This Keto Dark Chocolate Cupcake is absolutely to-die-for. In fact, I have a few secret ingredients to share with you… Though, I suppose sharing makes them not so secret. Oh well, it's just between us, right??
My FIRST secret ingredient is a little known cocoa powder called black cocoa powder. Just a little bit adds a depth of flavor that's unsurpassed without it.
Next up we have Espresso powder which also is a bakers secret ingredient for blooming the chocolate flavor in baked goods.
If you're looking for less of a dark chocolate and more of a regular chocolate keto cupcake, take a look at my recipe here.
For me, I'm all about the very dark chocolate cupcake. I want chocolate flavor exploding in my mouth when I bite into a chocolate cupcake. I'll leave that milk chocolate for the kids 🙂
One Bowl Dark Chocolate Keto Cupcakes
I have made this entire recipe in my food processor so it's a one-bowl cupcake recipe. However, you can do the same thing using your stand mixer. Just make sure that all your shaved chocolate melts in the boiling water.
Adding the cocoa powder, espresso powder and black cocoa powder to the hot chocolate mixture allows their flavors to “bloom” and come together. You can use this trick anytime you make a chocolate cake, even a box cake or brownie mix. Simply add hot water to the mix and enjoy a more robust chocolate flavor.
The Secret Ingredient in Keto Dark Chocolate Cupcakes
Actually, there are two secret ingredients in these keto dark chocolate cupcakes. Both from King Arthur Flour.
First up, we have espresso powder which is a bakers secret for bringing out the flavors of chocolate.
Next, I've discovered black cocoa powder. Adding this makes these cupcakes beyond “good” and into the “amazing” land of cupcake bakery.
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When you open the bag of Black Cocoa powder you'll breathe in a distinctive dark chocolate aroma that instantly has you wanting to bake with it.
Can I Substitute ____________ ?
Almond Flour for Coconut Flour?
Substitutions will not work in this recipe. Keto baking flours are notorious for this characteristic. Learn more about using Coconut Flour in Baking in this post.
Can These Be Made Dairy Free?
Yes! You can substitute the heavy whipping cream and use culinary coconut cream instead. Make sure it's the culinary coconut cream and not coconut milk. I haven't tested with coconut milk and can't speak to the results. If you're willing to experiment and share your results with me, please do so!
Ingredients for Keto Dark Chocolate Cupcakes
Here's a few ingredients you'll need to make these Keto Dark Chocolate Cupcakes:
- Bocha Sweet
- Liquid Stevia Drops
- Black Cocoa
- Cocoa Powder
- Espresso Powder
- Cream of Tartar
- Acacia Fiber Powder
- Xanthan Gum
- Parchment Paper Cupcake Liners
- Cupcake Pan
- Madagascar Pure Vanilla
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Keto Dark Chocolate Cupcakes
- 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder 40g
- 1 Tbsp Black Cocoa Powder
- 1 Tbsp Espresso Powder
- 1/2 Cup Boiling Water
- 1/4 Tsp Salt
- 3 Eggs
- 1/2 Cup Olive Oil
- 1/3 Cup Coconut Flour 54g
- 1 Tbsp Acacia Fiber Powder
- 1/2 Tsp Xanthan Gum
- 1/4 Tsp Cream of Tartar
- 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
- 1/4 Cup Sugar Substitute (Bocha Sweet, Monk Fruit Blend, etc)
- 30 Drops Liquid Stevia
- 1/2 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
- 1 Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
- Preheat Oven to 300 degrees
- Add the chocolate mixture and blend until combined.
- In a small bowl, mix coconut flour, acacia powder, xantham gum. Then add to wet mixture and blend for 2 minutes on low speed until combined and batter has thickened slightly.
- Finally add cream of tarter and 1/2 tsp baking soda and stir until combined. (Or use 1 tsp baking powder)
- Split the batter between 12 cupcake tins, filling to about 3/4 of the way full.
- Bake at 300 degrees for 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Allow to cool completely before removing from the cupcake pan and frosting.
Keto Frosting for Keto Dark Chocolate Cupcakes
Now the question becomes “What do I top these with?”. I've got you covered.
First up we have my Keto Peppermint Frosting. The images you see in this post are actually the keto dark chocolate cupcakes. There's just something I love about dark chocolate and peppermint together.
If you don't want peppermint you can still use this recipe and just omit the peppermint extract to get a keto vanilla frosting.
Next up we have my Keto Coconut Frosting. These images showcase my regular chocolate keto cupcakes that I linked earlier in this post. Notice the difference in the darkness of the cupcake itself.