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Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes

Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes with Mini Chocolate Chips and Creamy Icing- So easy you will make them againΒ and again!Gluten Free Chocolate CupcakesThis page contains affiliate links. As always I only support products I use and love. By using these links you are supporting My Gluten Free Miami at no cost to you. Thank you!

The Cupcake Dilemma

Before being diagnosed with Celiac I was never a huge cake person, but after I started craving cupcakes like crazy. I’m guessing this is because I could no longer just go to the store and get one. When I was pregnant it was the worse. I had a huge meltdown one night (pregnancy hormones!) and was so disappointed when all the recipes I found required all kind of ingredients that I didn’t have or couldn’t find.

The search for a good gluten free cupcake was daunting.

There was one cupcake shop at the time that sold a gluten free vegan cupcake, so my husband and I went. They were eh. The cake was dense and the icing way to sweet. While I have since found a couple good gluten free cupcakes in Miami, with the recipe I developed, it is just as easy to make my own. You could even mix up several batches of the dry ingredients for these gluten free chocolate cupcakes and store in ziplocs so you have your own cake mix ready to go at a moments notice!

Now what are birthday cupcakes without Ice Cream? Go Dairy Free has the perfect Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Ice Cream recipe. It will be great with these cupcakes!

Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes

Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes

I’m sure you’re wondering why I have been holding out on such an amazingly delicious, easy gluten free chocolate cupcake for so long. I was just waiting for the right opportunity, and it just so happens that Sharon over at What the Fork has a birthday this week! In order to celebrate a bunch of us got together to share with you our favorite cake recipes AND a giveaway!

Amazing #glutenfree recipes and a chance to win a Kitchen Aide Mixer? Awesome Sauce! Click To Tweet

How awesome is that? Great cake recipes and a chance to win a Kitchen Aide Mixer? I am in love with my mixer. If there was a fire, there is a chance I might grab it.

Not only are we giving away an awesome mixer, it’s going to come with a $100.00 gift certificate to Sweetapolita and a prize package from Rodelle Vanilla. You will be all set to get some major baking done!!

So check out all these great recipes, and be sure to enter below!

Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes

Recipe Notes

You know I can’t leave you without a couple of recipe notes for these gluten free chocolate cupcakes. It just wouldn’t be fair.

These cupcakes are dairy free (Yay!),

However, I did use cream cheese icing. You can use a dairy free cream cheese and you are good to go!

Gluten free recipes - gfJules - with the REAL JulesI’m in love with GF Jules.

You can get a sample for only $5.00 or order a starter kit that has all kinds of goodies. Love to bake? Order her flour in bulk!

The key to gluten free baking is an awesome gluten free flour. You can use whatever your favorite Gluten Free Blend is, just avoid bean based for the cupcakes. No one wants to eat a cupcake that tastes like beans.

The Espresso

Feel free to leave out the instant espresso, I just love how it develops a rich, chocolate flavor, but it is optional.

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Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes
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Servings: 12 Cupcakes



  • 1 cup Gluten Free Flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon gluten free baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup gluten free cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon gluten free espresso powder optional
  • 1/4 cup gluten free mini chocolate chips I use Enjoy Life- gluten and dairy free!
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Cream Cheese Icing

  • 1 8 oz package softened cream cheese regular or dairy free
  • 1 cup powder sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Mix together dry ingredients.
  • Add wet ingredients and stir until well combined.
  • Fold in chocolate chips.
  • Using a quarter cup measuring cup, spoon into prepared baking dish.
  • Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees or until toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool completely.
  • Meanwhile, beat together cream cheese, powder sugar and vanilla.
  • Frost cooled cupcakes and enjoy!

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    Lisa | Garlic & Zest
    January 16, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    I recently found out that my cousin was diagnosed with celiac, so this is now my go-to cupcake recipe! Thank you!

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    November 7, 2016 at 9:03 am

    I’ve never had a gluten free cupcake, but these look delicious. I would actually give it a try.

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    November 5, 2016 at 8:51 am

    These look amazing! I’m always on the lookout for delicious gluten-free treats! πŸ™‚

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    Paige Strand
    November 4, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    Honestly tempted to start my weekend off by making these – who needs dinner?

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    November 4, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    these look amazing! always love find GF recipes πŸ™‚

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    November 4, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Thank you for sharing these gluten free cupcake recipes. They all look amazing!! I am printing and trying this recipe!!!

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    November 4, 2016 at 11:45 am

    What a great recipe roundup, I love all the options! It’s so hard to find a quality gluten free cupcake, let alone dairy and grain free. Thanks for the suggestions!

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    November 4, 2016 at 10:48 am

    These look so delicious!! Definitely trying them ASAP!

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    November 4, 2016 at 9:06 am

    They look so good! My kids will love this.

    One Awesome Momma

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    Neli @ Delicious Meets Healthy
    November 2, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    I am always looking for good GF cupcakes and the recipe for these looks perfect! Thanks for sharing!

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    The Food Hunter
    November 2, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    Sharing with a GF friend.

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    Platter Talk
    November 2, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    Sharing this yummy recipe with my GF peeps! Looks delish.

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    Jessy @ The Life Jolie
    November 2, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Yum- cupcakes are always a great thing! These look delicious!

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    Bintu - Recipes From A Pantry
    November 2, 2016 at 11:15 am

    Dairy and gluten free cupcakes, I’m in heaven, and they look scrumptious too

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    Platter Talk
    October 5, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    These are soooo yummy looking. Will make for my gluten free friends. Thanks.

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    Alisa Fleming
    July 23, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    These look like little pillows of perfection! I’d probably double the dairy-free creamy cheesy frosting though – for me, cake is just a delivery system for frosting πŸ™‚

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      July 24, 2016 at 7:45 pm

      Lol…I agree! I actually ate the rest just with a spoon!

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    July 23, 2016 at 11:21 am

    I love adding espresso to chocolate cakes and brownies – saving to try these fluffy cakes! πŸ™‚

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      July 24, 2016 at 7:46 pm

      I do to! Such great flavor!

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    July 22, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    These look so amazing! I’ve never tried GF Jules but I need to!

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    Kelly @ TastingPage
    July 20, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    Good things do come in small packages and this is no exception!

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      July 21, 2016 at 7:39 pm

      Thanks πŸ™‚

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    Sharon @ What The Fork Food Blog
    July 20, 2016 at 10:43 am

    Thanks for celebrating my birthday with me! You can never go wrong with birthday cupcakes!

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      July 21, 2016 at 7:40 pm

      I love cupcakes!

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    Elle @ Only Taste Matters
    July 19, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    OK I just informed my husband that I’m now in love with you. Chocolate cake with white icing is my favorite but cream cheese icing! Hello! And if that wasn’t enough, I always say chocolate chips make everything better. Everything! Oh and I love the idea of pre-mixing the dries and storing them as cake mix for later.

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      July 21, 2016 at 7:42 pm

      They are soooooo good!

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    amanda -runtothefinish
    July 19, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    I am all about the mini!! allows me to totally indulge…without going crazy! Because no one ever eats half a jumbo muffin or cupcake!

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      July 19, 2016 at 7:23 pm

      I know I never eat half! These are perfect for indulging!

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    Hannah Diane
    July 19, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Oh yum! I always need a new Gluten-free recipe!

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      July 19, 2016 at 7:23 pm

      Great! Glad to help!

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    Amanda Mason
    July 18, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    You had me at Gluten Free, then you had to throw in dairy free too! I’m sold! I’m both so this recipe has my name all over it! And yes, my name is Amanda, too! So this recipe was just meant to be! HA HA! Love it! Thanks for the chance for the entry too!

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      July 18, 2016 at 9:30 pm

      I’m working on switching to dairy free too πŸ™‚ Enjoy!

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    July 18, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Yum yum. Going to try my luck at the giveaway too.

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    Amanda | Chew Town
    July 18, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    Isn’t it funny how the moment you can’t have something, you want it more than you ever did before! I’m totally like that. Glad you’ve been able to create a delicious chocolate cupcake that you can make at home. It certainly looks delicious!

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      July 18, 2016 at 9:31 pm

      I know! Thanks!

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    Tina Dawson | Love is in my Tummy
    July 18, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    Urgh! Delicious! I love that this is gluten-free! I’ve just slowly begun stepping into vegan shoes, gluten-free is my next stop! Pinning this for later!

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      July 18, 2016 at 9:32 pm

      Good luck! I would never survive as vegan, but I am trying to do more dairy free!

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    July 18, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Chocolate cupcakes are one of my favorite desserts and I’m absolutely thrilled to see that they fit into my GF lifestyle! Thanks so much for sharing, I can’t wait to try! πŸ™‚

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      July 18, 2016 at 9:46 pm

      I hope you love them as much as we do!

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    July 18, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    These look picture perfect! I’ll have to make them for the next birthday around here!

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    July 18, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    Totally want to make these just for the icing!!

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      July 18, 2016 at 9:34 pm

      You caught me! I will eat it with a spoon!

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    July 18, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    These look AMAZING! My daughter is allergic to dairy and we are trying to eliminate gluten in my son’s diet, so I will definitely be giving these a try!

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      July 18, 2016 at 9:35 pm

      I hope they love them! Just use a dairy free cream cheese or your favorite dairy free icing!

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    July 18, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Chocolate and cream cheese icing. Yes please! I will have to try this flour mix.

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      July 18, 2016 at 9:36 pm

      The flour is my favorite, it makes being gluten free so easy!

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    Emily @ Recipes to Nourish
    July 18, 2016 at 11:13 am

    These look so good! LOVE chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. One of my favorite combos.

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    Chrystal @ Gluten-Free Palate
    July 18, 2016 at 10:03 am

    These looks so fun and yummy!

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    Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons
    July 18, 2016 at 9:47 am

    Love the sprinkles! So delicate! Also love the listing of other gluten free recipes-so helpful!

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      July 18, 2016 at 9:37 pm

      Be sure to try them! So many great recipes!

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    July 18, 2016 at 9:45 am

    They sound delicious! I think espresso is a good addition. πŸ˜‰

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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    July 18, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Such a cute little cupcake! Love it!

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      July 18, 2016 at 9:37 pm

      Thanks! I made them for my babies birthday too!

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    July 18, 2016 at 8:06 am

    These made my mouth water! A dear friend of mine just got diagnosed with a gluten intolerance and I’ve been on the hunt for recipes she can try so she can still enjoy some of her favorite foods. Thanks for your recipe!

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      July 18, 2016 at 9:38 pm

      Your welcome, enjoy!

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    July 18, 2016 at 8:03 am

    These look so delicious! I’ve got to try them! Yum.

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