Gingerbread Cupcakes

by Maggie on December 15, 2011

I am so excited to be hosting the final week of Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free’s Gluten-Free Holiday event!  This week we’re focusing on gluten-free holiday desserts AND I’m giving away two fabulous cookbooks!

First I must share my recipe for this week’s Gluten-Free Holiday Desserts!  I’ve been saving this extra-special recipe since last Christmas!

Who says you can’t eat cupcakes at Christmas?

My kids LOVE cupcakes. Last year I stumbled across a Martha Stewart recipe for gingerbread cupcakes and I knew I had to get to work creating a gluten-free, dairy-free, and egg-free version my family could enjoy.

The best part?  Now you get to enjoy them too!

Gluten-Free and Vegan Gingerbread Cupcakes

Don’t tell anyone, but this cupcake recipe will happily double as a muffin recipe.  Just skip the icing!

1 cup teff flour
1 cup sorghum flour (or brown rice flour)
½ cup arrowroot flour (or tapioca flour)
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1 ½ tsp ground ginger
1 ½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ground cloves
2 tsp ground chia OR 1 tsp xanthan gum
½ tsp sea salt
½ cup coconut oil, liquified
2/3 cup maple syrup or agave
1/3 cup unsulphured molasses
6 tbsp unsweetened applesauce

1.  Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners, or grease lightly with coconut oil.
2.  In a medium sized bowl sift flours, baking soda, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, ground chia OR xanthan gum and sea salt.
3.  In a large bowl beat oil, syrup, molasses, and applesauce until combined.  Stir in sifted flour mixture until well combined.
4.  Fill cupcake liners (full) and bake at 350 degrees for 20-24 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

We frosted ours with homemade cane sugar frosting.  I’m working on a new refined sugar-free frosting recipe but it’s not quite ready for you.  Perhaps by February – another sweet month!

Yield: 14-15 cupcakes

You can also check out what the other GF Holiday participants are busy baking up for the holidays, here:


Need more Holiday inspiration?

A Gluten-Free Holiday I: Healthier Through The Holidays hosted by Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free .

A Gluten-Free Holiday II:  Thanksgiving Favorites hosted by Cook It Allergy Free.

A Gluten-Free Holiday III:  Edible Gifts hosted by Tasty Eats at Home.

A Gluten-Free Holiday IV:  Holiday Entrees and Side Dishes hosted by Daily Bites.

A Gluten-Free Holiday V: Holiday Breakfast and Brunch hosted by Diet, Dessert n Dogs.



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Brandae December 15, 2011 at 1:31 pm

YUM! My favorite holiday dish is usually cookies and hot cider, cocoa, or coffee, but…I also really enjoy a buttery pound cake. I have yet to make an allergy-free one but hope to soon.


Courtney December 15, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Those cupcakes look fabulous–I love teff flour!

My favorite holiday dessert is probably anything made with apples…baked apples? I don’t know–it is so hard to pick just one!



Rachel Blom December 15, 2011 at 1:35 pm

My favorite holiday dessert is probably fudge


Sarah December 15, 2011 at 1:35 pm

I love iced sugar cookies in the shape of angels or Christmas trees or candy canes. Old family tradition. I’ve yet to find a suitable gluten free version.


julie December 15, 2011 at 1:36 pm

My favorite dessert was cheesecake, I haven’t had any since going gf!


Linda December 15, 2011 at 1:39 pm

This looks fantastic, and I almost have all of the ingredients on hand!
I’m not sure favorite dessert. My current one might be homemade applesauce. :) Trees are finally bare. No need for sweetner substitutions either, just apples and cinnamon! :)


Erica Brown December 15, 2011 at 1:49 pm

My most favorite holiday cookie is ginger bread cookies. I love making them with my kids.


Alisa December 15, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Wow Maggie! Those cupcakes look AMAZING!!! I love gingerbread, but you really got me with the frosting :)


Paula December 15, 2011 at 2:01 pm

My favorite dessert would be chocolate chip pumpkin bars, love them!


Anna December 15, 2011 at 2:03 pm

My favorite holiday dessert is DEFINITELY ice cream cups. You own Blizzard in personally-sized containers, in your own freezer. Mmmm a distinctly cherry tasting vanilla bean ice cream with homemade roasted pecans and, of course, red and green M&Ms. My mother started making these probably 5 or 6 years ago and hasn’t stopped since, which is good because it’s what I look forward to every year! I always enjoy my cookies frozen, so why not have a treat that’s already frozen for you?
Here’s the recipe we use, taken from online:


Kalinda December 15, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Man, way to make it tough. My mom always makes around 10 different kinds of cookies each year. If I have to choose just one, I think I’m going with peanut butter balls.


Lindsay Ham December 15, 2011 at 2:17 pm

My favorite holiday dessert is anything with pumpkin. I made Crock-Pot Pumpkin Pie Pudding over Thanksgiving, and will definitely be making it again. It’s my new favorite thing (cold or hot)!!!!!


Shirley @ gfe December 15, 2011 at 3:07 pm

I’m not entering the giveaway, Maggie, but OMG, those cupcakes look incredible! Your photos are gorgeous, dear! :-)



Debra Gowlland December 15, 2011 at 3:23 pm

My favorite holiday treat would have to be cut-out sugar cookies! YUM!


Pamela Grant December 15, 2011 at 3:26 pm

My favorite Christmas dessert is German Chocolate Cake. I have yet to find a gluten free recipe for this however. My mother used to make one of this cake a year, and only for Christmas. Sinfully good!!!


Christine December 15, 2011 at 3:29 pm

My favourite Christmas dessert is Spanish Cream. My mom makes it every year and it is fabulous!


Yvonne December 15, 2011 at 3:35 pm

I grew up in Puerto Rico and there were 2 favorite Christmas desserts. One was rice pudding made with grated coconut and the milk from fresh strained coconut flakes. Delish.
The other one was also coconut based (no surprise there!). It’s the tembleque. Basically a coconut pudding made with coconut milk, and topped with cinammon. Yum!


Holly December 15, 2011 at 4:07 pm

My favorite holiday dessert would be pumpkin bread with walnuts.


Dana Coughlin December 15, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Mincemeat pie was always my favorite holiday treat


Deb Bee December 15, 2011 at 4:17 pm

I love dessert so it will be hard to narrow it down but I’ll have to say brownies. Yum Yum.


Heidi Loftus December 15, 2011 at 4:39 pm

My favorite holiday dessert is Meringue Fruit ‘Pizza’ topped with Whipped Cream!


Nicole December 15, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Pies! I love pies! :)


hippie4ever December 15, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Dark Chocolate Truffles! :) But a close second is Amy’s Gingerbread cookies (Simply Sugar and Gluten Free) just tried them and they are awesome! Am actually nibbling on one hot from the oven right now :)


Carolyn December 15, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Sugar cookies are my favorite.


Molly December 15, 2011 at 6:56 pm

My favorite is cranberry muffins!!! Yummy :)


Michelle December 15, 2011 at 7:06 pm

My favorite Christmas dessert has always been Mincemeat, working on perfecting a gluten free vegan one. I also must try these cupcakes, WOW!
My next favorite is Christmas cookies! Iced, not iced, fabulous shapes, or plain round. I love all (gluten free, vegan) cookies! I have some fabulous 3-D cookie Christmas trees @


Gail December 15, 2011 at 8:07 pm

I will definitely be making these at some point during the holidays. They look very tasty, and with the inclusion of teff flour for added nutritional value and the frosting–yummy!

Date squares are my favorite during the holiday season.

Thanks for the giveaways.


Colleen December 15, 2011 at 8:42 pm

So happy to have found this blog! My fave holiday dessert has to be Amaretto Cheesecake – it is sooo yummy! : )


Jo December 15, 2011 at 8:48 pm

There is no way I can tell you one…but all these-warm fruit cobbler with vanilla ice cream, warm brownies, crunchy chocolate chip cookies and crunchy oatmeal with raisins-no nuts on any. How can I make CRUNCHY cookies?


Bridget December 15, 2011 at 8:52 pm

I am really intrigued by the black bottom almond mousse pie. I tried a black bottom pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving. My favorite holiday dessert is always pumpkin pie with some egg nogg!


Heather December 15, 2011 at 8:52 pm

I love apple pie..but these cupcakes do look tempting :)


Amy December 15, 2011 at 9:10 pm

My favorite holiday dessert….my Grandma’s fudge. Hands down, there is nothing else like it and it is just not reproducible!


Anna December 15, 2011 at 10:00 pm

My favorite holiday dessert is Andes mints, especially the cherry ones.


Cathy V December 15, 2011 at 10:08 pm

My favourite holiday dessert is Butter Tarts… mmm!


Charis @ MannaTreats December 15, 2011 at 10:26 pm

favorite treat: Chocolate Andes Mint Cookies!


Meghan W. December 16, 2011 at 12:13 am

pumpkin pie, pumpkin pie, give me some pumpkin pie. At least at Thanksgiving time. Christmas I’m all over the place and don’t have a set favourite but thats when persimmons, ginger and mint start coming into the fore front for desserts.


Linda S. December 16, 2011 at 12:29 am

This sounds wonderful! I love gingerbread. :) Thank you so much for sharing!! Maybe I can link a recipe or two before the contest is over.


Ronnda Stapleton December 16, 2011 at 1:24 am

Sugar cookies for sure! Yum, yum, YUMMY! =)


Ronnda Stapleton December 16, 2011 at 1:25 am

Oh, and I can’t wait for your refined sugar-free frosting recipe! Thanks so much in advance.


Eri December 16, 2011 at 4:01 am

It would be a cranberry cheesecake! It’s tangy and sweet at the same time. Love it!.


Gretchen @gfedge December 16, 2011 at 7:35 am

This may be just the gingerbread recipe that daughter Rita has been dreaming of. Can’t wait to try it on her!


Ellen December 16, 2011 at 8:28 am

My favorite holiday dessert is GINGERBREAD! lucky me 😉


Heather December 16, 2011 at 9:27 am

My favorite would have to be my great-grandmother’s pumpkin roll recipe! (that’s only because I had to narrow it down to one!!)


Alena M December 16, 2011 at 10:05 am

My favorite holiday dessert is and always will be my Grandma’s Apple Bars. I can’t eat them anymore, and would choose not to, even if I were able to adapt the recipe, but they will always be a favorite!


Audrey J December 16, 2011 at 10:20 am

Jensen Family Pumpkin Pie. It is a custardy pie. I have made it with almond milk and it just isn’t the same. I just suffer through the discomfort. Although it does help me to manage how many pieces of pie I eat!


KellyB December 16, 2011 at 11:26 am

My current favorite dessert this fall is raw apple pie.


Suzanne H December 16, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Pumpkin spice cake.


Jody December 16, 2011 at 3:22 pm

My favorite is definitely home-made caramels. Mmmmm! :)


Sarah (appifanie) December 16, 2011 at 5:58 pm

No contest! Green tree shaped spritz cookies. From a cookie press, of course. With sprinkles.


Amanda M December 16, 2011 at 6:53 pm

My fave dessert is apple crisp!


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