Ultimate Flourless Chocolate Cupcakes

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Ultimate Flourless Chocolate Cupcakes

The girls came over the other night to watch the Bachelor (go Melissa!), so I whipped up these cupcakes from a cupcake calendar that one of the girls gave me for Christmas.  Unfortunately, that particular girlfriend was sick and didn’t end up making it.  When making these, I set two of them aside to send to my other girlfriend who’s birthday is today.  Happy birthday T!

Since this was the first time using a recipe out of the cupcake calendar, I wasn’t sure how these would end up.  But…holy ma-noly!  These are fantastic!  They’re very chocolaty and the perfect texture….dense, yet fluffy, yet moist!  Is that even possible to be that perfect!? (Isn’t that what Jason, the Bachelor, just said about Melissa!?)  🙂

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This calendar doesn’t list a different cupcake recipe every day, as you might expect, but instead gives a basic recipe then variations the next couple of days.  Personally, I like this idea. I made a few tweaks of my own, such as leaving off the frosting and topping with powdered sugar hearts, instead.

If your significant other is a chocolate lover, make these cupcakes for Valentine’s Day…they are sure to please!

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Ultimate Flourless Chocolate Cupcakes (adapted from The Cupcake Calendar)

Printable Recipe

1 1/2 cups (10 1/2 oz) bittersweet chocolate chips
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
4 eggs
4 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
2 tbsp. Dutch-process cocoa powder, sifted (I used a Dutch blend)
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 375˚F. Place 12 paper baking cups in a muffin pan. Put the chocolate and butter in a double boiler, or medium bowl over a pan of simmering water, and stir until completely melted. Set aside to cool. In large bowl, cream the eggs and sugar with an electric mixer until pale and thick. Gently fold in the melted chocolate and remaining ingredients.

Spoon the batter into the cups. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove pan from the oven and cool for 5 minutes. Then remove the cupcakes and cool on a rack.

Bring back your elementary school craft skills and cut a heart shape out of wax paper.  Use both the die-cut and the stencil shape to cover the cupcakes and sift the powdered sugar over top to make your heart topping.

Speaking of Valentine’s Day, don’t forget to check out how you can win a RED ice cream maker from Pennies on a Platter!

penny-in-pinkPenny Says: Have guests coming over last minute?  Find a basic baking recipe where you have all ingredients on hand.  If you are missing one minor ingredient, don’t go out and buy it, just make it without and it just may turn out better (like this cupcake recipe, I left out ground almonds)!

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  1. I’m team Melissa too! I can just see in HIM that he’s fallen for her! These look yummy!

  2. bakingblonde says:

    Those look and sound perfect for VDay!! I love the pictures, so mouthwatering!

  3. oh wow those look so yummy, i want one now! do you think it’ll work with semisweet chocolate or is that too sweet? oh and sorry if it’s a dumb question but what is sweet butter? i think i only have regular butter…

    • Hi Kaitlyn,
      Actually, I meant to change that in the recipe to just “butter” because I just used my regular butter, too, and knew it would probably confuse everyone by putting the “sweet butter” that the original recipe calls for. However, the butter I always use it unsalted, sweet cream butter. You probably do, too, and might not even notice. Either way, it shouldn’t matter. The important part is that when you bake, you should use unsalted butter.

      The semi-sweet chocolate should work, too. I’m a big fan of bittersweet, but you should be fine and it should still be delicious with semi-sweet. 🙂

      • hi there,

        could you explain the egg part of this recipe a little better?


        • Hi Snowgal,
          I’m happy to help clarify any steps in this recipe. It is an old one, so definitely not written the best, I’m sure. 🙂 What specifically is confusing you about the eggs?

  4. Ohhhhhhh those look good!!!!!

  5. So cute!

  6. Oooo, these look so good! Could I substitute Ghiradelli cocoa for the Dutch-process cocoa?

  7. These sound awesome and they turned out to beautifully!

  8. Hi there

    may i know how much almond did the original recipe called for?


  9. These look so yummy!

  10. they look so fab! what is a cupcake calendar n where do u get it?

  11. they loook fab! what is a cupcake calendar and how do i get one?:P

  12. That’s great that it worked for you. I’m getting braver about “winging it”. It’s a wonderful feeling when things work out.

    Btw, I saw your DIY “studio” box here & showed my Honey, so guess what he’s making for me today? 🙂 He bought me one of the Lowell EGO lights for Christmas & I love it but I’d like more of a “studio” for out in the garage. Thx, for the info on it!! I’m going to play your video for him this evening.

    Almost forgot thanks for stopping by my blog & commenting!

  13. I can feel how they are yummy in my mouth right now thanks to this wonderful picture

  14. Great pictures! The contrasting hearts look amazing.

  15. thank you! i dont have walmart here though. lol

  16. I happened upon this post because I very much need to find a chocolate cupcake to make in about a week.

    Turns out you and I have a lot in common. I’m watching The Bachelor tell all episode right now. 🙂 And I too was slightly disappointed to find that the cupcake calendar only changes recipes every few days.

    Maybe I should try the flourless cupcakes. They look really cute with the hearts on them.

  17. heyy,

    just to clarify, the recipe calls for 4 eggs, or 4 eggs, PLUS another 4 egg yolks?


    • Hi Eva,

      You’re not seeing double-vision. It actually does call for 4 eggs and plus another 4 egg yolks. Hope this helps!

      • Marie-Laure says:

        And do you add the 4 eggs yolks in with the butter and chocolate, and do 4 egg whites mixed with the sugar? then folded afterwards with the butter-chocolate-egg yolk mix?

        • Hi Marie-Laure,
          You add the 4 whole eggs plus 4 egg yolks (save their egg whites for another recipe) all at the same time with the sugar.

  18. I’m confused. After reading all the blogs and reviews, it mentions that u left out the ground almonds, but the recipe doesn’t show that ingredient ast all. For a flourless “cake” I would always put the ground almonds in. It meakes a more denser cake. What would be the amoints for adding back in the gtround almonds?
    Thank you.

    • Hi Princessa,

      When I change a recipe, I write it in my post as I made it (changes included) then link to the original source. Unfortunately, the original source for this cupcake recipe is in a cupcake calendar that I no longer own, so I’m not sure how much of the ground almonds were included. I didn’t use them and the cake was very dense and perfect to my tasting. Maybe you can search the internet for a similar recipe that uses the almonds, or experiment on your own. I would start with probably a teaspoon.


  19. Sorry for the spelling in the above post, I’m typing with 2 broken fingers

  20. omfg..i m at skool rite now nd i m starving this picture juss makes me wanna eat them everyday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. Anonymous says:

    Soooooooooooooooooooo TASTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. Look beautiful, that’s for sure. But I was wondering what’s the texture like? I’m searching for one that’s very light and fluffy…almost like a mousse. That’s why I thought omitting flour would give me this result.

  23. I tried these but they didn’t turn out-I baked them for almost 40 minutes but they were still really soft, and it seems like all the butter settled at the bottom of the paper cups! Any idea what might have gone wrong?

    • I’m sorry, Rebecca, but baking can sometimes be fickle and there would be no way I could tell you what went wrong. Are you at a higher elevation by any chance?

    • Yeah, these failed miserably for me too. I really wouldn’t recommend anyone waste all these ingredients…

  24. Just made these tonight. Delicious! Almost like a brownie cupcake. My gluten-free, soy-free friend thanks you!

  25. Having never baked these, they rose then, they baked for 20 mins, after a few they fell, were they suppose to do that

  26. these were fabulous! I have made them twice in the past month. The second time I was running low on eggs and put 2 yolks instead of 4 and added two Tbsp of oil. They were a bit denser and less cakey, but still turned out really well! Very forgiving recipe which I appreciate

  27. Hi, Nikki. These cupcakes tasted really good! The only thing is that they are REALLY moist in the middle. How moist are they supposed to be? A metal fork came out clean, and I had one last night and didn’t get sick, but I’m afraid to give these to other people.

    • Nikki Gladd says:

      Hi Corrie, If they are so moist that there is runny batter in the middle, then they need to bake longer. Otherwise, they are a pretty moist cupcake! 🙂

      • Thank you for the quick response! The centers are not runny, so they should be fine! I already ate three and have not felt sick, so I think they are safe. Thanks again!

  28. Judy Arenstein says:

    I made flourless cupcakes for Passover. They were incredible. I did however use a hand mixer to combine melted chic and butter withbthe egg/ sugar mixture. Also wasn’t sure when to add cocoa so added it with choc bits. I used Ghirardelli choc bits. This recipe is a keeper.

  29. Beth Baker says:

    Can these be made in mini muffin cups? If so, how long should they be baked for?

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