Sunday, 31 March 2013

Happy Easter! Gluten Free Chocolate and Almond Cupcakes

HAPPY EASTER!!! I wanted to make some Easter cupcakes to get in the festive spirit - seeing as the Easter Bunny didn't come this year! I searched desperately for a recipe for ground almonds and chocolate, and found this. I changed a few things, but can't really claim this as my own recipe.

Ingredients (makes 24 cupcakes)

140g dark chocolate, broken into pieces
85g butter
1/2 tsp almond essence (what I used), or 1 tsp vanilla essence
55g ground almonds
30g ground mixed nuts
3 eggs, separated
85g caster sugar

1. Heat the oven to 180°C.

2. Put the chocolate and butter into a bowl over a saucepan with simmering water. Heat gentle until it has all melted, and set aside to cool. Fold in the nuts and essence when the mix is cool.

3. With an electric whisk, whisk the egg whites until peaks form. Then whisk in half the sugar until glossy.

4. In another large bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the rest of the sugar until it becomes dense. Pour in the chocolate mixture using a metal spoon.

5. Finally, fold in the egg whites to form a reasonably runny cupcake mixture. Don't worry, once cooked, they will be moist and delicious. Spoon the mixture into cupcake cases and bake for 10-12 minutes, regularly checking so that they don't get burnt.

You can then decorate them how you wish, with icing or icing sugar and cocoa powder, but they are lovely and moist, so I do not think they need much topping.

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