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Gluten Free Cupcake Recipe - Mint Chocolate Cupcakes

Updated on October 26, 2015
Gluten-Free Mint Chocolate Cupcakes
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Today my sweet tooth has urged me to bake some rice flour cupcakes once again. This time they will be very chocolicious and minty. When we amalgamate the seductive flavor of chocolate with the refreshing aroma of mint, yumminess is the end result. If you're not used to baking with rice flour, don't be nervous. This wheat-free cupcake recipe is pretty easy and not time-consuming at all. Plus, if you want to try making your own gluten-free frosting, there is a bonus recipe for mint buttercream frosting at the end. Whether you are suffering from gluten-related health problems or just curious about gluten free baking, I do encourage you to give this mint chocolate cupcake recipe a go. Happy baking, everyone!

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Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: 6 cupcakes

Gluten-Free Mint Chocolate Cupcakes - Ingredients

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp gluten-free mint extract***
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp gluten-free baking powder
  • 3 tbsps unsweetened cocoa powder
  • tiny pinch of salt

***Use 1/2 teaspoon of mint extract if you want to give your gluten free cupcakes a nice hint of mint. To make the cupcakes boldly minty, feel free to use one whole teaspoon.***


How to Make Gluten-Free Mint Chocolate Cupcakes

  1. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, cream margarine with sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add egg, sour cream and mint extract. Mix together well.
  3. In another bowl, combine rice flour, cornstarch, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.
  4. Add the dry mixture to the egg mixture, then mix together until well-blended.
  5. Line a cupcake pan with paper cups. Fill about 2/3 of each cup with the gluten-free cupcake batter.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Allow the cupcakes to cool on a wire rack, then top them with gluten-free cupcake frosting (recipe follows).

Gluten-Free Mint Buttercream Frosting

When it comes to topping these mint chocolate cupcakes, there are several good options. To keep it simple, just sift some confectioners' sugar over them. To make the cupcakes even more chocolatey, glaze them with some velvety ganache. If you prefer something very creamy and rich, cream cheese frosting is a way to go. Today, however, I decided to crown my gluten-free cupcakes with mint buttercream frosting along with some grated dark chocolate.


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 - 4 tbsps heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp gluten-free mint extract
  • 1 - 2 tsps grated dark or semi-sweet chocolate (optional)
  • 6 mint sprigs (optional)


  • Cream together butter, sugar, mint extract and 2 tablespoons of heavy cream until light and fluffy.
  • If the consistency is too thick, add more heavy cream to the mixture, one tablespoon at a time.
  • Put your gluten free frosting into a pastry bag and pipe it onto the cupcakes.
  • Garnish with grated dark chocolate and mint sprigs.

Nutrition Details for 1 Gluten-Free Mint Chocolate Cupcake without Frosting

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cupcake
Calories 230
Calories from Fat81
% Daily Value *
Fat 9 g14%
Saturated fat 4 g20%
Unsaturated fat 3 g
Carbohydrates 33 g11%
Sugar 17 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 3 g6%
Cholesterol 50 mg17%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


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  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    8 years ago

    @Suzie HQ - Of course, Suzie. Thanks so much for your comment, votes, pin and link!

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    Suzanne Ridgeway 

    8 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

    Hi Om,

    Lovely recipe with great instructions and pics as always! Looks delicious and good to have gluten free recipe! Love to link to my new minty chocolate lip balm hub if i may? Voted up, useful, interesting, shared and pinned:-)

  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    9 years ago

    You're very welcome, festersporling!

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    Daniel Christian 

    9 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

    hmmm so delicious dessert Mint Chocolate Cupcakes.Thanks for sharing this one Om Paramapoonya. Very nice hub.

  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    9 years ago

    Cupcake Wars? Hehehe I wish I were that good. Thanks for the kind words. =D

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    9 years ago

    You just know how to tempt people with your delicious food. The picture is enough to make me drool, see it's drooling quite uncontrollably. Lovely presentation--maybe you should enrol in the cupcake war on foodtv. I'll tag along for support....and treats later. Rated up--too fabulous!

  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    9 years ago

    @Natashalh - Thanks! I'm glad you like this gluten free recipe and enjoy the pictures. I wish I could add the smell to the hub, too. haha...These cupcakes smell really awesome, coming out of the oven.

    @Stephhicks - Thanks a lot, Steph. So glad you stopped by.

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    Stephanie Marshall 

    9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

    This sounds super delicious! I love chocolate and mint. Great recipe. :)

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    9 years ago from Hawaii

    What a great looking recipe, especially the mint frosting! I think it's awesome that you took the time to get nice pictures, too. Voted up and useful!

  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    9 years ago

    @Cardisa - Oh yeah, the mint frosting is yummy. Try it sometime. I think you'll like it.

    @jenubouka - Ah, the humble hubber in me says "Thanks so much. You're very kind," and the bigheaded girl in me says "Heck ya! They're totally awesome!" lol

  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    9 years ago

    @RTalloni - You're very welcome. Mint and chocolate are a scumptious combination indeed.

    @Pamela - Thanks for the kind words, Pamela. So glad you stopped by.

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    9 years ago

    Okay, the girl in me says super cute and the chef in me says ingenious and delish! Awesome job Om. I imagine the mint is a refreshing twist as you said. Sweet.

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    Carolee Samuda 

    9 years ago from Jamaica

    Very nice! Those look absolutely delicious! I like the idea of the mint frosting too.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    It is so good to see good recipes, like this one, for people with gluten intolerance. I think it makes sticking to their specialized diet much easier. Voted up and useful.

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    9 years ago

    Oh yes, I remember your chocolate orange cupcakes, and now you've done this to us.

    These look fabulous. Too good, actually, but soon, very soon…

    Thanks for another easy gluten free recipe. Mint and chocolate--yum!


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