word.ever.
And then whipped cream up top (with a leetle bit of powdered sugar, because paleoISH means we can sneak a cheat in there).
And then chocolate.
And then eight kinds of love.
You know the drill. Make, bake, dance, repeat.
For all you paleoish cohorts, this one is for us.
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder
- 2/3 cup almond flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 2/3 cup raw honey
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 4 large eggs
- 1/4 tsp almond extract
- 1 Tbsp vanilla
- 2 pints whipping cream
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 1/2 cups Enjoy Life! chocolate chips
- 4 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
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These images were shot with a Canon 5D Mk III paired with a Canon 24-70 f/2.8 . Shutterspeed was set to 125 so I could hand hold my camera, and still end up with a crisp-sharp shot. F/3.5-5.0 allowed most of the photo to be evenly clear. If the light is good, I'll always shoot f/5.0 on my overhead shots.
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The backdrop was created using the Bea Lubas technique, which you can learn over at TwoLovesStudio. Once I tried this technique, I painted over 5 of my old backdrops, because I loved it so much.
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