Chocolate Cupcakes with Buttercream

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream

This is my go-to chocolate cupcake recipe for parties because kids love the light, fluffy texture. You know you are onto a winner when your kids ask you to “Save some for after school tomorrow, pleeease!” The combination of gluten-free flour and almond meal in this chocolate cupcake delivers a soft, bouncy sponge compared to flourless chocolate cupcakes which are fudgier and denser. I personally love both textures and bake according to my chocolate mood (there are many).

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Chocolate Cupcakes with Buttercream
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Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream

Prep Time35 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Servings: 14 cupcakes
Calories: 472kcal


For the Cupcakes:

  • 100 grams 70% dark baking chocolate chopped
  • 1 cup milk
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • cups brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder or raw cacao powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

For the Chocolate Buttercream:

  • 16 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • cups powdered sugar
  • 100 grams 70% dark baking chocolate melted


  • Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  • Melt chocolate and milk over low heat in a saucepan. Cool slightly.
  • Beat butter and brown sugar until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, while beating.
  • Add almond meal, flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder, and mix to combine. Add melted chocolate mixture and mix to combine.
  • Spoon the batter into a lightly greased muffin pan and bake for 20 minutes. Let cool.
  • To make the chocolate buttercream, beat butter and powdered sugar until creamed. Add cooled melted chocolate and beat to combine. Frost the cooled cupcakes and serve.


Tip: If your buttercream icing is too dry, add a splash of milk and if it is too wet, add more icing sugar.


Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream
Amount Per Serving
Calories 472 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 15g75%
Cholesterol 88mg29%
Sodium 31mg1%
Potassium 185mg5%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 43g48%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 680IU14%
Calcium 100mg10%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes with Buttercream

Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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