These are the best chocolate paleo cupcakes ever! Gluten free and dairy free, they’re moist and rich with a soft crumb, and the dark chocolate frosting is oh so good. This recipe is surprisingly easy and quick to pull together. In short? They’re just perfect.
Let’s be clear here: the title of this paleo cupcakes recipe is not “Best Chocolate Paleo Cupcakes Ever with Dark Chocolate Frosting (Gluten, Grain, Dairy Free).”
Best Damn Chocolate Paleo Cupcakes Ever of Your Entire Life with Dark Chocolate Frosting (Gluten, Grain, Dairy Free) That Could Fool Anyone Into Thinking They’re Made with White Flour and Sugar and All Sorts of Unhealthy Stuff Recipe
They’re the opposite of foolproof. Or, well, let me clarify. They’re both foolproof to make, and completely able to fool even the most difficult of your friends or family. You know the ones! That claim everything healthy tastes funny? Yeah, even them. Even they will be fooled by these chocolate paleo cupcakes.
Which is really amazing, because why? Because they’re…
- grain free,
- refined sugar-free, and
- dairy free.
With the moistest texture and perfect crumb, they’re quite possibly the best paleo thing I’ve ever eaten, and that’s a seriously bold claim!
Why these chocolate paleo cupcakes with dark chocolate frosting are so good:
- They taste just like a regular bakery chocolate cupcake. Well, from a really good bakery.
- The texture is moist with a soft crumb. They’re rich and chocolatey and so tender.
- These chocolate paleo cupcakes are surprisingly easy to make and super quick to bring together.
- This recipe is just sweet enough and is made with coconut sugar.
- The recipe for the dark chocolate frosting could not be easier!
- The low baking temperature keeps the cupcakes just dense enough and oh so moist.
How to make these chocolate paleo cupcakes:
It’s weirdly easy and quick. Here’s how you do it:
Preheat the oven to 325º Fahrenheit.
Combine all the dry ingredients for the paleo cupcakes in a large mixing bowl; whisk well. In a medium bowl, combine all the wet ingredients for the paleo cupcakes; whisk well. Stir the wet ingredients mixture into the dry and stir until completely smooth and free of lumps.
Line 12 cupcake tins with cupcake liners, ideally parchment paper liners. Fill each liner 3/4 of the way full. Bake for 16-17 minutes, checking at 14-15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake just comes out clean. It will have crumbs but should not be coated and look like the center is still liquid.
Remove from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes; remove cupcakes and let cool fully on a wire rack.
Make frosting: microwave all frosting ingredients together in 60-second bursts, stirring very well in between. Once totally melted and completely smooth, set aside until room temperature or chill until very firm but scoopable.
Frost completely cooled cupcakes with frosting and top with chocolate jimmies, if desired. Try using a piping bag to frost for extra fanciness!
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Can I substitute _______ flour for the almond flour/coconut flour/tapioca flour?
What makes them oh so good is the combination of 3 different paleo flours:
It took multiple tries to get the flour combo just right, perfectly rich, perfectly moist. For this reason, I highly recommend you stick with the flours as listed in the recipe or try to find another recipe that suits your specific ingredient requirements. The most common request I see is a nut-allergy-friendly variation, so try searching for a cassava-flour-based chocolate paleo cupcakes recipe if that’s the case.
In fact, let me know on Instagram if you need a nut-free version, and I might just make a cassava-flour version myself!
Frosting these chocolate paleo cupcakes
Two options here: frost your paleo cupcakes with a small offset spatula or butter knife. Scroll down to the recipe to watch a video on how to do that with this frosting.
Second option: fill a piping bag with this dark chocolate frosting and swirl to your heart’s content! This dark chocolate frosting is so dang chocolatey and rich, and I love how it pairs with the milder cupcake. For that reason, I love piping lots of chocolate frosting on these paleo cupcakes! Not only that, but they’re super stunning. Don’t you think?
Other recipes you’ll love:
- Gluten Free Red Velvet Cake
- Molten Lava Cake Recipe (Paleo, Gluten Free)
- Paleo Chocolate Mousse Dip for Strawberries
Best Chocolate Paleo Cupcakes Ever with Dark Chocolate Frosting (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)
- 2 cups almond flour
- 1/2 cup tapioca flour
- 2 1/2 tablespoons coconut flour
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder or cacao powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 325º Fahrenheit.
- In a large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients. In a medium bowl, whisk together wet ingredients until smooth. Pour wet ingredients mixture to dry ingredients bowl and stir until well combined and with no lumps.
- Line muffin tin with 12 cupcake liners, preferably parchment paper. Pour or use a disher to fill muffin tin 3/4 full.
- Bake in the middle rack for 16-17 minutes. Do not overbake. Begin checking for doneness every minute starting at 15 minutes: insert a toothpick into the center of a cupcake. The toothpick should come out with crumbs but not completely coated like the center is liquid. As soon as the toothpick comes out this way (Crumbs but not coated), remove the pan from the oven. Let sit 5 minutes then remove cupcakes and cool completely on a wire rack.
- While cupcakes cool, make the frosting. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients. Microwave in 60-second bursts, stirring very well in between each burst, until ingredients are completely melted and totally smooth. Set aside and let cool to room temperature or chill in the refrigerator until firm but scoopable.
- Frost cupcakes when cupcakes are completely cool and frosting is set. Sprinkle with chocolate jimmies, if desired and not on a strict paleo diet.
Coffee brings out the natural cocoa flavor in chocolate dishes, so I highly recommend using a bit of your leftover morning brew in this paleo cupcakes recipe! However, if you don't have coffee on hand, water will do. Note 2
Chocolate extract is another amazing way to enrich the chocolatey flavor in a recipe like these paleo cupcakes, so I highly recommend using it. However, you can omit the chocolate extract if you cannot find it. Note 3
I use Enjoy Life chocolate chips, which do have cane sugar as an ingredient. If you are very strictly paleo and do not consume any refined sugar, you will want to use a different brand of chocolate chips. Lily's is keto-friendly and sweetened by stevia and erythritol. Lily's does contain soy lecithin. For an unsweetened option, try Pascha Organic 100% Cacao chips. You will absolutely need to sweeten the frosting if you go this route, though; try adding coconut sugar to taste when the mixture is warm and stirring to dissolve well.
Cheryl Malik is the recipe developer, writer, and photographer behind the healthy, flavorful, family friendly recipes at 40 Aprons. She’s been a blogger for 10+ years and is known for her delicious recipes and detailed recipe instructions. Cheryl is a mom of three who lives in Memphis, TN.