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Pumpkin Black Bottom Cupcakes

  • Author: Natalie
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cupcakes 1x
  • Category: cupcake
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: american


Dark chocolate cupcakes baked with swirls of pumpkin spice cheesecake and chocolate chips. Vegan grain-free fall (or Halloween!) decadence!



Vegan Grain-Free Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 1/2 cup (160g) maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup (70g) coconut sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup (300g) almond milk
  • 1/2 cup (125g) Chocolate SunButter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (128g) cassava flour
  • 1/2 cup (50g) cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp (15g) coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Pumpkin cream cheese

  • 4oz vegan cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup (60g) canned pumpkin
  • 2 tsps pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot starch

1/2 cup (80g) chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a 12 cupcake pan with paper liners (or spray with nonstick spray).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk maple syrup, coconut sugar almond milk, Chocolate SunButter, and vanilla extract until combined.
  3. Add the remaining cupcake ingredients and whisk until combined with minimal lumps.
  4. Divide this batter between the 12 cupcakes, filling each about halfway. Use the back of a spoon to make a subtle depression in the middle of each.
  5. In a separate bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together the cream cheese, coconut sugar, vanilla, pumpkin, and arrowroot.
  6. Drop a spoonful of the pumpkin mixture into each cupcake, and use the back of a spoon or a chopstick to slightly swirl with the chocolate batter.
  7. Top each with a handful of chocolate chips, pressing in gently.
  8. Bake for 23-25 minutes at 350°F.
  9. Cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes, then gently transfer to a wire cooling rack.
  10. Enjoy warm, or chill (I personally like them better cold!)

Keywords: gluten free, cassava, chocolate, grain free, paleo, fall, pumpkin spice, halloween, easy, healthy, cheesecake