Gluten-Free Recipe: Apple-Pie Cupcakes

Updated on February 6, 2020
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Gluten-Free Apple Pie Cupcakes
Gluten-Free Apple Pie Cupcakes | Source

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 time: 10 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: 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.***

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Gluten-Free Cupcake BatterBatter in Cupcake Tins: Ready to Be Baked!Letting the Cupcakes Cool on a Wire Rack
Gluten-Free Cupcake Batter
Gluten-Free Cupcake Batter | Source
Batter in Cupcake Tins: Ready to Be Baked!
Batter in Cupcake Tins: Ready to Be Baked! | Source
Letting the Cupcakes Cool on a Wire Rack
Letting the Cupcakes Cool on a Wire Rack | Source

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).
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Starting to Cook the "Apple Pie" FillingMy "Apple Pie" Filling is Ready!
Starting to Cook the "Apple Pie" Filling
Starting to Cook the "Apple Pie" Filling | Source
My "Apple Pie" Filling is Ready!
My "Apple Pie" Filling is Ready! | Source

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 | Source

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 | Source

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!

Calorie and Nutrition Details for Each Gluten-Free Apple Pie Cupcake (Without Frosting)

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cupcake
Calories 240
Calories from Fat108
% Daily Value *
Fat 12 g18%
Saturated fat 4 g20%
Unsaturated fat 3 g
Carbohydrates 39 g13%
Sugar 22 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 3 g6%
Cholesterol 44 mg15%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Please Rate This Gluten-Free Cupcake Recipe

5 stars from 4 ratings of Gluten-Free Apple Cupcakes

© 2012 Om Paramapoonya


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  • Ruby H Rose profile image

    Maree Michael Martin 

    4 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

    Now I know what to do with the rest of the apples we picked from the tree! Apple filled cupcakes, what a great idea. Thanks for the gluten free information. Congrats on HOTD!

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    4 years ago

    Congratulations on your Hub of the Day award for this fun food hub. Surprises make desserts extra special and the concept/method could be used with other fillings. Nice all round!

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    Audrey Howitt 

    4 years ago from California

    Congrats on you HOTD! These sound wonderful!

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    Patricia Scott 

    4 years ago from North Central Florida

    Sounds good daughter has a gluten free regimen to follow so I must make some of these for her.

    Congrats on HOTD....Angels are on the way to you this evening ps

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    Susan Deppner 

    4 years ago from Arkansas USA

    Very nice recipe! I learned a few new things here, too, about gluten free food (i.e. vanilla and baking powder). Congratulations on Hub of the Day honors!

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    Kristen Howe 

    4 years ago from Northeast Ohio

    Om, these cupcakes are delicious. I'm not a big apple pie fan. But I'm willing to try them. Thanks for sharing this easy to do recipe. Congrats on HOTD!

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    Chitrangada Sharan 

    4 years ago from New Delhi, India

    Congratulations for the HOTD!

    This sounds delicious and slightly different from the usual cup cakes. The combination of ingredients is interesting and gluten free is added attraction. I would love to try this.

    Thank you for sharing the helpful pictures and all the details!

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    Om Paramapoonya 

    7 years ago

    @Tycoon Sam - Thanks for the read, comment and votes! Hope you bake yourself some gluten-free cupcakes today!

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    7 years ago from Washington, MI

    Recipes look and sound delicious and I do agree with you about the smells of vanilla, cooked apple and cinnamon. Reminds me of the holidays.

    Voted up and useful

  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    7 years ago

    @akirchner - Hehehe I hope Bob will enjoy these cupcakes! So glad you stopped by. :)

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    Audrey Kirchner 

    7 years ago from Washington

    Oh seriously...there goes all my swimming down the drain...literally~ These look SOO good and I can almost smell them....nothing like fall and apples! That reminds me, I need to go to the orchards.

    Fantastic pics as always....and great layout--love your new look on your page...I finally figured out how to do it. Baby steps!

    Thanks for a great recipe...I'm going to be making these for Bob this weekend while he does his photo show....yummmmmmmm

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    Om Paramapoonya 

    7 years ago

    @renee - Cool! I'm glad you're going to give it a go :)

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    Tori Leumas 

    7 years ago

    I'm always looking for gluten free stuff. These look delicious!! I'm gonna have to try these!

  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    7 years ago

    @leahlefler - Thanks, Leah! Hope you give this apple cupcake recipe a try soon =D

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    Leah Lefler 

    7 years ago from Western New York

    Oh, I die of delight! These look absolutely wonderful! What a great cupcake recipe, and perfect for those on gluten-free diets!

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    Om Paramapoonya 

    7 years ago

    @BkCreative - Thanks for spreading the word. I hope she likes it!

    @Robert Erich - Very cool! Hope you and your friends give this gluten-free recipe a try soon. Bon appetit!

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    Robert Erich 

    7 years ago from California

    This looks great and I am going to share it with a couple of friends. It's difficult to find delicious baked goods that are gluten free. Thanks for adding some here!

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    7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

    Just found out my daughter in law has to go on a gluten-free diet for a month. And giving up something sweet and delicious is so hard. I will share this recipe with her. Thanks a million!

  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    7 years ago

    @Solaca - Glad you found the photos helpful. They don't look difficult to make at all, do they? :)

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    Sarah Campbell 

    7 years ago from Liverpool, UK

    Those look delicious! I've been wondering how to do filled cupcakes - very helpful photos!

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    Om Paramapoonya 

    7 years ago

    @kellyward - I hope they will! Thanks for dropping by and voting, Kelly.

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    7 years ago

    I will definitely try this soon. My boys will love it. Voted up and 5 stars! Kelley

  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    7 years ago

    @GoodLady - Hehehe Yes, it's very hard to eat just one. I'm glad you like this gluten-free cupcake recipe. :)

    @one2get2no - Thanks for dropping by. Glad to hear you'll give it a try. :)

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    Philip Cooper 

    7 years ago from Olney

    Yummy to try it. Thanks.

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    Penelope Hart 

    7 years ago from Rome, Italy

    What a great idea - to make cup cakes and them fill them! Very very cute - and low in fat sounds perfect because I'm sure that just one cup cake isn't going to be enough!


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