Dairy Free Chocolate Cupcakes

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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 with Sprinkles

These cupcakes were for my baby boy Brooks’ FOURTEENTH birthday. 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

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

Dairy Free Chocolate Cupcakes

For Brooks’ actual birthday, he had a long lacrosse practice to attend… so I made these cupcakes for his team.  One of his good buddies on the team had 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. Since I always use butter in my frosting recipes, 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 with sprinkles

How do Dairy Free Chocolate Cupcakes taste?

I’m so excited to share with you how fabulous these cupcakes turn out.  They are so good that I make them often… even when 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 is a fabulous idea too.  That makes 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 use 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 all the time!  Happy 14th Birthday to Brooks… RecipeBoy!

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Dairy Free Chocolate Cupcakes

If you can't have dairy, these cupcakes are the perfect alternative!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Servings 30 cupcakes
Calories 194kcal
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate, cupcakes, dairy free


  • 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 and cooled coconut oil (can sub vegetable or canola oil)
  • 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 1 cup dairy free semisweet miniature chocolate chips (I like the Enjoy Life brand)


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Line cupcake pans with 30 cupcake papers.
  • Sift the dry ingredients into a large bowl (flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and cocoa powder) and whisk to combine.  Add the oil, vinegar, vanilla and water to the dry ingredients.  Whisk to combine the wet and dry ingredients.  Stir in the chocolate chips.
  • 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 use this awesome dairy free frosting recipe from the blog, "Go Dairy Free":  AMAZING MYLK CHOCOLATE FROSTING.  My entire family honestly cannot say enough about how delicious it is.  Use Earth Balance Dairy Free Margarine- and you won't miss the butter at all!  I also use unsweetened vanilla almond milk in the recipe.  So good!


Serving: 1cupcake (no frosting) | Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 152mg | Potassium: 80mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg


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  • Sonia Carrusca wrote:

    This is a great recipe I use all the time. I have altered it slightly.
    I use 3/4 cocoa powder and use cold coffee instead of water. It really amps the chocolate flavour.

  • 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 😉