My Gluten Free Guide

Gluten Free Recipe: Perfect Cupcakes

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These simple gluten free cupcakes are a wonderful base for all sorts of tasty toppings. Here I have included a vanilla buttercream recipe, but you can also top with ready-made condiments such as caramel sauce, jam and fruit.

Perfect Gluten Free Cupcakes (Makes 12)


For the cake

  • 200g salted butter
  • 200g golden caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 200g gluten free self-raising flour (I use Dove’s Farm)
  • 1tsp gluten free baking powder (I use Isabel’s)
  • A quarter tsp of xanthan gum (I use Dove’s Farm)

For the buttercream (optional)

  • 100g salted butter
  • 140g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C (fan).
  2. If you have a food processor, combine all the cake ingredients in the blender bowl and whizz until you have a smooth cake mix. Not to worry if you don’t have a blender – this gluten free cupcake recipe can be made just as well using human power! In a large bowl, cream the butter and the sugar until smooth. Then add the eggs one at a time, combined well after each. Finally, sift in the flour, baking powder and xanthan gum and mix for a few minutes until everything is perfectly smooth.gluten free cake mix
  3. Line a cupcake or muffin tray with cupcake cases. 
  4. Divide the gluten free cupcake mixture between the cases, so that each is filled to about 2/3 of the way up the case.
  5. Bake for approximately 20 minutes, until your cake tester comes out clean from the centre of your test cupcake.
  6. Gentlly take the gluten free cupcakes out of the tray and onto a wire cooling rack. Leave to cool completely. 
  7. Once the cakes have cooled entirely, you can go ahead and ice with a topping of your choice. Ready-made caramel is a brilliant easy cheat topping, or if you want to use buttercream follow the step below.
  8. To make the buttercream, simply beat the butter in a bowl until smooth, then add the icing sugar and vanilla bean paste. Mix well until smooth and fluffy. Use a small palette knife to spread the buttercream on top of the cooled gluten free cupcakes, adding any other toppings you fancy. A sprinkle of chocolate chips, fresh raspberries and soft caramelised rhubarb all work beautifully!

gluten free cupcakes rhubarb

If you liked this recipe, why not try some of my other gluten free bakes:

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