Monday, October 15, 2007

Raw Choccie Cupcakes Anyone?




I was totally enthralled last week when I saw the post on The Daily Raw for Chocolate Cupcakes!!! OMG, and the pictures – total eye candy! I returned to the post several times after that, making a mental note to create these as soon as possible.

Well, it ended up happening sooner than later, because I decided to put them on the menu for this week’s Raw Combo. As a matter of fact, I had some brownie “dough” already in the freezer containing walnuts, pecans, cacao, and sea salt. So all I needed to do was add the vanilla and almond extract that this recipe calls for. The icing has always been my favourite part on a cupcake and I already had some young coconut/cashew frosting made up, woo hoo! It was meant to be!
I only added beet juice to colour the frosting pink, but next time I’ll make green and chocolate icing too, because its just so darn pretty and would make a fabulous platter for entertaining.




So here is The Daily Raw’s Recipe for Choccie Cupcakes!

1 cup walnuts, unsoaked
5 Medjool dates, unsoaked, pitted
1/8 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon coconut oil, liquid form
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon almond extract
¼ teaspoon sea salt

Process walnut and dates in a food processor until mixture sticks together.
Add sea salt, vanilla extract and almond extract.
Roll small eight balls out of the mixture and place each one in 1 ¼-inch baking cups.
Mold the sides of the baking cups around the balls and form into a cupcake shape.

COCONUT ICING
1 cup coconut pulp
½ cup agave nectar
¼ cup coconut water
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
dash of sea salt


PINK ICING
1 tablespoon coconut icing
¼ teaspoon beet juice


LIGHT GREEN ICING
1 tablespoon coconut icing

CHOCOLATE ICING
1 tablespoon coconut icing
½ teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ teaspoon maple syrup
¼ tablespoon unsweetened coconut flakes, for garnish
1. Puree coconut pulp, coconut butter, agave nectar and water in the blender until you achieve a smooth consistency. Add vanilla extract and sea salt.
2 . In three small bowls, place 1 tablespoon each of the coconut icing.
3. In the first bowl add the beet juice and mix until the icing turns pink. In the second bowl, add the chlorophyll to the icing and mix until the icing turn light green. In the third bowl, add the cocoa powder and maple syrup to the icing, stir until it turns a dark brown.
4. Pour the remaining coconut icing in a glass bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
5. Frost the cupcakes with the coconut icing



Best of all...eat these with a big smile on your face because these are delicious!!!!!! :D
OH, and I'm coming back to this post about a week later with excitement because The Daily Raw who of course, was my inspiration for thsee cupcakes, posted the letter I sent to them, on their website! hehe, ever cool!

28 comments:

Anne said...

gorgeous!

Katy said...

these look SOOO amazing.. I can't wait til I make them!! :)

Kristen's Raw said...

They're adorable!!!

Terilynn said...

This look very beautiful!

Kate Quinn said...

Oh Yum! I am so going to make these today!

Lovingraw said...

A-MAZING... wonderful job!!!

Tanja said...

Those look delightful! I've totally had cupcakes on the brain lately, and this looks like the perfect solution. Keep up the great work!

jessica said...

beautiful and yummy looking.
will try to recreate it soon.

wyldegirl said...

these are absolutely adorable. i can't wait to make them and arrange them on a beautiful plate for a tea party or something equally as sweet!

Mandee said...

These look fantastic and will make a good replacement for my baked vagen cupcakes! Great work!

Anonymous said...

Wow these are amazzzing !:)))
I will make them as a gift for a dear person :)))

Christina said...

Thanks for the recipe-they look divine! :)

Expat Mom said...

Oh, these look delightful. I`m just getting started on my raw journey and still craving sweets like mad. I`m going to find out if I can get dates here to try these.

Tammie Lee said...

oh my goodness those sound wonderful, you are so inspiring!

jack said...

please someone, how to make coconut pulp !

Anonymous said...

When I called my local health food store asking for coconut pulp - they responded with - "we have shredded coconut", so I'm guessing that is it? Since we'll be puree-ing the pulp anyway.

It seems the coconut oil (butter) is actually used in the icing, and not the cupcakes themselves? Also, the 1/8th cup of cocoa powder gets mixed with the dates and walnuts (at the same time?) Please advise!!

Anonymous said...

These are incredibly delicious!!! And the icing is beautiful!

hcgsite said...

your recipe's looks great, do you care if i post some on my blog?

Anonymous said...

A couple questions I can help answer. Coconut pulp you get from a whole coconut. Scrape it from the inside is what I am guessing. On the other question I saw- mix the dates and walnuts first then add the cocoa once they have formed a sticky mixture.

Treena said...

LOVE your site!! You are so inspiring!! THank you, thank you:)

Anonymous said...

I love, love your blog!!! I'm on the Master Cleanse right now--something I'm doing to make my transition into a raw vegan smoother.

Blogs like this are a vital support system for those who are choosing to live better but must cope with being surrounded by toxic food products.

kathyb said...

I was looking a the directions and it says to combine the coconut pulp, coconut butter, agave nectar... the problem I have is that I can't find where the coconut butter is listed as an ingredient.

I'd love to make these but can you explain.

Thanks.

Kathy

Heather Pace said...

Good question Kathy - hmm, I made them so long ago that I don't remember but I know I never used coconut butter. As I said in the post, they are a recipe from another site (there's a link), or just improvise :) Hope that helps!

kathyb said...

Heather,

Thanks so much for your answer. I'm super new to all of this and really excited about all the raw food recipes I'm finding, but because of my newness I tend to double check things so I don't mess up.

Are there any cookbooks on raw eating that you'd recommend?

Leslie R. said...

Just copied this down- it's a must make!

Anonymous said...

Made the "batter" but it was super oily, just literally oozing oil in a most unappealing fashion. Where did I go wrong??

Heather Pace said...

Anonymous - it's because you over processed the walnuts and the natural oils came out. Try again, I promise they're great! :)

Andie said...

i just made this last weekend, and they were amazing! My family could'nt believe they were vegan :)