Dairy Free Chocolate Cupcakes

I’m so happy to include a recipe for the most delicious cupcakes ever for anyone who might have a dairy allergy:  Dairy Free Chocolate Cupcakes

Dairy Free Chocolate Cupcakes

These cupcakes are for my baby boy Brooks’ FOURTEENTH birthday (today!)  It’s hard to believe.  If you have kids of your own then you totally can relate.  You blink twice… maybe three times, and they’re almost ready to get their driver’s license!  We celebrated his birthday last weekend with some of his buddies hanging out at our house for the night.  I made him a lacrosse themed birthday cake that I shared on Instagram!  My kid is completely and totally absorbed in the sport of lacrosse.  He loves it, and he is pretty darn good at it too!

Brooks Bday 1

My little (6′ 2 1/2″) goofball loves his chocolate!

Dairy Free Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

For Brooks’ actual birthday (today), he has a long lacrosse practice to attend… so I made these cupcakes for his team.  One of his good buddies on the team has a dairy allergy.  We didn’t want to leave him out… or for him to feel weird about not being included… so I decided to make dairy free cupcakes for the whole team.  I really wanted them to taste just like regular chocolate cupcakes. I was most worried about the frosting… I always use butter in my frosting recipes, so I wasn’t quite sure how well a “non butter” frosting would work!

Brooks BDay

My handsome boy!  College in just 4 years… yikes!

Dairy Free Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe - RecipeGirl.com

I’m so excited to share with you how fabulous these cupcakes turned out.  They were so good that I will definitely make them again… even if I don’t need to worry about any dairy allergies.  This recipe is actually egg-free too.  The cakes are so chocolatey and moist, and the addition of dairy free mini chips was a fabulous idea too.  That made them extra chocolatey!  (You can find a couple of brands of dairy free chips at Whole Foods and other specialty markets… sometimes regular markets have them in their gluten-free section).  I used a frosting recipe from my friend Alisa’s blog:  Go Dairy Free.  She shared her best dairy free frosting recipe with me:  Amazing Mylk Chocolate Frosting.  I can’t even describe how good this frosting is.  So creamy and delicious.  No weird flavors or anything.  I will make it again for sure!  I hope the team is as happy with these birthday cupcakes as we are- they are delicious 🙂  Happy 14th Birthday to Brooks… RecipeBoy!

Dairy Free Chocolate Cupcakes

Yield: About 30 cupcakes

Prep Time:15 minutes

Cook Time:18 minutes

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup melted coconut oil, cooled (can sub vegetable or canola oil)
  • 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 1 cup dairy free mini chocolate chips (I used the "Enjoy Life" brand)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Line cupcake pans with 30 cupcake papers.
  2. Sift the dry ingredients into a large bowl (flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and cocoa powder) and whisk to combine.  Add oil, vinegar, vanilla and water to the dry ingredients.  Whisk to combine the wet and dry ingredients.  Stir in the chocolate chips.
  3. Bake for 18 minutes, or until the cupcakes are firm to the touch in the middles.  Let cool completely, and frost with your favorite dairy free icing.  See the tips below for my icing recommendation!
**I used this awesome dairy free frosting recipe from the blog, "Go Dairy Free":  AMAZING MYLK CHOCOLATE FROSTING.  My entire family honestly could not say enough about how delicious it was.  I used Earth Balance Dairy Free Margarine- and I didn't miss the butter at all!  I also used unsweetened vanilla almond milk in the recipe.  So good!
SOURCE:  RecipeGirl.com (adapted from Allrecipes)

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  • Lesley wrote:

    If I want to bake this in round cake pans will it turn out ok? How long?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Not sure as I didn’t make them that way…

  • Bianca wrote:

    I need to tell you how much I love this recipe!! Not just because these are so very delicious, but also because they actually make 36 cupcakes. Exactly 36! 🙂 Most recipes claim to make far more than they actually do (“What is this, a cupcake for ants?”) . I’m so happy to have found this. Thank you!! 🙂

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Great! Yes, I know how you feel. Sometimes it’s tough to pinpoint exactly.

  • Joan Hayes wrote:

    Those cupcakes look fantastic, Lori! I hope Brooks had a great birthday (with those cupcakes, I’m sure he did)! 

  • Beeta @ Mon Petit Four wrote:

    How sweet! Happy Birthday to your boy, and fabulous job on both the cake and cupcakes! 🙂

  • Alisa Fleming wrote:

    Happy Birthday to your son – he looks so happy!! I hope it’s an amazing day for all! I’m so glad you enjoyed my frosting recipe and appreciate the share of it 🙂 

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      We seriously love your frosting recipe so much!!!

  • Deb Harrington wrote:

    Happy Birthday Brooks; have a blessed day. My husband is 6′ 1″ and I thought he was tall. Best of luck with lacrosse and have the happiest of days 😉