With Winter in full swing and citrus in season, these gluten free lemon cupcakes are the perfect sweet treat to celebrate!
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Seasonal citrus infused cupcakes
Today we’re taking one of my favorite gluten free cake recipes and turning it into cupcakes because it’s just that good. Infused with fresh lemon zest and lemon extract, these cupcakes are a perfect vehicle for ripe juicy lemons.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you could experiment with different kinds of citrus like blood orange, tangerine or cara cara oranges (so hip right now).
That said, I think the sourness from the lemons makes the perfect balance with the sweet frosting.
Go-to gluten free cake baking flours
Let me start by saying that gluten free cupcakes are just as good if not better than normal cupcakes.
This is coming from someone who refused to try gluten free baked goods for years after discovering her wheat allergy. I was convinced they would suck. Years later, after endless hours spent recipe testing and visits to local gluten free bakeries, I can promise you they don’t.
It’s important to use the right flour blend when baking gluten free. I have a few favorites I like to stick to:REL NO FOLLOW THESE!!!!
- Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour
- Pillsbury Gluten Free Flour
- Cup 4 Cup Gluten Free Flour
You can always make your own gluten free flour blend as well. This NPR article shares the importance of using a blend of brown rice flour, white rice flour, potato starch and tapioca starch. I think adding xanthan gum is important as well.
Making your cupcakes
Making these gluten free lemon cupcakes starts the same way any cupcake recipe goes. We’re using my favorite gluten free cake recipe. Start with your butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl and slowly incorporate the remaining wet ingredients.
In a separate bowl, blend together the dry ingredients. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ones and incorporate the milk. Pour the batter into the cupcake tins and bake!
If you want to get extra fancy, check out this fun recipe for candied lemon slices by Pip and Debby. These make an adorable sweet and sour garnish.
Finally, while we wait for the cupcakes to cool, we’re making the most of our time and whipping up some homemade lemon frosting!
Other gluten free sweets we love
Check out some of the most popular gluten free sweets on the blog:
And if you're actually just loving the lemon flavor, you have to try these lemon pepper fries and this easy recipe for limoncello.