Chocolate Butterscotch Halloween Cupcakes

I know - it's still September but I think it is time for some Halloween treats, don't you? Besides, there is meaning to my madness in posting these lovelies even though Halloween is a little over a month away. That is because giveaway time is fast approaching. Stay tuned to see my post this coming Saturday for a Halloween themed giveaway here at Lemon Drop!

In addition to my desire to make Halloween inspired treats and the upcoming giveaway, it is also Wednesday in our household and Wednesday is dessert night. It is not just any normal dessert night either but gluten-free dessert night. My son is on a gluten free diet . Why? Well he definitely has food sensitivities to wheat. No question about it. Plus, he is autistic and a gluten-free diet (dairy too but that doesn't seem to be an issue for him) is high up on the list of strategies many use to help manage the disorder. Honestly, I am still on the fence with the latter but it can't hurt! As a result, all of my baked goodies that he enjoys must be gluten-free.

His favorite type of dessert? You guessed it : Cupcakes! And that is why I am here today posting my recipe for Chocolate Butterscotch Cupcakes. Ok, it is not really my recipe but rather an adapted one by Elana Amsterdam. Her recipe was for triple chocolate cakes of sheer delight. I swapped out the dark and white chocolate additions for butterscotch. I also made a few more changes to the base recipe as I went along. My frosting is my beloved buttercream recipe but this time it is tinted brightly with orange icing gel. Then topped off with Halloween sprinkles !

If you like the sprinkles then be sure to pick up Wilton's new Halloween Test Tube Sprinkles pack.

For the liners I once again tested out Reynold's new StayBrite liners and again, true to their word, they stayed bright and vibrant.

I frosted these with a 1M Wilton Swirl tip but feel free to use any tip you want. The french tip is also quite nice.

No almond flour in these this time around. Instead the dry base is a mixture of coconut flour, deep dark cocoa powder, some salt and baking soda. The sweetness comes from honey and the moisture comes from 3 eggs (and yes, the honey too of course). Some people worry that the flavor of coconut will come through. Trust me it doesn't. Plus a little bit of coconut flour goes a long way. This type of flour is very "thirsty" so you only need a small amount. This recipe only calls for 1/4 cup and believe me, that is all you need.

These are rich and luscious. The recipe only makes 9 cupcakes so if you want more then go ahead and double up the ingredients.

Don't worry about the batter being runny. It will bake up nice and fluffy. Just fill the cups 3/4 full with batter and bake away.

So without further delay, let's get baking !

*adapted source recipe for cupcakes only: Triple Chocolate Cupcakes, Gluten-Free Cupcakes by Elana Amsterdam



1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, that darker the better
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
3 eggs
1/2 cup honey (or agave nectar)
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1/3 cup butterscotch chips


1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
3 cups icing sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 tablespoons whipping cream
orange coloring gel


PREHEAT oven to 350F
LINE 9 muffin cups with liners

IN LARGE BOWL, whisk together first 4 ingredients
IN MEDIUM BOWL, thoroughly whisk together honey and eggs
ADD WET INGREDIENTS TO DRY INGREDIENTS and whisk well until fully blended
FOLD in chocolate chips
DIVIDE batter between muffin cups filling each one 3/4 full
BAKE 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean


IN BOWL OF STAND MIXER FITTED WITH PADDLE. beat butter on HIGH speed for 2 minutes
ADD sifted sugar and continue beating until it starts to come together
ADD vanilla and cream
BEAT on HIGH speed for 5 minutes
ADD a little bit of coloring at a time, combining after each addition, until desired color is reached
PIPE frosting onto cooled cupcakes
TOP with spinkles

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  1. Cute cupcakes!! These look delicious and are so festive! :)

  2. Those look professionally decorated! Unfortunately, butterscotch chips are usually not gluten free. I have found ones that are, though.

  3. @Linda - these are Chipits brand and yes, they are gluten-free.

  4. I'm ready for Halloween too! Decorations are going up this weekend for me! These cupcakes are so cute and I love those sprinkles!

  5. This is the most adorable cupcakes I've ever seen, look so cute and delicious ;0 Am ready for Halloween!!!

  6. First, the cupcakes look adorable! Love the liners, the frosting, and the sprinkles. But the recipe.....totally delish! That really inspires me to pull out the recipe books and be a little more creative on my Halloween Cupcake's flavors!

  7. What beautiful cupcakes. Great pictures. Come over and visit us. We have a wonderful amazing apple cake recipe. We also blog about autism. Check out the HeartSpeak Category.

  8. they not only sound like they would taste awesome but they are beautiful as well

  9. WOW! Your cupcakes look like they were professionally made..just beautiful! I like your frosting recipe as it sounds so creamy. The Wilton's sprinkles are adorable!

  10. Hi Linda, nice to meet you. I love what I see here. Your cupcakes look and sound amazing. I would love for you to join my weekly linky fri-mon, come strut your stuff at Bacon Time.

  11. Hi Linda,
    Your Chocolate Butterscotch Halloween Cupcakes are so perfect. It is a great recipe, and your photo's are awesome! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week end!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  12. These looks amazing! Always excited to find new GF recipes!


  13. Those wrappers were perfect for the gorgeous orange frosting and the gluten free chocolate cupcake sounds delicious. Great photos!

  14. Your cupcakes are absolutely amazing! I love the color of the frosting and the cute tiny bones on top of each are sooo adorable! Really perfect!

  15. these look sooooo amazing! i love how bright the orange frosting is! perfect for halloween :)

    Jenni x

  16. Hi, are you interested to participate my October's Halloween Party? See the event link here

    What you need to do is just link it in your blog. Hope to see your entry soon :)

  17. Beautiful cupcakes! Thanks for linking up to the Holiday Sweet Swap (:

  18. Thank you, thank you -I'm always on the look-out for gluten free! The orange is SO vibrant -I think I am drooling...

  19. Thanks for linking up, hope to see you again this week at Bacon Time.

  20. These look yummy. I don;t think I have any butterscotch recipes. Thanks for sharing, I will defintely be making these.

  21. I love your spooky sprinkles lab. I bought MORE Halloween sprinkles yesterday. If only I had enough time and ideas to use them. Your cupcakes look great! I love the little bones. Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  22. You have a beautiful blog! A lot of baking recipes!!! :)

    Coconut flour is something new to me,..haven't heard of it before...and this recipe is butter-free...WOW!!! I have to try it!


  23. These look good, Ill have to try them (non halloween of course). I love butterscotch , and I have been looking for the best butterscotch cupcakes out there. These are the best I have so far:

  24. Let’s face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people; it does for me.

    Audrey Hepburn

  25. Geee so cute cupcakes in here! I was browsing for more Halloween recipes and found these Halloween Cupcakes of yours. Thanks for sharing and I do hope I could pin some nice photos on my Pinterest boards. Good day!


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Linda @ Lemon Drop