Chocolate Cake!!!

Chocolate orange cupcakes Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins

Chocolate orange cupcakes
Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins

That got your attention didn’t it? Today is National Chocolate Cake Day. It is also my birthday, so I get two pieces, right?

A few days ago I mentioned ways to celebrate a birthday without food. You can still have a wonderful day. However, if you really want cake but live with dietary restrictions there is always another option. You can make your own.

I love chocolate cake. But I don’t love all the sugar and fat that usually finds it’s way into this delicious dessert.  So, this is my favorite chocolate cake recipe.  I love it made as cupcakes.  I prefer my cake naked, but this is so good, you won’t miss the frosting! If you prefer frosted cupcakes use your favorite frosting recipe.

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

Ingredients:
1 ½ cup brown rice flour
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I prefer dark cocoa powder)
1 teaspoon baking soda
Zest and juice of 1 medium orange (approx. 1 T. zest and ½ cup juice)
1/3 cup water
¼ cup agave nectar or ½ cup sugar
3 Tablespoons vegetable oil or unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ – ¾ cup chocolate chips

Directions:
1.  Heat oven to 375 degrees.
2.  Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.
3.  In another bowl combine wet ingredients.
4.  Make a well in the dry ingredients and add wet, stirring just to blend.
5.  Stir in chocolate chips.
6.  Place cupcake liners in a muffin pan.
7.  Divide batter among the cups.
8.  Bake 15-20 minutes or until the tip of a knife inserted into the top of a cupcake comes out clean.
9.  Remove from oven, take cupcakes out of the pan and allow to cool.
Makes 12 cupcakes.

This post is linked to the following blog events:

Allergy Free Wednesday

Gluten Free Wednesday

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17 comments on “Chocolate Cake!!!

    • You can actually taste the orange in this. I sometimes use things like strong peppermint tea in chocolate cake and brownies and you can’t really taste the mint but it adds depth to the chocolate flavor. Thank you for the birthday wishes. Birthday celebrations at our house are about a week long so things are kind of winding down today.

  1. Happy Birthday to you!! Thanks for telling us it’s National Chocolate cake day as well ~ I guess I’ll be trying out your recipe…and know that with my first bite of cake, I’ll raise my fork to your birthday! May you have a lovely day and lots of health, joy. love and cake in the coming year!

  2. Happy birthday – have a wonderful day. I’m one of those people who has to watch what I eat, so thank you for the recipe. Looks sooo good.

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