If you love chocolate, then these cupcakes are for you. Even if you don't love chocolate, I'm sure you'll like these.

These dense, fudge-like cupcakes are topped with a fluffy, creamy, whipped cream-like frosting flavored with vanilla. The two are total opposites, but they get along nicely in this cupcake. And the best thing is neither the cupcakes nor the frosting has an overload of sugar. Who wants a mile of sugar fluff on their cupcakes anyway?

The cupcakes can be kept cold or on the counter at room temp, but I recommend storing them overnight in the refrigerator (if they even survive that long). Then, you can take them out to come to room temperature or eat them cold. I like them cold. Make them yourself, then tell me which way you like them.

Oh, and by the way, don't worry if the cakes fall and crack in the center during cooling. That's normal. It makes a great little bowl for the frosting.

The cool thing about these little guys is that they get better with age. I thought they tasted best 2 days after they were baked. But the best thing is: they're gluten free, and completely foolproof. No one will ever know...

What's your favorite cupcake flavor, and what kind of frosting do you like on them?

Until next time,


Gluten Free Coconut Fudge Cupcakes
with Whipped Vanilla Cream Frosting

 Gluten Free Coconut Fudge Cupcakes recipe photo
Gluten Free Coconut Fudge Cupcakes
Prepared by Sarah Shilhavy, Photo by Jeremiah Shilhavy

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 18-20 cupcakes


Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a muffin pan with cupcake papers.

Melt the butter and chocolate together over a double boiler or over very low heat. Set aside to cool.

Using an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment beat the eggs, water, sugar and vanilla on medium high speed for about 3 minutes. Mixture should be foamy, pale in color and doubled in volume.

With mixer on low, slowly add the chocolate mixture. Increase speed to medium high and beat until well blended, 30-40 seconds. Scrape the bowl down with a rubber spatula once or twice as needed. Add coconut flour and cocoa and beat again for another 30 seconds. Scrape down once, if needed.

Fill the cupcake papers with the batter and bake in the preheated oven for 10-20 minutes. Cupcakes are done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out wet with gooey chocolate clumps.

Cool in pan for 5-10 minutes before removing and cooling completely on wire racks. Chill until cold in the refrigerator if desired and frost with Whipped Vanilla Cream Frosting and top with coconut flakes. Store overnight in the refrigerator.

Whipped Vanilla Cream Frosting:

Pour a little milk into the corn starch to make a slurry. Add remaining milk to a medium saucepan and heat over medium heat. When milk is hot, add slurry, whisking constantly. Heat until mixture thickens, but do not let it come to a rolling boil. Milk should become extremely thick and almost paste-like.

Pour thickened milk into a bowl and cool to room temperature.

Beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment until very light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Scrape bowl down and add vanilla. Beat for another 1-2 minutes.

Add the milk paste to the butter a spoonful at a time, beating well after each addition. When the milk has been added beat on high speed until frosting is light and fluffy and resembles whipped cream. Thin out with a little heavy cream if needed.

Frost cupcakes and enjoy!

Sarah Shilhavy

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Can you use a substitute for the corn starch in the frosting? I have psilium husks and coconut flour (of course).
# Posted By Denise | 8/9/10 3:37 PM
If you're not gluten free, use flour. If you are GF, the only other substitute that *might* work is tapioca starch. But I'm not sure.
# Posted By Sarah | 8/9/10 10:19 PM
Is 1-tablespoon coconut flour the correct measurement?
# Posted By Diane | 8/12/10 5:38 PM
Yes. Anymore then that and the cupcakes will lose their fudge brownie-like texture.
# Posted By Sarah | 8/13/10 11:08 AM
These are absolutely FABULOUS! Every time I make them for someone new they can't believe how yummy they are, and gluten free, too.
# Posted By Jacalyn | 1/8/11 10:30 AM
Wow. These were unbelievable. I made them with buttercream frosting, decorated with shaved milk chocolate, and it was to die for. Most of my family really doesn't like chocolate cake, but my dad does, so for his birthday, I was looking for something that we could all enjoy. This decadent, brownie, fudgie confection was perfect. Thanks!
# Posted By Lisa | 1/9/11 6:42 PM
Jacalyn and Lisa, thank you so much for your comments! So glad you all enjoyed the cupcakes. :)
# Posted By Sarah:) | 1/10/11 12:32 PM
Try to use honey or Stevie as a sweetner. Donyou think either of those could be replaced for the sugar?
# Posted By Tammie | 2/1/11 12:36 PM
Do you think this recipe could be made in a cake pan instead of divided up into cupcakes?
# Posted By Lisa | 2/28/11 12:08 PM
I used the Kuzu Starch instead of corn starch. I used 1.5 tablespoons as directed on the label. Worked perfectly. Also, I replaced all the butter with coconut oil and they were wonderful. Also, I used 60% dark chocolate and it was waaaay too sweet. Will probably not add any sugar to the cupcakes if I use the 60% again.
# Posted By Michelle | 3/22/11 10:22 AM
Can you use bakers squares if you don't have the chocolate?
# Posted By Jodi | 4/12/11 7:26 AM
Jodi: Baker's squares is just unsweetened chocolate. I made this recipe to fit the panama 80% chocolate which is a very unique chocolate. I don't know how different the results will be with a different type of chocolate.

If you must use a different type, adjust the sugar accordingly. For unsweetened, increase sugar to a cup or so.
# Posted By Sarah:) | 4/12/11 11:34 AM
Oh my gosh! These look so good! I have to make these! They don't even look gluten free! Being a Celiac sometimes I am hesitant to try some recipes, but I will indeed try this one! They look so good! :)
# Posted By Angie | 7/19/11 11:58 AM
Does anyone know a good gluten free dairy free chocolate zucchini cake recipe. I also don't eat corn or soy so it can't have xanthan gum or anything like that in it.
# Posted By Tina | 9/1/11 10:39 AM
can you use coconut milk instead of whole milk? Thank You
# Posted By caroline mcgreevy | 2/14/12 7:37 AM
I made the cho. gluten free cupcakes today, they are very, very good. I also made the frosting, I have a simular recipe which I like better, but I used coconut milk in it.
# Posted By caroline | 2/14/12 2:30 PM
Made these today and while they are yummy they are very different - almost soufflé like - except every single one collapsed in the center. The recipe also made 24 cupcakes.
# Posted By HG | 1/5/13 5:07 PM
I used one 13.5 oz. jar of cocnut milk in the frosting and it worked beautifully.
# Posted By Elizabeth | 1/19/13 5:58 PM
I baked the cake but since you said you were looking into a brownie cupcake like I added one extra tablespoon of coconut flour and half a teaspoon of baking powder. It made the cupcake more cakie, which I loved!!! I also did the vailla frosting but didnt enjoy it. next time I will stick with chocolate ganache. overall great recipe.
# Posted By Lolo | 6/21/14 8:43 PM

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