Thursday, January 23, 2014

gluten free vegan chocolate cupcakes


You can never have too many cupcake recipes. A good, basic vanilla cupcake recipe and a chocolatey, chocolate one are both a must. I'm sharing my most favorite chocolate cupcake with chocolate buttercream recipe today. It's also my third and final recipe entered into the Go Dairy Free and So Delicious recipe contest. I'm hoping this will be the winner! I mean, who doesn't like a moist, delicious cupcake? And it's a CHOCOLATE cupcake too!


This is the best gluten, dairy, egg free chocolate cupcake recipe around. Stop searching. This is it. I've made this chocolate cake batter more times than I can count. You would think my family would be sick of it by now (no way). It's beyond decadent, has a tender crumb and the buttercream....oh the chocolate buttercream. Light, fluffy and good enough to eat by the spoonful. For your next birthday, celebration or when you just want to bite into an crazy-good cupcake, these will surely do!

gluten free vegan chocolate cupcakes

makes 14 cupcakes

chocolate cupcakes
  • 1 1/4 cups Sarah's gluten free flour blend
  • 1/2 cup good quality cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup So Delicious Dairy Free unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup organic brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seed oil (or mild flavor oil)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

chocolate dairy free buttercream
  • 1/2 cup Earth Balance vegan butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons organic non-hydrogenated shortening
  • 2 3/4 cups organic powdered sugar, sifted
  • 3/4 cup good quality cocoa powder
  • 4-6 tablespoons So Delicious Dairy Free coconut milk coffee creamer
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line cupcake pans with paper cupcake liners. Sift together flour blend, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In large mixing bowl, stir together coconut milk, water and vinegar. Allow to sit for 1 minute to curdle. Add sugar, oil, and vanilla extract.  Slowly whisk in the flour mixture. Beat for 1 minute. The batter will become smooth and start to thicken. Pour batter into prepared cupcake pan. Bake for 16-18 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center of cupcake comes out clean. Place cupcakes on cooling rack and cool completely.

To make buttercream, beat together the Earth Balance with shortening for 1 minute in large bowl of standing mixer. Add sifted powdered sugar, cocoa powder, 4 tablespoons coffee creamer and vanilla.  Beat for an additional 2 minutes. Add another tablespoon or 2 of the coffee creamer as needed. Continue to beat buttercream until light and fluffy. Place in piping bag with large star tip and frost cooled cupcakes. Best enjoyed within 1-2 days (if they last that long).


Be sure to check out all of the recipe entered into the contest over at the So Delicious Dairy Free Recipes board on pinterest!

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39 comments:

  1. sarah - I love your recipes and flour blend!!!! Keep up the fabulous work!!!

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  2. 1/2 good quality cocoa powder? There should be a measurement in there somewhere, yes? I'm guessing 1/2 cup? :)

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  3. These are gorgeous! Yum, can't wait to try them!

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  4. Sarah, thanks for all your recipes, you have really helped our family!

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    1. I forgot to say these were fabulous! Made them for breakfast with a few enjoy life chips on top and no frosting.

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  5. I made these and they were fantastic! All my non-GF friends and family didn't even notice any difference. Thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed them, Theresa! Our family and friends love them too :)

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  6. My little brother is having a birthday party at the beach (we live in hawaii and it's super hot) so I was wondering if the frosting melts in the sun? I want to try to make the cupcakes for him. They look super bomb.
    -Rebekah

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  7. Keep them in the fridge until ready to take them to the beach. Then keep them in the shade. The frosting will get soft so keep them as cool as possible! You can also keep them in a cooler until the party starts.

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  8. Is this also a nut free recipe? Making it for my nephews birthday and just wanted to make sure! It seems like it?

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    1. No nuts in this recipe so you're good to go!

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  9. could you make this with out the white vinegar? if not, is there a substitute? also I was wondering if you could substitute the coconut milk with regular milk and substitute cane sugar for granulated/caster sugar

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  10. Could I make this with regular flour, not gluten free?

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  11. thanks for your recipe it was divine!!!

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  12. Could you tell me which brand of cocoa you used?

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    1. I usually use Trader Joe's cocoa powder, but any cocoa powder will work just fine!

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  13. Could I make this with a different gluten free flour blend? I have a bag of Bob's Red Mill GF flour on hand already.

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    1. Bob's Red Mill should work fine, but if it doesn't have the xanthan gum, you need to be sure to add some. 1 teaspoon is what you'll need for this recipe.

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  14. What can be substituted for the creamer?

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    1. You can use regular, in the carton, coconut milk (unsweetened or sweetened).

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  15. Sarah, this is an amazing recipe! I will be making these often. I will also make a cake mix out of this recipe so I can make them in a few minutes. My boys who are gluten and egg intolerant second guessed me when I said they could have these cupcakes, and my brother-in-law who scoffs at gluten free baking ate them and didn't know he was eating "healthy" food:) Thanks a million!!!!

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    1. Thanks, Rachel! I'm so glad you and your family are enjoy my recipes!

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  16. These muffins are awesome ! I did make a few substitutions, for my husband who has Crohn's, Celiac Disease, and can only have small amounts of sugar, (also no dairy, but this recipe has none, yay!) It's always a challenge making some recipes work. I used Rice milk, in place of the coconut milk, and olive oil in place of the coconut oil, (too much coconut upsets his digestive system), and used erythritol and xylitol for a sugar substitute. Didn't make the frosting, but these cupcakes are so moist, you really don't need any. I'll be making these often, it's a keeper ! Thanks, and looking forward to trying more of your recipes. Debbie W.

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  17. Did you use the Earth balance baking sticks or the kind in the tub?

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  18. These turned out great for me! Whole family loved them. Thank you!

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  19. Do you think this could be cooked in a round cake pan? Idea on bake time? Or would the centers not cook?

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    1. Yes, you can bake this recipe in a 9-inch cake pan. Bake for 25-27 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Enjoy!

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  20. Thanks for this recipe. I just made it and they taste great. But...this frosting was so soupy I added about another cup of powdered sugar trying to get it fluffy and stiff to no avail. I didn't add the cocoa powder so I expected to have to add some more sugar to make up for that but I think I could have added another 2 cups and still not gotten anywhere. I ever chilled it in the fridge and it's still like soup. I've run into similar problems whenever I bake anything vegan: If I make brownies from scratch, or a veganized version of boxed brownies, they turn into a bubbling oily mass of goop. I've tried various egg substitutes (flax, vegg, applesauce) and tried adding 1/2 tsp baking soda to boxed mixes, but they all come out the same. I'm so frustrated because this is probably my 6th failed recipe and clearly it's not the recipe's fault. I'm hoping you might have some suggestions. Thanks for any help!

    Cat

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    1. Cat, I'm so sorry you were having difficulties with the frosting! I would try to just add 2 tablespoons of the creamer or milk, and go from there. Sometimes when I buy the Spectrum Organic shortening, it's a bit oily. Let me know if adding a bit less milk helps!

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  21. Hi Sarah,

    I was wondering if you've ever frozen these?

    Cheers,
    Paula

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    1. I haven't but I'm sure it would work perfectly! Just freeze them plain, then frost when defrosted.

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    2. These are amazing! And they froze beautifully - thanks again!

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  22. Allison Yamamoto-SparksMarch 10, 2015 at 11:44 AM

    This recipe is AMAZING! I've made it twice now and shared it with about 7-8 other people aside from our family who often eats gluten free/vegan baked goods due to our son's allergies, and EVERYBODY loves them! Everyone says that they can't believe they are dairy & egg free, and that it's not regular wheat flour in them. This is my new go-to recipe and most likely I'm going to use it for my son's 3rd Birthday cupcakes! (Sarah's Gluten Free/Vegan Carrot Zucchini cake was his 2nd Birthday cake!)
    Thank you so, SO much for sharing your recipes! I honestly would be lost without them! :)

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    1. Thank you! These are my favorite too :) I'm actually making a batch right now, to top with a mint chocolate chip buttercream. They'll be on the blog later this week!

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  23. How well do these keep Sarah? I'd like to make these on Saturday for Sunday but don't want the texture to be compromised

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  24. Thank you so much for developing this delicious recipe. I have a son with autism, and he is on a very strict elimination diet right now. I was so worried about his brother's birthday, because I didn't know what kind of treat to make for them that would fit in with his diet and still taste delicious. I made these cupcakes exactly according to directions and they were SO DELICIOUS. Our whole family enjoyed them, and also said that if they hadn't known they were allergen free, they wouldn't have even noticed a difference! So thanks for helping make my son's birthday fun and delicious.

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    1. Thank you for sharing, Nikole! I'm so glad your family enjoyed these cupcakes. They are our favorite as well!

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thanks for the love!