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Gluten-Free Recipe: Apple-Pie Cupcakes

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Gluten-Free Apple Pie Cupcakes

Gluten-Free Apple Pie Cupcakes

Making filled cupcakes isn't as complicated as some may think. Believe me, I'm a pretty lazy baker myself and don't find much joy in baking anything that requires a significant amount of time and effort. As fancy as it may sound, these gluten-free "apple pie" cupcakes are actually so easy to make any beginning baker should be able to do it with no difficulty. They are basically a delectable hybrid between a vanilla cupcake and an apple pie. Pretty interesting, right? If that doesn't sound good enough to convince you to try this gluten-free dessert, here are some other reasons that may change your mind:

  1. These apple pie cupcakes are pretty low in fat. I wouldn't go so far as to say it's a perfect dessert for diabetics or people who are trying to lose weight. However, it's certainly a healthier version of cupcakes.
  2. Imagine the smells of vanilla, cooked apple and cinnamon mingling in the air and permeating your whole kitchen. I don't know about you, but I always find this combination of aromas to be very soothing.
  3. It's a great way to use over-ripe apples. There's no need to throw away apples that are a little bit past their prime. They will work just fine in this recipe.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

25 min

35 min

6 apple pie cupcakes


  • 1/4 cup margarine, trans-fat-free and cholesterol-free
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp gluten-free vanilla extract***
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup low-fat sour cream
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder***
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt

***To avoid gluten in vanilla extract, choose a brand that does not contain grain alcohol.***

***Baking powder is usually gluten-free although it doesn't carry the gluten-free label. However, there are some brands of baking powder that contain gluten ingredients, such as wheat starch, modified food starch or dextrin. So if you're on a strict gluten-free diet, make sure you read the label before purchasing baking powder.***

How to Make Gluten-Free "Apple Pie" Cupcakes from Scratch

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cream together margarine and sugar in a large bowl. You can use an electric mixer, fork, or whisk in this process. For this small portion of margarine and sugar, I find an electric mixer to be unnecessary. A fork or a whisk usually works just fine.
  3. Once the mixture is light and fluffy, add vanilla extract, sour cream, and egg. Mix together until well-blended.
  4. In another bowl, combine rice flour, cornstarch, xanthan gum, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir together with a whisk or fork. Make sure there are no lumps in your flour mixture.
  5. Add the dry mixture to the margarine mixture. Whisk together until your gluten-free cupcake batter is thick and well-combined.
  6. Line standard cupcake tins with paper liners. Fill about 2/3 of each cup with the cupcake batter.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for about 20–25 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  8. In the meantime, prepare your apple pie filling (recipe follows).
  9. Once the cupcakes are done, remove them from the oven and cupcake tins. Then allow them to cool completely on a wire rack (about 20 minutes).

Making "Apple Pie" Filling for Your Gluten-Free Cupcakes


  • 1/2 cup peeled and thinly chopped apple
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • a pinch of ground cinnamon


  • Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat.
  • Stir constantly until the apple is softened.
  • Lower the heat. Simmer for about 3–5 minutes or until the mixture is thick.
Adding the Apple Filling to the Cupcakes

Adding the Apple Filling to the Cupcakes

How to Add the Apple Pie Filling to Your Cupcakes

  • Insert a paring knife into the top of a cupcake, at about 45-degree angle.
  • Carefully cut a little "cone" out of the cupcake. It should be about 1 1/2 inches in diameter and 3/4 inch deep. Make sure you don't cut through the bottom of the cupcake.
  • Fill the cavity with a tablespoon of the apple pie filling.
  • Slice the tip off the cone and put the "cap" back on top of your cupcake to seal it.
  • Repeat the instructions with the rest of the cupcakes and apple pie filling.
Gluten-Free Apple Pie Cupcakes with Whipped Cream Frosting

Gluten-Free Apple Pie Cupcakes with Whipped Cream Frosting

Finishing Your Gluten-Free Apple Pie Cupcakes

Simple whipped-cream frosting goes beautifully with these gluten-free cupcakes. You may buy ready-made frosting (make sure it's gluten-free!) from a supermarket, or make your own from scratch if you don't mind a little extra whisking and wrist exercise! Just whisk 1 cup of heavy cream in a chilled bowl until it starts to thicken, then add 1 tablespoon of powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon of gluten-free vanilla extract. Whisk the mixture until it turns into soft and fluffy frosting, then use it to decorate your apple pie cupcakes!

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