Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes – gluten-free & grain-free


These easy vegan Chocolate Cupcakes are fluffy and light yet rich and chocolatey at the same time! Perfect for birthday parties or bridal showers! Gluten-free, grain-free, and made in one bowl!

glutenfree vegan chocolate cupcakes on a cupcake stand

Doesn’t the look of these vegan chocolate cupcakes make you want to hop in the kitchen and bake a batch? This recipe is one of my favorite things to bake whenever there is a birthday party or a potluck! They are such a crowd pleaser! I mean, who doesn’t like chocolate?

vegan chocolate cupcakes on a white cake stand

What I love about these cupcakes is that they provide a deep,  rich chocolate flavor while being perfectly light and fluffy in texture. The secret ingredients? Club soda – yes fizzy drinks are my secret baking weapon when it comes to getting that perfect rise for your vegan muffins and cupcakes.

These vegan chocolate cupcakes can be made with just a couple of basic ingredients that you most likely already have at home.

You can just top these with coconut whipped cream or go for any of the vegan frostings I added in the end!

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overhead shot of ingredients needed for vegan chocolate cupcakes recipe

Vegan Chocolate Cupcake Ingredients:

  • almond flour makes these super moist.
  • potato starch provides tenderness, structure, and binding power.
  • cocoa powder adds that rich chocolate flavor and the deep dark color. I use the unsweetened stuff.
  • sugar for sweetness. You can use coconut sugar instead if you prefer.
  • a blend of baking powder and baking soda makes these rise perfectly.
  • I use only a small amount of oil here as the almond flour already adds a lot of moisture to the chocolate cupcake batter.
  • club soda is my secret ingredient here – it gives baked goods a little lift. The tiny air bubbles expand in the batter while baking and make for an extra-light texture while keeping the batter from drying out!

Tips & Substitutions:

  • You can use any other fizzy drink in lieu of club soda – just steer clear of anything too strongly flavored
  • Fill the cupcake liner 2/3 to 3/4 full. Avoid adding too much batter to your liners or the muffins will overflow and cause a mess.
  • You can also use an ice cream scoop for measuring out the batter.
  • Feel free to take these to the next level of chocolatey deliciousness by adding some chocolate chips.
  • Turn these into Mexican chocolate cupcakes by adding 1 tsp of cinnamon and 1/4 tsp chili powder to the batter.

vegan chocolate cupcakes on a white cake stand

How to make Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

dry ingredients for vegan muffins in a white bowl

In a bowl, combine all the dry ingredients until well mixed.

dry vegan chocolate muffins mix in a white bowl with a spoon

Press and mix to break any almond flour lumps, and starch lumps so that the mixture is homogenous.

glutenfree flour being stirred together with other dry ingredients for vegan chocolate cupcakes recipe

overhead shot of chocolate cupcakes batter

Add the oil, vanilla extract, milk and 1/2 cup Club Soda, or any other carbonated drink you’re using, and mix in. The batter should be a little thicker than pancake batter.

vegan glutenfree chocolate cupcakes batter being stirred together with a spoon

Mix it lightly and let it sit for half a minute and then mix it again to check. Add another 1/2-1 tbsp of Club Soda as needed.

vegan chocolate muffins batter in a white mixing bowl

vegan chocolate muffins batter in a muffin tin

Prep your mini muffin pan by lining it with parchment paper cups, or parchment paper liners. and preheat the oven to 375 F. Drop the batter into the mini muffin pan (see tips), filling up 3/4 of each of the muffin liners.

freshly baked vegan chocolate muffins in a muffins tin - half of them topped with chocolate chips
Bake for 16- 17 minutes. Check with a toothpick at the center and then remove the cupcakes from the oven. Let the vegan chocolate cupcakes cool in the pan for ten minutes, then remove them from the pan. Let them cool completely before frosting. See below for frosting ideas.

moist vegan glutenfree chocolate muffin on a cake stand broken in half to reveal moist crumb

Can I turn these into muffins instead of cupcakes?

You can also turn these vegan chocolate cupcakes into muffins by adding some chopped nuts or chocolate chips in the batter as well as on top of the batter before baking. This is a delicate batter, so if you add too much topping, it will tend not to rise as much. Store in a covered container. Cupcakes without frosting can be refrigerated for up to five days.

Frosting ideas;

Chocolate Cupcakes Grain-Free and Gluten-Free

These easy vegan Chocolate Cupcakes are fluffy and light yet rich and chocolatey at the same time! Perfect for birthday parties or bridal showers! Gluten-free, grain-free, and made in one bowl! Makes 12 mini cupcakes

Prep Time15 mins

Cook Time17 mins

Total Time32 mins

Course: Breakfast, brunch

Cuisine: American

Keyword: chocolate cupcake recipe, glutenfree cupcakes, vegan cupcake recipe

Servings: 12

Calories: 105kcal

Author: Vegan Richa

Ingredients

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 cup super fine almond flour
  • 1/3 cup potato starch
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract optional
  • 1.5 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp non dairy milk or non dairy yogurt
  • 1/2 cup club soda or similar fizzy drink.
  • Frosting or chocolate chips to add to the batter.

Instructions

  • In a bowl, combine all the dry ingredients until well mixed. Press and mix to break any almond flour lumps, and starch lumps so that the mixture is homogenous.

  • Add the oil, vanilla extract, milk, and 1/2 cup Club Soda, or any other carbonated drink you’re using, and mix in. The batter should be a little thicker than pancake batter.

  • Mix it lightly and let it sit for half a minute and then mix it again to check.

  • Prep your mini muffin pan by lining it with parchment paper cubs, or parchment paper liners. and preheat the oven to 375 F.

  • Drop the batter into the mini muffin pan, filling up 3/4 of each of the muffin liners.

  • Bake for 15-17 minutes for mini cupcake pan (22 to 25 mins for regular) Check with a toothpick at the center and then remove from the oven. Let the cupcakes cool in the pan for ten minutes, then remove from the pan. Let them cool completely before frosting.

Notes

You can also make the cupcakes into muffins by adding in some chopped nuts or chocolate chips in the batter as well as on the of the batter before baking. This is a delicate batter, so if you add too much topping, it will tend not to rise as much.
Store in a covered container. Cupcakes without frosting can be refrigerated for up to five days.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Chocolate Cupcakes Grain-Free and Gluten-Free

Amount Per Serving

Calories 105 Calories from Fat 63

% Daily Value*

Fat 7g11%

Saturated Fat 1g6%

Sodium 80mg3%

Potassium 135mg4%

Carbohydrates 11g4%

Fiber 2g8%

Sugar 5g6%

Protein 3g6%

Vitamin C 1mg1%

Calcium 52mg5%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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