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!

Please Rate This Gluten-Free Cupcake Recipe

© 2012 Om Paramapoonya


Maree Michael Martin from Northwest Washington on an Island on October 28, 2015:

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!

RTalloni on October 28, 2015:

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!

Audrey Howitt from California on October 28, 2015:

Congrats on you HOTD! These sound wonderful!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on October 28, 2015:

Sounds good ...my 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

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on October 28, 2015:

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!

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on October 28, 2015:

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!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on October 28, 2015:

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!

Om Paramapoonya (author) on September 23, 2012:

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

TycoonSam from Washington, MI on September 22, 2012:

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 (author) on August 29, 2012:

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

Audrey Kirchner from Washington on August 28, 2012:

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

Om Paramapoonya (author) on August 22, 2012:

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

Tori Leumas on August 22, 2012:

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

Om Paramapoonya (author) on August 21, 2012:

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

Leah Lefler from Western New York on August 20, 2012:

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

Om Paramapoonya (author) on August 20, 2012:

@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!

Robert Erich from California on August 19, 2012:

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!

BkCreative from Brooklyn, New York City on August 19, 2012:

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 (author) on August 17, 2012:

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

Sarah Campbell from Liverpool, UK on August 16, 2012:

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

Om Paramapoonya (author) on August 16, 2012:

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

kelleyward on August 15, 2012:

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

Om Paramapoonya (author) on August 15, 2012:

@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. :)

Philip Cooper from Olney on August 15, 2012:

Yummy recipe.....got to try it. Thanks.

Penelope Hart from Rome, Italy on August 15, 2012:

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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