Gluten free chocolate cupcakes with vanilla frosting

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I quite often make my (or my friends’) day with some cupcakes, because they are so tasty and also so easy to make.

A gluten free flour mix made of wheat starch is quite easy to find in Finland but I don’t really know what the situation is in other countries. Hopefully you can find some, because there are so many sweet pastries that just call for the aroma of wheat.

PORTION: 12 cupcakes
TIME TO MAKE: 30-40 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

Cupcake pastry dough:

  • 100 gr butter of margarine
  • 2 dl sugar
  • ½ teaspoons of salt
  • 1 dl cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 4½ dl gluten free flour
  • ½ dl cocoa powder
  • 3 teaspoons of vanilla sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 100 gr baking chocolate

Frosting:

  • 125 gr butter of margarine
  • 4 dl powdered sugar
  • 3 teaspoons of vanilla sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons of water

Method dough:

Preheat the oven to 200°C (392°F) degrees.

Crush the baking chocolate into nice sized pieces and set aside.

Prepare a mixture of flour, cocoa, vanilla sugar and baking powder in a separate container.

Soften the butter, mix with sugar. Add salt, eggs, and cream. Mix well.

Pour the mixture of dry ingredients little by little in the butter mixture and at the same time stirring well.

Add the crushed chocolate and mix.

If you’re using paper muffin cups you can add the dough straight in them. Teflon muffin cups must be greased first (about silicon I don’t know since I don’t own those). Don’t fill them all the way up, muffins rise beautifully.

(NOTE: At least when I used only paper cups with one batch a few of them overflowed all over the sheet metal. So if you are using paper cups and want to save yourself some work I’d suggest putting them in some kind of teflon or silicone cups as well.)

Bake for 20-25 minutes on the middle rack. After 20 minutes you should test with a wooden stick if the muffins are ready. If the dough doesn’t stick to the wood anymore, they are ready to be taken out – you shouldn’t bake them too dry. The taste and texture gets better the longer you keep them in your fridge.

 

Method frosting:

Let the cupcakes cool well before starting.

Soften the butter with a mixer.

Add the powdered sugar in small portions, for example one deciliter at a time.

Add vanilla sugar, mix and add water. Mix.

You should use a cake piper for adding the frosting, with different kinds of tips you can get all sorts of creative. I don’t have the skills nor the creativity yet, but with time I am sure practice will pay off.

You should make the frosting thick enough so that it will just about come out of the tip – if it’s any runnier it won’t make any kind of patterns on the frosting and it will only melt to a pretty flat mass, I speak from experience.

If the frosting is getting too loose in your warm hands, let the piper and frosting rest a while in a fridge.

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