Get ready for these fun new Gluten Free Black Cupcakes! Deep chocolate flavor, in a black velvet cupcakes treat. Perfect for a fancy black-tie party, Halloween, or anytime you want to dare to be different! One bite of these moist chocolate cupcakes and you will be hooked!
Top with matching Black Buttercream Frosting, you can decorate these cupcakes any way you like! From fancy black roses to frosting swirls…or add a white chocolate bow tie!
If you love cupcakes as much as we do, you will want to try all of the Best Gluten Free Cupcake recipes on this blog!!
Gluten Free Black Cupcakes
Today I wanted to do two things with this post. First, I wanted to do something different. My daughter got me addicted to a new Netflix series called Sugar Rush. It is a dessert baking competition for professional bakers. Talk about droolishious desserts…it takes baking and cake decorating to an insane level!!
My daughter loves to decorate things I bake so when we saw a team create a black cupcake recipe…we were both intrigued. These cupcakes are so versatile! If you need a fancy cupcake recipe, this is it! I can even envision making mini versions of these rose cupcakes and making a bouquet like in this Gluten Free Cupcake Bouquet recipe.
How do you make cupcakes black?
These black cupcakes are tricky to make…to get that deep black color, you can do it a couple of ways. You can use activated charcoal, coconut charcoal, or lots of black food dye. We have charcoal on-hand as it is a good detoxer if you accidentally get glutened, but it takes a LOT of charcoal to get a dark black color.
My daughter and I decided it would be better to do a combination of a little charcoal and black dye. Charcoal is used by a lot of bakers, but it has a few things you should know before you decide to use it. It is considered a binder and it binds everything in your gut. It is critical to take it at least 2 hours away from any medications. You also need to drink a LOT of water with it.
***Instead of dealing with these issues, it is a LOT easier to use black food dye.***
You will also need to include a good cocoa powder to avoid your cupcakes turning grey!
These gluten free black velvet cupcakes are so easy to make…they would be spectacular to serve at a wedding, New Year’s party, or Halloween party!
How to make gluten free black cupcakes:
Add your dry ingredients to a bowl.
Whisk the ingredients together. You will note the dry ingredients are not really dark black yet.
Pour your wet ingredients over the dry ingredients. Add your black food dye now and mix. (*This photo is before I added the black food dye.)
If you are not using cupcake liners, spray coconut oil in a muffin tin and add your gluten free cupcake batter. Bake at 350F degrees for 20 minutes until done.
Remove the black cupcakes onto a cooling rack. While the black velvet cupcakes are cooling, it is time to make the frosting.
Black Frosting Ingredients:
- Powdered sugar
- Black food dye
How to Make Frosting Rose Petals:
Add butter, powdered sugar, cocoa powder, water, and black food dye to a standing mixer. Whip until the frosting is light and fluffy!
To make the rose frosting decoration, you will want to use a tip shaped like this. Depending on petal size, you can use a small tip or larger.
Squeeze the frosting bag with the fat side of the tip pointing outward and the skinny side towards the cupcake. Squeeze and make petals.
Continue to swirl around with the petals until you reach the base of the cupcake.
To Make Swirled Frosting Shape:
To make the frosting swirl pattern, you will want to use a tip like this.
Squeeze the frosting bag and make a circle starting at the outside of the cupcake. Work your way in, overlapping the frosting so it gets taller each round.
Add googly candy eyes and you have the perfect Halloween cupcakes!! This recipe makes 12 gluten free black cupcakes. Need more cupcakes???
More Gluten Free Cupcake Recipes:
- Gluten Free Champagne Cupcakes
- Gluten Free Churros Cupcakes
- Easy Guten Free Chocolate Cupcakes
- Gluten Free Vanilla Cupcakes (perfect for a birthday party!)
- 1 1/2 cups gluten free flour blend
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon coconut charcoal
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup butter, melted
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 1/4 cup milk
- Black food dye (the brand I used required about 20 drops)
- For Black Frosting:
- 2 pound powdered sugar
- 2 sticks butter, softened
- 1/3 cup cocoa
- 30 drops black food dye
- 3 tablespoons to 1/4 cup water
- Preheat the oven to 350F degrees.
- In a bowl, add the dry ingredients and whisk to blend.
- In a smaller bowl, add the wet ingredients and mix well.
- Pour the wet ingredients over the dark ingredients and mix.
- Add cupcake batter to a greased muffin tin (or use black cupcake liners in a muffin tin.)
- Bake the cupcakes for 22 minutes until done.
- While the cupcakes are baking, add the frosting ingredients to a standing mixer.
- Mix the frosting until it is black. Note you will have to use more or less black food dye depending on the brand you use so judge the quantity by how black the frosting is.
- Remove the cupcakes from the oven and move to a cooling rack.
- Decorate with frosting (see above post for instructions to decorate these.)
I used a combination of coconut charcoal and black liquid food dye to achieve the dark black color of these cupcakes. You may want to do a combination instead of just charcoal.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 703Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 104mgSodium: 356mgCarbohydrates: 109gFiber: 2gSugar: 91gProtein: 5g