Valentine’s Day Gluten Free Vanilla Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting #Valentines

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Valentine’s Day Gluten Free Vanilla Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting #Valentines

Valentines-Day-Cupcakes Now that my husband is gluten free, I have been scrambling to turn 75% of my recipes into gluten friendly versions. I guess the days of cutting corners and using boxed cake mix, and frosting are sort of gone. I have found not one company that actually makes tasty gluten free cake mix. I mean I’m not opposed to trying new brands, but so far it is has been one big flop after anther so I prefer to make my own!

I think my bakery inspired homemade gluten free cake mix, and buttercream frosting are so delicious!  If you or someone you know needs to follow a medically necessary gluten free diet it is good to always have a stocked pantry full of gluten free baking must haves. Since traditional wheat, and white flours are a big no-no, flours and starches like rice, tapioca, and potato are important.

cupcakes-with-chocolate-heartsFor my Valentine’s Day Gluten Free Vanilla Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting I used all gluten free ingredients, as well as chocolates, and candy sprinkles. I got the beautiful foiled hearts and chocolates from SweetWorks.  They are wrapped in such beautiful foil colors, and come in a variety of flavors like dark, milk, and peanut butter filled! These hearts are perfect for topping cupcakes, cookies, cakes, good bags, or parties. Their taste is exceptional, and they are not only wheat free, but also Kosher Certified. The red and white Valentine’s Celebration Pearls are also from SweetWorks.

Basic Gluten Free Vanilla Cake Mix Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups of white rice flour
  • 3/4 cup tapioca starch
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 3 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons gf vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise–weird, but trust me!!


  • Preheat oven to 350, and line your cupcake tin with liners. I made 18 cupcakes, but I always tend to use more batter per cup.
  • Mix all the dry ingredients except the sugar together.
  • Mix your mayo, eggs, and sugar until well beat and fluffy
  • Add your dry flour ingredients to your fluffy mixture along with the vanilla and milk; mix well.
  • Fill your cupcake liners half way.
  • Bake for 18-22 minutes. Use a toothpick to test the center out.
  • Allow your cupcakes to be completely cooled before frosting.

Buttercream Frosting:

  • 3 cups of sifted powdered sugar
  • 2 stick of butter {room temperature}
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract


  1. Cream your butter for one minute on medium speed.
  2. Adjust speed to low, and add your powdered sugar to your stand mixer and cream for an additional 1 minute on low speed

After you have completed your frosting, and your cupcakes have cooled, have fun decorating them. I love adding edible glitter, my chocolate hearts, and Celebration Pearls to my Valentine’s Day Gluten Free Vanilla Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting.

To learn more about SweetWorks line of candies, and chocolate please visit their official site: 

About Amy

Hi my name is Amy ( and I am the co-owner of I love cooking, baking, and cleaning. When I am not chasing my three kids around, I enjoy blogging bits and pieces of my life. I enjoy writing, and have a BA in Humanities and Social Sciences.


  1. These look delicious. My daughter is gluten intolerant and it’s so hard to find treats for her.

  2. Gluten-free has completely changed, hasn’t it? I never would have believed a couple years ago that gluten-free cupcakes could be so yummy.

  3. These look amazing! So yummy! I’m always looking for good gluten free recipes!

  4. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    I want one (or 5) right now – these sound amazingly delicious. I might just have to whip up a batch this weekend :)

  5. It’s amazing how many gluten free items you can find now in regular grocery stores! How sweet of you to make these cupcakes for your husband!

  6. I am not a gluten free person, but know many people who have gone the gluten free route. I will share this recipe with people I know who have gone gluten free.

  7. Finally, a gluten free cupcake recipe that looks yummy! I am trying to at least start a gluten free diet with my family but it’s so hard knocking out the things we love. This inludes cupcakes and treats!

  8. Wow! Gluten free?! These look amazing.

  9. Oh my goodness those cupcakes are to die for. I’m a big fan of cupcakes and the kids just love the frosting. It’s the first thing that gets eaten. Thanks for the recipe.

  10. these look so wonderful. i think i’m going to make them and surprise my friend karen!

  11. Your cupcakes look so yummy. I’m not much of a baker myself, my frosting would NOT look like that. I like the candy as an added treat,m I’ll have to check them out.

  12. These look really good. I have never tried to cook gluten free, but I may have to try it.

  13. Those look so delicious! So great that they are gluten free too, a perfect classroom treat!

  14. The mayo definitely threw me, but I’m definitely willing to try this sometime! I have more and more friends who have various dietary needs. This is a great recipe to try out (and keep on hand!)

  15. Oh my gosh, you have been sharing the best looking Valentine’s Day desserts lately! It’s been a while since I’ve had cupcakes, but now I want one – specifically with buttercream frosting!

  16. I always thought that gluten-free meant not great, but those look amazing!

  17. All that cuteness and GF – you got me there!! I may just try it…mayonnaise though – okay, you said to trust you….so I will!!!

  18. Oh these cupcakes look delicious. I bet my daughter would love these!

  19. I didn’t know that you could make gluten free cupcakes! I’m going to have to tell a friend about this recipe as she can only eat gluten free foods now.

  20. oh man that looks so good! I love that you used candy as little toppers!

  21. This recipe looks awesome!! Buttercream frosting is my favorite.

  22. These look awful good for being gluten-free. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I’m pinning for when I need it.

  23. I haven’t tried gluten free yet. I have friends who swear by it, though. These look so good!

  24. My mother in law has celiac disease, I would love to make these for her on valentines day. :) A treat she can enjoy.

  25. These look so tasty and the picture came out beautiful!


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