Before I started this blog, I remember thinking when eating a flourless chocolate cake, how can they make it without flour? Oh, how “foodly” naive I was! 🙂 I now know that almond meal is used as a substitute instead of flour!
Recently when Mrs L, her hubby Mr S & her gorgeous son Mr N came over, I was hunting for gluten free foods as Mrs L has celiac disease, where she can’t have gluten or wheat in her diet. I really feel for Mrs L as I found so many foods were prohibited because they contain gluten. I was making normal cupcakes for everyone else, but I didn’t want Mrs L to miss out so I was determined to find a gluten free cupcake recipe. Many gluten free cake recipes called for a whole lot of egg whites but I managed to find one on a random forum that used whole eggs.
Gluten free chocolate flourless cupcakes
105g unsalted butter, chopped
135g dark chocolate, chopped
150g castor sugar
50g almond meal, sifted
40g cocoa, sifted
½ tsp vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 140C.
2. Combine butter, chocolate and sugar in a saucepan over low heat. Mix continuously with a wooden spoon until melted and smooth. I did this in the microwave making sure I used medium heat, short burst and stirred regularly.
3. Sift almond meal and cocoa into a bowl and add chocolate mixture. Beat until thoroughly combined on low speed.
4. Add one egg at a time, beating after each addition until mixture is well combined. Do not overbeat or too much air will be incorporated.
5. Bake for 30-40mins until skewer comes out clean. Mine were in for 34 minutes (I have a digital countdown clock)
Results: The cupcakes were cracked in the middle, some of them all the way to the bottom. Does anybody know why this happened? Despite the way they looked, they tasted so decadently chocolatey! They were on the bitter side because of all the dark chocolate in the recipe – great for dark chocolate lovers. The texture was quite dense and thick, but still light and fluffy at the same time, pretty similar to a brownie. Mrs L loved them and took the remainder home!
Would I make them again? Yes, I really liked them.
Over & Out, Rilsta xx