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Copycat Ding Dong Cupcakes (Paleo & AIP)

  • Author: Michelle
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 6 cupcakes 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


These copycat ding dong cupcakes are made with a signature cream filling, ganache icing, and a swirl on top! They’re gluten-free, paleo, and can be made AIP.


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For the frosting

  • 1/3 cup palm shortening
  • 1/3 cup coconut cream (the cream that hardens on top of a can of coconut milk)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup

For the cupcakes

  • 1 cup tigernut flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca starch
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder (sub carob for AIP)
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted (plus extra for greasing the pan)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp gelatin

For the ganache 


For the frosting

  1. Combine the frosting ingredients until fully incorporated. Set aside.

For the cupcakes

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and line a muffin tin with muffin liners. You’ll have about 6 cupcakes.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the tigernut flour, tapioca starch, cocoa powder, and baking soda and mix to combine
  3. Next, stir in the melted coconut oil and maple syrup.
  4. For the gelatin egg, add the water to a small saucepot and slowly sprinkle over the 1 tbsp gelatin.  Allow the mixture to rest and harden over 2-3 minutes. Place the pot on the stove and turn it on low heat. Slowly melt the gelatin and remove it from heat. Vigorously whisk the gelatin egg until it becomes frothy. Add the gelatin egg to the mixture immediately and mix to combine.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 23-25 minutes or until baked through.
  6. Remove from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack. Allow cooling before removing the liner and decorating.

For the ganache/decoration

  1. Using a piping bag, add the cupcake filling tip and fill the bag with the frosting. Place the filling tip about 2/3rds of the way into the cupcakes and fill with frosting. Set aside.
  2. Using a double boiler, melt the chocolate and coconut cream together, stirring until melted and well incorporated.
  3. Carefully each cupcake top into the ganache. Set aside and allow to harden in the fridge for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Use the piping bag to pipe a swirl on top of the cupcakes (if desired) and serve!


All nutritional information are estimations and will vary. Estimations do not include optional ingredients.

  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 25


  • Serving Size: 1 cupcake
  • Calories: 534
  • Fat: 40.6g
  • Carbohydrates: 34.2g
  • Fiber: 8.6g
  • Protein: 4g