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Small Batch Gluten Free Mocha Cupcakes

These rich, coffee-flavored chocolate cupcakes are a perfectly quick and easy cupcake recipe for anyone who needs a gluten free treat!
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 12 cupcakes


For the Cupcakes

  • 1 cup gluten free all-purpose flour *I use Pillsbury brand
  • 6 Tbsp warm, strong brewed coffee
  • ¾ tsp Xantham Gum
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • 4 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 4 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk

For the Buttercream

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp warm strong brewed coffee
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 oz Ghiradelli dark chocolate wafers melted
  • 1 lb powdered sugar, sifted roughly 2 cups
  • ½ cup cocoa powder


To Make Cupcakes

  • Preheat oven to 350° and lightly spray a cupcake pan and place a liner in each cup.
  • In a stand mixer bowl, sift together flour, xantham gum, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa powder and whisk in sugar. Form a well in the middle.
  • In a measuring cup, add buttermilk, oil, and vanilla. Whisk together and pour into the well of the dry ingredients.
  • With the paddle attachment, mix everything together on low. Add in coffee and mix for 2 minutes on medium.
  • Fill cupcake liners about ⅔ full with batter and bake for 15-19 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Allow cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.

To Make Chocolate Buttercream

  • In a stand mixer, beat the butter, salt and vanilla until the butter is nice and fluffy.
  • Add in the melted chocolate and beat until well incorporated, about 1 minute.
  • Sift powdered sugar and cocoa powder together in a separate bowl. Incorporate mixture a quarter at a time into the buttercream, scraping down the sides after each addition.
  • Buttercream should be fairly dry. Turn mixer on low and add warm coffee.
  • Make sure to scrape down the entire bowl and beat the buttercream an additional 5 minutes. Until buttercream is smooth and fluffy.
  • You can frost cupcakes by spreading buttercream on top of cupcakes with a spatula or use a piping bag and desired tip for something more decorative.
Keyword Cupcake