No, no… I’m not talking about a romantic night with your significant other… I’m talking about the edible kind of date!
Why do we love dates? There are MANY reason to include dates in your diet:
This recipe is simple and fast, as it utilizes a premix from Pamela’s® gluten-free pantry: Chocolate Cake and Dark Chocolate Frosting mixes. Don’t let the ‘gluten-free’ and ‘dairy-free’ aspect of these mixes scare you. Hands-down, Pamela’s® chocolate cake mix will deliver the most delicious, moist, rich cakes/cupcakes you will ever taste, especially from a premix. Most homemade cakes can’t even hold a candle to this masterpiece. So, thank you Pamela for making gluten/dairy/wheat-free dessert delicious for everyone!
So, let’s get date night started!
PEPPERMINT CHOCOLATE DATE CUPCAKES
~ Gluten-free, Wheat-free & Dairy-free*! ~
What you’ll need:
Pamela’s® Chocolate Cake mix
Pamela’s® Dark Chocolate Frosting mix
1 ½ cups dried dates
2 Tbsp vanilla almond milk
½ cup canola oil
2 large eggs
8 Tbsp butter (*or butter substitute if you’re avoiding dairy)
Peppermint essential oil
Soak the dates in hot water for 10-15 minutes. Once the dates soften, drain the water and dump them into a food processor with the almond milk. Blend until the consistency is similar to peanut butter, as shown below:
Prepare Pamela’s Chocolate Cake mix as indicated on the packaging (using the oil and eggs). Mix the pureéd dates and 4-5 drops of peppermint essential oil into your prepared cake batter.
Fill cupcake liners approximately ¾ full with the chocolate-date-peppermint cake mix. Bake at 350° F for 20-24 minutes.
Remove cupcakes from the oven and let them cool to room temperature. Meanwhile, prepare Pamela’s® Dark Chocolate Frosting mix as per package instructions, adding 4 drops of peppermint to spice things up.
Once the cupcakes are cool, apply a generous serving of the peppermint chocolate frosting to each delicious cake. Top them off with a decorative date.
That’s it! Enjoy!
P.S. These are a big hit with children, but you may want to remove the cockroach-looking date décor…