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Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes

2 grain-free chocolate brownie cupcakes with vanilla frosting. Otto's Naturals Paleo brownie mix in background

Grain-Free Brownie Cupcakes

Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Nut Free

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Do you love rich, bittersweet chocolate and fluffy buttercream frosting? These brownie cupcakes take brownie baking to the next level. Imagine, a fudgy brownie and a cute cupcake all in one! Kids will surely love this decadent sweet, but you can also treat yourself to this healthier dessert during coffee time. What’s more, you can keep these brownies in the fridge using an airtight container. Voila! More brownies for the next day.

Yield: 9 cupcakes


  • 1 bag Otto’s Naturals Grain-Free Brownie Mix (Classic or Paleo)
  • ½ cup avocado oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips

  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a cupcake pan with 9 cupcake liners.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the brownie mix, avocado oil, eggs, and vanilla extract. Stir until the batter is smooth.
  3. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Distribute the batter evenly between the 9 cupcake liners. The liners should be a little over ¾ full.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes. For fudgier cupcakes, bake for 20-25 minutes.
  6. Let the cupcakes cool for 10 minutes before moving them to a cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.
  7. To make the frosting, beat the softened butter in a mixing bowl until it is light and creamy. Beat in the cream cheese and powdered sugar until a smooth, fluffy frosting is formed. Beat in the vanilla extract.
  8. Pipe or spread the frosting on the cupcakes. Enjoy! Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.

    Do you need to spray the liners when baking your cupcake brownies?

    Use cupcake liners or spray each cupcake pan cavity individually with nonstick cooking spray to ensure your brownie bites don't stick.

    If you opt to spray the pan, make sure the brownie cups cool down entirely in the pan. They tend to adhere to surfaces and break easily if you attempt to remove them without letting them cool first.

    What is the difference between baking cups and cupcake liners?

    Cupcake liners, also known as the thin fluted paper that encircles a cupcake, are attached to the cupcake and baked in a cupcake pan. 

    Baking cups is a broader term. Sometimes they are thicker, more rigid, and may stand alone in the oven. They can be made of paper, silicone, or ceramic material. However, there are restrictions on how high the oven temperature can be for paper baking cups, whereas ceramic baking cups can typically tolerate extremely high temperatures.

    Can you freeze your brownie cupcake?

    Yes, you can! You can store it in an airtight container and put it in the fridge. Putting it in the freezer can make it last up to 2 months.