Wheat- And Gluten-Free Vanilla Cup Cakes

by Allergy-free Cakes |

Preparation Time

40 minutes


18 cakes





Finger Food

Cut the cupcakes in half to make it easier for little hands to hold


  • 150g gluten-free plain flour

  • 75g maize flour or cornflour

  • 75g ground almonds

  • 1½ tsp gluten-free baking powder

  • 300g unrefined caster sugar

  • 300g butter, at room temperature

  • 6 medium eggs

  • A few drops of vanilla extract

These gluten-free cupcakes are ideal for kids parties when catering for children with allergies

1  Place 18 cupcake cases into cupcake baking trays.

2  Preheat the oven to 190°C/gas mark 5.

3  Combine the gluten-free flour, maize flour, ground almonds and gluten-free baking powder. Sieve together four times to distribute all of the ingredients fully.

4  Cream together the caster sugar  and butter until light and fluffy. It is best to do this using a food mixer with a beater attachment or use a hand-held electric mixer.

5  Crack the eggs into a bowl and beat lightly with a fork.

6  Beat the eggs into the creamed mixture a little at a time, making sure you beat in each addition fully  before adding the next. If the mixture starts to split, stir in a spoonful of the flour mixture.

7  Add the vanilla extract. Using a large metal spoon, fold in the gluten-free flour mixture.

8  Divide the mixture between the cupcake cases and bake for 20–25 minutes until firm to the touch or a knife inserted comes out clean.

9  Leave to cool on a cooling rack, then decorate as you wish.

To make this recipe nut free, use 300g (10oz) Doves Farm self-raising gluten-free flour in place of the gluten-free flour, maize flour, ground almond and gluten-free baking powder mixture. Skip step 3 of the recipe. Ensure the margarine is nut free.
To make this recipe dairy free, use dairy-free margarine in place of butter in the sponge and fill with jam and dairy-free buttercream.

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