Delicious Gluten Free Cupcakes for Every Occasion

Are you as obsessed with cupcakes as I am, but struggling to find a gluten-free and dairy-free recipe that ticks all of the boxes? Look no further than my gluten-free vanilla cupcakes!

I understand the frustration of having dietary restrictions and not being able to indulge in your favorite treats. But with this recipe, I promise you won’t feel like you’re missing out on anything. These cupcakes are moist, fluffy, and packed full of flavor; they will leave your taste buds tingling with joy.

Plus, these cupcakes are made from organic, gluten-free ingredients and do not contain any dairy – so they’re perfect for anyone with allergies or intolerances. Whether you’re planning a birthday party, a baby shower or just looking for an indulgent treat after dinner, these cupcakes are sure to satisfy.

So put on your apron and let’s get baking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Gluten Free Cupcakes
Gluten Free Cupcakes

Listen up, folks! I’m about to drop the recipe of the century on you: gluten free cupcakes. And I’m not talking about dry, crumbly, flavorless cupcakes that leave you disappointed and craving for something better. No, no, no. These cupcakes are the real deal.

First off, let’s talk about the best part: they’re gluten-free. Anyone who has had to give up gluten for health reasons knows how difficult it is to find a good gluten-free baked good. But these cupcakes take care of that problem. They use a special blend of gluten-free flour that gives them a texture and taste that rivals any wheat-based cupcake out there.

But don’t worry, these aren’t just for people with dietary restrictions. These cupcakes are for everyone! They’re so good you won’t even know they’re gluten-free.

And here’s the thing: these cupcakes aren’t just good for being gluten-free. They’re just straight-up good. Period. The cocoa powder and vanilla extract make them rich and decadent, while the quinoa flour adds some nutrition to the mix.

Plus, this recipe is so versatile! You can switch out the cocoa powder for other flavors like lemon or raspberry, making it easy to customize your cupcake experience.

So whether you have celiac disease or just want a delicious treat that’s a little bit healthier than your average cupcake, these gluten-free cupcakes are exactly what you need in your life. Trust me, once you try them, you’ll wonder why you ever bothered with regular cupcakes in the first place.

Ingredient List

 These gluten-free cupcakes are sweet little bites of heaven!
These gluten-free cupcakes are sweet little bites of heaven!

Before diving into the recipe, let’s take a look at the ingredient list. To make these gluten-free cupcakes, you will need the following:

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 cups gluten-free flour blend
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt

Wet Ingredients:

  • 2 large eggs (room temperature)
  • 1 cup milk (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup water

Make sure that all the ingredients are at room temperature to ensure they mix properly. For best results, use a high-quality gluten-free flour blend. You can also use quinoa flour or a combination of brown rice flour and tapioca flour for that perfect gluten-free texture.

The Recipe How-To

 Who says gluten-free can't be delicious? Not me!
Who says gluten-free can’t be delicious? Not me!

Now let’s get into the fun part: making these gluten-free cupcakes! Don’t worry, the cups of flour blend have got you covered.

Here are the steps to make this delicious recipe for Vanilla Cupcakes:

Step 1: Preheat the oven.

Start preheating your oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) and line a standard muffin tin with 12 paper liners.

Step 2: Mix the dry ingredients.

In a medium bowl, whisk together 2 cups of gluten-free flour blend, 1 tsp of baking powder, 1/4 tsp of baking soda and 1/4 tsp of salt. Sift in 3/4 cup of cocoa powder and whisk until well combined.

Step 3: Mix the wet ingredients.

In another bowl, using an electric mixer beat together 8 tbsp of unsalted butter, softened, and 2 cups of granulated sugar on high speed until light and fluffy. Add in 2 large eggs, one at a time, making sure each egg is fully mixed in before adding the next one. Add in 2/3 cup vegetable oil and beat until well combined.

Step 4: Combine the dry and wet ingredients.

Take turns adding the dry ingredients mixture and 1 1/4 cups milk, beginning and ending with the dry mixture so that there are three additions to dry mixture and two to milk. Beat after each addition until just combined.

Step 5: Bake.

Use an ice cream scoop or spoon to distribute batter evenly among the paper liners. Be sure to fill each about three-quarters full (about 2/3 cup) so they don’t overflow when they rise. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan for a few minutes before moving them onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Congratulations! You successfully made bakery-style gluten-free Chocolate Cupcakes! This is a perfect gluten-free treat that is easy to make and sure to satisfy your cravings for something sweet. Don’t forget to check out other delightful flavors like German Chocolate, Lemon or even Carrot Cake.

Substitutions and Variations

 Moist and flavorful, these cupcakes will impress even non-gluten-free eaters.
Moist and flavorful, these cupcakes will impress even non-gluten-free eaters.

You can give this recipe a personal touch by trying different variations and substitutions with the ingredients listed.

For instance, if you’re allergic to quinoa or want to omit it, you can try using almond or coconut flour instead. If you prefer vegan cupcakes, replace eggs with flax seeds mixed with warm water. Also, if you have a sweet tooth and want to make these cupcakes sugar-free, use stevia or honey instead of granulated sugar.

If you’re looking for different flavors and colors, add a handful of fresh raspberries, blueberries or strawberries to the dough. Or how about some cocoa powder for making chocolate cupcakes?

You can create various frosting options as well. You can make a classic buttercream with unsalted butter using confectioners’ sugar and vanilla extract, or try whipped coconut cream for dairy-free cupcakes. You can also sprinkle some chopped nuts or flakes on top for extra crunch.

Want to spice up your cupcakes even more? How about turning them into a dazzling dessert? Try adding German chocolate sauce, drizzling some raspberry coulis, or making a carrot cake mix. The possibilities are endless!

Don’t hesitate to experiment with the ingredients and create your own signature cupcake recipe. Always remember that when it comes to baking, creativity has no limits!

Serving and Pairing

 Indulge in a sweet treat without worrying about the gluten.
Indulge in a sweet treat without worrying about the gluten.

You just pulled your fresh batch of gluten-free cupcakes out of the oven and you’re ready to indulge. But what should you serve alongside these delicious confections?

My personal favorite pairing for vanilla gluten-free cupcakes is a hot cup of tea or coffee with a splash of almond milk. The subtle nutty flavor of almond milk complements the light and fluffy cupcakes perfectly. If you prefer something richer, a glass of cold almond milk is a great choice too.

For those chocolate lovers out there, pair your gluten-free chocolate cupcakes with a bold red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot. The tannins in the wine cut through the sweetness of the cupcakes and balance the flavors.

Another pairing option for both vanilla and chocolate gluten-free cupcakes is fresh berries. A mix of raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries not only adds a pop of color to your plate, but also a burst of tartness that complements the sweetness of the cupcakes.

If you want to go all out, make my gluten-free lemon cupcakes and pair them with a classic mimosa (orange juice and champagne) for an extra special brunch treat. For a more indulgent occasion, try pairing my German chocolate gluten-free cupcakes with a tall glass of cold milk – it’s sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Remember that experimenting with new pairings can be fun and adventurous. Feel free to mix-and-match and find your own perfect combinations to make your gluten-free cupcakes even more dazzling in taste!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Cupcakes that everyone can enjoy? Yes, please!
Cupcakes that everyone can enjoy? Yes, please!

I know that life gets busy and sometimes you just need to plan ahead! Luckily, these gluten-free vanilla cupcakes are the perfect make-ahead dessert. You can prepare the batter up to a day in advance and store it in an airtight container in the fridge until you’re ready to bake. Just make sure to bring it back to room temperature before baking.

Once the cupcakes are baked and cooled, they can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container or covered with plastic wrap for up to three days. If you want them to last longer, you can keep them in the refrigerator for up to a week, but be aware that refrigeration can sometimes dry out gluten-free baked goods.

If you have leftovers or just want to plan ahead for a future treat, these cupcakes also freeze well! Just wrap each cupcake tightly with plastic wrap and place them in an airtight container or freezer-safe bag. They will keep well in the freezer for up to three months. When you’re ready to enjoy them, simply thaw them at room temperature or heat them briefly in the microwave for a few seconds.

When reheating, make sure not to overdo it. Gluten-free cupcakes tend to dry out quickly. I recommend reheating your cupcakes in the microwave on 50% power until just warmed through. Alternatively, you can pop them into the oven for a few minutes at 300°F degrees, just enough so they’re nice and warm.

Now that you’ve learned how to store your delicious vanilla cupcakes, put your new knowledge into action so you can savor your delightful treats any time of day!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Swap out traditional cupcakes for these gluten-free ones and never look back.
Swap out traditional cupcakes for these gluten-free ones and never look back.

Hey there foodies, it’s time to talk about tips and tricks on how to achieve the best gluten-free cupcakes recipe. Making desserts could be a challenge especially when you are dealing with gluten-free and dairy-free ingredients. As a nutritionist and food blogger, I have tested different variations of ingredients and methods to create the perfect gluten-free cupcakes recipe. In this section, I will share with you some tips for perfect results that will make your cupcakes dazzle like a delicious dessert.

First of all, it is important to pay attention to the flour blend you are using. Gluten-free flour blends have different ratios of ingredients and protein contents compared to all-purpose flour. Choose a high-quality gluten-free flour blend that works well with baking like almond flour, coconut flour or quinoa flour. You can also create your own flour blend by mixing different types of flours like rice flour, tapioca flour, and arrowroot starch.

Secondly, always use room temperature ingredients for your cupcakes recipe. This can help in creating an even texture of the batter which results in moist and tender cupcakes. It is advisable to take out your eggs and milk from the fridge for at least 30 minutes before using them.

The third tip is to not overmix your batter while you are incorporating the wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Overmixed batter can result in dense and tough texture of your cupcakes. Mix until everything is combined but do not overdo it.

Another important aspect is to preheat your oven properly before baking your cupcakes. Gluten-free and dairy-free cupcakes need a little bit more attention than regular ones. Preheat your oven at least 15 minutes before baking on the right temperature mentioned in the recipe.

Always use a measuring cup or scale while measuring all the dry and wet ingredients. This will ensure that you’ll get the right consistency of batter without any lumps or bumps.

Lastly, when it comes to frosting and decoration, feel free to mix and match different flavors and colors. You can use sugar-free, dairy-free and gluten-free frosting or top with fresh fruits or nuts to make your cupcakes more appealing to the eye and stomach.

These tips might seem a lot to remember, but they are essential in creating bakery-style gluten-free and dairy-free cupcakes. Practice makes perfect so keep on baking and experimenting to find your own signature taste with these desserts. Stay tuned for more easy gluten-free and dairy-free cupcake recipes coming soon!

Bottom Line

And there you have it, folks! A recipe for the perfect gluten-free cupcake – a dazzling dessert that will impress even your toughest critics. Follow these tips and tricks and bake away with confidence.

Making cupcakes gluten-free can seem daunting at first, but with the right ingredients and techniques, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to make them taste just as good as traditional cupcakes.

So why not try out this gluten-free cupcake recipe and see for yourself? Trust me, you won’t regret it. Whether you’re looking to indulge in something sweet or if you’ve mistakenly gone on a gluten-free diet, this recipe is perfect for anyone who loves cupcakes.

Remember to take these Gluten Free Cupcakes to your next gathering or office potluck, and no one will ever know they’re health conscious!

Thank you for taking the time to read through this article. I hope that I’ve inspired you to try out this recipe and enjoy the experience of baking these delicious treats from scratch. Feel free to leave a comment below or share your own gluten-free cupcake journey with us!

Gluten Free Cupcakes

Gluten Free Cupcakes Recipe

No flour yummy cupcakes.
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Prep Time 22 mins
Cook Time 16 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Gluten-free
Servings 24 cupcakes
Calories 143 kcal


  • 2/3 cup quinoa
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Rinse and prepare the quinoa according to directions using the water measurements above.
  • Once the quinoa is done, turn off the heat and leave the covered saucepan on the burner for another 10 minutes.
  • Fluff with a fork and allow the quinoa to cool. (Do not rush this.).
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Lightly grease the bottom and sides of two 1-dozen non-stick cupcake pans (no flour) or use cupcake wrappers.
  • Combine the milk, eggs and vanilla in a blender or food processor.
  • Add 2 cups of cooled, cooked quinoa and blend until smooth.
  • Add the olive oil and melted butter and blend to incorporate.
  • In the meantime, mix together the sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a mixer bowl.
  • Add the contents of the blender and mix well.
  • Scoop the batter with an ice cream scoop into the cupcake pans.
  • Bake for 16 to 20 minutes or until the cupcakes bounce back when lightly pressed.
  • Remove from the oven; cool completely in the pan before serving.
  • Frost if desired. (These are delicious without frosting as well.).
  • Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or freeze for up to 1 month.
  • Makes 24 cupcakes.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 53gCalories: 143kcalCarbohydrates: 17.9gProtein: 2.6gFat: 7.8gSaturated Fat: 3.4gCholesterol: 41.6mgSodium: 146.2mgFiber: 1.5gSugar: 12.6g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Dessert, Easy, For Large Groups
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