Sunday, June 29, 2014

Startup Life and Paleo Vanilla Coconut Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache

Working at a startup is unlike anything else. The environment is always fast-paced, and things are always changing. Last week was a huge week for TabbedOut, and I felt that baked goods were in order.

Being that this was my first time making food for my coworkers, I didn't want to mess it up. They know I'm a food blogger, so I felt things would be held to higher standards. I played it safe with Chocolate Stout Cupcakes (if you've never poured Guinness in your cupcake batter, you're missing out) and then remembered a few food allergies. An egg-free coworker got a batch of eggless brownies topped with Reese's Oreos and peanut butter drops.

Since my boss is on a mostly Paleo diet (as am I, kind of, in a really half-assed kind of way) I decided to make a batch of these. I wasn't going to make baked goods for everyone BUT my boss!

And he wasn't in that day. Oops.

Somehow, despite the little sign saying "gluten-free/paleo friendly," which typically deters most, these suckers didn't last the day either. I can see why--they're actually really good! It's a great, quick recipe to have on hand when you need a sweet treat that won't ruin your diet. I keep it in my arsenal for weeks such as this.

Oh yeah, I made the company a birthday cake, too! – it was from a box, to save time, but with special tricks like subbing the oil out for butter, and using milk instead of water, to make it less box-cakey.

Paleo Vanilla Coconut Cupcakes with Paleo Ganache Frosting
(Adapted from Elena's Pantry)

  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 3 tbs coconut flakes
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda (I used baking powder and lemon juice as a sub, since I was out!)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tbs honey (I used an additional heaping tbs of maple syrup, too)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the Frosting

  • 1 cup coarsely chopped dark chocolate
  • 3 tbs butter or ghee

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix together dry ingredients in a small bowl.

-Slowly stir in eggs, coconut oil, honey, and vanilla extract until a thick batter forms. Pour into cupcake wells, 3/4 full.

-While baking, prepare the frosting: melt chocolate and butter in a double boiler or in the microwave. Let cool to room temp to a thick consistency.

-Let cupcakes cool completely, then frost.


  1. they look so chocolately and delicious!

  2. I'm so happy for you-so glad that your new job is working out!! These cupcakes are crazy delicious looking-paleo or no!! chocolate ganache always wins me over ;)

    1. Thanks! You seem to be re-adjusting to Ohio pretty well too :) Loving your engagement pics!