Gluten-Free Vanilla & Almond Cupcakes

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12 cupcakes

Prep Time:

5 minutes

Cook Time:

20 minutes


Store covered at room temperature for up to three days

Advanced Prep:

may be frozen 



  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 1/2 cup, plus 2 teaspoons sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 cup potato starch
  • 3/4 cup ground almonds

Quick Gluten-Free Icing

  • 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) margarine or butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pound confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk or substitute

Preparation Directions

To make the cupcakes, preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Place 12 paper muffin cups into a muffin tin. Place the egg yolks into a medium bowl. Add the 1/2 cup sugar, vanilla and almond extracts and beat on high speed for 2 minutes. Add the potato starch and ground almonds and mix in. Set aside.

Place the whites into a large bowl and beat on high speed until stiff. Turn the speed to low and add the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar. Turn the speed back up to high and beat another minute.

Use a silicone spatula to fold the egg whites into the yolk mixture. Scoop the batter evenly into the muffin cups. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool on a rack.

To make the icing, in a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the shortening and margarine or butter together. Add the vanilla and beat to mix in. Add the confectioner’s sugar, one cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add the  milk and beat at high speed for two minutes or until fluffy.  Add desired colors. Store covered in the fridge for up to 5 days.