Joce’s Chocolate Cupcakes {FODMAP Friendly Recipe}

Joce's Chocolate Cupcakes - A simple gluten free, low FODMAP recipe via {In Our Gumboots}

If you’ve been following along on Instagram this past week you’ll be aware that I finally had a win! I’ve been obediently adhering to this whole “gluten free, lactose free, low FODMAP diet” for nearly a year now and I’ve been commiserating the fact that some foods are just out of reach. One such food being the humble chocolate cupcake. Don’t get me wrong, there are loads of low FODMAP cupcake recipes out there. But, I’m definitely not an enthusiastic baker so long lists of alternative ingredients and complicated flour mixes make my attention wane… and don’t get me started on cake recipes containing sweet potato or pumpkin! I really just wanted a simple recipe that I could throw together and it would taste delicious – even for the kids!

So, one random Friday afternoon Miss Flower Child and I decided to bake while The Little Fella was asleep. We were originally creating normal cupcakes for the kids and hubs but soon we headed down a crazy path of trying to substitute every ingredient for a gluten free or lactose free alternative just to see what would happen. Again, I reiterate that I’m not a baker and, with a broken set of scales, it turned into my four year old and I throwing random ingredients in willy nilly and making a big ol’ mess! *Picture a mad scientist and her enthusiastic/amused sidekick and you’ve nailed the vision of us in the kitchen!* Needless to say, we ended up with a thick biscuity batter that tasted predominantly like butter! It wasn’t good, but because we were both excited about having cupcakes we keep adding ingredients until we arrived at a batter that had a pretty good texture and a surprisingly good flavour. We bunged them in the oven and prayed like heck that they’d be edible!

Then, 30minutes later, we discovered that we’d made the best chocolate cupcakes we’d ever eaten! I was so excited I nearly cried! Chocolate cupcakes were back on the menu! Until two days later when I tried to recreate them. Epic fail! I was devastated. I had no idea what we’d done the first time and no idea how to recreate them. Despite jotting down quick notes as we were baking, our cooking had been so fun and haphazard I’d missed bits. So, I was back to square one…

The following Tuesday was my birthday and I desperately wanted to have my cake and eat it too so I gave the recipe another crack. First time – the flavour was close. Second time – the texture was close. Third time – I’d nailed it!

Joce's Chocolate Cupcakes - A simple gluten free, low FODMAP recipe via {In Our Gumboots}

So now, after cooking the recipe a couple more times {which the kids are delighted about because they only get cake on birthdays}, I’ve now got a pretty awesome basic ingredients recipe to share with you. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Joce's Chocolate Cupcakes - A simple gluten free, low FODMAP recipe via {In Our Gumboots}

2 cups of gluten free self raising flour {I love the Free From Gluten Woolworths brand}
2 tbsp cocoa powder
125g cubed butter, room temperature {Liddells create a lactose free butter}*
1 cup castor sugar
2 eggs, gently whisked and set aside
¾ cup of lactose free milk {I use Liddells Long Life milk and prefer to use it straight from the pantry so it is still room temperature}

Icing Sugar
1 cup pure icing sugar
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp butter {lactose free}
hot water

*As I can tolerate low levels of lactose intermittently, I used real butter for this recipe but please consider your own tolerance levels when creating this recipe.

1. Preheat fan forced oven to 180 degrees {adjust accordingly for a conventional oven}.
2. Sift flour and cocoa powder together three times to create a fine blend.

Joce's Chocolate Cupcakes - A simple gluten free, low FODMAP recipe via {In Our Gumboots}
3. Add the butter and use your fingertips to gently rub the mixture into a fine crumb.
4. Sift in castor sugar and gently rub with your fingertips to combine with the fine crumb.
5. Make a well in the middle of the mixing bowl and slowly pour a small amount of egg mixture into the center.
6. With a small spoon, slowly stir the egg only so that it gradually collects the dry ingredients from the sides of the well. As the mixture thickens, slowly add more egg. Continue stirring and adding egg until all of the egg is mixed with the dry ingredients.

Joce's Chocolate Cupcakes - A simple gluten free, low FODMAP recipe via {In Our Gumboots}
7. Gradually add 3/4 cup of milk and mix on low speed with electric beaters until the mixture is all pulled together. Be careful not to over mix!
8. Fill patty pans ½ to 2/3 full.

Joce's Chocolate Cupcakes - A simple gluten free, low FODMAP recipe via {In Our Gumboots}
9. Place on the middle oven shelf and cook for 20-30mins. This may vary depending on your oven. Most cupcake recipes take 10-15minutes so it’s tempting to open the oven at this point but this can cause the cupcakes to sink {it took two batches for me to realise this!}.
10. Turn cupcakes out onto a cooling rack and place a clean tea towel over the top.

Once cupcakes have cooled; combine sugar, cocoa powder and butter into a bowl. Add hot water in small increments and stir until you reach your desired consistency. Ice cupcakes and allow to set.

Joce's Chocolate Cupcakes - A simple gluten free, low FODMAP recipe via {In Our Gumboots}

These cupcakes are best enjoyed fresh on the day that they’re cooked. You can still enjoy them the following day but they tend to start drying out. I’m not sure what happens beyond two days as they usually don’t last that long!

As far as I’m concerned, this recipe has been an absolute game changer! This unenthusiastic baker is now keen to experiment with other cupcake flavours and more importantly birthday cake recipes so keep your eye on this space!

Please note: While no blood went into the making of this recipe, sweat and tears certainly did! So if you would like to share this recipe please credit it back to my page. I would hate for my week of chocolate cupcake anguish to go unrecognised!




2 thoughts on “Joce’s Chocolate Cupcakes {FODMAP Friendly Recipe}

    1. They are scurmptious! Although, they’re so yum that the kids and hubs are devouring them as fast as I am. I think I’m getting diddled, the can all eat real cake, they don’t need a FODMAP friendly version! 🙂


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