08 March 2010

The Search for the Perfect Gluten Free Vanilla Cupcake

I know this is hardly groundbreaking stuff - the Perfect Vanilla Cupcake is pretty much the holy grail of cupcake making. It is somewhat complicated by the fact that it is gluten free, since the gluten free flour tends to absorb moisture at a different rate than normal flour; the result of which is that the cakes tend to have a 12 hour shelf life before they start to go stale. Not ideal.

Most people I know (who are so inclined to think of cupcakes in that way and have been to NY) swear by the Magnolia Bakery Vanilla Cupcake recipe. Not so when they're gluten free - they're lovely if you manage to eat them within 12 hours of taking them out of the oven; but leave it any longer than that and you may as well treat yourself to a lovely vanilla hockey puck. (Yum.)

So - I'm in search of recipes. Specifically, your favourite vanilla cupcake recipe. Please (pretty please with a cherry on top!) reply to this post with either a link to your favourite vanilla cupcake recipe, or a copy of the recipe itself.

Here are the ones I am planning on trying thus far:

Taste.com.au's Classic Vanilla Cupcakes
Women's Weekly Little Pies and Cakes Patty Cakes with Glace Icing
Exclusively Food's Vanilla Cupcake Recipe
HTEAC's White Velvet Cupcakes

Any other suggestions?


  1. Good luck! That sounds like a hard quest.

  2. I'm trying to dissect Basco's gf vanilla cupcake mix at the moment, the box type you find at Coles or Woolworths. Have you tried them? They are sooo good and can still be eaten the next day (while still tasting fresh!).
    If it can be translated into a recipe, hallelujah!