Is there a world in which gluten free red velvet cupcakes can taste delicious? YES, there is!
Okay, you guys. Many of you have asked for it, and here it is: my recipe for GF Red Velvet cupcakes that are so good no one ever knows they’re gluten free! I have made this recipe many times over, sometimes because I’ve been asked to provide something that is gluten free, and other times because I just wanted to experiment with my audience. And you know what? NO ONE who tried this recipe had a clue it was gluten free! Yeah. It’s that good.
The secret weapon for perfect gluten free red velvet cupcakes is Cup4Cup Gluten Free Flour. This stuff is DELICIOUS and makes baked goods that everyone enjoys. Even those people in your life who say “Gluten free tastes like eating cardboard!” may just change their tunes. I use this flour in my lemon pound cake cupcake recipe and have had the same success. Once I made a GF lemon pound cake with blueberry balsamic filling for a wedding where it was to be only for the bride & groom. They opted for a sheet cake from a bakery for the rest of the guests. It was hilarious to watch guests pick off the rest of the cake from the display table over the course of the reception until there wasn’t even a crumb left! And none of them knew they were eating gluten free!
For this recipe I used my normal red velvet recipe and replaced the regular cake flour for the Cup4Cup Gluten Free Flour. That’s the only change, except I used red food coloring for the ones pictured because I was baking them for a party where the red was an important component. The one thing to be careful of is overfilling the cupcake liners. These gluten free red velvet cupcakes will have the tendency to spill over during baking if you aren’t careful. Adjust the oven temperature (I usually bake at 340 degrees F) and fill the liners to ⅔ full MAX. You can even fill half full and they’ll still turn out wonderfully.
One last note: I strongly recommend making these with my cooked cream cheese frosting. Because YUM. The only thing you’ll need to do to make the frosting GF is substitute the small amount of regular flour with this GF flour. It works like a charm and looks and tastes amazing.
Please let me know if you try these out and what you think about them. I think they’re scrumptious, and my GF friends feel like they’ve hit the jackpot when I bake up a batch of these babies.