Remember the episode of Sex and the City where Miranda was jonesing for cake so bad she ate it out of the garbage? Being in the trash wasn’t bad enough; she had to squirt dish soap on it to actually stop herself from eating it.
Well ladies, I don’t know how many of us have actually been that low, but I know there are times when I’ve been nearly as desperate for a chocolate fix.
Since chocolate cake is an occasional necessity of life, I had to come up with chocolate cake that’s actually nourishing instead of energy-depleting.
It’s a total bonus that this recipe makes just two fabulous little cupcakes…either one for now, one for later or if you feel like being an extraordinarily good friend it’s one for you, one for me.
Tahini (sesame paste) is such a fun, unexpected replacement for butter in frosting. It adds richness in the form of healthy fat and really bumps up the nutritional value as an excellent source of copper, a very good source of manganese, and a good source of calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, molybdenum, selenium, and dietary fiber (for more info about the health benefits of sesame, check out The World’s Healthiest Foods).
The frosting pictured is my Fluffy Tahini Chocolate Frosting, and that’s also the recipe I used to calculate the nutrition information. The texture is light and fluffy and the flavor is a combination of nutty chocolate that’s sweet at first, but then lends itself to the slight tang of tahini. I don’t mind the flavor of tahini, but I know it’s not for everyone, so I came up with an easy alternative.
The alternative frosting in the Notes (my Fudgy Tahini Chocolate Frosting) is sweetened with maple syrup instead of stevia and the result is a rich, dense, and super chocolaty frosting without a hint of bitter tahini aftertaste. Of course its sugar content is higher though.
Truth be told, the frosting here is (quite literally) just icing on the cake. These moist, fluffy chocolate cupcakes are scrumptious without any adornment on top, especially paired with a cup of coffee as an afternoon pick-me-up.