Gluten-free cupcakes recipe

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These easy gluten-free cupcakes are a delicious option if you're on a gluten-free diet. They're so easy to make and taste just like the real deal

A close-up of a gluten-free cupcake with sprinkles and buttercream
  • healthy
Preparation Time20 mins
Cooking Time20 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories159 Kcal8%
Sugar10.7 g12%
Fat7.8 g11%
Saturated Fat4.6 g23%
Salt0.31 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein2.3 g5%
Carbohydrates18.9 g7%
Salt0.31 gRow 7 - Cell 2

These gluten free cupcakes are a safe yet satisfying option for kids’ parties.

Light, spongy and simple to make, these gluten-free cupcakes are dainty and delicious - and designed for those following a gluten-free diet. This recipe makes 12 cupcakes, taking just 40 mins to prepare and bake. Gluten free flour is key here, and is flavoured with a few drops of vanilla extract. Top your gluten-free cupcakes with tasty buttercream and colourful sprinkles.


  • 125g butter, melted
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 125g gluten-free self-raising flour
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 3tbsp milk
  • Few drops of vanilla extract
  • 2 medium egg whites
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 100g butter, softened
  • Few drops of vanilla extract
  • Royal icing sprinkles
  • 12-hole bun tray, lined with paper cases
  • Large piping bag, fitted with star-shape piping tube




  1. To make this cupcake recipe (opens in new tab), set the oven to 190°C.
  2. To make the cupcakes: Pour the melted butter into a bowl and add sugar, flour, eggs, milk and vanilla extract. Beat the mixture, preferably with an electric hand whisk, to give a smooth batter which may appear a little runnier than a usual sponge-cake mixture. Spoon mixture into the paper cases in the bun tray.
  3. Bake cakes in the centre of oven for 18-20 mins, or until they've risen and are light golden. Remove tray from the oven and leave cakes to cool for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. To make the buttercream: Place egg whites and sugar in a bowl over a pan of hot water. Stir until sugar dissolves completely. Remove the bowl from over the pan and whisk the egg whites until stiff. Gradually whisk in the butter and then the vanilla. The mixture may appear to separate, but keep whisking it at a high speed until it's light and fluffy - this is easiest done in a table-top food mixer, but can be done with an electric hand whisk.
  5. Fill the piping bag with the buttercream and pipe a swirl on top of each cupcake. Scatter over the royal icing sprinkles. Keep the cupcakes cool until serving them. They are best eaten within 2 days of making. (Not suitable for freezing).

Top tips for making gluten-free cupcakes:

Icing sugar is gluten-free in the UK and US (though always check individual labels). You could always top these cakes with some traditional icing instead and play around with food colouring (also gluten-free)

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Jessica Dady is Senior Content Editor at and has over 10 years of experience as a digital journalist, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the best food hampers to cookbooks, from the best cake stands to baking sets, Jessica has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to must-have food products. A passionate baker, she spends much of her time creating celebration cakes for friends and family - particularly for her two lucky children.