24 October 2008

Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes + Recipe

These beautifully moist and chocolatey cupcakes are entirely suitable for people who suffer from celiac disease and degrees of wheat intolerance.

Heres the recipe:


90g Cocoa (I use Droste)
350g boiling water
3 eggs (150g) ( free range preferably)
1 Tblspn Vanilla Paste
300g sifted Plain gluten free flour
430g caster sugar (Trufoods)
2 1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp Xanthan Gum (Lotus)
1/2 tsp salt
230g unsalted butter (BioDynamic / Organic)


Preheat oven to 180C (350 F)
Line 2 maybe 3 x 12 hole muffin trays with paper bake cups.
Combine the cocoa and boiling water in a medium bowl and mix really well , get out all the lumps. Allow to cool.
In the bowl of your mixer combine ALL the dry ingredients on low speed for 1 minute.
In another bowl combine eggs, vanilla and 1/4 of the cooled cocoa liquid.
Add the softened butter and the main cocoa liquid to the dry ingredients and mix on low until moistened.
Then increase the speed to medium for 2 minutes.
Scrape the sides down then add the egg mix in 3 lots on medium speed beating well between additions.
Grab your spatula and give the bowl a really good scrape and gently mix in any naughty bits from the base of the bowl.
Using your regular ice-cream scoop, gently transfer level scoops of batter into paper bake cups.
Bake for a minimum of 15 minutes then start checking. If not done but starting to overbrown, gently lay a sheet of aluminium foil over the top of the cakes.
Cupcakes are cooked when they spring back if touched lightly in the centre .
Allow to cool in the pans for 10 mins then cool on racks.
Smother with your best G/F buttercream of choice ( most buttercreams are G/F anyway!) Just make sure that whatever icing sugar you use adheres to GF and avoids cross contamination of non GF products in manufacture.

Drop me a line to let me know how you get on as everyones recipe interpretations can differ slightly here and there and I can help sort any probs out.

Happy baking!

Lotus foods Xanthan Gum Link:
I prefer Trufoods organic and GF products:


  1. Can you recommend a good gluten free flour? I've experimented combining tapioca flour, rice flour, and potato flour but haven't found anything I like yet. Thanks!

  2. Hi Bev,
    I was wanting to know if you are able to use bakels fondant for decorations on these gluten free cupcakes?

  3. Hi,

    Unfortunately , bakels fondant contains gluten, as they use icing sugar in there mix,(pure icing sugar)is needed, for gluten free use!

    Thanks N.T

  4. hey bev,
    can you tell me what the Xanthan gum is for. i havn't seen it used in a cake recipe before...


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