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Surprise M&M Cupcakes | A gluten free cupcake recipe.
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Surprise M&M Chocolate Cupcakes {Video}

A unique gluten free chocolate cupcake that is full of a surprise--mini M&Ms!!  An instructional video is provided along with a step-by-step picture tutorial to show you how to make these special birthday treats.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 430 kcal


  • ½ c. cocoa powder sifted
  • ½ c. white rice flour
  • ¼ c. tapioca starch
  • ½ t. xanthan gum
  • Or ¾ c. all purpose GF/non-GF flour instead of the above 3 ingredients
  • ¼ t. baking powder
  • ¾ t. baking soda
  • ¼ t. salt
  • ½ c. granulated sugar
  • ½ c. brown sugar packed
  • 3 T. butter melted
  • 3 T. coconut oil melted
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ c. buttermilk
  • 1 c. mini M&Ms
  • 1 batch Buttercream Frosting
  • Sprinkles optional


For the Chocolate Cupcakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl combine cocoa, rice flour, tapioca starch, xanthan gum, powder, soda and salt.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer place both sugar, butter and oil. Mix for 1 minute. Add in eggs and continue mixing for another 30 seconds.
  4. Alternatively add in dry ingredients and buttermilk, starting and ending with the dry ingredients.
  5. Line a regular-sized muffin tray with cupcake liners. Spray with non-stick cooking spray and fill to ¾ full.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 18-22 minutes.

For the Surprise M&M Cupcakes:

  1. Make sure cupcakes have cooled completely.
  2. Using a sharp knife, cut a circle about 1 ½ inches wide (leaving about ½ inch of cake around the cupcake) in the middle of the cupcake. Make sure not to go all of the way down to the bottom of the cupcake, but instead leave a base about ½ inch thick.
  3. Scoop out the center that you just cut and trim the top part of this piece to about ½ inch. Keep this piece for later.
  4. Fill the hole you created with mini M & Ms. Place the piece you trimmed from above on top of the M & Ms.
  5. Top cupcake with buttercream frosting and enjoy!
  6. If any of these directions are confusing to you, watch the video here to see how it’s done!

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Surprise M&M Chocolate Cupcakes {Video}
Amount Per Serving
Calories 430 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 32mg11%
Sodium 141mg6%
Potassium 213mg6%
Carbohydrates 77g26%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 56g62%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 115IU2%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 68mg7%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.