One Dozen Gluten Free Vanilla Cupcakes Recipe

Sharon L. | What the Fork Food Blog

This recipe for One Dozen Gluten Free Vanilla Cupcakes is easy to make and produces a moist cupcake with a tender crumb. There’s even a dairy free option!

Since I’ve posted my original recipe for Gluten Free Vanilla Cupcakes, I’ve been on a mission to scale it down.

I really wanted to make exactly one dozen gluten free vanilla cupcakes because sometimes I just don’t want to feel like I’m swimming in cupcakes.

You feel me?

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Scaling down my recipe wasn’t as easy as just cutting it in half. I spent a bit of time tweaking the amount of sour cream and basically every single ingredient.

Basically, this is an entirely new recipe! But most importantly, they taste amazing (if not better than the original)!

They’re moist, thanks to the sour cream and oil and the flavor of vanilla and butter extract makes them taste like they’re from a bakery.

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The great thing about a good gluten free vanilla cupcake recipe is that you can use whichever flavor of frosting is your favorite.

Here, I chose to do a mixture of Vanilla Buttercream and Chocolate Frosting.

Personally, I love the combo of vanilla cupcakes and chocolate frosting. Chocolate and vanilla, it’s truly the best of both worlds!

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For dairy free, follow the recipe notes for dairy free vanilla cupcakes and stick with my favorite vegan chocolate frosting.

If you like to freeze your gluten free baked goods for optimal freshness, you should know that these cupcakes freeze really well! You can freeze them unfrosted OR frosted.

That’s right, go ahead and frost them before freezing if you like! Just be sure to leave plenty of time for the frosted cupcakes to defrost completely before serving.

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Nobody wants to bite into a cupcake only to find it icy in the middle ;-)

If you freeze them unfrosted, you can defrost them for 10-15 minutes before adding your frosting or you could frost them while they’re still frozen and let them defrost at room temperature until ready to serve.


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One Dozen Gluten Free Vanilla Cupcakes Recipe

    12 Servings


  • 1 1/2 cups All-Purpose Gluten Free Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Xanthan Gum
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Fine Sea Salt
  • 1 large Egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Milk, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup Avocado Oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon Butter Extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a standard muffin pan with 12 paper liners or spray with non-stick spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the gluten free flour, xanthan gum, granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt. Set aside
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the egg, sour cream, milk, oil, vanilla extract, and butter extract. Add the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
  4. Divide the batter evenly between the 12 muffin cups and bake for 18-22 minutes or until done.
  5. Remove from the baking pan and cool completely on a wire rack.
  6. When cool, frost with frosting of choice.



  • For dairy free, use plain dairy free yogurt in place of the sour cream, use unsweetened coconut milk in place of the regular milk, and reduce the xanthan gum to 1/4 teaspoon.
  • Canola or vegetable oil can be used in place of avocado oil.
  • I use my Nightshade-Free flour blend in this recipe.


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Gluten Free
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Author: Sharon L.
Recipe Yields: 12 cupcakes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cupcakes
Servings Per Recipe 12

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 68
Calories 202

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g
  Saturated Fat 2g
Sodium 116mg
Total Carbohydrate 29g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 18g
Protein 3g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Sharon L.

About Sharon

Sharon is our latest gluten free fanatic. We love her easy approach to gluten free recipes that are versatile enough to be gluten-full too. Try one, you'll see what we mean. Find her at What the Fork Food Blog every day.

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