RAW Black Forest Cupcakes (raw, vegan, gf)

Posted on Updated on

I am so excited about this post that I cannot wait to share any longer. As most of you already know, i do not have a very sweet tooth (exception: chocolate!) but have been experimenting a lot with raw desserts/cakes and making my own chocolate. I recently stumbled upon a FANTASTIC dessert cookbook called “Pure Pleasures: Cupcake Heaven by Natalia Karoway-Waterhouse and I am just absolutely in love with it. I started with one of the most “difficult” versions in her book: Black Forest Cupcakes with a liquid cherry filling. Oh my… I can’t even find words for how delicious they are. I  promise you these are the yummiest cupcakes you will ever taste. Well, if you are into raw desserts at least.

What makes the cupcakes recipes so great is that they are not overly packed with nuts and oils as many raw desserts do, but include whole apples and coconut flour in the base (which makes them much much lighter). I think each one of us who is into raw foods has experienced the feeling of a “nut brick” in the stomach after eating a whole slice of a raw chocolate ganache tart. I have been experimenting with raw desserts, making them lighter by cutting down nuts, using less oil etc. but in my opininon they  never tasted good enough to actually mention them. UNTIL NOW! Another plus for the cupcakes is that you can store them in the freezer for weeks. Just take them out of the fridge in the morning and enjoy in the afternoon!

So here is one of my all time favourite raw cupcake recipe, which is so good that it actually made me start loving dessert (Another amazing version to come soon!).


adapted from “Pure Pleasures: Cupcake Heaven”

RAW Black Forest Cupcakes
Cupcakes before getting filled with cherry “jam”
RAW Black Forest Cupcakes
Now filled with homemade cherry “jam”
RAW Black Forest Cupcakes
Filled with vanilla frosting and a delicious dark cherry on top

Nothing beats this HEALTHY afternoon treat. Cupcakes and healthy? Yes, every single bite!

RAW Black Forest Cupcake

Ingredients (makes 7 cupcakes):

Dark chocolate cupcakes:

  • 1 cup peeled and chopped apples
  • 1 cup raw coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup honey or agave (or: 2 Tbsp agave plus a pinch of stevia)
  • 2 Tbsp raw coconut oil
  • 3 Tbsp pure water
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • seeds of one vanilla bean
  • pinch of Himalayan salt

Juicy Cherry Filling:

  • 1 cup pitted cherries
  • 1 table spoon honey or agave

Vanilla Frosting:

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 2 Tbsp honey or agave
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of Himalayan salt
  • 1/4 cup water

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes: Place the chopped apples in your food processor fit with the S-blade and process until smooth. Add the honey, coconut oil & water and process again until well combined. Add the cacao powder, vanilla and salt and continue to process. Finally, add the coconut flour and process until completely combined. Fill your cupcake liners to the top and press firmly to form their shape (I used my small silicone ones). Scoop out the center (about 1cm x 1cm) to make room for the filling. Freeze for 2 hours to firm. Once solid, pop the cupcakes out of the liners and they’re ready to be filled & frosted.

Juicy Cherry Filling: Place all ingredients in your food processor and pulse to roughly chop. Let stand for 15 minutes, then strain out the juice. Divide equally between your cupcakes, filling the centers.

Vanilla Frosting:  Pre-soak the cashews for 2 hours. Blend with the remaining ingredients in a high-speed blender until very smooth. Place the frosting in the refrigerator for 2-4 hours to firm. Once it has thickened, frost the cupcakes. Top with a delicious red cherry!

Do you like raw desserts? What is your favourite one? Have you ever tried making raw cupcakes? Do you have a sweet tooth?

22 thoughts on “RAW Black Forest Cupcakes (raw, vegan, gf)

    Gabby @ the veggie nook said:
    August 16, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Oh my word Alexia, these are just beautiful! I love how you used apples and coconut flour to lighten them up. I know exactly what you mean by a “nut brick”. As delicious and healthy as raw desserts can be, oh man are they ever heavy and at times difficult to digest! I’m definitely going to have to give that a shot in my own raw deserts. First up though, making these ;)

      Alexia @ NamasteYoga responded:
      August 17, 2012 at 10:07 am

      yes do make them and let me know what you thinK! i am totally in love with them— mhmm maybe we get to “bake” or “cook” together one day… how fun would that be!?

    Cara said:
    August 16, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    These are so stinking gorgeous, I cannot even contain myself!!! WOW!!

      Alexia @ NamasteYoga responded:
      August 17, 2012 at 10:08 am

      haha, you should make your own version, creative Cara! and le me know how you like them!!

    Lou Dwan said:
    August 16, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Beautiful! I love Natalia KW – she is so so sweet…. I got her cupcake book for Christmas last year – how amazing is it!?

      Alexia @ NamasteYoga responded:
      August 17, 2012 at 10:08 am

      oh i love the cupcake book! Have you tried any of her recipes yet?

    thefoodery said:
    August 17, 2012 at 2:02 am

    I agree about raw desserts being heavy on the nuts, and that’s why I try not to make a lot of them! This, on the other hand, looks incredibly delicious, I’m going to have to make some in the morning.Thanks for sharing! :D

    Laura Agar Wilson (@keephealthstyle) said:
    August 17, 2012 at 11:35 am

    They look utterly amazing! I love raw desserts but have the habit of eating them for breakfast!

      Alexia @ NamasteYoga responded:
      August 17, 2012 at 12:56 pm

      yeah i get you with the dessert for breakfast thing.. i was actually thinking about having a raw cupcake this morning for breakfast too but then a chia pudding won over. the raw cupcakes contain a lot of things i would eat for breakfast anyways, like coconut flour, apples, nuts, cashews etc.. but just the thought of having a cupcake first thing in the morning does not sound right to me.. mayb the second thing after a green juice ;)

    Rachel's Cottage House said:
    August 17, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    WOW. those cupcakes look absolutely fantastic!!!

      Alexia @ NamasteYoga responded:
      August 21, 2012 at 3:56 pm

      thanks for the lovely compliment!!

    fitundgluecklich said:
    August 20, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    wow, die schauen echt supergut aus!!!! krieg ich solche als hochzeitsgeschenk? ;-)

      Alexia @ NamasteYoga responded:
      August 21, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      keine blackforest mehr übrig aber dafür lemon und lime.. ahhh so lecker!!! freu mich schon dich zu sehen!

    Lesh@TheMindfulFoodie said:
    August 21, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    These look so good Alexia! And I love the fact that there are no nuts in the base – rare for a raw vegan treat. Might need to check out Natalia’s book too :-)

      Alexia @ NamasteYoga responded:
      August 22, 2012 at 3:17 pm

      you definitely need to check out natalia’s book! i am sure you will love it!

    Amaya Wilsons said:
    August 23, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    I love this cupcakes, my children hugged me and kissed me on the cheeks for making them this one. They love cookies and cupcakes but they are even happier having a grip on this one. I did some thinking and made some mixes for this cupcakes. Have you tried mixing olive oil rather than coconut oil in the cupcake? Do you have recipe for a basil herb? I want to make raw tea out of this herb just like what I saw on this one at http://organicindia.mercola.com/tulsi-tea.aspx

    sonja@vesenmork said:
    August 24, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    These look so great! You know I have a sweeth tooth, but as you say, raw desserts can be a bit nut and oil heavy. Love that these are lightened up.

    [...] Forest Cupcakes (Raw Vegan Gluten free) 27 Aug Recipe available from Alexia’s Blog. google_ad_client = "pub-8473309536422600"; google_ad_width = 468; google_ad_height = 60; [...]

    Sharon @ Bit of the Good Stuff said:
    August 30, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Hi Alexia! I’m catching up on my blog reading after 3 weeks away. As soon as I turned on my Google Reader my eyes were instantly drawn to this wonderful post. Raw Black Forest Cupcakes… oh my word! The sound and look amazing! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe. I can’t wait to give them a try!

      Alexia @ NamasteYoga responded:
      August 31, 2012 at 8:45 am

      so glad you saw the post! i am in love with those cupcakes!! and i have been making more and more flavours ever sicne! will have to post the others soon too! happy you are back! :)

    lou said:
    September 26, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    oh my, these look delightful! i totally know about that nut brick that sits in your tummy after a raw desert, no bueno. i have a bf’s birthday coming up and i totally know what i’m going to make now :)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s