A few years ago, some local friends introduced me to a dessert diner located in the heart of downtown. With nothing savory (unless you count black coffee!), the entire menu was full of sweet treats. Cookies, brownies, pies, tarts, cannoli, crème brûlée, éclairs, cream puffs, banana splits, ice cream sundaes…
But the restaurant was most famous for their cakes: decadent two- to six-layer creations in a huge variety of flavors, each with its own unique cake, frosting, and filling flavor combination. They filled almost every inch of a 12-foot long glass display case, which made picking a single slice nearly impossible!
As a chocoholic, I finally settled on the Devil’s Food Cake because of its six layers of alternating chocolate cake and thick chocolate ganache. (I’m not a big buttercream fan!) I slide my fork into the slice, and after swallowing my first bite, I thought, “That ganache is incredible! So rich and fudgy! But the cake…”
It tasted flat, basically two-dimensional, like a basic boxed chocolate cake mix. I knew I could create something better—and much healthier, too!
So that’s exactly what I did with these Ultimate Healthy Dark Chocolate Cupcakes! They have a much richer and deeper flavor than that original slice I sampled, and the frosting tastes every bit as decadent and fudgy—even with no butter or powered sugar!
Even better? They’re just 135 calories and super easy to make! (You just need a whisk and a fork—no mixer required!) Watch my video below to see how to make these sinfully delicious cupcakes!