Today’s gluten-free cupcake recipes have moved far beyond the traditional vanilla and chocolate of the past. In recent years, gluten-free cupcake ideas have become more exciting and creative then ever before. While other foods can be far more challenging to replicate in gluten-free form, cupcakes have emerged as a winner in the gluten-free world. Although a few of the recipes on this list are similar to each other, no two recipes are the same. Each cupcake is exceptional in its own way.
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1. Apple Pie Cupcakes
Fans of the traditional dessert are sure to love these gluten-free apple pie cupcakes. The cupcakes are made using a gluten-free box cake mix (yellow or white), and pre-made apple pie filling. Using mostly pre-made ingredients also makes this a go-to choice for those who love an easy recipe. The apple pie filling is added to the center of each cupcake, making it a fun surprise for those enjoying the treat. The cupcakes are topped with a homemade brown sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon frosting, making it a perfect interpretation of a warm slice of apple pie.
2. Chai Spiced Cupcakes
Those who enjoy the flavor of chai will be immediate fans of these chai spiced cupcakes. Rather than using a pre-made chai spice, this cupcake recipe creates the flavor from scratch. A traditional blend of ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and black pepper is used as the chai spice. Once the cupcakes are ready, they are topped with frosting. The frosting is a simple vanilla frosting, with a sprinkle of cinnamon added to the top. While the flavor of chai can be enjoyed year-round, these gluten-free cupcakes make an exceptional treat in the fall and winter months.
3. Key Lime Pie Cupcakes
Capturing the tropical flavor of the much loved dessert, these gluten-free key lime pie cupcakes are sure to be a new favorite. The cake recipe used for the cupcakes is a delicious blend of ingredients that works well with the unique twist on standard cupcake frosting. Instead of just adding green food coloring to an easy recipe for vanilla frosting, the frosting includes a little bit of key lime flavor as well. Key lime juice is used in place of milk for the frosting to give the frosting a delightful burst of key lime flavor.
4. Chocolate Lavender Cupcakes
The subtle amount of lavender added to this classic gluten-free chocolate cupcake recipe makes for a delightful balance of flavors. Not only is this gluten-free recipe delicious, but the finished cupcakes are a beautiful work of art. After making these cupcakes, your kitchen will smell incredible from the chocolate cake and lavender aromas floating through the air. Does the awesomeness of this gluten-free cupcake recipe stop here? It does not! Not only are all ingredients used gluten-free diet friendly, but also completely perfect for vegan diets as well. This cupcake truly is an all-in-one gluten-free recipe.
5. Snickerdoodle Cupcakes
Fans of snickerdoodle cookies will love the popular flavor re-imagined as a tasty gluten-free cupcake. Additionally, individuals looking for a cupcake recipe with healthy, clean ingredients, should look to this recipe as a top pick. The ingredients used for these cupcakes are perfect for both paleo diets and gluten-free diets. Coconut flour and almond flour are used as the main dry ingredients. The recipe also uses wholesome ingredients such as grass-fed butter, coconut milk, and honey for both the cake and frosting. Preparation and baking time takes about 40 minutes, and the recipe make 16 individual cupcakes.
6. Best Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake
A quick search for gluten-free chocolate cake recipes yields quite a few recipes. Among all of the gluten-free chocolate cake recipes available, this is easily one incredible choice. As the name suggests, it is the best gluten-free chocolate cake recipes available. So what makes it the best? The combination of ingredients is thoughtful, and includes several ingredients that are not typically included in chocolate cake recipes (such as sour cream and optional hot brewed coffee or espresso). In the end, the recipe produces 24 decadent cupcakes. Each cupcake can be frosted and decorated as desired.
7. Lemon Meringue Cupcakes
These gluten-free lemon meringue cupcakes are a creative twist on a standard cupcake. Cupcakes are baked according to the instructions, cooled, and then filled with tangy lemon curd. At this point, this could be the end of the recipe, and the resulting cupcakes would be phenomenal. However, as you could guess, it doesn’t end here. Airy meringue is twisted atop every gluten-free cupcake. A kitchen torch or the broiler can be used to toast the tops of the meringue. The resulting dessert is perfection. These lemon meringue cupcakes are wonderful to enjoy any time of year.
8. Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes
For those on a paleo and gluten-free diet, this chocolate cupcake recipe is a fantastic selection. Each delectable cupcake is gluten-free, grain-free, and dairy-free. One quality unique to these cupcakes is the exceptional moisture content of the finished product. While some gluten-free cupcakes can stay more on the side of being dry, these chocolate cupcakes are soft and nowhere close to being dry. The cupcakes are topped with a homemade paleo chocolate fudge frosting. The rich flavor of these treats proves that you can enjoy incredible desserts without compromise when on a paleo and gluten-free diet.
9. Coconut Flour Cupcakes
Individuals who are looking for a cupcake recipe that uses an alternative to gluten-free all-purpose flour will love these coconut flour cupcakes. As an easy recipe with limited time spent in the kitchen, they are a delight to prepare. Simple ingredients (such as eggs, oil, sugar, vanilla) comprise the cake. For the topping, any favorite frosting can be used. Alternatively, whipped cream makes an excellent topping in place of a standard frosting. Shredded coconut can be added for additional flavor and for its decorative appearance. Fans of coconut treats will enjoy these fluffy, soft gluten-free cupcakes.
10. Funfetti Cupcakes
Need a fun gluten-free recipe for an upcoming birthday? Or are you a year-round fan of all things funfetti? These gluten-free funfetti cupcakes are a made-from-scratch celebration. A simple mix of ingredients, and the festive sprinkles of your choice, make for picture-ready cupcakes. The recipe yields 12 cupcakes, and takes less than an hour to prepare and bake. Traditional buttercream frosting (and more sprinkles of your choice) are used for decoration. Enjoy these cupcakes anytime you are looking for a festive, sweet bakery treat. The cupcakes are wonderful to use in place of a standard birthday cake.