For Valentine’s Day Cupcakes are a special treat in our house (yes, besides the chocolate). For this year I came up with a gluten- free version of my favorite vanilla cupcake recipe. Since I’m not a big fan of any food colors, besides vegetable colors, I decided to color the icing with fresh raspberries. It gives them them a nice pinkish tint with all the goodness of fresh raspberries, instead of any artificial coloring. In addition I substituted the butter for the cupcakes with coconut oil, replaced regular sugar with maple syrup. For the icing itself I used butter and organic confectioners’ sugar, otherwise the coconut flavor would be overwhelming, and since the cupcakes are not overwhelmingly sweet due to the maple syrup, I used confectioner’s sugar for the icing. I love how half of the sugar required for the regular recipe comes from maple syrup and half the butter is replaced by coconut oil. The result is a much lighter, nutritious gluten-free cupcake.

Gluten-free Raspberry Cupcakes

Gluten-free Raspberry Cupcakes

Here is what you need:


2 1/2 cups gluten-free Pastry Flour ( I used Trader Joe’s)

1 teaspoon Baking Soda

1 cup pure Maple Syrup

3 Eggs

1/2 cup Almond Milk

1 tsp Vanilla


1.5 sticks unsalted Butter

3 cups Confectioners’ Sugar

1/2 cups fresh Raspberries

1/4 cup Milk ( used Almond Milk)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Place cupcake holders in pan

  • in a bowl blend coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla
  • add gluten-free flour, baking soda
  • blend in almond milk and vanilla
  • beat until all ingredients are all well blended

spoon batter into cupcake holders, filling them about 3/4 full and bake for about 18-20 minutes or until edges turn golden brown

Gluten-free Raspberry Cupcakes

Gluten-free Raspberry Cupcakes

For the icing blend butter with a mixer until creamy and slowly add confectioners sugar, then add milk and raspberries. Keep mixing until the icing has a good spreading consistency.

When the cupcakes are cooled down, spread icing onto cupcakes, either with an icing bag or with an icing spatula. Garnish with a Raspberry!

Gluten-free Raspberry Cupcakes

Gluten-free Raspberry Cupcakes

Happy Valentine’s Day!