chocolate cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes

The New York Times blog, Bitten, just did a feature on chocolate cupcakes, which made me realize that a recipe for gluten free chocolate cupcakes is conspicuously lacking from this site.  Well, I am happy to say that is no longer the case.

In my quest for the perfect gluten free chocolate cupcake, I made these 5 times. Today. Luckily, my boys and their glutenoid friends happily scarfed the “failures.” Here, I share with you my success.

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Chocolate Cupcakes
  1. In a medium bowl, combine coconut flour, cacao powder, salt and baking soda
  2. In a large bowl, blend together eggs, oil and honey
  3. Blend dry ingredients into wet thoroughly
  4. Line a cupcake tin with paper liners and scoop a scant ¼ cup into each
  5. Bake at 375° for 20-22 minutes
  6. Cool and cover with Vegan "Buttercream" Chocolate Frosting
  7. Serve

I hope you like these cupcakes as much as my family and I do.  If you are looking for gluten-free sprinkles (which the boys eat, I do not), then check out this source.


  1. Natalia says

    OMG, these are delicious!! I have failed miserably trying to bake with coconut flour in the past, so I did not expect much from this recipe. I added stevia in place of maple syrup and put some brewed coffee in the batter. The dough was so delicious, I ate like half of it raw. Cupcakes smell so good and they are absolutely fantastic! I made them two hours ago and I only have two left. Thank you for your recipes, I love them all. My favorite is your cashew bread, I make it every week.

  2. Lexie says

    Made these today using the palm shortening (which Elana introduced me to via this site and I now absolutely love using) and I didn’t have enough honey so I had to use some maple syrup.
    Mine also fell a tiny bit in the middle but the 20 minutes cooked mine through. The consistency and flavor are great. I haven’t made the frosting yet. I might but these are good on their own!
    Also, I used VivaLabs coconut flour and they turned out fine but perhaps this brand is why they sank in a little.

  3. Angela says

    Made these at sea level and get were amazing. Tried them in Boulder and they’re a disaster :(. Still very tasty but they fell all three times I tried making them. Altitude baking is just not for me I guess!

    • Elana says

      Hi Angela, I live in Boulder and develop all of the recipes here. I also test them at sea level, as well as 8,000 feet quite often and they work in both places. Did you change any of the brands of your ingredients when you made them here? Not all coconut flours work in my recipes. Here’s a link that might be helpful:

      If you make them again please stop back by and let me know how they turn out!


  4. Cathy Hartle says

    I am going to a Mexican Fiesta themed party this weekend. Everyone needs to bring a dish or dessert to share. I was thinking of making these in mini muffin tin, but I would like to make these spicy. Would you have any suggestions of what I can add to this recipe to make them spicy?

  5. Arlene says

    These are wonderful! Thank you! Our family is recently gf/cf and I found these just in time!! I subbed the grape seed oil for coconut oil because it’s what I had on hand and used the recommended amount of honey. These came out perfect! There was some caving in the middle – nothing a little frosting can’t solve. Also, be sure to only fill them half-way as they rise different than regular flour cupcakes. I used the recipe for paleo chocolate frosting (with chocolate chips and coconut oil) and they were a phenomenal birthday treat for my 5 year old boy. Highly recommended if you enjoy chocolate cupcakes :)

  6. Jennifer says

    all i can say is WOW! I just made these and they are fantastic. I substituted coconut oil for palm shortening and used 1/4 cup of maple syrup instead of 1/2 cup of honey. They are fabulous! Thank you!

  7. says

    My friend and I just made these and they are absolutely, mindblowingly good! Ours sunk in the middle a bit, and looked a little lopsided, but we just filled them up with the vegan icing and they were amazing. This is definitely a recipe I will make again!

  8. Jodi says

    My son was going to a birthday party today so I made these this morning since he could not have the cake at the party. We all loved them. One of my children appeared to have walked off with my cupcake holders so I out in a bread pan and baked an extra few minutes, maybe 5? I was not timing it. I also used coconut oil as I did not have grape seed oil. I used a mixture of agave nectar and agave syrop as we did not have enough on hand. Thank you. I had a happy boy.

  9. Brooke says

    Oh my goodness, Elana… THANK YOU! This chocolate cupcake recipe is SOOO yummy and easy to make! (I used maple syrup) I made them the other day for my miracle-baby-niece’s 1st birthday and they were a big hit. :) Tomorrow is her party so I made more for the party. Yummy yummy! Thank you for the delicious recipes you bless us with :)

    I also LOVE your chocolate chip one – taste like a nestle toll house. :)

  10. Tracy says

    I just made these with raw organic coconut sugar and added 2 or 3 Tbs of almond milk for the wetness. They turned out perfect! If you don’t like agave just use something else. Be creative.

  11. Lynn says

    Omg these have to be the best chocolate cupcakes ever….you really cannot tell that they are clean! Only changed nectar with maple syrup. So yum!

  12. Jenny says

    I had a question I would like to know would this recipe make one 9in cake? I am looking to make a double layer cake and would love to use this recipe it’s so yummy. Since I am new to gluten-free baking what would be the time difference as I know cupcakes bake quicker.

    Thank you!

  13. says

    These are amazing! I made them with 1/2 Sorghum flour instead and they are so moist and yummy. Highly recommend. Perfect for what I needed. Sugar free cupcakes for my one year old’s birthday.

  14. Penny says

    We love these! They are so soft and moist and chocolately. I sub coconut oil for the grapeseed (often using half applesauce and half oil) and either honey or date syrup (combine 1 c dates with 1 c water, leave overnight and blend) for the agave syrup.
    Thank you, Elana!

  15. Patricia says

    Have you tried coconut sugar? It is a low glycemic sweetener and therefore does not raise your blood sugar like other sweeteners do. If you can use coconut flour, you may be able to use coconut sugar.

  16. Vanessa says

    Add me to the burned list too! I always follow a new recipe exactly and was disappointed they burned. BUT they were still moist and looked/tasted like “regular” cupcakes. Delicious!!

  17. Dhipanee Mayes says

    Just made the recipe today, and they are amazing!! The cupcake was light and airy, the frosting took a little more finagling on my part. But overall, it turned out great.

  18. Shellie says

    These are delicious! We are not a gluten free house, but I wanted a treat to take to school for birthdays that would be easier on blood sugar levels. I used honey and doubled the recipe. By using a scant 1/4 cup I was able to stretch it to make 26 cupcakes. Right as the cupcakes were done, I sprinkled on a few chocolate chips and let them melt for 30 seconds in the oven. After removing the cupcakes to cool, I spread out the melted chips for an easy and instant icing. They were a hit!

    • Shellie says

      Update to above post: it works a bit better to let the muffins cool a bit then sprinkle with chips and pop them into the oven for just a 1/2 a minute. They’ll hold up the heavy chips better.

  19. Kerry says

    Elana, these are wonderful! I’ve made a lot of GF cakes and cupcakes over the years and these rank at the top! I don’t even feel that guilty eating them! My whole family loved them, they were simple to make, and came out moist and not crumbly! Thanks for sharing!

  20. Andrea Smith says

    I have both of your cookbooks and recommend your site to everyone. :) I have recently acquired the cupcake book and have been making LOTS of them. :) My question is WHY does the vanilla cupcake recipe call for 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp of baking soda and the chocolate cupcake recipe call for 1/4 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp baking soda? Does it make a big difference?

  21. Diamond says

    I am glad to find cookies and cupcake recipes that looks sooooo good and that are made of these ingredients. I have not converted yet, not totally, I have to find the blanced almond flour. I found sugar free chocolate chips and I want to make the chocolate chip cookies and cup cakes that you gave the recipe to above. Ahhh. I am so tired of people complaining about natural food God gave us. Some people can not eat somethings and agave may be the only thing they have to sweeten their lives. I am not angry, but I wish people would talk about that man-made junk that is food product, so many are eating.

  22. Manda Panda says

    I just made these. Weren’t as good as I was expecting. The Agave flavor is way overpowering. They did however cook great with a single goose egg!

  23. Sherri P says

    I made this today and was surprised that the total calories were so low! Wonderful! I didn’t have Coconut Flour, so I used Almond Flour instead. The taste was great, but I should have took them out at 20 mins. They were slightly burned on bottom. Also, they didn’t rise to the very top, but as I said the taste was great. I had pre-made frosting that was 100 cal. per cupcake. The cupcakes w/out frosting are a mere 33.6 cals each! Awesome!

    • Sherri P says

      I just read prior comments…. next time I will add a bit more flour and an extra egg (I used 3) and see if I can get a better rise. The taste was Awesome…. thanks Elana and Friends.

  24. Zoe says

    These cupcakes are to DIE for! They are so incredibly chocolaty with a wonderful soft texture.
    Thanks for the excellent recipe. It’s a keeper!


  25. says

    I made these for a birthday party with a couple substitutions made out of necessity, and they were still delicious! I couldn’t find coconut flour anywhere (not even at Whole Foods, at least on that particular day), so I bought a bag of unsweetened, dried coconut that said “shredded finely for baking” on the front. I then gave it a whirl in my spice grinder for a more flour-like texture, and I think it worked well. I don’t particularly like the taste of agave nectar, so I used 1/2 cup honey instead, and that worked as well. The batter is extremely thin, so I beat it with a hand mixer for several minutes before pouring it into the cupcake pan. The cupcakes puffed up quite high in the oven, then deflated back to about level as they cooled. I topped them with the Vegan Chocolate Frosting from this site (which is rich and delicious) – the paleo and non-paleo guests at our party enjoyed these! Thanks, Elana!

  26. Trish says

    OMG I made these last night!! Actually I just finished having one as my snack for lunch today. So fab and turned out exactly as expected. I used coconut oil in place of grapeseed because I was out. I gave one to my girlfriend at work and she said you know you are not suppose to eat gulten what is wrong with you lolololol. Thanks!!! I will be making these again and again and well you get the idea!!!

  27. happygirlfriend says

    I made these I used olive oil & only had half the agave I needed & these still came out so great . ty I want to try more of ur recips

  28. m says

    great recipe! i found it a bit dry the first time round but for the next batch, i added 2 tablespoons of apple sauce and it was fantastic! also good with some choc chips added in. i’ve also tried it using xylitol (scant half cup) instead of agave and it works (i added a bit more oil and applesauce to help keep it moist).

  29. Kelli says

    We made these tonight. They were fantastic. I wasn’t doing icing, so I put chocolate chips in the batter. Acceptable treats makes eating healthier so much easier. Thanks Elana!

  30. Malkia says

    Wow! So soft and delicious! I’ve recently discovered I can’t have wheat, gluten, dairy and sugar (cane) which made me think I had to resign myself to eating fruit for dessert-which is a glorious treat, but making and eating this cupcake today with my girls for Halloween changed my whole world. I was determined to enjoy Halloween and instead of overdosing on trick or treat candy in my girls’ closet at midnight, we went to the store and bought ingredients to this recipe, decorations (for them since they are all sugar) and I made a rice crispy treat with brown rice cereal. My first Halloween without sugar in all of my 30 years and I don’t miss snickers at all. I didn’t even need a frosting. Thanks for sharing!

  31. Amysue says

    I made this recipe in a 6″ round cake pan, and it turned out great. I frosted it with Maple Almond Buttercream (equal parts maple syrup, butter, and almond butter).

  32. Marlena Long says

    Thank you, Elana, for this terrific recipe! The cupcakes were a big hit at a dinner party. I look forward to getting your cookbook.

  33. Fred says

    These cupcakes have the perfect texture and lightness! I somehow managed to slightly over cook them, but they still are amazing. Thanks for the recipe,

  34. Natalie says

    Ok so I just made these using the recipe in the cupcake cookbook (not above)and they are simply OUTSTANDING…..I did not ice them. I used 4 eggs as the book stated and made 9 muffins as the book stated. They are now my favourite cupcake so far!!! I baked them for only 18 mins (as the book suggested as a minimum) and used FRY cocoa powder (unsweetened). They are so moist you can actually ‘hear’ the moistness as you sink your teeth in them. WOW. Next time I will try to put a few chocolate chips in each one, to make them double chocolate cupcakes. Right now my whole house smells like chocolate. The smell is divine. I just ate 3. What a pig. ha ha

  35. Natalie says

    Elena: In your new cupcake cookbook you have this exact same recipe but with 4 eggs. Above you state 3 eggs. Which one should I follow??

  36. says

    OK. This is where I confess that I have never made a cupcake in my life. I made these for the school bake sale this morning. I didn’t have grapeseed oil, so I substituted coconut oil. the result was amazing! Am going to pre-order the book. Would love to review it, once it is released. Nicola.

  37. Jessica says

    These look fantastic! Do you think I could sub coconut oil for the grapeseed oil? And just curious, Elana…which do you like better – the almond flour or the the coconut flour cupcakes?

    • JG says

      I made these minutes after the almond flour ones (which I tweaked with the help of another commentator, using almond flour and cocoa powder). This one I used 1/4 c. honey & 1 packet stevia/erythritol, and coconut oil, and cinnamon (there may be Oaxaca in me?). These rose better than the other (which were more dense with the tweaks but delicious). Both are crazy … crazy yummy.

  38. Kenna says

    It’s amazing how “cake-like” these turn out! I sometimes add a little espresso for my coffee addicted taste tester ;) We also use plain almond butter as a healthier version of “icing.”

  39. Hanna says

    I was wondering if anyone has made a cake instead of cupcakes. It’s my little boy’s birthday next week and I wanted a gluten free cake recipe to bake in a car shaped pan. I just noticed that most of the recipes here are for cupcakes so I’m worried that a cake wouldn’t set properly?

    • says

      Hanna, we adapted Elana’s cupcake recipe for ingredients we had on hand… and it made a great cake for my brother’s 6th birthday. A double batch made one 9×13 pan plus 3 dozen mini cupcakes.

  40. Liz says

    Elana, these were great! I’m new to coconut flour, but chocolate seems to go very well with it. (I tried to make some cheese crackers with coconut flour the other day and wasn’t crazy about the coconut undertones.) I’m wondering what a little vanilla or almond extract would taste like with these? I might try a dab next time. These were great and didn’t make my blood sugar spike like most desserts (I didn’t make the frosting, although that sounds delish). Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  41. Maria L says

    I make these for school lunch boxes- no frosting, & instead of agave, 1/2 honey, 1/2 stevia.

    And for church- to “sub” for everyone else’s donuts!

    The kids love them- THANK you so much!

  42. Viv says

    I love these cupcakes but mine always sink in the middle :( & I don’t know why. Non-vegan baked goods don’t feel good in my tummy so I love finding recipes like this!

    • says

      Hi Viv, you might try adding an extra tablespoon of coconut flour to these the next time you make them to keep them from sinking –please let me know how it goes.

  43. Andrienne says

    I just finished making these cupcakes (I’m eating one as I type) and they turned out FANTASTIC!! I used coconut oil instead of grapeseed, Bob’s Red Mill Coconut flour and for my chocolate frosting I used 90% cacao (3/4 of a cup and 1/4 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips). I also put chocolate chips in the batter (I was in a chocolate mood today). I love your website.

  44. Nicole says

    The cupcakes were delicious, however they were curiously crunchy. Is that the intended texture or did we do something wrong?

  45. Marci says

    I just made these for a Memorial Day BBQ. One friend of a friend (who knows I can’t eat gluten or dairy) asked if they were gluten free because she “doesn’t like gluten free baked goods.” (Which, by the way, is not a very nice thing to say!). So I lied and told her they were full of gluten and dairy. I can’t believe I lied; I never lie. But I was feeling a little angry about her comment. Anyway, she loved the cupcakes. Ha!!

    I am making the same recipe next week for my daughter’s birthday cupcakes for school, and my very sweet daughter said “Raine is gluten-free; even he will be able to have a cupcake! He never gets to have the birthday desserts!” (They keep some cookies at school for those occasions, but she – and I – love the idea that he can eat the same thing as the other kids).

    Thank you for a delicious recipe!!!

    • says

      wow! Made these choclate cupcakes again today, they came out perfect! I brought them along to a party – they disappeared. I just had to use less eggs than called for in the original recipe.

    • says

      wow! Made these chocolate cupcakes again today, they came out perfect! I brought them along to a party – they disappeared. I just had to use less eggs than called for in the original recipe.

  46. says

    Oh my, these are good. I used maple syrup instead of agave and a 1/2 tsp almond extract, which sort of made the coconut a little more subdued. My husband hates coconut, so I needed to mask it somehow. I also used refined coconut oil instead of grapeseed oil. Elana, do you have any suggestions on how to make the cakes a little moister? They are good, but a tad dry. Thoughts? Would butter make it moister?

  47. says

    Why are my cupcakes caving in the midde? I use eggs from my own chickens, which are very large. Could that have something to do with it? I noticed that I am able to fill the muffin cups more than half way and still can make an additional 2 or 3 cupcakes. Can you tell me the approximate weight for an egg used in your recipe? Oh, I also use dark syrup as a sweetner. The cupcakes taste great, but it could look better. Thanks. Jeanne

  48. Stephanie says

    I made these last weekend with no frosting and they were gone by the next morning and there were only two of us eating them….then just me. great recipe and really easy and quick to make. thanks Elena

  49. antoinette Nary says

    These are the BEST! I have tried three gluten free recipes for chocolate cupcakes (other cookbooks BabyCakes and Vegan Cupcakes take over the world) These were so moist, flavorful and easy to prepare. I frosted with Peanut butter frosting from Elana’s cookbook.
    Thank you for a great sugarfree Glutenfree cupcake.

  50. Lori says

    Wow — I just made this with coconut oil instead of grapeseed oil (because I was out of grapeseed). Extremely moist and delicious! I like them even better than the original recipe. The downside: it only made 7-8 instead of 10.

  51. Boka says

    My family and I made this with coconut oil and maple syrup instead of rapeseed and agave. Very good flavor. Don’t worry about eating them all in one sitting, they’re best fresh anyway.
    About egg substitution, I always have success with 1 Tablespoon flax seeds and 2-3 Tablespoons of water put into a bulby jelly jar on my oster blender. I blend them until they turn white and they work identically as eggs. I usually do four eggs worth – 1/4 cup of flax to 3/4 c water – at a time and store left overs in the fridge. I hope this helps you egg free folks!

  52. emily says

    hi elana. i absolutely LOVE your site and book!! i follow the paleo diet and love the wealth of tasty recipes you offer.

    i’m curious if you have developed or come across a gluten free/almond or coconut flour recipe for red velvet cake (or cupcakes)? if so i would absolutely love to give it a try.

    thanks so much for all your information and wisdom.


  53. says

    Hey there! Just wanted to say thanks for this awesome recipe! I linked to your site b/c we are doing a paleo challenge and these are not considered a cheat.. SCORE! My daughter had 2 tonight and was begging for another! My husband LOVED them! Thanks for giving us healthy alternatives for all the junk! My next recipe to try.. the agave lime chicken!

  54. Aleta says

    Made these last night (my birthday) and frosted them with strawberry coconut milk whipped cream; the texture of the whipped cream matched the light fluffy texture of the cupcakes really well.

  55. Michelle says

    I made these tonight and they were great. I’m taking the ones we haven’t eaten into work for morning tea tomorrow ;) The cupcakes were light and fluffy and the icing was brilliant – thanks!

  56. Sharon says


    your website is amazing!
    I would like to make the cupcakes but using coconut palm sugar instead of the agave nectar.
    how much coconut palm sugar should i use?

    • Pam says

      I took it upon myself to experiment on my own when substituting ingredients for this and other recipes from Elana – it may take a couple tries but that’s what baking is all about!

  57. says

    I made these today, and they are moist, light, and delicious! I substituted pumpkin puree for half the volume of oil, and half the volume of agave. Worked wonderfully and easier on the calories. Thanks Elana – you’ve opened up a whole new world of gf baking for my family.

  58. Sarah says

    This cupcakes are absolutely delicious and so easy to make! Thank you for this recipe, Elana! GF cooking is very complicated but your recipes have helped ease me through the transition to GF cooking.

  59. Lana says

    I literally JUST made these and they are amazing. I don’t have enough time to make the frosting tonight so I baked vegan chocolate chips into them which makes the cupcakes even more incredible while warm.

    Thank you so much Elana! Gluten free living can be taxing but you make it so easy and delicious for us!!

  60. says

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I made these today after having a real craving for something sweet and chocolate but I needed it to be something that wasn’t going to be too high in carbs. These were perfect. I posted on my blog pictures of the finished product and the changes I made along with several backlinks to your site. Thanks for posting this.

  61. Risa says

    I made these tonight. They looked great when I took them out of the oven but after a few minutes cooling in the pan they shrunk in. I used Better than eggs instead of eggs in a shell and mixed it up in my kitchen aid mixer.

    I am not sure what happened to them!

    Would anyone be able to help me with what happened?

    Thank you

  62. says

    Made these tonight! YUM! I followed the recipe, only subbing out the agave for honey because that’s what I had. I also used a mini muffin pan instead of cupcake liners. Made 24 perfect little chocolate muffins. I’ll be making these again!

    • Sheila says

      I also used a cupcake in and while they looked great in 24 little mini cakes, they all stick to my pan! I’ve tried liners, olive oi, grapeseed oil, but sadly the only thing that seems to keep things from sticking is Pam. Any help on this anyone? I don’t want the chemicals from the Pam spray, so would like to avoid it if possible.. Thanks!

      • says

        I use Demarle bakeware–the same company that makes the Silpat. It’s wonderful stuff, made of silicon and glass, completely inert. Everything just pops right out, no greasing ever and baking times are even a little shorter.

        I made a double batch and only got 12 cupcakes. I might have slightly overfilled, but the cupcakes didn’t turn out especially big or anything. I made a second, single batch and that made 20 small mini-cupcakes, which seems about right, but I had expected to get 12 standard cupcakes and 16 or so minis from the double batch.

        They are delicious, nevertheless! I added vanilla, chocolate extract, and orange oil extract (my son like orange).

    • says

      Thanks for letting us know these worked with honey – I was wondering, because I almost never have agave (I honestly don’t love the way it tastes!). I’m going to try these with the honey as a paleo alternative at my daughter’s birthday this weekend…

  63. Holly says

    I made these yesterday with Ener-G egg replacer. It didn’t rise as much as the one in the picture so I may fill the cups more next time and they seemed to need less baking time. However these tasted really good and my kids loved them. So did I! This is the first time I’ve gotten coconut flour to work w/o the eggs.

  64. says

    Thanks for your comments, I appreciate all of them.

    Here are a couple I’d like to highlight:

    1) Happy birthday to SherryQ’s baby boy and love that you are going to serve this without mentioning they are gluten free until after :-)

    2) To Karen and everyone else who is asking where to find unique ingredients that I use on this site –click directly on the ingredient and you will be taken to a place for purchase; or, go to the “purchase” section of my site on the right hand side and there are links for all of the unique ingredients I use here.

    3) As Marian mentions, these sink when they are not fully baked, be sure to bake for the entire time –I can vouch for this as it happened to me in some of my earlier test batches that had shorter baking times :-)

    4) Love Stacie K’s idea to put some raspberry jam in the middle of these, yum!

    Thanks Again,

  65. Beth says

    Finally made these wonderful delicious chocolate cupcakes. I forgot to print off the icing recipe, so ours were without icing.

    They were amazing! The perfect personal sized dessert for my hubby & I on our shared birthday (same day 4 years apart).

    Thanks for providing another winner!

  66. says

    Hi Elana,
    I wanted to let you know that I am having a give away on my blog tomorrow that you might be interested in. Hope you can stop by for a chance to win. Anyone else is also welcome:)

  67. says

    If anyone here is from northern Virginia, but would maybe prefer it if someone else did the baking, check out Cupcakes Actually in Fairfax Corner. They have a phenomenal gluten-free chocolate cupcake.

  68. Stacie K says

    I admit I don’t always love treats baked with coconut flour. I love the idea of coconut flour, but sometimes not the actual product. However, these were so tasty with a chewy, sweet edge around the cupcake. Of course I piled on Elana’s most delicious chocolate “buttercream” frosting, which is out of this gluten-free world. Next time, I might add a drop of all-fruit raspberry jam in the center of each cupcake for a flavor twist. Thanks for always speaking to my chocolate addiction Elana!

  69. says

    I will have to get some coconut flour and try these. Can definitely relate to making the same thing over and over again until it’s perfect. :) I am sugar & gluten free – agave is the primary sweetner I use. I’ve also used dates and frozen, pure juice concentrates. Yes, chocolate is in the air – I made chocolate ice cream today.

    • says

      You might be “white processed sugar” free, but if you are using agave and dates and juices, you are definitely eating sugar. It’s just from a different source.

  70. says

    Made the cupcakes this afternoon! They are delicious! I doubled the recipe and was able to stretch the batter to make 24 – they came just to the top of the cupcake liner. I forgot to time them though and guessed on when to take them out using the toothpick test. After they had cooled a bit some of them had caved a bit in the middle. So, I will be more careful to time them next time…they still taste delicious.

  71. says

    “I even use agave when baking for my nephew who has diabetes and has to check his blood sugar 4 times a day and it causes no spikes in his blood sugar like all other non chemical sweeteners do (should it not if it were similar to HFCS)”

    Agave and fructose in general does not spike blood sugar because it goes through your liver damaging it at the same time, glucose is processed by other cells as well and thus it spikes your blood sugar, but fructose is processed just by the liver. This is just basic biochemistry, not something people should be guessing about if it’s true or not.

    So, the reason why it doesn’t spike blood sugar is the same reason why it is damaging to the liver.

    Many diabetics used to use fructose as their main sweetener when I was a child (my grandmother had diabetes) and they ended up with damaged livers.

    Almost all sweeteners have damaging effects on the body, but I think from what I have read, that fructose might be the worst sweetener for the body. Of course some people don’t have a choice since they can’t tolerate other sweeteners.

    These cupcakes are something I am going to try as soon as possible, I have loved the other coconut flour cupcake recipe on this site.

  72. says

    Elana, the cupcakes look amazing! You are such a rockstar with that coconut flour. That frosting looks perfect, too. I look forward to all of your coconut flour creations!

  73. says

    Where do you find coconut flour? I have looked at my health food stores around here and can’t find it. Please let me know. I appreciate all the great recipes!

  74. Beth says

    Too bad I didn’t see this post before I made Rice Pudding for tonight.
    Will have to try the cupcakes soon. They sound amazing!

  75. says

    Hi Elana :)
    Thank you so much for this delicious looking recipe! I am going to make these with a white frosting for my sweet little baby boy’s very happy first birthday coming up in July :) Both sides of our entire family will be here to celebrate – and I don’t think I’ll share the “gluten-freeness” of it all, and see their reaction first.
    I am 2 years, and counting, gluten free, and we plan on introducing gluten to our son when he is a little older and can tell us if he too has digestion issues/ reactions.
    Thank you for all of your information and recipe inspiration – it is invaluable!!!

    xo *SherryQ*

  76. Ottawagal says

    Dear Elana,

    I really enjoy reading your site, there is so much helpful information on it.

    In the recipe you call for dark chocolate but in the method you refer to cocoa powder. Could you please clarify for me whether it is chunks of dark chocolate or cocoa powder.

    Thank you very much again for your lovely site, it is a “must read” for me.

  77. Rosy says

    I tried these with maple syrup as the sweetner! Super yummy! Thank you for the cupcake recipe I would have been in the dark trying to come up with these on my own.

  78. says

    OMG! I would LOVE to sink my teeth into a chocolate cupcake right now. Bummer though, I’m not doing eggs or chocolate right now because I am on an elimination diet. You better believe I will try these ASAP:)

  79. George says

    Elana, my wife was convinced that eating healthy had to taste bad until I showed her all the recipes on your site. We are going to make the cupcakes next, and I am already sure they are going to be a hit! Love following you on Twitter as well!

    George (Twitter – PrimalMan).

  80. Kitty says

    Alchemille, yes I have tried it but it makes my migraines worse (as do almost all sweeteners), agave in excess does as well but to a lesser extent. Because of our extreme sensitivities we stick to agave and stevia and try to stick to one treat a week that uses sweeteners other than pure fruit juice or fruits.

  81. says

    Damn, I just used up the last of my coconut flour!!!! And even from the Asian supermarket, it’s expensive. Oh well, probably better for my waistline, these look super yummy!

  82. says

    Have you considered coconut (palm) sugar? It has the lowest GI of all natural sweetener (and is the most sustainable).

    I too am concerned about liver damages esp. since I have hypoglycemia and recently learned that sugar/sweeteners are not good for me! I’m pretty much sugar free now but I keep a minimal amount for baked goods (I usually use half the amount of sweetener). Honey and maple syrup are good substitutes to agave syrup.

  83. Kitty says

    I LOVE your coconut flour recipes, I can make coconut flour from dessicated coconut but have had little luck making almond flour that is fine enough. Neither are available here in Iceland and with a currently very weak currency ordering from abroad is ridiclously expensive.
    Thank you so much!

  84. Kitty says

    But for some of us agave is really the only sweetener that can be used.
    In my household we are gluten, casein, soy, corn free as well as having severe intolerances to roughly 15 other food items. Starches are also quite poorly tolerated. Add to this that cane sugar and related sweeteners cause severe digestive distress in my 7 year old, honey is bad for my eleven year old and most other sweeteners someone in our family has some issues with. Agave and Stevia are the only sweeteners we all can tolerate.
    I even use agave when baking for my nephew who has diabetes and has to check his blood sugar 4 times a day and it causes no spikes in his blood sugar like all other non chemical sweeteners do (should it not if it were similar to HFCS)
    The research I have read about agave does not convince me as scientifically it can most often easily be disputed, also there are different types of agave which are processed in different ways. As with all sweeteners of course it should be used sparingly.
    One must really learn to listen to ones own body to learn what is right for oneself.

  85. Callum says

    Bless you for all of your lovely recipes. I do hope that someday you will read Gary Taubes book (the section on Agave where research suppoprts agave is very damaging to the liver and is similar to high fructose corn syrup). An inconvenient truth, but the truth nonetheless. I write this with good intentions, as many people follow your recipes.
    Best wishes.

    • Barry says

      I agree about the Agave, just as bad as any other fructose sweetener, perhaps worse due to the false belief that it is somehow “better” for you. Its made from the stuff they used to throw out from tequila factories…

  86. jyoti says

    Ok.. just got my batch out of the oven and cooled off enough to eat. I am so happy with them! I’m not going to make frosting this time (too much sweet stuff for me) so I will just think of them as chocolate muffins, and am going to eat some with almond butter. mm mm good!
    Perfect timing since I was living vicariously through my friend and the cupcakes I bought her as a gift from a cupcake bakery a couple of days ago.

  87. jyoti says

    Oh my goodness, I have all the ingredients in the house! I’m afraid that I will eat them all in one sitting though…

  88. Holly says

    Can I tell you how much I wish my kids could eat eggs? I love coconut flour but haven’t had luck with it w/o eggs! Those look great.

    • Michelle mom of 3 (daughter of 2 gf, and mother of 1 gf) says

      Try duck eggs. My kids are allergic to chicken eggs but not duck eggs.

    • Annette says

      Try chia seeds! Just made these with chia as a replacement for eggs(3 tablespoons chia seeds soaked in 9 tablespoons water) and they turned out perfectly. My kids LOVED them (even my child who does not suffer from allergies)!

  89. says

    I just had some of these sprinkles on my ice cream tonight! They are tasty, but they don’t look as tasty as your new cupcakes! Yummy!! I love that they are made with coconut flour

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