Chocolate Sundae Cupcakes, Gluten Free

It’s one of those days. There you are, minding your own business sitting outside in the sunshine enjoying some piping hot delicious chocolate coffee. Then out of nowhere a polite whisper calls to you and says: coffee tastes better with chocolate cupcakes.  Since no one is around it must be the crazy wind. If only there was wind.

Suddenly everywhere you look, a chocolate cupcake pops up. At the grocery for just bread and milk, no matter which aisle you take, there it is. A chocolate cupcake. At this point it might even be winking at you.

While walking to the dreaded dental appointment there it is – in a bakery window that you swear was not there a week ago – another chocolate cupcake. Only this one seems larger. And not only is it winking but smiling at you with large buttercream teeth.

While waiting for that long overdue haircut,  a magazine with nothing more interesting than cute puppies on the cover catches your eye.  Cute puppies are worth a look and in the middle of the magazine there it is again. An advertisement for a new dessert place that offers guess what? Chocolate cupcakes. These seem to looking directly at you with a somewhat mocking expression.

There is no getting around it. No matter how much you try to  ignore that still small but very pesky voice, the cupcake will win.  Best to stop denying it and make a big pot of coffee and bake that chocolate cupcake today.

I have it on good authority. The cupcake wins.  Every single time.

Chocolate Sundae Cupcake, Gluten Free
When the chocolate cupcake is calling, it's a good idea to answer. This is a cupcake you can make so quickly you might be able to do it with your eyes closed. But I don't recommend that method. Toss some festive cupcake liners in a pan, whip the cream in advance, drain those cherries and by the time the cupcakes are cooling their heels on a rack, dessert is ready. I can't help you with dinner, but I can certainly help you get that chocolate cupcake to appear in no time flat.
Chocolate Cupcake
  • 5 oz. GF flour (3 oz. superfine brown rice flour, 1 oz. superfine white rice flour, 1 oz. tapioca starch/flour) (about 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons)
  • 3 oz. unsweetened cocoa (about ¾ cup)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 7 oz. sugar (1 scant cup)
  • 4.5 oz. (9 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 oz. sour cream (about ⅓ cup)
  • 2 oz. very hot water (about ¼ cup)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon Kahlua or Creme de Cacao
Cream and Topping
  • 1 half-pint heavy whipping cream (1 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • optional: chocolate jimmies or sundae chopped nuts
  • 12 maraschino cherries with stems, drained (get tasty stuff)
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Place liners in a muffin pan (about 12). Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl weigh the flour, add the cocoa, baking powder, espresso powder, salt and baking soda. Add the sugar. Whisk together. In a heatproof glass bowl/container, melt butter. Cool slightly. Add eggs, sour cream, vanilla and liqueur. Whisk to incorporate thoroughly. Add the butter/eggs/sour cream/flavoring ingredients to the dry and mix until the batter is smooth, thick and no lumps remain. Add hot water and mix thoroughly until smooth and less thick. A stand mixer or a hand-held mixer makes fast work of this. Scoop about ⅔ full into liners and bake for about 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with few crumbs. Don't over bake. Place each cupcake on a rack to cool completely.
  1. Using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer with a whip attachment mix cream with sugar and vanilla. As it begins to thicken, turn the mixer to a medium high setting and whip until soft peaks form. Store in the refrigerator until ready to top cupcakes.
  2. Drain cherries and set on a paper towel to completely drain until ready to top cupcakes.
  1. Pipe or scoop whipped cream onto the top of each cupcake. Optional: sprinkle with chocolate jimmies or chopped nuts. Top each cupcake with a cherry - with the stem attached.


  1. JoAnn C says:

    Ah chocolate! I live for chocolate. It’s my favorite food group ; )

  2. Yuummy! This recipe is the bomb! My kids have gluten allergies and they literally wolf these cupcakes down every time I make them. I even used this recipe for their birthday parties and the other kids and parents totally loved them and came back for more. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. It’s easy to whip up and is my staple cupcake recipe.

  3. I’m really confused on the directions…specifically the ingredients about the flour. I have Namaste gf would I use it?

    • GlutenFreeCanteen says:

      Namaste will not work in any of my recipes, Jess. It contains too much starch plus xanthan gum. This is an older recipe written by weight using ounces. It’s always best to weigh the ingredients rather than use volumes. For more information about the flour, click on the About Flour in the right column of the page. 5 oz. is 141 grams so it would be 1 cup of the Canteen blend plus 2 tablespoons. To make a flour mix, weigh the individual flours into a bowl and then whisk them together. Then proceed with the recipe and use the required amount of the flour blend. Hope that helps. Let me know if you have any more questions.

  4. Once again Lisa you come through!

    It’s that time of year, a.k.a my GF friends birthday so I made him cupcakes again this year using your Chocolate Sundae cupcakes as my base (though I adapted them into Salted Caramel ones! you can see them here if you like: and they were a total hit, in fact I made all 12 an OH and guests snaffled the other 6 within the day!

    Thanks again Lisa!

    • GlutenFreeCanteen says:

      Those look fabulous! I bet they were delicious. Thanks for the kind words – much appreciated. But you did a great job adapting those into something wonderful. Not only do they look great but salted caramel is perfect with dark chocolate. Nice!

  5. Thanks Lisa!

    My friend totally loved them. I do so love the fact of being able to post cupcakes it’s so fun! I adore salted caramel and it does fit so well with dark chocolate balances with the frosting so well so it’s not too sweet. You sure do make me look good with this stuff!


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