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Spicy Chocolate Cupcakes With Buttercream Frosting

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Spicy Chocolate Cupcakes With Buttercream Frosting


Need I say more?

How about Gluten-Free?  And Delicious.

The amazing thing about these cupcakes, in my opinion, is that there is no difference in the texture compared to cupcakes made with wheat flour.  For people following a gluten-free lifestyle, there is no need to feel like they are missing out on anything.

Especially the sweet things in life.

The best thing to do, when making anything, is to have all of your ingredients ready.

Ingredients 2

One little trick that I do when I make these is that I use pre-measured applesauce cups.  After I have poured the sauce into my blender, I re-use the cup for measuring 1/2 cup of honey.  This way there is no sticky mess to clean.


I combine the dry ingredients in a large measuring cup.

Dry Ingredients

I use my Ninja Master Prep Blender.  After the batter has been made, I remove the blades and then can pour it straight into the pan.


After baking for 18-20 minutes, these little beauties are ready to come out of the oven.


Be sure to let them cool completely before trying to ice/frost them.  Otherwise, the icing/frosting will seep into the cupcakes and won’t hold its shape.


The picture above is only butter.  I whipped it until it became really light in color.  At this point I started adding powdered sugar.

Ready for the recipe?

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Spicy Chocolate Cupcakes With Buttercream Frosting

Spicy Chocolate Cupcakes With Buttercream Frosting
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla crème liquid stevia
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup hot cocoa mix
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Buttercream Frosting

  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 Tbsp whole milk
  • 1 -2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place cupcake liners in muffin pan and lightly mist with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  2. Combine eggs, applesauce, honey, coconut oil, liquid stevia and vanilla extract in blender and blend until well combined.
  3. Add flours, cocoa mix, cinnamon, cayenne, baking soda and sea salt to liquid mixture and blend.
  4. Pour batter into prepared cups and fill to about 2/3 full.
  5. Bake 18-20 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  6. To make buttercream frosting, beat butter at high speed in an electric mixer until light in color. Reduce speed to low and gradually add powdered sugar. Once sugar has been incorporated into the butter, add milk and vanilla and whip at high speed for 3-5 minutes.
  7. Spread or pipe frosting onto cupcakes.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cupcake

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 523Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 118mgSodium: 450mgCarbohydrates: 63gFiber: 3gSugar: 53gProtein: 6g

Nutrition information is an approximation.

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I packaged these spicy cupcakes to-go so that I could share them with some really awesome people who volunteer.

Spicy Chocolate Cupcakes With Buttercream Frosting

Since the recipe has cayenne pepper, there is a little bit of heat to these cupcakes.  If you like things really spicy, try doubling the amount.  If you don’t like things hot, just omit the cayenne pepper altogether.

What is your favorite cupcake topping?

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Saturday 26th of April 2014

Those cupcakes look delicious!


Saturday 26th of April 2014

Stopping by from the Saturday Sharefest, and I'm glad I stumbled upon this post! I've been eating a lot of spiced chocolate lately. I should make some of these for gatherings


Wednesday 26th of March 2014

HI there. Just letting you know that your recipe was featured in Whats Cooking Wednesday this week They look delicious! Thanks so much for linking up and hope to see you come back again this week!


Wednesday 26th of March 2014

Thanks, Diane. I can't wait to see what else is posted on your site.


Sunday 23rd of March 2014

What a great tip about the pre-measured applesauce cups. I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to do that now!

debra p

Sunday 23rd of March 2014

I love buttercream frosting and those are wonderful photos. They look delicious and healthy. I like cayenne.