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Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

Submitted by on February 13, 2010 – 1:46 pmNo Comments
Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

As Valentine’s Day approaches, I was asked by a parent at my daughter’s school if I wanted to contribute some baked goods for their 2nd grade Valentine’s Day Party.  Since she cannot have most of the treats provided at parties, I always feel obligated to make something that she can enjoy too.  Luckily, I have a great chocolate cake recipe that I regularly use to make cupcakes.  These tasty little morsels freeze and defrost well, and I keep them on hand for when my girls are invited to birthday parties.  I just defrost a cupcake, add store-bought frosting and sprinkles, and they’re ready to party!

This cake also refrigerates well (without any grainy texture), so I am able to bake it the day before an event like this Valentine’s Day Party, which is handy since I don’t usually have time the same day to bake.  The texture is dense and moist, and the flavor very chocolaty.

I adapted this recipe from a Devil’s Food Cake recipe I found in “The Baker’s Manual”, Fifth Edition by Joseph Amendola and Nicole Rees.  I modified some of the measurements, used gluten-free flour, and added melted, unsweetened chocolate, which I had on hand one day and wanted to try.  I am consistently pleased with the results.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake (Cupcakes) Ingredients

Makes 2 8-inch rounds (about 1.5 inches thick) or 16 cupcakes

  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free flour blend (muffin/cake blend)
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened, natural cocoa powder (like Hershey’s)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar (I use a combination of white and brown sugar)
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tsp gluten-free vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup milk (cow, rice, or soy)
  • 3/8 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 1 cup hot coffee


  1. Grease and flour 2 cake pans, or line muffin tins with paper liners.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients (gluten-free flour through sugar) in a large bowl with a wisk.
  3. In a large mixer bowl, mix together eggs, vanilla, milk and oil.  Gradually add the dry ingredients until incorporated.
  4. Slowly add the hot coffee.  Keep the mixer running at a low speed to avoid sloshing and splashing.
  5. Add the melted chocolate.  Scrape the sides of the bowl, then mix the batter on high for 2 minutes.
  6. Pour the batter into the cake pans or fill muffin tins 2/3 full.  An ice cream scoop with a release is a good measure for the cupcakes.
  7. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Bake cake for 30-35 min, cupcakes for approximately 20 minutes until done.  The cake will spring bake when touched if it is done.
  8. Cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.

You can freeze the cupcakes (without frosting) by placing them on a flat surface in the freezer for a few hours.  Once frozen, store them in freezer bag.  Defrost in the refrigerator or microwave them for about 20-25 seconds on high.


gluten-free chocolate cupcakes

My easy-to-make, versatile cupcake recipe can brighten up any special day!

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