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Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes (Dairy-Free)

Author: Janet Harlow
Course: Baked Goods
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 cupcakes
These gluten-free chocolate cupcakes are light, fluffy and bursting with dark chocolate flavor. They are dairy-free and so simple to make.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Total Time 33 mins


  • 3/4 c unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 c gluten-free flour blend*
  • 1/2 tsp espresso powder optional
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 3 large eggs room temperature
  • 2/3 c unsweetened dairy-free milk room temperature
  • 2/3 c oil sunflower, avocado, canola
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or powder
  • 1 c sugar


  • Pre-heat the oven to 325°F and line muffin tin(s) with paper liners
  • If the eggs are cold, place in a bowl of warm water while preparing the other ingredients.
  • Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt and espresso powder (If using) into a mixing bowl. Stir with a whisk to combine well.
  • If the milk is cold, heat in the microwave for 10 seconds to take the chill off. In a small bowl, very lightly beat the the eggs, milk, oil, vanilla and sugar.
  • Add the liquid ingredients to the dry and stir until mostly smooth. Over-mixing will create too many air bubbles which will cause uneven rising and dry cake.
  • Divide the batter evenly among the liners, filling each well just past half way. These cupcakes will rise quite a bit.
  • Bake 18-20 minutes or until the top is set and bounces back from a gentle tap.
  • Cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely
  • Top with your favorite frosting. Here is my full list of cupcake frosting recipes.


I tested this recipe with King Arthur Measure for Measure Flour. If you use a gluten-free flour blend without binders like xanthan gum, guar gum or inulin, add 1/2 tsp xanthan gum.
If baking at high altitude, King Arthur Baking is an excellent resource for baking tips.
Did you make this recipe?Let me know how it was! Tag @chefjanetk on Instagram.