Gluten Free Coffee Cupcakes

A friend of mine recently had a birthday and she loves coffee cake, but she started on a gluten free diet for health reasons a few months ago. So I decided it was time to come up with a tasty gluten free coffee cake recipe.

Gluten Free Coffee Cupcake Recipe

Cook Time25 mins
Author: Sarah Sibley


  • For the cakes
  • 175 g Soft Butter Stork
  • 175 g Caster Sugar
  • 4 x Medium Eggs
  • 175 g Gluten Free Self-Raising Flour Blend I use Dove's Farm
  • 1/2 tsp Gluten Free Baking Powder
  • 4 tsp Coffee Granules
  • 50 ml Boiling Water
  • For the Buttercream
  • 500 g Fondant Icing Sugar
  • 250 g Unsalted Butter softened
  • To Decorate
  • 50 g Dark Brown Fondant or Modelling Chocolate


  • Preheat the oven to 325° F / 160° C / 140° Fan / Gas 3.
  • Line a muffin tin with 12 large muffin sized cupcake cases.
  • Place the coffee granules into a small jug and add the 50mls of boiling water, stirring with a teaspoon until completely dissolved, and then put to one side to cool.
  • Cream together the butter and sugar until pale and creamy.
  • Slowly add the beaten eggs.
  • Add the flour and baking powder and mix thoroughly until smooth.
  • Finally add half of the cooled coffee and mix well, putting the rest of the coffee to one side for the buttercream.
  • Carefully spoon the batter into the cases.
  • Bake for around 25 minutes or until the sponge springs back when pressed lightly.
  • Remove from the tin and leave to cool on a wire rack.
  • Whilst the cakes cool, make the coffee bean toppers & buttercream.
  • To make the coffee beans, roll the fondant into a long sausage and cut off 24 small equal pieces. Roll each piece into a bean shape and then use a knife to indent a line down the middle of each one.
  • To make the buttercream, beat the butter and mix together with the icing sugar until lump free.
  • Then add the rest of the cooled coffee and mix again until smooth and creamy.
  • Once the cakes are cool pipe a swirl of frosting onto each cake & place 2 of the fondant coffee beans on top of each one.

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