fantasy friday: chocolate coconut cupcakes from seattle

"Mom? It's me...Cricket."

If you watch Grey's Anatomy you'll know that Isobel Stevens has been through a lot. She's my favorite character, because despite all of the (somewhat unrealistic) hardships in her life, she always returns to love, happiness, and chocolate cupcakes.

In season 1, Izzy struggles to get her mother's chocolate cupcake recipe just right and finally ends up picking up the phone and reconnecting with her mom.

She also gets the missing ingredient...a tablespoon of coconut extract.

A tablespoon sounded a bit heavy-handed to me, so instead of using coconut extract at all, I used my creative license and made a treat full of coconut flour and coconut oil to reproduce the flavor. The difference between Izzy's cupcakes and mine? Mine are glutenfree and sugarfree (but substituting in sugar is easy). And I'm no expert in the paleo diet, but I think they'd even pass muster there.

I iced half of mine with the icing recipe below (which would be sufficient for the entire batch), and half with coconut butter rolled in unsweetened flaked coconut.

These are so rich and delicious. They taste light, but be warned, they are mostly fat. I'm a big believer in getting plenty of fat in your diet, but know that you probably shouldn't be eating six of these in a row. Store them in the fridge, but you can leave them out to soften before serving.

P.S. In case you didn't notice, these are just a transformation of the cake I tempted you with earlier.

Chocolate Coconut Mini Cupcakes

1/2 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp NuNaturals stevia baking blend (OR substitute regular sugar)
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp coconut oil
3 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup water

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Heat the coconut oil in the microwave until just melted (10-15 seconds if it's at room temp to start). Set aside to cool. Mix the first six wet ingredients in a mixing bowl. Stir in the eggs, oil, vanilla, and water. The batter will be very thick.

Spoon into 12 cups of a mini muffin pan, or into an 8-inch cake pan. Spread out evenly. Bake until tops are dry and a toothpick comes out clean (~20 minutes for mini muffins, 35-40 minutes for a cake pan).

Allow cupcakes to come to room temperature, then frost as desired.


Sugarfree Chocolate Icing

2 tbsp coconut oil, at room temperature
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp cocoa powder
20-25 drops liquid vanilla stevia

Combine all ingredients and stir until smooth.


  1. These cupcakes look adorable. I really like the black/ white contrast. They are perfect for me, I love everything that's coconutty ;)

  2. Izzy is my favorite character too!!!!!!!!

    And adored all the seasons she was part of the show.

    BEST SHOW EVER. Now I just want to go home after school today and watch all afternoon. And all night too. Loooooooooooooove.

    this recipe is perfection and what lovely little bites ;)

    would love it if you brought them to my potluck party ;P

    1. Gah! Every Friday I want to come and always forget to post!!

  4. OH MYLANTA. i am making these this weekend. you've inspired me to delete a wee bit of sugar out of my diet (i say after eating mountains of cookies yesterday...whoops). but these look UNREAL. save me one for our tea party? :)

    1. So glad to hear it!! And I have a different treat for you when we have our tea party. =)

  5. I'm a coconut fanatic. These cupcakes are making me drool.

  6. Chocolate and coconut...mmm

  7. These look amazing! Thank you for sharing full fat sugar free deserts - always on the look out for them. I just love coconut oil but had no idea coconut flour existed! These would have been perfect on my no sugar diet - I will bookmark it.
    Re heat packs - yep, adding drops of lavender oil directly onto fabric 6 weeks into using wheat pack every night, definitely happens. It is refreshing and soothing.

    1. Yes, somehow dessert isn't what it's supposed to be without full fat. ;-)

  8. love that these are gluten free!! they look amazing.

  9. These are adorable!! I love coconut :)

  10. Great post! Wanna follow each other honey?
    Have a great day!

  11. nom. nom . nom!! these look great! im definitely going to have to try this!!:)
    how are things with you?:)

    1. Great, thanks! Stopped by your blog...very brave!


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