Dairy & Gluten Free Chocolate Almond Cupcakes
The Easter weekend is finally here and we’ve got one more Easter inspired recipe. It’s our Dairy & Gluten Free Chocolate Almond Cupcakes.
I love chocolate around Easter time. Traditionally it is in the form of Easter eggs for the Easter Hunt, but these cupcakes decorated with Chocolate Covered Almonds makes a great Easter treat.
How to Make our Dairy & Gluten Free Chocolate Almond Cupcakes
These cupcakes were actually inspired by a bag of Jordon Almonds that I had in the pantry. Coated in pastel colours and looking like eggs, these screamed Easter to me and I decided that a chocolate almond cupcake would pair well.
For the Dairy & Gluten Free Chocolate Almond Cupcake
I love to reuse recipes that work and create new flavors and combinations. For the chocolate cupcake base, we used our Gluten Free and Dairy Free Chocolate Patron Cupcake as the base. This is actually optional because you could use almost any gluten free chocolate cupcake recipe as the base with one addition or swap. Almond Extract
Traditionally people use vanilla extract and coffee to enhance the flavor of chocolate cake. But the addition of the almond extract in this cupcake created the chocolate almond flavour that I was looking for.
To make the almond chocolate flavor really pop, we added an almond buttercream to the cupcake instead of the traditional vanilla flavour. This is also an optional addition especially if you want a milder almond flavor to your finished cupcake.
If you want more almond flavor you can use the almond buttercream or if you prefer the milder option, use the vanilla buttercream.
What makes these cupcakes easter inspired is the decoration to the top. To complete the cupcakes, we piped green icing to look like grass, then added the chocolate covered almonds to look like eggs. In addition to looking nice, it gives the cupcakes and nice crunch to the cake.
Once you’ve made your cupcakes and decided on your buttercream flavour, it’s simply a matter of assembling your cupcakes and serving them up for easter. For us, we also added some peeps chickens to some to give a chicken on a nest kind of look.
This option is super simple and gives a really nice look to the cupcakes. Here’s the step by step of how we created them.
So cute, I’m thinking about making another batch just to have for myself! Along with the Vanilla Marble Bunny version I’m thinking. I hope you enjoy the recipe and if you make it don’t forget to tag us!
Happy Easter Foodies