I used my favourite vegan vanilla cupcake recipe and substituted with Sarah's gluten-free flour blend (with the white rice substitution instead of sorghum flour for a lighter cupcake). Previously, I used a different blend for my "Version 1" GF vegan vanilla cupcakes but they came out a little too moist and slightly gummy. The kiddies didn't complain!
I baked it for 3 minutes longer than specified by the original vegan (all-purpose flour) recipe and there was no gumminess (common with gluten-free baking and xanthan gum).
It was so good I had to write it down! If you are not gluten-free, you can use 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour + 2 Tbsp cornstarch in place of the brown/white rice flour, potato starch, tapioca starch, and xanthan gum.
Gluten-free Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes, Version 2
makes 12 regular cupcakes
1/2 cup milk of your choice (I used unsweetened Coconut Dream)
1/2 cup water
1 tsp lemon juice
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp brown rice flour (I used Bob's Red Mill brand)
1/4 cup white rice flour (I used an Asian brand, super finely milled)
1/4 cup potato starch
1 Tbsp tapioca starch
3 Tbsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp xanthan gum
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup canola oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp almond extract (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin pan with cupcake liners.
Whisk the vegan milk and vinegar or lemon juice in a measuring cup and set aside for a few minutes to get good and curdled.
Beat together the vegan milk mixture, oil, sugar, vanilla, and other extracts, if using, in a large bowl. Sift in the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, and mix until no large lumps remain.
Fill cupcake liners half-way and bake for 20 to 22 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack, and let cool completely before frosting.
My own notes: I baked for 25 minutes, maybe I'll try 24 minutes next time.
- Adapted from Gluten-Free Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes
Fluffy Reduced Sugar Vanilla Frosting
generously frosts 12 cupcakes
1/4 cup nonhydrogenated shortening
1/4 cup nonhydrogenated margarine
1 1/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted if clumpy
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Tbsp milk of your choice, dairy or not
Beat the shortening and margarine together until well combined and fluffy. Add the sugar and beat for about 3 more minutes.
Add the vanilla and milk and whip for another 5 to 7 minutes until fluffy. (I have a KitchenAid stand mixer and I like to change from the paddle attachment to the wire whip attachment for a lighter, fluffier frosting).
Using a piping bag and 1M Wilton tip, I was able to generously frost 12 cupcakes with leftovers. The key to this frosting is to whip it so full of air that becomes fluffy and not so sweet.
Since I decreased the sugar, the liquids should be adjusted accordingly to maintain some stiffness for piping. I think you could even omit the milk for a stiffer frosting. It will firm up in the refrigerator, as the non-hydrogenated fats are heat sensitive.
- Adapted from Fluffy Whipped Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
In case anyone was curious, this is what the texture/crumb looks like. A little dense yet soft and tender.