Gluten-Free Baking

Gluten-Free Vanilla Cupcakes

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  • Makes: 12
  • Ready in: none
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Gluten-Free Vanilla Cupcakes



Beautiful light cupcakes and they are gluten free.


  • 180g castor sugar
  • 2 medium eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp glycerine
  • 175g all purpose flour recipe see below
  • 1½ tsp gluten free baking powder
  • ½ level tsp xanthan gum
  • 130mls full milk
  • 130mls sunflower oil
  • All purpose flour - Makes 1 kg
  • 700g fine white rice flour
  • 200g potato flour
  • 100g tapioca starch or flour

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  1. Pre heat the oven to 180°C gas 4.
  2. Place the castor sugar, eggs, vanilla and glycerine into a mixing bowl and whisk on high speed for 4 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, really mix the flour, baking powder and gum together, best to sieve a couple of times, then you know its fully incorporated.
  4. Next mix the oil and milk together.
  5. Right, once the eggs are nice and thick remove from the machine and add the flour mix and liquid, whisk well, but don't go mad.
  6. Spoon into 12 muffin cases, set in a muffin tray.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until well risen to the top of the case.
  8. Remove and cool, then top with the frosting.

Phil's Tips

All purpose flour mix

This is really handy to have when baking gluten free so I always have a batch made up.

Just mix all the flours together very thoroughly or put into a food processor and pulse until mixed, if yours has a large enough capacity. Ten store in an airtight container.

Shown on ITV's This Morning 2nd March 2011

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Comments (2)

  • Tim


    23 December 2014 at 14:17 |
    Thanks for letting us know - I have updated the recipe. Keep an eye out for lots of GF news soon!


  • Kerry


    04 December 2014 at 10:43 |
    These cupcakes are great ...but the eggs is missing off the ingredient list...I found the same recipe in a news paper article. You can also use Doves GF flour it works perfectly for this recipe!

    Trust me I have done a lot of GF testing with various recipes this one is now my go to for GF cupcakes


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