*Naturally sweetened, grain-free + dairy-free.
Grand Marnier does wonderful things to chocolate. Or maybe it’s the chocolate that does great things to Grand Marnier. Either way, it’s a brilliant pairing!🍊 Orange and chocolate in general are so lovely together— do you remember Terry’s Milk Chocolate Oranges? They would come beautifully wrapped in bright orange foil and were cleverly cut into segments so you could get the full orange eating experience? (Except far more caloric, of course).😋 Well, these cupcakes embody that same rich flavor but with a little bite from the alcohol.
But fear not if you don’t include alcohol in your diet, as orange juice and zest also work beautifully in this recipe. And great news! These are totally dairy-free, grain-free and naturally sweetened with honey! They are also Paleo friendly as there is no starch in the flour mix, just almonds and cocoa. I made these as an alternative to traditional chocolate cupcakes for my husband’s birthday this year and they definitely had a celebratory/extra special feel to them. It is a cupcake full of spirit!😂 (I know, so corny, you’ll forgive me when you take the first bite).
Here are a few ingredient and instructional tips before we head to the recipe…
-We use Hoosier Hill Farms Egg White Powder, but any plain egg white protein powder will do. I know it’s an unusual ingredient, but it makes for such dreamy + fluffy naturally sweetened frosting!
-For this recipe you will need to purchase one 4 ounce boxe of Unsweetened Baker’s Chocolate (as it calls for 4 ounces in total).
-Full fat coconut milk is a must!
-Orange juice works well in place of Grand Marnier if desired-same measurement. Orange extract works in a pinch (1.5 tsp).
Whisk, melt, combine and bake.
Mix your frosting while the cupcakes cool.
Decorate and enjoy!