vegan chocolate frosting

Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten Free! Cupcakes

I am more than happy to be hosting this month’s Go Ahead Honey, it’s Gluten Free!, blog carnival!

For this month’s theme, I’ve chosen grain free cakes and cupcakes.  I’m really looking forward to all of the delectable gluten free, grain free treats that people will submit for November.

And of course, I want to take a moment to thank the lovely Naomi from for asking me to do this.  I think we all will have a lot of fun with this slightly unusual theme.

To participate, all you need to do is send me a link to your post with a gluten free, grain free cake or cupcake by November 25th. It doesn’t need to be a new post, you can use one that is already up.

If you are going to participate, send your information to me via the contact link on the upper right side of my site and put the words “grain free cake” in the subject line.  I will then post a round up of all the entries at the end of the month.

I don’t usually highlight the fact that this is a grain-free  blog, though Naomi, being sharp as a tack of course picked up on this.

Why am I grain free?  Well, my celiac symptoms were not alleviated by the standard gluten free diet (call it refractory celiac), so I turned to the SCD for several years which helped tremendously.  While I am not strictly SCD any longer, I still do not eat any grains (that would also include potatoes, corn and soy).

Of course, if you are looking for a plethora of grain free cakes and other treats, you may want to check out my gluten free cookbook, The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook, for more on that –it has 99 grain free recipes.

I often receive hundreds of emails a day and this one from a woman who made her own wedding cake using the recipe below, really stood out.


I just wanted to thank you for your site and for the vanilla cupcake recipe. I long ago found that I could make it in one layer in my 9″ round, so when I could not find a single baker in all of South Florida to make me a GF wedding cake, I made my own with your recipe.

We had five cakes total, my two GF ones and three other cakes made by family using old old recipes. At the end of our reception, only a tiny bit of original red velvet and cocoa pound cake were left. The first to go? The GF ones. I made one with coconut, also using the old family way, and the other with a chocolate mascarpone cream center and chocolate ganache. I know you are also CF, but since I am not I could pile on the heavy cream! So many people commented to me about the wonderful cakes, but especially the GF ones.

I simply could not have done it without you! And the thought of having no cake at all–often the suggestion of many friends and family–was just too painful to consider. You made my having wedding cake at my own wedding possible. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

All the best,

Thanks so much Jacqueline for letting me know about your wedding success. Congratulations are in order for your can do spirit, adventurousness and nuptials!

Vanilla Cupcakes with Vegan Chocolate Frosting
Serves: 12 cupcakes
  1. In a medium bowl, combine coconut flour, salt and baking soda
  2. In a small bowl, blend together eggs, grapeseed oil, agave and vanilla
  3. Mix wet ingredients into dry and blend with a mixer or hand blender until smooth
  4. Pour batter into well oiled [cupcake pan]
  5. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes
  6. Cool completely
  7. Top with chocolate frosting


If vanilla isn’t your thing, check out my Gluten Free and Grain Free Chocolate Cupcake recipe.

gluten free chocolate cupcakes


  1. NicoleK says

    Hi Elana, I loved this recipe – thanks so much! For those interested in riffs on the original, I subbed molasses for agave, butter for oil and added a mixture of ginger, cinnamon, cloves and allspice. Some may not find them sweet enough, but I did. These little beauties are going to be wonderful on our holiday table as individual gingerbreads for everyone, with hot buttered rum sauce on top. Yay! The Christmas tradition can continue.

  2. Deena says

    I’m wondering if these cupcakes with coconut flour taste coconutty? I am not a fan of the coconut and thought I’d ask before trying. Thanks.

  3. says

    I am so going to participate in this and have fun hosting it. Did it my self once, lots of work but a blast. When I first went gf I did mostly grain-free baking as I just couldn’t be bothered with mixing all the flours. Love your blog btw!

  4. Erica says

    I made these with coconut oil instead of grapeseed oil and they turned out great. Of course they ended up being coconut cupcakes rather than vanilla, but that’s what I wanted. I made the chocolate frosting, too, and while it was pretty good, I wasn’t all that excited about it. The cupcakes were good enough without the frosting.

  5. says

    I’m so excited to submit a recipe for this blog carnival, my wheels are turning already trying to decide what to make! I am not gluten-free but often use your recipes because I am yeast-free…so I’m wondering…are beans gluten-free? My favorite cake-type recipe uses beans (I use soy to keep the carbs lower but one could use any type of canned or pre-cooked beans).

    Also, please enter me for the baking dish contest…it’s SO CUTE!!!

  6. Tammi says

    Oh, I’m so excited. I have had some coconut flour around waiting for a recipe I can trust and after your Quinoa Breakfast Brownies – they are a new favorite at our house (I’m new to your site) we now to have a cupcake too. Yay!! Thank you so much

  7. says

    These look great! Thanks also for adding your site information at the end of the recipes. I’ve been printing off several over the last few weeks and it is very helpful to be able to see where they come from. My friends are loving all the baking I’m doing and want to know where to find the recipe too!

  8. Sarah says

    I’m so excited for this month’s theme for Go Ahead Honey, it’s Gluten Free! I love cupcakes (especially your chocolate recipe!). I look forward to much delicious baking! :)

  9. Brenda James says

    I’d love to win that loaf pan.
    I love chocolate, too, so I’m going to try the chocolate cupcake recipe.
    Hooray for gluten free!

  10. says

    I have had great success with all the recipes you come up with! Thank you so much for introducing me to a healthier way to eat.

    PS. the vanilla cupcakes are great, especially the chocolate frosting.

  11. Kathryn says

    What perfect timing – I clicked onto your beautiful site to pull up this very recipe! This will be the fourth time I’ve made them and they are absolutely wonderful. They are so easy and consistently perfect! Truly, they are the best gluten free cupcakes we’ve tried. Even our non-gf friends adore them.

    Today, I’m glazing them with my son’s favorite milk chocolate – thinned slightly with a few drops of grapeseed oil. I did the same last Saturday and he adored them. Personally, I’d choose dark but they’re for him.

  12. Diane says

    I am so happy you have started experimenting with coconut flour. I tend to use both coconut almond flours when trying out your recipes (orange cake, banana walnut muffins, cookies, etc). So many yummy recipes, so little time!

  13. Bree says

    Our family has no allergies, but I often use your recipes because they are so much healthier and still taste great. Thanks for the cupcake ideas -I made the vanilla cupcakes with chocolate frosting for my son’s school last month and everyone loved them (I’ve been asked for the recipe several times).

  14. says

    Yay! I look forward to this month’s challenge enormously – grain free cakes are just the kind of thing I love to bake.

    Thank you so much for hosting. x x x

  15. says

    Thank you for this post. My son is turning five today and I can now make him a gluten, grain, and sugar free alternative that is still delicious.

  16. jo says

    I am excited to try your recipe for Halloween tomorrow… son will be so so pleased. I will post on the results.

  17. says

    I have made your butter cookies and honey cake, but nothing that has coconut flour. it so hard to work with, in my opinion. I look forward to trying this recipe. thanks.

  18. Jennifer says

    Thank you for all of the time and energy you must spend creating these gluten free recipes. I haven’t tried any yet, but am really looking forward to baking…and eating…them.

  19. says

    My order of almond flour arrived today, and I just flagged over a dozen recipes to try from The Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook. Looks like tomorrow will be a baking day, a very pleasant way to spend a Saturday.

    I am looking forward to the entries in the next Go Ahead Honey carnival too. Thanks for hosting.

  20. Irene says

    Just ordered the coconut flour. Can’t wait for it to arrive so I can try these cupcakes! We have several children in my sons grade that are gluten intolerate/sensitive and their families have been the recipients of all my baking from your cookbook. Everything has been warmly welcomed.

  21. says

    Wow, I didn’t even know about that blog carnival until this post! So glad to find it.

    I’m trying a mod of your cupcakes with green apples, sucanat, and splenda…I’ll let you know how it goes!

  22. Lenee says

    Wow I am so excited to win the Magic Line Loaf Pan from last week’s Friday Freebie! I bought 3 bags of cranberries today to make your cranberry bars. They look delicious! Thank you Elana for everything you do – your talent and creativity are priceless! Keep up the great work!

  23. says

    I just found your site this week on accident…I had googled coconut milk hot chocolate and there you were! What a blessing and gift!!! Countless hours have been spent wandering through your recipes, squealing in delight at finding another good one. Only one month into gluten free I am now feeling quite excited to have this new world opened up to me. Such a healthy way to feed my family whether they need gluten free or not :-) Thank you so much for investing the time you do!

  24. Linda says

    Your recipes always bring a smile. I think I have everything on hand and will try these this weekend. Will go great with the ‘birthday snow’ we got this week! Thanks as always!!

  25. Ali says

    Where did you find those sprinkles?!! I have not been able to find any sprinkles that do not have some form of grain (especially corn) in them. I’d love to know!

  26. says

    Ahhh…thank you Elana for quoting my email to you. I just wrote out the recipes for those who asked for them. My one friend wrote back the following: “Those recipes seem to be WAY above my level but the coconut cake was SO INCREDIBLE that I will try it for sure!”

    Now Paula is not one to bake that much, so anything beyond store-bought is above her current level–but I am sure she will make the cupcakes and be hooked just as I was.

    Thank you again for your creativity, your hard work, and for all the yummy food! I even gave our caterer, whose mother and aunt have Celiac, your site information. You are just THAT GOOD!

  27. ~M says

    Awesome! I would have liked your cupcakes at my wedding too :) Or your cranberry bars, which are beckoning to me in this gloomy, fall, Chicago weather. Please enter me into the drawing for the luminarc pan…it’s adorably tiny and I like that it has a lid.

  28. Chrisi Hobbs says

    I can’t wait to try the cupcakes as a cake. I love making cakes, but haven’t been doing it as often because all of those calories, sugar, etc were helping me pack on the pounds. Now I’m excited that there is a healthy version available! Thank You!!!

  29. Julia says

    I am going to make your vanilla cupcakes this weekend for my daughter. She wants to have a little fall party and invite a couple of friends over to have a picnic and play at the park.

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