This one’s for all you chocolate lovers.
I’ve made quite a few cupcakes now, but I think this one might just top the list for the most decadent I’ve made yet. I hope you’re a fan of the chocolate + coffee combo, because these gluten free chocolate espresso cupcakes are decadent enough to make any chocolate lover swoon!
This is the same basic chocolate cupcake recipe I used for my chocolate raspberry cupcakes. When you have a great base recipe, the possibilities are endless! Not only is it easy to swap frostings, but eventually you can start adding additional flavors to the cupcake itself (like dark chocolate or espresso).
It took me three times to get this recipe right. Yeah, that’s a lot of chocolate cupcakes… but my friends and family were happy to help eat them! As a result, I finally found a perfectly moist, fluffy, and chocolatey gluten free chocolate cupcake. This cake is not too dense, not too light, and has a great chocolate flavor without being too sweet.
Now let’s get to the frosting… because the frosting for these gluten free chocolate espresso cupcakes is so rich and chocolatey, you could easily call these “Death by Chocolate” cupcakes. It does take a bit of work and waiting, but I can assure you it’s so WORTH IT.
Ganache is essentially heavy whipping cream and melted chocolate. When you heat the cream and mix in the chocolate, you end up with thick and silky smooth chocolate that’s perfect for frosting cupcakes!
For this recipe, I whipped the cooled ganache to make it a little lighter and fluffier for piping. But if you prefer, you can skip that step! Here are a few other ways to frost these cupcakes without whipping ganache:
- Dip the top of each cupcake in the cooled ganache.
- Let the ganache sit at room temperature for 2-3 hours until very thick, or set it in the refrigerator, then spread it on with a knife.
Keep in mind that if you choose not to whip the ganache to frost, you may have a lot leftover. I don’t see this as a bad thing… since there’s so many things you can do with ganache! Try adding some to your morning coffee, using some to make hot chocolate, or spread on toast or pancakes!
However you choose to frost them, these gluten free chocolate espresso cupcakes are sure to please any chocolate lover!
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