Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache

by danielle on October 18, 2012

Today is National Chocolate Cupcake Day! It was quite a challenge coming up with a Paleo way to celebrate this national food holiday but I think I did it and made this recipe so you use quality ingredients to make a special treat perfect for when your chocolate cravings hit!

Paleo chocolate cupcakes

Ingredients: 

For the Cupcakes:

  • 2 tbs. coconut flour
  • 2 tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp. xanthan gum
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

For the Ganache:

  • 1/2 cup enjoy life mini chocolate chips
  • 1 tbs. coconut oil

Directions: 

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl combine your dry ingredients for the cupcakes (flour, cocoa powder, xanthan gum, baking power, and baking soda)
  3. Next using a hand mixer mix in your oil, eggs, applesauce, and almond milk, blending well.
  4. Place your batter in muffin tins lined with cupcake liners and spritzed with olive oil.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. While the cupcakes are baking, begin your frosting.
  7. Melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl on high for 30 seconds, stir and continue to heat in small increments until your chocolate is melted.
  8. Refrigerate your frosting 30 minutes to an hour.
  9. Blend the frosting with a hand mixed to create a ganache and top your cupcakes once cooled.
  10. Enjoy!

Makes 6 Cupcakes

Paleo Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes

What’s your favorite kind of cake??? Best cake or cupcake you’ve ever had? 

{ 40 comments… read them below or add one }

Jessie October 18, 2012 at 12:03 pm

How did I not know today was National Cupcake Day? Geesh, where have I been!

My favorites are probably funfetti cake, and carrot!

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danielle October 18, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Hahaha well now you know ;) I used to love funfetti before I was G free!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 18, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Mmm I bet that coconut oil and chocolate ganache tastes amazing!

My favourite kind of cake is carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. I get my mom to make it for me for my birthday every year. :D

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danielle October 18, 2012 at 4:23 pm

I’ve actually never had carrot cake! I think I need to try some!

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Lucie October 18, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Danielle, you are so creative! I am such a bad baker and I am really amazed what recipes you come up with every day. I tried the Pumpkin Protein Bars today though (I replaced chcocolate chips by sweet cranberries) – they got a little too dark, but yet still good! :-)

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danielle October 18, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Thanks Lucie! Glad to hear you liked the bars!

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 18, 2012 at 1:22 pm

:shock: Thanks for the head’s up about chocolate cupcake day! I always end up missing all these ‘national food holidays’ and I might just have to celebrate this one, because really, who doesn’t love chocolate? ;) I think my favorite cake would have to be the homemade Black Forest cake that my mom makes. So rich and sinful, but so worth it…

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danielle October 18, 2012 at 4:24 pm

I think you do have to celebrate! How can you miss out on chocolate ;)

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Jess @ JessieBearWhatWillYouWear October 18, 2012 at 1:29 pm

these look delicious!

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danielle October 18, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Thanks Jess!

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Brad Gouthro Fitness October 18, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Haha, National Cupcake day…i wonder if there’s a National Spinach Day? As always, you’re creations look dee-licious

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danielle October 18, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Hmm I’ll have to look into that! We have to celebrate national spinach day :)

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Danielle @ Itsaharleyyylife October 18, 2012 at 1:43 pm

yummy yummy yummy! pin pin pin! I’m saying everything in threes today! (: have a great day! thanks for another great recipe!

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danielle October 18, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Hahaha Thanks Danielle!

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Corrie Anne October 18, 2012 at 1:53 pm

I’m so glad there’s a a national day for choc cupcakes! :)

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danielle October 18, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Me too!

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kim@hungryhealthygirl October 18, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Happy cupcake day!! These look delicious!

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danielle October 18, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Thanks Kim!

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Brittany @ Delights and Delectabesl October 18, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Well since it is National Cupcake day, I guess I will HAVE to make these later! ;)

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danielle October 18, 2012 at 4:25 pm

You have to :)

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Lisa October 18, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Oh boy, these look great Danielle! Ha ha, these food holidays are so odd! Who comes up with them?! I’d like to know.

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danielle October 18, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Hahaha I know they are so random and there’s one for pretty much any food you can think of!

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Eva @ committed2nutrition October 18, 2012 at 3:18 pm

I may just need a cupcake today for national cupcake day. Awesome recipe… I want to try these tonight!

My fav cupcake is prob a chocolate pb one.. i’ve had one from CRUMBS before.. DELISH!

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danielle October 18, 2012 at 4:26 pm

My sister is obsessed with Crumbs cupcakes! It was the only thing she liked in New York lol!

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Lea @ Running For Dummies October 18, 2012 at 6:05 pm

OMG..seriously? I need to try this!!! :) Thanks for sharing

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danielle October 18, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Glad you like the recipe Lea!

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Rachel @ cuttingoutcarbs October 18, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Oh man. I have a serious chocolate craving now. Pinning this recipe to try later (once my Whole30 is over and I can eat chocolate again).

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danielle October 18, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Hahaha sorry for the temptation! When are you done with Whole30?

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Kasey Shuler @ Well of Health October 18, 2012 at 9:23 pm

These look sooo good! Just pinned it!

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danielle October 18, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Thank you Kasey!

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Brittany October 18, 2012 at 10:53 pm

Ohh my gosh, the best cupcake I have EVER had was when I went to Whole Foods in California last month. It was a chocolate vegan cupcake, and I STILL dream about it to this day. I was so blown away by EVERY aspect of this cupcake. Ohh man. I need one now!

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danielle October 18, 2012 at 11:39 pm

that sounds amazing!

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Chelsea@Ahintofhealthy October 18, 2012 at 11:41 pm

Yum! Chocolate cake is one of my favorites, but carrot cake is my top choice!

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danielle October 19, 2012 at 3:58 pm

I’ve never tried carrot cake! I think I need cause everyone’s saying it’s their favorite!

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Kammie @ Sensual Appeal October 18, 2012 at 11:59 pm

I had no idea it was National Chocolate Cupcake day.. who comes up with these days anyway, I wonder. I need to get on that, more updated! haha how do you find out these fun days? Anyway, this cupcake is awesome, I’ve never baked anything paleo (as far as I know anyway) but yours look great! Love coconut flour.

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danielle October 19, 2012 at 3:59 pm

I have no idea who comes up with these holidays! They’re always so random! Glad you liked the recipe!

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Sara @ Nourish and Flourish October 19, 2012 at 2:35 am

Mmm! I was thinking about ordering GF cupcakes for my birthday, but I seriously might make these instead! Coconut oil ganache? Swoon. No bakery–no matter how amazing it is–uses coconut oil ganache. :)

My favorite cake has always been ice cream cake, but if I have to go ice cream-less, I’d choose banana cake with cream cheese frosting!

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danielle October 19, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Hahaha if you do order GF cupcakes let me know from where? I have yet to find anywhere that has them!

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Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots October 20, 2012 at 1:51 pm

I cant believe I missed it!! I will have to make up today or tomorrow ;)

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danielle October 20, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Definitely you must!

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