Gluten Free One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes with Rosewater Buttercream

You are going to love my latest homemade gluten free  cupcake creation. These fluffy, moist, deeply chocolate cupcakes use only one bowl in their creation but they taste like they came straight from a fancy bakery. I have topped these deep, dark chocolate cakes with rosewater buttercream for a fairy-floss contrast perfect for any celebration.

One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes with Rosewater Buttercream | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished LifeSunday is International Women’s Day and it’s time to celebrate the wonderful, inspiring, intelligent, amazing women in our lives. I made these cupcakes to celebrate some of the women I am grateful to call friends and family. These cupcakes are my new favourite thing. So moist, dark and chocolate filled but so easy to make. We start with a foundation of gluten free flours: hazelnut meal, buckwheat, brown rice, and white rice. Each of these plays its own special part in making sure the final product is moist and fluffy, and not sandy or crumbly. Getting the right balance of gluten free flours is important when you set out to create a classic and these four make for a moist, tightly crumbed cake that resembles your favourite childhood chocolate cupcake, with a darker adult twist. If you are new to gluten free baking, these are the cupcakes I would recommend. They are super easy (literally, dump everything in one bowl and hit mix) and they are guaranteed to turn out perfect, just-as-you-remember-them cupcakes that are friendly to your sensitive tummy.

One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes with Rosewater Buttercream | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished LifeThe rich chocolate taste in these one-bowl chocolate cupcakes is due to two special reasons. One: use the deepest, darkest cocoa you can find. Two: a strong cup of coffee is one of the wet ingredients. When coffee meets chocolate in this way you can hardly taste the coffee, but oh-boy it makes the chocolate shine through. These cupcakes are a dance between a brownie and a cupcake, and we get to enjoy the splendor bite-by-bite.

One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes with Rosewater Buttercream | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished LifeI topped my cupcakes with the lightest, prettiest rosewater buttercream in the colour of International Women’s Day. When Chris tasted this buttercream he smiled and said ‘it tastes like fairy floss’. Perfection. Rosewater can be too sweet for some people, and sickly in the wrong amounts. Start with the lesser amount listed in the recipe, and adjust to your taste. Another rosewater buttercream secret is to add a pinch of salt. Don’t be afraid of a little salt in your sweet, like the coffee in the cupcakes it enhances the main flavour rather than obscuring it. These one-bowl cupcakes are a new classic: bittersweet meets fairy floss sweet for an upgrade on the usual chocolate and vanilla combination.

One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes with Rosewater Buttercream | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished LifeThese cupcakes are a lot like the women I know. Deep, complicated, and complex with foundations and memories that run the tender edge between bitter and sweet; and, at the same time sweet, pretty of spirit and capable of lifting your spirits in just a moment. Good women. May we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.

One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes with Rosewater Buttercream

Gluten Free | Makes approximately 15 cupcakes


  • 50 grams hazelnut meal
  • 45 grams buckwheat flour
  • 45 grams brown rice flour
  • 45 grams white rice flour
  • 1/2 cup (60 grams) cocoa powder
  • 1 cup (200 grams) caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup warm water (not boiling, just warm from the tap)
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup rice bran oil (or other flavourless vegetable oil)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat your oven to 180C (350F). Line two 12-hole cupcake tins with papers for 15 cupcakes.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a large bowl with a handheld mixer) whisk together the hazelnut meal, buckwheat flour, brown rice flour, white rice flour, cocoa, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Whisk until very well mixed.
  3. Mix together warm water and instant coffee and add to the bowl along with the egg, rice bran oil, milk, and vanilla extract.
  4. Mix on medium until just combined, then increase speed to medium high and mix until smooth and glossy, about three minutes.
  5. Spoon batter into cupcake papers. Fill only to halfway full to avoid your cupcakes spilling over.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the tops spring back when lightly touched. Rotate trays from top to bottom halfway through baking time.
  7. Remove cupcakes from oven and cool completely before frosting and decorating as desired.

Rosewater Buttercream Frosting


  • 150 grams butter, softened
  • 3 cups icing sugar (gluten free)
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon rosewater
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • Pinch of salt
  • Few drops of food colouring (optional)


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer beat butter until pale and fluffy.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and beat until soft and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  3. Wait until cupcakes are completely cool before frosting and decorating as desired.

One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes with Rosewater Buttercream | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

26 thoughts on “Gluten Free One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes with Rosewater Buttercream

    • Thanks Emma! Chris loved digging into these ones. I love a man who isn’t afraid of the prettiest of cupcakes 🙂
      Thanks for being one inspiring woman Emma!

  1. The color of these is so beautiful, Amy! I’ve never had rosewater… I don’t even know that it’s a thing here in the US? I am probably wrong, hahaha. But you know I love coffee in my chocolate. Nice addition! Cheers to women, yay!

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    • Thanks for stopping by Sarah! Rosewater is a unique taste for sure, but it goes so well with dark chocolate-y cakes 🙂 and it smells so pretty!

    • Thank you so much Kayle for visiting! These chocolate cupcakes were so moreish – I had to give them away before I ate them all. And I couldn’t help myself with the roses 🙂

  3. Now this just sounds to die for! And your photographs certainly help to reinforce that 😉 Do you favour a particular brand of rosewater, or do you make your own? The last time I bought some, it turned out to have all sorts of additives in it because it was for cosmetic use, not food use. (On the bright side, my skin loved it!)

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