Indulge in Decadence with Fudge Cupcakes

Hi there, fellow foodies!

If you’re looking for a chocolate treat that is gluten-free and absolutely delicious, you’ve come to the right place. I’m excited to share with you my recipe for fudge cupcakes that will knock your socks off!

Chocolate cupcakes are already one of the most beloved desserts in the world. It’s hard to resist their moist texture and decadent flavor. And these fudge cupcakes are no exception. But what sets them apart is their gluten-free goodness.

For those of you who are new to gluten-free baking or have dietary restrictions, this recipe is a must-try. I promise these cupcakes are as good or even better than their traditional counterparts.

Not only are these fudge cupcakes free from gluten, but they also don’t contain any dairy. So they’re perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy a sweet treat without worrying about allergens or health concerns.

Without giving away too much just yet, let me tell you that these cupcakes are rich and chocolatey with a hint of vanilla essence. The fudge frosting is decadent, and it pairs perfectly with the super moist chocolate cake.

Are you ready to indulge in something truly special? Let’s get started with the ingredient list!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Fudge Cupcakes - Gluten Free
Fudge Cupcakes – Gluten Free

Are you searching for a gluten-free, dairy-free, and guilt-free chocolate dessert? Look no further than these decadent chocolate fudge cupcakes! Not only are they moist and incredibly delicious, but they are also incredibly easy to make.

Using a blend of gluten-free flour and xanthan gum, these cupcakes have a soft and tender crumb that will tantalize your taste buds with every bite. The combination of unsweetened cocoa powder and dark chocolate chips adds a rich depth of flavor that is both bold and satisfying.

One of the best things about this recipe is that it uses simple ingredients that you might already have on hand. All-purpose gluten-free flour blend, baking soda, baking powder, unsweetened cocoa powder, eggs, granulated sugar, and butter give these fudge cupcakes their amazing texture and flavor. Plus, the recipe calls for almond milk instead of dairy milk, making them an excellent choice for those who are lactose intolerant or on a vegan diet.

These chocolate fudge cupcakes are perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re looking for a mid-day indulgence or want to impress guests at your next dinner party, this recipe delivers on both taste and presentation. Top them off with your favorite frosting – from vegan chocolate fudge frosting to paleo-friendly dark chocolate ganache – these cupcakes are versatile enough to serve in any form.

Overall, this gluten-free chocolate cupcake recipe is perfect for anyone looking for a delicious dessert without compromising their dietary restrictions. Gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free options make this recipe adaptable to most dietary needs. It’s no wonder these cupcakes have become our go-to dessert recipe!

Ingredient List

 Bite into a decadent gluten-free fudge cupcake that will transport your taste buds to cloud nine!
Bite into a decadent gluten-free fudge cupcake that will transport your taste buds to cloud nine!

Here’s what you’ll need to gather for this gluten-free fudge cupcakes recipe:

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of gluten-free flour blend
  • ¾ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of gluten-free baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon of xanthan gum
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 2 cups of granulated sugar

Wet Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of milk (or dairy-free milk alternative)
  • ½ cup (1 stick) of melted unsalted butter (or dairy-free butter alternative)
  • 1 tbsp of vanilla essence

Fudge Frosting Recipe:

  • 4 cups (1 pound) of semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
  • 1 can (14 ounces)of sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ cup (1 stick)unalted butter, softened
  • Optional: sea salt flakes for sprinkling

These ingredients can be found locally in grocery stores or on online stores.

The Recipe How-To

 Chocolatey goodness inside out – our fudge cupcakes do not disappoint.
Chocolatey goodness inside out – our fudge cupcakes do not disappoint.

Alright folks, it’s time to roll up our sleeves and whip up these delicious Fudge Cupcakes. The following recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free and loaded with chocolate. It is easy to make and perfect for any occasion.


  • 1/2 cup of gluten-free flour blend
  • 1/2 teaspoon of xanthan gum
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of gluten-free baking powder
  • 1/3 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 3/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk (or any dairy-free milk)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla essence
  • 1 cup of dairy-free chocolate chips (use dark chocolate to make it refined sugar-free)

Step 1: Preheat the oven

Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) and line a muffin tin with liners.

Step 2: Combine dry ingredients

In a medium bowl, whisk together the gluten-free flour blend, xanthan gum, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa powder, salt and granulated sugar.

Step 3: Mix wet ingredients

In another bowl, whisk together the almond milk, egg, vegetable oil and vanilla essence.

Step 4: Combine the mixtures

Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Fold in the dairy-free chocolate chips.

Step 5: Fill muffin cups

Using a standard ice cream scoop, scoop batter into prepared muffin cups until each is about two-thirds full.

Step 6: Bake

Bake for about 18 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcakes comes out clean.

Step 7: Cool and frost

Let the cupcakes cool in the pan for about 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Once cooled, frost the cupcakes with dairy-free chocolate fudge frosting or any frosting of your choice.

Now that you have baked these scrumptious fudge cupcakes, go ahead and indulge in their gooey goodness. These cupcakes are sure to satisfy your chocolate cravings while keeping you on your health track. Enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

 No gluten? No problem! These gluten-free fudge cupcakes have a rich flavor and texture that rival any traditional cupcake.
No gluten? No problem! These gluten-free fudge cupcakes have a rich flavor and texture that rival any traditional cupcake.

Looking to switch up the recipe a bit? There are a variety of substitutions and variations you can make to create your perfect gluten-free fudge cupcakes.

First off, if you need to make these cupcakes dairy-free, simply swap out the butter for a dairy-free alternative like coconut oil or vegan margarine. And for those who are allergic to eggs or following a vegan diet, try using flax or chia seeds as an egg replacement.

For those who want to take their cocoa game up a notch, consider substituting dark chocolate chips in place of the milk chocolate ones. Or, add a teaspoon of instant coffee granules into the batter for some extra depth of flavor.

If you’re looking to make this a paleo-friendly treat, swap out the gluten-free flour blend for equal parts almond flour and coconut flour. These flours tend to absorb moisture differently than traditional flours, so don’t forget to adjust the liquid quantities accordingly.

And for those who want a more refined sugar-free option, try using coconut sugar in place of brown sugar. You could also use a low-carb sweetener like erythritol or stevia if you’re looking to reduce your sugar intake.

Lastly, if you want to go all out with the chocolate fudge factor, add a dollop of homemade fudge frosting on top of each cupcake. Made with dark chocolate and coconut cream or almond milk, this frosting recipe is dairy-free and vegan friendly.

With these substitutions and variations at your disposal, you can customize these gluten-free fudge cupcakes to fit any dietary needs or preferences. So get creative in the kitchen and let your taste buds run wild!

Serving and Pairing

 Chocoholics unite! These cupcakes are not only gluten-free, they are also dairy-free – and packed with the rich, chocolatey flavor you crave.
Chocoholics unite! These cupcakes are not only gluten-free, they are also dairy-free – and packed with the rich, chocolatey flavor you crave.

There’s nothing quite like indulging in a rich, chocolatey cupcake. These fudge cupcakes are not only gluten-free, but also incredibly moist and packed with intense flavor. When it comes to serving and pairing these sweet treats, there are endless possibilities that will satisfy any sweet tooth.

For a classic presentation, top these fudge cupcakes with a dollop of chocolate buttercream or ganache frosting. The smooth and creamy texture of the frosting pairs perfectly with the rich cocoa flavor of the cupcake. You can also sprinkle some chocolate chips over the frosting for an added crunch.

If you’re feeling adventurous, try pairing these fudge cupcakes with a dairy-free ice cream or whipped coconut cream for an alternative to traditional frosting. You can even add a scoop of your favorite flavor of ice cream on top of the warm cupcake for a deliciously melty treat.

Coffee lovers can enjoy these fudge cupcakes with a strong, robust cup of coffee. The bitterness of the coffee contrasts with the sweetness of the cupcake, leaving a pleasant aftertaste in your mouth. You can also try pairing these cupcakes with a glass of cold milk for a classic dessert combination.

Looking to take things up a notch? Add a twist of salted caramel sauce drizzled over the top of your fudge cupcakes before serving. The resulting savory-sweet combination is sure to tantalize your taste buds.

No matter how you choose to serve and pair these gluten-free fudge cupcakes, one thing is for sure: they are an enjoyable treat that everybody will be sure to love.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Perfectly moist and airy, with just the right amount of fudginess – these cupcakes are a true work of art.
Perfectly moist and airy, with just the right amount of fudginess – these cupcakes are a true work of art.

As a busy nutritionist and food blogger, I understand the importance of making meals ahead of time. The good news is that these gluten-free Fudge Cupcakes are perfect for making ahead!

To make them ahead of time, simply bake the cupcakes and let them cool completely. Then, store them in an airtight container for up to three days on the counter or up to a week in the refrigerator.

If you’d like to freeze the cupcakes, then you can do so by wrapping each one individually in plastic wrap before storing them in an airtight container or freezer bag. They will keep for up to 3 months!

To reheat the cupcakes, remove them from the container or freezer bag and let them come to room temperature for 15-20 minutes. Alternatively, you can warm them up for about 10 seconds in the microwave.

Don’t forget that you can also make the chocolate fudge frosting ahead of time and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. When you’re ready to frost your cupcakes, simply let the frosting come to room temperature and stir it until it’s smooth and creamy once again.

These make-ahead tips will save you time and help you enjoy these delicious Fudge Cupcakes stress-free!

Tips for Perfect Results

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Baking cupcakes can be a delightful activity that allows us to create sweet treats that satisfy our sweet tooth. However, sometimes it may take a bit of effort and practice to achieve perfect results. Therefore, here are some tips to help you achieve perfect Gluten-Free Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes.

Firstly, it is essential to use the appropriate Gluten-Free flour blend. Different gluten-free flour blends may yield different results in terms of texture and flavor. It is recommended to use a blend that has a mix of flours such as rice, potato, tapioca, and cornstarch along with a binding agent such as xanthan gum or guar gum. Moreover, using superfine gluten-free flour will make your cupcakes light and moist.

Secondly, when baking Gluten-Free Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes, it is important not to overmix the ingredients. Overmixing causes the gluten-free flour to develop more elasticity than anticipated and may lead to tough cupcakes. Therefore, ensure that you mix the dry ingredients until well blended before adding the wet ingredients.

Thirdly, it is important to measure all the ingredients precisely as per the recipe. Using too much or too little of an ingredient will affect the texture and flavor of your cupcakes.

In addition, while baking Gluten-Free Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes, do not open the oven frequently as this can cause the temperature inside the oven to fluctuate and lead to uneven baking. It is better to check on your cupcakes through the oven’s window or towards the end of baking time.

Fourthly, after taking out your cupcakes from the oven, allow them to cool down entirely before icing them. Attempting to put frosting on warm cupcakes will cause it to melt and slide off resulting in a sticky mess.

Finally, if you want to experiment with different flavors or play with variations in ingredients but are unsure about how it might turn out – start small. Instead of testing a full batch, try making a half or quarter batch to reduce waste of ingredients and save time.

By following these tips, you will achieve the perfect texture, flavor, and appearance in your Gluten-Free Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes every time.

Bottom Line

With these gluten-free fudge cupcakes, I’ve got you covered for a healthy and tasty dessert option. Whether you’re allergic to gluten or not, you’ll appreciate how rich and moist these cupcakes come out! The recipe is simple and the ingredients are easy to find, so there’s no reason not to give it a try. You can even make adjustments and substitutions to experiment with different flavors.

So why not step up your baking game and treat yourself (and your friends) to these delicious gluten-free fudge cupcakes? Trust me, they will satisfy your cravings without any guilt! Plus, with the added bonus of being dairy-free and refined sugar-free, this recipe is a no-brainer. Happy baking!

Fudge Cupcakes - Gluten Free

Fudge Cupcakes - Gluten Free Recipe

This recipe was torn from a magazine whilst watching my daughter in her swimming squad. I think it was a Womens Weekly and this was a reader's recipe. Makes 12. Ensure all ingredients used are gluten free.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Gluten-free
Calories 481.9 kcal


  • 125 g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 50 g butter, chopped
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1/2 cup milk (125ml)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 2/3 cups almond meal (200 grams)
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon gluten free baking powder, ensure gluten free
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed (100 grams)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 200°C or 180°C if using fan forced oven. Line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cases.
  • Melt chocolate and butter, until smooth. Can use the microwave if wished. Cool.
  • Stir in the egg yolks, then gradually add the milk and vanilla.
  • In another large bowl- Combine the almond meal, sifted cocoa and baking powder, sugar and chocolate bits. Stir this mixture into the chocolate mixture.
  • Beat the egg whites with an electric mixer, until soft peaks form.
  • Fold 1/3 of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture.
  • Fold in the remaining egg whites.
  • Spoon the mixture into the paper cases.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes, or until cooked.
  • Transfer to wire racks to cool.
  • Dust with sifted cocoa or pure icing sugar, if desired.
  • These cakes are suitable to freeze.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 71gCalories: 481.9kcalCarbohydrates: 33.6gProtein: 12.8gFat: 42.8gSaturated Fat: 22.4gCholesterol: 72.3mgSodium: 75mgFiber: 11.3gSugar: 13.8g
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