Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes with Edible Flowers

Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes with Flowers

If you’re hosting a spring-theme soiree consider ending the evening on an especially charming note with a tower of flower-studded cupcakes gluten-free, of course, but your guests will never know the difference!  You could skip the trickiest part and embellish the chocolate cherry cupcakes with candied roses or violets instead and forgo the coconut whipped cream (but who would do that, lol?)

Flowered Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes
Serves 8
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Prep Time
30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 eggs
  2. 1/2 cup Cocoa powder
  3. 4 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil (melted)
  4. 1/3 cup honey
  5. 5 tablespoons applesauce, unsweetened
  6. 1-2 teaspoons monk fruit
  7. 1 1/2 tablespoon cacao powder
  8. 1 1/5 + 1/8 teaspoons vanilla extract
  9. 2 cans coconut cream (refrigerated at least 24-hours)
  10. 1/3 cup almond flour
Filling
  1. 2 cups dark cherries
  2. 1/4 cup honey
  3. 4 teaspoons lemon juice
  4. Edible flowers (sugared or plain), candied violets/roses
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and line 8 muffin cups with paper liners
  2. Mix the wet ingredients together in a medium bowl and set aside
  3. Combine dry ingredients in a small bowl and add to the wet ingredients
  4. Stir until combined
  5. Pour batter evenly into the cupcake liners to approximately 2/3 full
  6. Bake 16 minutes or until a knife or toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean
  7. Transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool
Filling
  1. Place the cherries in a saucepan and smash.
  2. Add honey and lemon juice and stir until combined
  3. Simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally
  4. Allow to cool before filling the cupcakes
To assemble
  1. Use a paring knife and cut out a section of the cupcakes about 1" deep. Set the cut out portions aside
  2. Fill cupcakes with the filling
  3. Beat the coconut cream, cacao powder, 1/8 teaspoon vanilla and monk fruit into whipped cream (I pierce the bottom of the can of coconut cream to allow the water to drain, and scoop out the solidified cream from the top)
  4. Spoon generously on cupcakes
Additional Garnish
  1. Edible flowers (sugared or plain) with 1 dark cherry
  2. *Substitution option to save time: Garnish with candied roses or violets instead
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