Perfect Cupcake Base

"This simple gluten free cupcake base is very easy to make and can be topped with whatever you choose. I love a creamy buttercream swirl on mine :)."
-- @myglutenfreeguide
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Prep time 10mins
Cook time 20mins
Serves or Makes: 12 cupcakes

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  • 1 3/4 sticks salted butter
  • 1 cup castor sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups self raising gluten free flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum


  • Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 375ºF or 350ºF if using convection.

  • Step 2

    If you have a food processor, combine all the cake ingredients in the bowl and blend until you have a smooth cake mix. If not using a food processor, cream butter and sugar in a large bowl. Add the eggs one at a time, combining well after each. Sift in the flour, baking powder and xantham gum and mix for a few minutes until everything is perfectly smooth.

  • Step 3

    Line a cupcake or muffin tray with cupcake liners. Divide batter between each, filling about 2/3 of the way full.

  • Step 4

    Bake about 20 minutes, until your cake tester comes out clean from the centre of a cupcake.

  • Step 5

    Gently take the gluten free cupcakes out of the tray and onto a wire cooling rack. Leave to cool completely.

  • Step 6

    Once the cakes have cooled entirely, you can go ahead and ice with a topping of your choice.

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