Gluten Free Ghost Cupcakes

Ghost Cupcakes

Boo! Did I scare you? No? Neither will these Ghost Cupcakes, because they’re cute as can be and of course, are gluten-free!

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Gluten Free Ghost Cupcakes
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Ghost Cupcakes

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 447kcal


For the Cupcakes:

  • 1 cup (120 g) gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon (3.5 g) xanthan gum (omit if your flour blend already contains it)
  • ½ cup (60 g) cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 g) baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon (3 g) kosher or fine sea salt
  • 1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg , room temperature
  • cup (160 mL) milk
  • cup (80 mL) avocado oil or neutral oil of choice
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) pure vanilla extract
  • cup (80 mL) coffee, hot

For the Frosting & Decorations:

  • 1 cup (226 g) butter, softened
  • 3 cups (375 g) powdered sugar
  • Pinch kosher or fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons (30 mL) heavy cream
  • 24 mini chocolate chips


To Make the Cupcakes:

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners or spray with gluten-free nonstick spray.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, xanthan gum, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, oil, and vanilla. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Stir in the hot coffee until completely incorporated.
  • Divide the batter evenly into the prepared muffin tins. Bake for 20-24 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Cool completely before frosting.

To Make the Frosting & Decorate:

  • Add butter to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat until smooth. Add half the powdered sugar and a pinch of sea salt and beat on low until the sugar is mostly incorporated. Add the remaining powdered sugar and beat on low until combined. Increase speed to medium and beat for 3 minutes.
  • Stop the mixer and scrape down the bowl. Add the vanilla and cream and beat for an additional minute on low, increasing the speed to medium once the whipping cream is incorporated.
  • Transfer the frosting to a piping bag fitted with a large round piping tip (I used an Ateco 809 piping tip but a Wilton 1A would also work well). Pipe a tall swirl on top of each cupcake to form the ghost.
  • Place two mini chocolate chips on each cupcake for the eyes with the point of the chocolate chip facing in.
  • Store in an air-tight container and serve at room temperature. Can be frozen.


Nutrition Facts
Ghost Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 447 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 19mg6%
Sodium 340mg14%
Potassium 89mg3%
Carbohydrates 58g19%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 48g53%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 760IU15%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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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