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Gluten Free Desserts-Best Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

Updated on April 3, 2012
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Kim is a board-certified Holistic Health Coach, Healthy Living and Cleanse Consultant, and studied under Drs. Andrew Weil and Walter Willet.


Moist chocolate gluten free cupcakes!

The cupcakes I ate from childhood were from the pre-mixed box of ingredients and offerings from a classmate’s parent. As I grew wiser into my college days, I devoured the pre-made cupcakes from the supermarket because they were cheaper. Okay, not so wise after all.

Since I started experimenting with gluten-free desserts, I was surprised to learn that it’s not so bad after all. They’re actually pretty good considering most people think that they are "different." The actual baking process for gluten-free desserts is even simpler and requires less time. It's just a matter of knowing which ingredients to replace with. If you like chocolate, you are in for a treat.

My sister, although she doesn't have Celiac Disease, is gluten-intolerant. I figured I would research on a couple of recipes and bake for her a perfect chocolate cupcake. Not just any cupcake, but a gluten free chocolate cupcake that will put other desserts to shame for calling it "different."


Benefits of coconut flour

  • 14% coconut oil, 58% fiber, 28% of protein/water/carbohydrate
  • Gluten free and hypoallergenic
  • Has the highest percentage of fiber, compared to any other flour!
  • A little bit goes a long way!
  • Easy on your digestive system!

A must have ingredient for gluten-free baking: Coconut flour

Gluten free chocolate cupcakes are made with fiber and high-protein rich coconut flour. If there are 3 essential ingredients a gluten-free baker needs, that is coconut flour, coconut oil, and honey. Coconut flour is very dry so it absorbs a lot of moisture. You’ll notice there are 3 eggs in this recipe, quite a lot for a cupcake recipe. But it works- and the result will be a surprisingly moist and chocolaty cupcake.

Coconut flour is actually the fiber part from the coconut. Organic coconut flour contains natural sugar from the coconut meat itself, the recipe doesn't require a lot of sweetener.

Mind you, nothing will ever come close to the original chocolate recipes that you've tried before- the ones with butter, flour, and all the wholesome goodness that we are used to. But for people who have a gluten intolerance, you can now all rejoice to enjoy dessert again. These cupcakes taste moist and rich from the coconut oil. They are best enjoyed right out of the oven.

Gluten free baking couldn't be easier!


  1. In a bowl, combine dry ingredients: coconut flour, cacao powder, salt, and baking soda.
  2. In a smaller bowl, blend together the eggs, (melted) coconut oil, and honey. Don’t beat the eggs too much or the cupcakes will have too much of that “egg custardy” taste.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 357 degrees. Do not over bake.
  4. In the meantime, heat the ingredients for frosting in a sauce pan. Pour it in a small bowl an put in the refrigerator for 15 minutes, or until it becomes slightly hard.

*Note: Coconut has a high melting point so the frosting can alter between "runny" to "stiff" within a matter of minutes. If you like the consistency similar to ganache, then take it out of the refrigerator sooner.

*The use of cacao powder gives these chocolate cupcakes the healthiest boost, with an amazing punch of antioxidants. It does taste have more of a slightly bitter flavor similar to dark chocolate. If you prefer a sweeter version, use cocoa powder.

Ingredients for cupcake:

  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • ¼ cup cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 eggs (room temperature)
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt

Ingredients for frosting

  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey (or agave)
  • Pinch of salt


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    • smine27 profile image

      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I am definitely going to be trying these. YUM!

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      Kim Lam 4 years ago from California

      Thanks! Hope she likes them!;-)

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      Better Yourself 4 years ago from North Carolina

      These look amazingly yummy! Can't wait to try this recipe for my niece - Thanks for sharing!

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      Kim Lam 5 years ago from California

      Hi Kris! Have you baked with coconut flour before? They are drier compared to other gluten free flour. Its more expensive but that's why a little bit goes a long way too! So you will see that most recipes using coconut flour will require a lot of eggs for moisture! Thanks for visiting, hope you like it! :-)

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      KrisL 5 years ago from S. Florida

      Turtlewoman, I'm confused by this recipe, though it seems delicious. It looks like there is only 1/2 cup of dry ingredients and three eggs, so it's a bit like a flourless chocolate cake. Is that right? How many cupcakes does it make?

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      collegatariat 5 years ago

      These look incredibly good! I also have family members who are GF intolerant, so finding recipes that turn out well is always exciting. Thanks for sharing!

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      Kim Lam 5 years ago from California

      Thanks RTalloni! I just noticed one of your pumpkin recipes. I eat pumpkin goodies year round so I will definitely try that recipe soon. And you're right, gluten free food can be enjoyed by just about anyone. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Kim Lam 5 years ago from California

      ChristinS - coconut oil was the best thing I ever discovered. You're right , it's so versatile! I use it as lotion and hair conditioner too. Let me know how they turn out! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Kim Lam 5 years ago from California

      Rusticliving, you are a whole lot of awesome!

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      Kim Lam 5 years ago from California

      Natashalh, hello and thank you for your vote. More and more people are starting to find out that they are gluten-intolerant. I hope you like the cupcakes...let me know how they turn out. :-)

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      Kim Lam 5 years ago from California

      Tillsontitan- I'm glad you found my hub! I will definitely check your hubs as well. It's interesting to find that gluten-free food, especially desserts, is actually EASIER and faster to prepare! Thanks for the vote!

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Can't wait to try your recipe! I am celiac and it is only recently GF foods became more edible/palatable! I have a recipe or two in some of my hubs as well. Voted up, interesting and useful. Thanks.

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Cool stuff! The next time I have a hankering for cup cakes, I will try this one out. Since gluten intolerance is built up over time, going gluten free, at least some of the time, is good for everyone. Voted up and useful because of this.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Oh Yummmmmy! There are so many who I know would like gluten-free recipes. I'm going to share this one with AudreyHowitt. She definately eats glutenfree foods. Awesome hub! Voted upand.....shared! :)

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      Christin Sander 5 years ago from Midwest

      mmmmmmm do those cupcakes look good and I love cooking with coconut oil. I make everything with it - from soaps to food :). It does make for very moist, delicious cakes. Thanks for sharing this recipe I am definitely going to try these with the coconut sprinkled on top for our next gathering.

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      Another great recipe...thanks for encouraging your readers to stay healthy. : )

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for sharing this GF recipe. GF eating really is "not so bad after all!" I've worked on some GF recipes and they've been big hits with everyone, not just those with dietary needs. I'm looking forward to trying some of your recipes out. I've not worked with the coconut flour yet, but it sounds wonderful. Your cupcake photo is fabulous.