When making vegan, gluten free cupcakes that have fruit or chocolate chips in them I often add a banana to give moisture and density. Without the banana I find any added ingredients tend to sink to the bottom as the mixture can be a bit light. Wonderful if you are adding a delicate flavour like rose water, not so much if you want a hit of chocolate chips!
These are great cupcakes, moist, filled with chocolate and gluten free. I’ve decorated them with chocolate hearts to make them extra pretty.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 15-17 minutes
Preheat oven to 170°C 340°F
1 ½ cup Gluten Free Flour – I used Plain flour from The Gluten Free Flour Co
2/3 cup Granulated or Caster sugar
½ tsp Xanthan Gum
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 cup Dairy free milk - I use Koko
2/3 cup Dairy Free Chocolate Chips
1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
6 tbsp melted dairy free margarine – I use Pure Sunflower
1 Ripe Banana
1 Tsp Baking Soda
1 Tsp Baking Powder
Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, Xanthan gum and sugar.
Melt the margarine and allow to cool for a couple of minutes.
Add in the apple cider, mashed banana, vanilla, melted margarine and milk.
Mix until you have a nice smooth batter.
With a spoon stir in the chocolate chips.
Fill the muffin cases 2/3rd of the way up and bake for 15-17 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then on a wire rack.
Decorate with vegan buttercream icing - here's the link http://www.allergymums.co.uk/articles/Vegan-Buttercream-Frosting-Dairy-Free To get the effect in the picture do the vanilla buttercream first, then remove half of the buttercream and put in a bowl. Add in 1 tsp of chocolate flavouring and ¼ cup of cocoa. Mix thoroughly. Fill your piping bag with both buttercreams side by side. That way you’ll get a mix when you pip.
To create the chocolate hearts melt ½ cup of chocolate in a bowl on top of a pan of boiling water. Load the melted chocolate into a piping bag with a small round nozzle and pipe shapes onto greaseproof paper. Allow to dry and peel off to decorate the cupcakes.
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