Gluten Free Dairy Free Strawberry Cupcakes
To replace the dairy in the cupcakes or the frosting, youll need a nondairy substitute for both the butter and the milk. The milk is easy. Just use your favorite nondairy milk mine is unsweetened almond milk.
For the butter, I recommend Melt or Miyokos Kitchen brand vegan butter. They behave the most like butter in baking. I think that Earth Balance buttery sticks would add too much moisture, leading to a denser cupcake.
For the butter in the frosting, if you dont have vegan butter, try using Spectrum brand nonhydrogenated vegetable shortening. Or just make the glaze instead!
Expert Tips And Recipe Faq:
How do you know when the cupcakes are done baking?
The best way to test to see if your cupcakes are baked is to insert a toothpick into the middle of a cupcake. If the toothpick comes back clean, they are finished baking. If you see batter or crumbs, they need to bake a little longer.
Why are the cupcakes dense and heavy?
When your cupcakes turn out dense, it is because you over-mixed your batter. This can be a huge issue in gluten free baking. Mix your ingredients until they are just barely mixed.
How long will these gluten free vanilla cupcakes keep fresh?
These cupcakes will keep up to 4 days in an air-tight container, or up to 4 months in the freezer.
Can you make these cupcakes ahead?
You can easily make these ahead. You can make the batter up to two days before baking the cupcakes, or you can make the cupcakes without frosting and freeze them until you are ready to use them.
What makes vanilla cupcakes light and fluffy?
The best way to make your cupcakes light and fluffy is to NOT overmix your batter. Mix the wet and dry ingredients until they are just barely mixed.
Why did the cupcakes sink in the middle?
Often this can happen if you open the oven door while the cupcakes are baking. Another reason is if your oven wasn’t the right temperature when you put the cupcakes into the oven.
Homemade Gluten Free Cupcakes
Do you bake a lot of gluten-free desserts? Personally, I dont, but sometimes I need to make a yummy dessert for a friend who cant have gluten. Thats why I decided to create this gluten-free cupcakes recipe. It takes my favorite moist vanilla cupcakes and transforms them into gluten-free cupcakes that are fluffy and moist with a tender, springy crumb.
Its hard to find good gluten-free desserts that dont require a couple of different types of flour or other special ingredients. Thats why I like using a measure for measure gluten-free flour to replace a standard all-purpose flour. I dive into more detail below.
Ive topped these cupcakes with my vanilla buttercream frosting, which is a super popular recipe. However, these cupcakes would also pair great with a chocolate frosting, or some whipped cream and berries.
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Make Any Cake/cupcake Recipe Gluten Free
Gluten Free Baking was such a challenging fete a few years ago, but today its a totally different story! There are so many gluten free flours available in most grocery stores nowadays.
In my own Home Bakery, all my cakes and cupcakes are available in gluten free. This is not because I saw a gap in the market or anything, its rather because my husband, Adriaan, is highly intolerant to gluten.
I firmly believe that no home baker should try and sell anything they dont believe in. Not so much because its inconsistent, but honestly, it just doesnt work.
You can market products till you pass out, but if you dont LOVE your products and really believe in the motivation behind baking them, you will literally not be able to sell them. Not nearly enough of them anyway.
There I go again, throwing in baking business advice. Back to the gluten free chat!
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Subbing Beyond Cakes & Cupcakes
Important note: This flour recipe is not ideal for making bread or brownies, but I do have an Ultimate Gluten Free Brownie Recipe
If you have any more questions on substituting gluten free flour in regular cake/cupcake recipes, please comment below and Ill be happy to answer them
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Should Gluten Free Cupcakes Be Refrigerated
When something contains gluten, if it can easily be moved without destroying it, it may fall apart. The storage component of gluten-free baked goods is one last bit of good news. Generally, they do not keep well under the sun or for long. Baking goods can be kept at room temperature or frozen when theyre completely cooled.
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Notes On Ingredients For Gluten
- Flour: As always, I recommend using a good quality gluten-free flour blend that isnt made of bean flours. I have had great success with the texture of these cupcakes when I use Gluten free Mamas Almond Blend or Gluten free Mamas Coconut Blend, King Arthur Measure for Measure Flour, and also with Cup4Cup flour.
- Baking cocoa: In this recipe, I like to divide the total amount called for and use about 1/2 of dutch-processed, Hersheys regular or Saco blend cocoa and 1/2 Hersheys special dark cocoa. That is how I achieve a deep, dark brown to my cupcakes and icing.
Heres a look at how full to fill the cupcake liners before baking and what the cupcakes look like after baking. Youll notice the cupcakes are mostly flat, making them perfect for frosting!
This frosting you MUST make this fudge frosting! You will totally want to just eat the frosting with a spoon. My hubby and I will fight over who gets to lick the beaters when I make it. Thanks to my friend Steph for sharing this frosting recipe with me back in my college days!
No matter what new cake recipe I try out, I always use this frosting as it is simply the best chocolate fudge frosting there is!
You can also switch up your cupcake liners and add sprinkles to make these work for whatever holiday or party youre bringing them to. Here I used red/white/blue liners and sprinkles to make gluten-free patriotic cupcakes for a Fourth of July potluck:
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Easy Gluten Free Vanilla Cupcakes
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These Gluten-Free Vanilla Cupcakes are so good you may start making these cupcakes even if youre not a gluten-free baker! Theyre fully & moist and are topped with my favorite vanilla frosting.
For The Assembly Of The Cupcakes
Once the cupcakes are cool, you need to make little holes in your cupcakes to fill with the jam, use something circular to make a small hole just make sure you dont go too deep as you need some of the cake beneath to hold the filling!
Spoon some filling into the hole youve made in each cupcake.
Spoon your buttercream into a piping bag with a large star nozzle. Then pipe your buttercream on top. If you dont want to pipe it, you can spoon it on top too!
Oh and heres a printable version of my gluten-free vanilla cupcakes recipe. Please remember to give it 5 stars if you tried it and enjoyed it as it helps people know its worth trying too! Feel free to leave your written reviews in the comments below this post ??
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How Do You Keep Gluten
This is a common question when it comes to gluten-free baking. As mentioned above, using the right kind of flour and the right flour-to-starch ratio will help these cupcakes bake up nice and moist.
Additionally youll want to make sure you mix the batter on medium speed. Mixing some air into the batter is good, but if the batter is beaten to hard of for too long it can incorporate too much air and the cupcakes will fall.
It also helps greatly to use a good quality cupcake liners any time youre baking gluten-free cupcakes or muffins.
What Brand Of Gluten Free Flour Is Best
Ive tried this recipe with a few different brands of gluten free flour, and so far, each of them has worked great:
My favorite brand of gluten free flour for this recipe was King Arthur. However, any brand of gluten free flour you can find at your grocery store should work.
My only word of caution is to be sure you use some sort of gluten free flour blend.
Using a single type of gluten free flour like almond flour or cassava flour in this recipe will not yield the same results!
Most grocery stores carry at least one blend of gluten free flour. Stores like Whole Foods or Trader Joes also have lots of great options.
If all else fails, amazon is another easy way to get your hands on a gluten free flour blend. I order most of my baking supplies on amazon, including most of my specialty ingredients
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What Flour Is Best For Gluten
- Generally, when cooking gluten-free, unless youre a master of alchemy and mixing your own gluten-free flour blend, its safest to just stick with your standard 1-to-1 gluten free flour blend. You will find that most of the 1-to-1 flours work the same.
- The Trick to the Fluffy Top Even though youre not really able to get the same exact pouffy top on a gluten-free cupcake that you generally get with a standard cupcake made with cake flour, you can still get a pretty high-rise fluffy lookand a light, fluffy interior, by filling each cupcake liner with about 1/4 cup of batter .
The Challenge: One Bowl Gluten
I wanted to create a recipe for gluten-free cupcakes that were as easy to make as a boxed mix. My early attempts wereinteresting. The first ones came out flat. The next were too sweet and the batch after that tasted like a dry muffin. Not what I was going for in a cupcake recipe.
After several tries, the cupcakes were finally what I wanted.
These gluten-free cupcakes are:
- Soft and tender, like my gluten-free funfetti cake
- A simple, small batch recipe.
The recipe makes about dozen cupcakes. So its perfect for a weeknight birthday or one of those nights you just want cake.
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A Surprise Smores Filling
Heading into the summer, I have festive and fun sharable desserts on the brain. Cupcakes are perfect for bringing to parties!
And who can resist Smores?
Keep these vanilla cupcakes as is, or get creative and add a smores filling.
To add the fun Smores Filling:
- Chop a dark chocolate bar & find some mini marshmallows. I buy marshmallows at Whole Foods because the store brand does not contain corn syrup.
- Crush up some gluten free graham crackers in the blender.
- Cut a quarter-sized hole in the top of the cupcake that goes down nearly to the bottom, but not through the bottom.
- Fill the cupcakes with chocolate & marshmallows.
- Frost with your favorite frosting I like this White Chocolate Buttercream that is made with only 2 ingredients cream cheese & melted white chocolate!
Tip For Measuring Gluten
I have found that the best way to measure gluten-free flour is to use the spoon & level method. Use a spoon to scoop the flour out of the bag into a measuring cup. After spooning the flour into a measuring cup, use the back of a knife to level the flour off the measuring cup.
Please do not use a measuring cup to scoop the flour directly out of the bag. If you do, you may get more flour than the recipe calls for.
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How To Make Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes
You can get the full recipe below, but heres the gist: