Gluten Free Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes

These simple vegan vanilla cupcakes are the perfect mid-week treat: quick and easy to make, as well as ridiculously delicious. At the same time, they can easily be tweaked to be the centrepiece at any celebration. I’m sure these gluten free vegan cupcakes will become your favourite go-to cupcake recipe!

Gluten free vegan vanilla cupcakes in plain white cupcake liners on a blue plate. They are decorated with swirls of vegan vanilla frosting and colourful sprinkles. The cupcake in the front has had its cupcake liner partially removed.

It’s my birthday today. And if you asked me how old I am… give me a minute. Or two. My age seems to be something that I never remember – probably because I don’t find it all that important. But, if you’re wondering (and you probably aren’t): I’m 24.

I don’t feel 24. I remember thinking, when I was about 14, how adult and mature 24-year-olds appear. 10 years later, I’m still a student (PhD student, but a student all the same) at Oxford – and if there’s one thing about Oxford, with it’s old buildings and spires, hordes of students and tourists (and let’s not forget the squirrels)… it’s that it keeps you in a bubble. I’ve been in Oxford for 6 years now, first as an undergraduate and now as a postgraduate – and the bubble persists. 

It’s a bit different now at least, with the blogging – it forces me to poke my head out of the Oxford bubble and the Chemistry haze that I was in during undergraduate years, when even in sleep I couldn’t escape chemical reactions and molecular structures that were floating through my mind. Nowadays, I often fall asleep to the images of brownies and salted caramel, only to find myself dreaming about the science of baking powder vs baking soda.

But I think this feeling is shared by many of my generation – this feeling that adulting is hard and what does it mean to be an adult anyway? We’ll figure it out eventually, I’m sure. (Fingers crossed and knock on wood.)

Anyway, because it’s my birthday I thought these vegan vanilla cupcakes were the perfect thing to share with you today. (It’s mostly because there’s sprinkles and in my mind sprinkles = celebration.)

Gluten free vegan vanilla cupcakes in plain white cupcake liners on a blue plate. They are decorated with swirls of vegan vanilla frosting and colourful sprinkles.

We’ve been on something of a vegan baking adventure lately. haven’t we? First, with the decadently delicious vegan chocolate cake, and then with the chocolate overload that were these vegan chocolate cupcakes.

No chocolate today, surprisingly enough. Just the gentle flavour of vanilla. But that’s okay. It can’t always be all about a mountain of chocolate and salted caramel – sometimes, subtle and delicate is the way to go.

And these vegan vanilla cupcakes are all that and more. The vegan vanilla sponge is buttery and rich – even though it contains no butter or eggs. There is none of that annoying denseness that often accompanies vegan baking; instead the cupcakes are fluffy, light and moist with a wonderful golden colour (for which I’m not quite sure where it comes from – but hey, who’s complaining).

Gluten free vegan vanilla cupcakes in plain white cupcake liners on a blue plate. They are decorated with swirls of vegan vanilla frosting and colourful sprinkles. The cupcake in the front has had its cupcake liner partially removed and a bite has been take out of it, exposing its fluffy interior.

The frosting is simplicity itself, with only 3 ingredients: coconut cream, powdered sugar and vanilla paste. They are whipped into what is basically a fluffy cloud of sweet vanilla goodness and I could, quite honestly, eat this vegan frosting with a spoon.

Some colourful sprinkles finish off the vegan vanilla cupcakes – and doesn’t that burst of colour just bring a smile to your face?

I think we can all agree that this vegan cupcake recipe is the very definition of quick and easy. With only very simple ingredients (that you can easily get in pretty much any grocery store) and requiring less that 45 minutes, you can whip up these lovelies even in the middle of the week when a cupcake craving strikes.

But at the same time, they are fun and fancy enough for any party or celebration – by just changing the sprinkles and cupcake liners you use, they can be either a wedding centrepiece, or a  kids party treat.

So there you have it: simple gluten free vegan vanilla cupcakes, easily adaptable for all occasions, as well as quick and easy to make. What’s not to love?

Gluten free vegan vanilla cupcakes in plain white cupcake liners on a blue plate. They are decorated with swirls of vegan vanilla frosting and colourful sprinkles. The cupcake in the front has had its cupcake liner partially removed.

 

 

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  • When it comes to gluten free flour blends, I recommend using one with a very simple ingredients list. I use a Lidl Brand “Just Free” (available in UK), that only contains rice, potato and maize flour. However, people have had excellent results using Bob’s Red Mill all purpose GF flour and 1-to-1 baking flour. Alternatively, you can mix our own blend from rice flour, potato flour and maize flour.
  • I get many questions about xanthan gum. This is a common ingredient in gluten free baking, acting like “glue” (the binding agent) in the absence of gluten. It gives your baked goods elasticity and flexibility, so that they don’t crumble away to nothing.
  • When it comes to the frosting, you can either use a high quality coconut milk with few/no additives to get the coconut cream… or just buy straight-up coconut cream, if you want to avoid the extra step of separating the cream from the milk.
  • You want your coconut cream frosting to be as fluffy as possible – I like to make it in my KitchenAid stand mixer, but a quality hand mixer will work just as well. I recommend the VonShef hand mixer, it works like a dream.
Gluten free vegan vanilla cupcakes in plain white cupcake liners on a blue plate. They are decorated with swirls of vegan vanilla frosting and colourful sprinkles. The cupcake in the front has had its cupcake liner partially removed.
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Gluten Free Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes (Gluten, Dairy & Egg Free)

These vegan vanilla cupcakes are the perfect mid-week treat: quick and easy to make, as well as ridiculously delicious. At the same time, they can easily be tweaked to be the centrepiece at any celebration – these gluten free vegan cupcakes are bound to become your favourite go-to cupcake recipe!

Course Dessert
Cuisine Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Vegan
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12 cupcakes
Author Kat | The Loopy Whisk

Ingredients

For gluten free vegan vanilla cupcakes:

    DRY:

    • 2 2/3 cups (320 g) gluten free flour
    • 1 1/4 cups (250 g) caster sugar (Note 1)
    • pinch of salt
    • 3/4 tsp xanthan gum
    • 2 tsp baking powder
    • 2 tsp baking soda

    WET:

    • 1/2 cup (120 mL) vegetable oil
    • 2 cups (480 mL) non-dairy milk (for instance coconut milk, rice milk or almond milk if not sensitive to nuts)
    • 1 tsp vanilla paste (or 2 tsp vanilla extract)

    For vegan vanilla frosting:

    • 2 1/2 cups (500 g) coconut cream (Note 2)
    • 4 1/2 cups (500 g) powdered sugar, sifted (Note 1)
    • 1 tsp vanilla paste (or 2 tsp vanilla extract)
    • sprinkles (optional)

    Instructions

    For gluten free vegan vanilla cupcakes:

    1. Pre-heat the oven to 355 ºF (180 ºC) and line a cupcake baking tin with 12 cupcake liners.

      If you're uncertain about the quality of your cupcake liners, brush the inside with some vegetable oil for easier cupcake liner removal when eating.

    2. Mix all dry ingredients together.

    3. Mix the wet ingredients together, and add them to the dry ingredients. Stir well, until you get a smooth cupcake batter.

    4. Transfer the cupcake batter into the cupcake liners, so that you fill each cupcake liner about 3/4 full. Bake in the pre-heated oven at 355 ºF (180 ºC) for about 30 - 35 minutes or until the tops are springy/bouncy to the touch and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

      While the cupcakes are baking, prepare the vegan vanilla frosting.

    5. Allow to cool.

    For vegan vanilla frosting:

    1. In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment or using a hand mixer with the double beater attachment, beat the coconut cream until smooth and slightly increased in volume.

    2. Add the powdered sugar. Gradually increase the mixer speed from low (at the beginning while the powdered sugar is being incorporated into the coconut cream) to high. Beat at high speed for about 5 - 10 minutes, or until the frosting is fluffy and increased in volume.

    3. Add the vanilla paste and mix until evenly incorporated.

    Assembly:

    1. Using a piping nozzle of choice (I've used this Wilton Round Decorating Tip No. 1A (affiliate link) – it's a favourite!), pipe the vegan vanilla frosting on top of the cooled cupcakes.

    2. Decorate with sprinkles of choice, and enjoy!

    Storage:

    1. The gluten free vegan vanilla cupcakes keep well in a closed container in a cool dry place for about 3 - 4 days.

    Recipe Notes

    Note 1: If you’re a vegan who’s concerned about bone char used in refining sugar, you can see a list of companies that don’t use bone-char filters on the PETA website.

    Note 2: You can get coconut cream by putting coconut milk (with a high coconut content and without too many stabilisers/preservatives) into the fridge for a few hours – without shaking! The coconut milk will separate into coconut cream (that you'll need in this recipe) and coconut water (which is great in smoothies).

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