Gluten-Free Chocolate-Whiskey-Bacon Cupcakes


These cupcakes combine some of my husband's favorite ingredients into one tasty little gluten-free package. Enjoy!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
24 cupcakes



  • 12 slices bacon

  • 2 cups gluten-free all purpose baking flour

  • 2 cups white sugar

  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 2 ¼ teaspoons xanthan gum

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

  • 1 cup cold strong-brewed coffee

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • 2 eggs

  • ½ cup canola oil

  • 1 fluid ounce whiskey


  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar

  • 1 fluid ounce whiskey (such as Jack Daniel's®), divided


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.

  2. Place the bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on paper towels.

  3. Mix flour, white sugar, cocoa powder, xanthan gum, baking soda, baking powder, and sea salt together in a bowl. Beat coffee, buttermilk, eggs, canola oil, and 1 fluid ounce whiskey together in a separate large bowl. Slowly mix dry ingredients into wet until combined into a batter.

  4. Crumble approximately half of the cooked bacon into the batter and stir; divide batter evenly between the lined muffin cups.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

  6. Beat cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, and 1 fluid ounce whiskey together in a small bowl; spread over the top of the cooled cupcakes. Crumble remaining bacon and sprinkle over the frosted cupcakes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

285 Calories
16g Fat
33g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 285
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 334mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 23g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 54mg 4%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 108mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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