Gluten Free Hostess Cupcakes

Homemade Gluten Free Hostess Cupcakes are a fun weekend baking project! It starts with a super moist gluten-free chocolate cupcake, filled with homemade marshmallow fluff (made without any refined sugar) and dipped in a dairy-free chocolate ganache! Pipe on either some of the marshmallow fluff or melted white chocolate to complete the classic hostess-style cupcake look!

Dairy free chocolate cupcakesGluten Free Hostess Cupcakes

Ever have one of those iconic packaged chocolate cupcakes? Our version of Gluten Free Hostess Cupcakes may look like the classic treats of an American childhood but they taste like the sophisticated version you should have been eating all along. We took the best gluten-free chocolate layer cake and turned them into cupcakes, stuffed them with Homemade Marshmallow Fluff and topped them with a decadent chocolate ganache. We piped on that icon swirl with melted white chocolate, but if you skip that and use extra fluff, you’ll have yourself a dairy-free, gluten-free and refined sugar-free cupcake of your dreams.

homemade hostess style cupcakes

There are definitely a few steps needed to complete this recipe. But it’s such a cute treat to recreate with healthier ingredients and the final outcome is so dang delicious! The hardest part of this recipe is making the Homemade Marshmallow Fluff, but we created an entire post to really get detailed about how you can make it. All of the remaining steps are just basic baking skills that if you follow the instructions are very achievable.

Chocolate cupcake recipe

How do you make chocolate ganache

Making a ganache is simply heating up a milk and pouring it over chocolate! In this case we are using coconut milk and mini chocolate chips. You can do this either in a small pot on the stove, or you can use a microwave to heat up the cream.

Can marshmallow be substituted for marshmallow cream:

No. If you want to skip making the marshmallow cream you can either purchase some at the store, fill the cupcake with a vanilla buttercream, or you can leave it out all together.

Homemade hostess cupcake recipe

How to prep cupcake components ahead of time:

There are a few components of making these cupcakes as close to the classic version as possible. But the good news is that they can easily be broken down into steps that can be done a day or two apart from one another.

  1. Make the cupcakes: This step can be done two days ahead of time! You can store the cupcakes in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
  2. Make the Homemade Marshmallow Fluff: This can be done up to one week ahead of time. If the marshmallow fluff gets slightly deflated you can easily whip it back up with the electric mixer.
  3. Make the ganache and melt white chocolate for topping: This is easiest if done at the same time you plan to assemble the cupcakes.
  4. Assemble the cupcakes: The cupcakes can be left at room temperature in an air-tight container for up to two days, but they are best eaten within the same day.

Hostess cupcake cake recipe

In this recipe we used these tools:

  • Stand Mixer
  • Muffin Tin
  • Piping Bags
  • Essentials: Bowls, whisks, spatula, knife

Homemade hostess cupcakes

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Gluten Free Hostess Cupcakes

Prep Time 30:00 Cook Time 40:00 Total Time 01:10 Yields 16 cupcakes


For cupcakes:

For Filling:

For Ganache:

  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips (if dairy-free use dairy-free chocolate chips)

To pipe swirl

  • 1/4 cup white chocolate, melted


Prepare and cool cupcakes:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350ºF and line 2 muffin tins with 16 parchment paper liners.
  2. In a medium bowl add almond flour, cocoa, coconut flour, baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt. (see note)
  3. In a large bowl whisk eggs. Add in coconut sugar, milk, coffee, avocado oil and vanilla extract. Whisk to combine.
  4. Add dry ingredients into wet ingredients and whisk to combine completely.
  5. Divide batter evenly between 16 cupcake liners bake in pre-heated oven for 16-18 minutes  minutes, or until a toothpick inserted and removed is clean of any wet cake batter.
  6. Let cupcakes cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing and cooling completely on a wire rack.

Make the filling:

  1. Make 1 batch of Homemade Marshmallow Fluff and that post will have everything you need to know in it about doing so. You will have more than you need for this recipe but it is almost impossible to get egg whites to whip up if it is less than 3, so you'll need to make the whole batch.

Make Chocolate Ganache:

  1. Place mini chocolate chips in a heat proof bowl.
  2. Heat coconut milk until it is very hot (but not boiling) either in a microwave or in a very small pot over a low flame.
  3. Pour over chocolate and shake the bowl to make sure the chips are covered by the hot milk. Let sit undisturbed for 5 minutes.
  4. Whisk the chocolate and coconut milk together until a smooth ganache is formed. It is best to do this right before assembling the cupcakes because you'll want the ganache to be warm, but not hot.

Assemble the cupcakes:

  1. Cut out a well from the cooled cupcakes with a knife and set aside the top. Using a spoon scoop out a teaspoon sized amount of cake to create a larger hole, and discard the cake scraps. Using your fingers gently press the sides of the hole until it is set and there are no loose crumbs. 
  2. Fill a pastry bag with the marshmallow cream and cut out a small hole. Fill the cupcakes and place the reserved cut top back on the cupcake and gently push it down so it's flat.
  3. Dip the top of each filled cupcake carefully into the glaze, and gently lift it up to let to let the excess glaze drip off and than quickly flip it back right side up on a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. To pipe the swirl either fill a pastry bag with melted and slightly cooled white chocolate, or you can use extra marshmallow fluff and make 4-5 swirls on the top of the cooled cupcake.
  5. Enjoy cupcakes within two days. They can be stored at room temperature in an air tight container.

Recipe Notes

  1. If your almond flour and cocoa powder is really lumpy you should sift all the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. You can skip the coffee and just increase the milk by 1/4 cup.
  3. If your chocolate ganache ever gets too cold you can gently rewarm it it over a double-boiler or in the microwaves for 10 seconds at a time.
  4. If you would like to make less chocolate cupcakes, you can use these ingredient amounts:
    • 1-1/4 cups (120) almond flour
    • ⅓ cup plus 1 tabespoon (35g) high-quality cocoa powder
    • 1/4 cup (24g) coconut flour
    • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
    • 2 eggs
    • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
    • 1/4 cup milk of choice
    • 2 tablespoons cup coffee (see note)
    • 2 tablespoon cup avocado oil
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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Raspberry Gin Cocktail

My new favorite cocktail is this light and refreshing Raspberry Gin Cocktail. We’re making our own simple syrup (and I promise, it’s super simple to prepare), made with no refined sugars for a delicious and guilt-free cocktail. Plus, it’s festive for Valentine’s Day! 

Raspberry Gin Cocktail

We’ve also spruced up the ice cubes by adding raspberries into them! So cute, so festive.

Raspberry Gin Cocktail

If you’re staying in for Valentine’s Day or are looking for the perfect drink to make before heading out to dinner, this light and flavorful cocktail is for you! 

We’re heading out to for a little dinner date tonight, and starting off with one or two of these beauties.

Raspberry Gin Cocktail

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Roasted Citrus with Salted Vanilla Whipped Cream

We are a few days away from Valentine’s Day, my friends! We are about to get festive with this Roasted Citrus with Salted Vanilla Whipped Cream, a light and DELICIOUS dessert that you’ll love without feeling any sort of guilt. P.S. The whipped cream is dairy-free, and seriously delightful.

Roasted Citrus with Salted Vanilla Whipped Cream

Roasted citrus is the greatest. Ever.

Have you ever roasted it? I am newly obsessed. It tastes like candy! I roast it like this (below) for prettiness, but I prefer to segment the fruit to really devour this treat.

Roasted Citrus with Salted Vanilla Whipped Cream

Roasted Citrus with Salted Vanilla Whipped Cream

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I love this dessert because it’s delicious enough to serve for a fun dinner party, and casual and easy enough for a quick treat at home.

Roasted Citrus with Salted Vanilla Whipped Cream

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Roasted Citrus with Salted Vanilla Whipped Cream

Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 30 min Total Time 0:40


  • 4 citrus fruits: Cara Cara oranges, blood oranges, grapefruit, etc., segmented

For the Salted Vanilla Whipped Cream


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F
  2. Slice off the top and bottom
  3. Using even downward strokes, slice the skin away from the flesh and discard
  4. Remove any remaining white pith
  5. Cut between the membranes to segment the orange
  6. Line on a baking sheet and roast for 10 minutes
  7. While roasting, combine whipped cream ingredients in your stand mixer and whip until mixed and thick, taste and adjust as desired
  8. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • You can slice the fruit however you'd like, segmenting is my favorite way for this dessert.
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    Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream and Heart Toppers

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    Chocolate Cupcakes that are moist and perfectly sweetened.

    Chocolate Buttercream Frosting that is rich and decadent.

    Chocolate Heart Toppers that are the perfect festive addition to your cupcakes!

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    The steak is flavorful and cooked to perfection while the berry sauce gives it that extra touch of deliciousness. Creamy parsnip mash subs those mashed potatoes but tastes just like the real thing. Buttery and creamy! The best combination, ever, and perfect for your Valentine’s Day dinner at home (or any night of the week, for that matter).

    Coffee-Rubbed NY Strip Steak with Berry Sauce & Parsnip Mash

    Coffee-Rubbed NY Strip Steak with Berry Sauce & Parsnip Mash

    Coffee-Rubbed NY Strip Steak with Berry Sauce & Parsnip Mash


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    The BEST Paleo Chocolate Truffles

    It’s here! The week of Valentine’s Day and let me start by saying, or if you’ve been here a while you already know, I love any good excuse to celebrate something! Whether something small or on a bigger scale, I just love a good party or celebration. Valentine’s Day is clearly my favorite. Even when I was single. I mean… a day of love and chocolate? Who cares if Hallmark made it, I’m in! Along with my new hobby of DIY homemade cards.

    Paleo Chocolate Truffles rolled in cocoa powder

    The BEST Paleo Chocolate Truffles

    In preparation for Saturday, all of my friends and family are getting truffle gift bags, because there are just THAT good. I like rolling them in cocoa powder, but unsweetened coconut is delicious as well. Roll them sprinkles for an even more festive treat for those who aren’t super clean eaters!

    The BEST Paleo Chocolate Truffles

    One or two truffles are the perfect way to satisfy that chocolate craving. Rich, chocolatey perfection!

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