Sunday afternoon and time for another 25 amazing recipes, this time we have our favorite 25 sugar free recipes. Of course most cupcakes need to be sweetened, it is what makes them so good, so you will notice that all of the cupcakes use something whether it be Splenda or other artificial sweetener, maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, or fruit juice. And yes some of these (honey and fruit) contain natural sugar within them. We haven’t avoided these types of sugar, just processed / refined sugar.
To make it as easy as possible for you to find your next delicious cupcake recipe I have tried to include in the list what the cupcake is sweetened with.
Happy cupcake baking and let us know if you have tried and loved any of these? They look so good, who knew you didn’t need sugar!
Remember you can modify most recipes with a bit of playing around, look for low sugar recipes that use honey or other ways of sweetening the cupcake. If you discover something good definitely let us know. This list was hard to compile which obviously indicates that there are not enough sugar free cupcake recipes out there yet!
1. Sugar Free Chocolate Cupcakes with Sugar Free Frosting
Lydia at the Perfect Pantry celebrates Foods of Love in her post earlier this year going through her stores identifying what has aphrodisiac qualities, and then she provides a very yummy looking Sugar Free Chocolate Cupcake recipe.
2. Mango Cupcakes
There are a number of recipes on the Cupcake Recipe site, but this page is dedicated to no sugar or low sugar recipes, so be sure to check the list of ingredients first if you want no sugar at all. The Mango Cupcakes are just that, no sugar instead using Splenda and the fruit to sweeten them!
3. Gluten Free Chocolate Cakes
These delicious looking chocolate cupcakes from Elana’s Pantry are not only gluten free but sugar free as well, in this case they use Agave Nectar to sweeten the cupcakes. So many people have tried and loved these so it is worth including it on your list to try.
4. Yellow Cupcakes
These cupcakes can be made gluten free, egg free, dairy free and sugar free! Wow, what a combination. This recipe comes from The Kid Friendly Food Allergy Cookbook by Leslie Hammond and Lynne Marie Rominger and has options to replace the eggs with egg replacer, the sugar with stevia, the baking powder with baking soda and lemon juice and the buttermilk with rice milk. So really it is a very adaptable recipe. All portions are provided by Mud Spice.
5. Dark Chocolate Cupcakes
At Weelicious they explore the joy that all kids get from consuming cake, and then provide a fantastic sugar free dark chocolate cupcake recipe with a chocolate ganache. The cupcakes are sweetened with Agave.
6. Fairy Cakes
This recipe by Townie Blog uses Splenda to sweeten her cupcakes for her 15 year old son who has diabetes. But perhaps if you try this recipe, reduce the sugar a tad as she found hers too sweet!
Squidoo has a number of sugar free cupcake recipes on its website, though dubiously the first image you see has icing which contains sugar, but it gets better from there. The Nutella (‘Not-Tella’) Swirl Cupcakes look particularly good and uses stevia to make the spread and Stevia in the cupcakes too.
8. Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake Cups
Unsurprisingly, the cupcakes listed on the Splenda website use Splenda sweetener to make their cupcakes! There are plenty of recipes on the site, but today I’ve chosen the Cheesecake Cups because they just look way way way too good!
9. Sugar Free Red Velvet Cake
Cooking Louisiana has published a Sugar Free Red Velvet Cake. I was looking for a cupcake recipe but was unable to find one, so this will have to do! Of course if you are making it, ensure that you reduce the cooking time otherwise your cupcakes will be black not red!
10. Carrot Cupcakes
These cupcakes are made by Amy Green and posted on her Blog Simply Sugar and Gluten Free. They are sweetened using agave nectar and orange juice and look so moist and delicious. Amy’s blog also contains a number of other sugar free cupcake recipe ideas.
11. Diabetic Cupcake Strawberry / Blueberry Recipe
Diabetic Cupcake Recipes have a number of different cake recipe options and this Chocolate Cupcake recipe is provided along side a You Tube video. The cupcakes use sweetener and then either blueberries or strawberries that have been chopped up to make it yummy.
These cupcakes from Cook That Food feature the beautifully sweet and delicious pineapple including the juice as one source of their sweetness, some bananas and a few teaspoons of sweetener. This cupcake mix out of all of those I have reviewed so far seems to have the lowest amount of sweetener used, so I’d be very interested how these turn out!
13. Simple Vanilla and Agave Nectar Cupcakes
Posted on the Experience Project website, this is an agave sweetened vanilla cupcake, but has a chocolate variation as well. This recipe is also Vegan and was featured in our last 25 list for Vegan cupcakes as it comes from the highly popular Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World Cookbook. It makes me wonder what we ever did before that book existed?
14. Rhubarb Cupcakes
The Cupcake Project are a great source for all things cupcake, and this is no exception. These cupcakes are a blend from the Vanilla and Agave Cupcakes above, but modified to create Rhubarb Spice Cupcakes. They look great and use Agave to sweeten their batter.
I’ve included a picture of these fantastic cupcakes from Paula’s blog My Berlinerluft. Surprisingly these cupcakes are sugar free, and use a blend of tofu and agave for the filling, and agave in the cupcake batter too. The full recipe is on her site. YUM!
16. Dairy free, soy free, Agave Cupcakes
These are yet another variation on the Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World Agave recipe. In the photo on the blog Carrot and Potato Time the cupcakes have been dusted with sugar before serving, but if you wanted to make it fully sugar free you would just skip this step. The cupcakes are sugar free.
These look like great fun and would be a favorite with any child thanks to the topping. The May Files uses apples, slivered almonds and fruit rollouts to create these funky if not a tad disturbing faces! The cake uses apple sauce and agave to sweeten.
18. Honey and Lemon Cupcakes
ECupcake has a beautiful recipe for Lemon and Honey Cupcakes, which uses honey as the sweetener. The cream cheese frosting recipe that is supplied however does use sugar so if you are making this you will need to swap it for a different type of frosting or leave them unfrosted!
19. Sugar Free Cream Cheese Frosting and More
Victoria’s Low Fat Sugar Free Dessert Recipes is a straightforward page of recipes. Unfortunately there are no pictures for you to drool over, but what it lacks in visual display it makes up for in variety. The best thing though is the sugar free cream cheese frosting!
20. Chocolate Orange Cupcakes
This recipe here has a great variation on the chocolate cupcake and uses a combination of honey and oranges to make it sweet! In addition if oranges are not your thing, why not try the Apricot Cupcakes, which use sugar free apricot jam. These recipes are both courtesy of Sugar Free Recipes.
This is another recipe that is not only sugar free, but also Dairy Free and Gluten Free. It comes from the website The Nourishing Gourmet. The cupcakes are made using honey or maple syrup to sweeten them.
22. Devils Food Chocolate / Carob Cupcakes
These cupcakes are dairy free, gluten free, soy free, corn free, egg free and of course sugar free! With all these missing items you may be wondering what is in them. You will have to go see, but I will tell you that they contain whatever you choose to make them sweet, either honey, agave or maple syrup. Heart of Cooking supplies the recipe and includes one for frosting too.
23. Carob Cupcakes
Recipes for Natural Health have a good stevia carob cupcake that you can also try. It does use eggs and butter, but you could swap the eggs for egg replacer and the butter with applesauce to make it Vegan if you wanted.
24. Carrot Ginger Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
These cupcakes are from another Splenda website and sounded so delicious that I had to include them in the list. They also advise of the amount of fat etc, so you can use these cupcakes if you are on a diet or counting calories.
25. German Apple Cupcakes
The Children with Diabetes is another website which displays the number of calories and fat. These recipes use Equal sweetner and fruit in their cake mix. You can modify the cooking time to make these perfect for cupcakes too.
A final apple cupcake to finish off our list, this recipe uses maple syrup in the cupcake and raisins or rum in the frosting. Kim is a blogger on the site WellSphere and shares this yummy recipe with us. Both cake and frosting are sugar and gluten free, and are vegan too.