Mini Festive Souffle Pirottini

These mini cupcake papers were so unique that I bought a few to use in a recipe. They are actually made in Italy, and are sold as Mini Souffle Pirottini, or Muffin Cups. I bought a few packages while on vacation in Italy thinking I won’t be able to find them back in the states.IMG_1185

I finally have a special occasion to use them in a recipe. My daughter is completing her Master in Fine Art Degree in Michigan and she’ll be home for a few days. Dairy free bakery goods have been tough for her to find, so I made my chiffon cake recipe into fancy little Italian ‘Soufflé Pirottini’ and added in just the right amount of chocolate. I also made regular sized cupcakes with a lacy chocolate topping.

cupcakes with decorative lacy chocolate swirl

Mini Festive Soufflé Pirottini /Cupcakes

  • Servings: 12+
  • Difficulty: easy
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Festive Italian inspired dairy-free cupcakes.


Dairy Free recipe by Gourmetmarichef


  • 2 c. sifted flour
  • 1 ½ c. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 7 room temperature eggs, separated
  • 1/2 c. cooking oil
  • 2 tsp. finely shredded lemon peel
  • ¾ c. cold water
  • 1 tsp. vanilla  *2 squares of melted baker’s™ chocolate with 1 tbsp. hot water


pre-heat oven to 325°
  1. Sift and Combine first 4 ingredients, and make a well in the center.
  2. In the well, add the oil, egg yolks, lemon peel, vanilla, and water.
  3. Mix on low until combined, then on high for 5 minutes until lemony colored and satin-smooth.
  4. Wash the beaters thoroughly. Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form.
  5. Gently fold the lemony batter into the egg whites, taking your time.

    Folding the batter and beaten egg whites
  6. *If you want a bit of chocolate favor infused, mix 2 melted squares of baker’s™ chocolate and 1 tbsp. hot water then add to 1/3 of the batter.
  7. Pour batter into lined muffin pans and set the timer for 10 minutes. It may take a few extra minutes.
  8. They will be done when they are slightly browned and spring back when pushed in the middle.

    mini cupcakes cooling on rack
  9. Allow to cool, frost with desired frosting*.IMG_1188

*The frosting is made very simply with 1 c. vegan/dairy free butter, 2 tbsp. dairy free milk,  1 tsp. vanilla, and 3 c. powdered sugar. Mix on high until it is smooth and spreadable. Add more dairy free milk if necessary.

*The ornamental chocolate is melted Enjoy life™ dairy-free chocolate chips that are swirled into designs on waxed paper and cooled.IMG_1174




5 thoughts on “Mini Festive Souffle Pirottini

  1. Beautiful and very appetizing! I love your chocolate lacy decorations! Great job. I’m sure your daughter will enjoy them. Congratulations to her on her completion of her Master’s in Fine Art Degree”’1

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