Chocolate Cupcakes (decorated with a chocolate & strawberry topping)

Sugar, Gluten & Dairy free Paleo Cupcakes

It was my friends birthday yesterday, so I made a batch of these as a special treat.  I took them along to last night’s party and I’m pretty sure they went down well as they all got eaten – yay!  (and not just by me I might add…)

I found a recipe for these here, so the credit for them doesn’t go to me!   I didn’t want to do a cream cheese topping (as in the recipe) so I made up some coconut oil chocolate and used this to drizzle over the top, which also worked as a glue for the strawberries. I wonder if the missing sugar, dairy or gluten was noticed by the non-paleo eaters?…

I was really proud of how these turned out – they are so pretty!  I think I may have well and truly caught the paleo cake-baking bug!

Ingredients (makes 12)

For the cakes;

  • 100g ground almonds
  • 25g raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 tsp gluten free baking powder
  • 100g Raw honey
  • 50g Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 medium free range eggs
For the topping;
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, 1 Raw honey, 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder (this is a slight variation on my Coconut Oil Chocolate and I used less cacao powder so it would be runnier)
  • 6 strawberries, sliced in half
  • Pre-heat oven to 170 degrees Celsius.
  • Sieve and mix together the almonds, cacao and baking powder.
  • In a separate bowl whisk together the eggs, olive oil and honey.
  • Combine the wet and dry ingredients.
  • Spoon into 12 paper cupcake cakes.
  • Bake in the oven for 18 minutes.
  • Leave to cool on a wire cooling rack.
  • When the cakes are fully cooled make the topping by melting the coconut oil, and stirring in the honey and cacao powder.
  • Use a teaspoon to spread a little melted chocolate onto each cake, top with half a strawberry (I did a few at a time as the chocolate hardens quickly and it needs to be runny for the strawberry to stick!)
  • Drizzle a little more chocolate over the finished cakes.
  • Place in the fridge to set.


  1. says

    These do look wonderful Ceri! I might give them a go so as to get Adura to stop hassling me about doing some Paleo baking! Ha ha, the baking cake bug is an easy one to catch!

    • says

      Please do give them a go – can’t wait to see how yours turn out Vickii – and if you find a way of making the sponge a bit more moist, do share any tips ;)


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