Gluten Free Vegan Cupcake
NOTE: I’ve just created a BETTER version of this cupcake! Its xanthan free, refined sugar free, and has much less almond flour (with a nut-free substitution) Its also lighter and super fluffy- Check it out!
Also, check out these recipes for more cupcakes and vegan, soy free, sugar free icing!
Ahhh the holy grail and bane of my existance. I’ve been working for ages now on trying to pull off a great combination for a gluten free, egg free, and dairy free vanilla cupcake. I’ve had many, many different experiences. There are indeed some blog recipes out there that are terrific, but inevitably there’s one or two ingredients in them that I can’t have — *argh*.
So, to start this off, I’m going to link to my favorite recipes that I’ve come across, just in case there’s something in my recipe you can’t have and are stuck with the same dilemma!
First up- my favorite blogger, Karina. Her cupcakes are vegan, gluten free, soy free, and nut free. However, they use Ener-G egg replacer, and xanthan gum, and I don’t. Do check it out: Chocolate Cupcakes with Coffee Icing and her Vanilla Cupcakes with Mocha Icing.
Second up- if you can do nuts and eggs, but you can’t do xantham gum or any grain product or refined sugar or soy, go for Elana’s Pantry. She uses coconut flour and almond flour and agave nectar. Here is her Vanilla Cupcakes with chocolate frosting, her coconut flour Chocolate Cupcakes and her almond flour Chocolate Cupcakes.
For my xanthan-free, sugar free GF Vegan Vanilla Cupcake with a nut-free option – Click here
NOTE 2: Now, the recipe below makes a vanilla cupcake that is soft, and very filling. I’ve learned the best way to make it is to use an ice cream scoop/food scoop (one of the round ones) and fill it till it is exactly level. It plops nicely in the pan with a rounded top and cooks evenly cause each is the same weight. Don’t cook them too long!!! They can dry out very quick if you do, and suddenly become rocks :( I learned this, this morning. urgh. I know the cuppies I brought to the Cupcake Challenge could have been alot more moist. You learn. You learn. (frosting was awesome though!!)
NOTE 3: Check out Maida from Mission Vegan- she subbed the almond flour for quinoa flour, used rice milk instead of almond milk, and canola oil instead of grapeseed- Check out her results!
Gluten Free Vegan Vanilla Bean Cupcakes
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk ( try this first. you can do other non-dairy milks, but they may give different results)
- 1/3 cup grapeseed oil (or another super light oil. Results will vary with different oils)
- 1 1/2 vanilla bean plus 1 tsp vanilla extract (OR 2 tsp extract)
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 2 tbsp ground flax
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup and 3tbsp white rice flour
- 3/4 cup sugar (you can try another solid sweetener like maple sugar, sucanat, date sugar, coconut sap)
- 1/3 cup tapioca starch
- 1/3 cup almond flour (don’t use Bob’s Redmill, its not fine enough. Either re-grind it, or get it from JK Gourmet online or Honeyville online).
- 1/3 cup coconut flour
- 1/4 tsp xanthan gum (try 1 tbsp agar agar powder, or if you aren’t vegan, 1 tbsp unflavoured gelatin if you can’t tolerate xanthan gum)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Mix the wet ingredients together first- you want the ground flax to have time to soak in to the wet.
- Mix all the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Push through a sifter, to make sure you remove any large almond chunks and even out any baking soda chunks. Very important!
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and mix thoroughly.
- Scoop into muffin cups. Bake at 350 for 10 min, then check on them. If the top sinks when you touch it, cook for 1 more minute at a time (they can firm up fast!). You’ll know they are ready if they are still soft but have a bit of firmness to the touch.
- Let them cool inside their tins (sounds wierd I know… but the trapped steam makes the inside of the cupcake moist instead of soggy… if you don’t want to chance it, no worries, take them out right away. They are still yummy!
Here are some healthier icing options: