So you know, matcha is very trendy right now. And not that I’m a person who manages to keep up with trends or anything, but I have been wanting to make gluten-free vegan vanilla cupcakes for ages, so I decided to just go for it and top them with some matcha green tea frosting!
After making my matcha green tea smoothie I knew I was a fan, so why not extend the love to other recipes?
And since making my vegan vanilla cupcakes, I have been wanting to try a gluten-free version, so these two ideas collided in a most pleasing way.
I was pretty much thrilled with how these came out. And so was everyone who ate them!
I was a little surprised at how golden the color was. I’m assuming that’s down to the gluten-free all purpose flour, because in my other vanilla cupcakes made with regular flour, the color is much lighter. Here, it’s this lovely golden color.
The golden color of the cupcakes blends so well with the light green color of the matcha green tea frosting.
I used a tablespoon of matcha green tea powder in this frosting, and the green tea flavor is quite strong when you taste the frosting alone.
But once it’s on top of the cupcakes and the flavors blend together the green tea flavor then seems very mild.
Gluten-Free Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes FAQ
Can I adapt this recipe for a cake? Yes you can! This recipe can adapt to three 6-inch cake layers or two 7-inch cake layers. It can also be made as a single layer 9-inch cake.
I’m not gluten-free. Can I make this with regular flour? We have made vegan vanilla cupcakes with regular wheat flour, check out that recipe.
Can I use rice flour/coconut flour/almond flour? I have experimented with gluten-free baking and in my experience the BEST results are going to come from using a gluten-free all purpose flour blend. I have had some epic flops trying to use a single type of flour such as rice flour. Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Baking Blend is a great flour to use, but any gluten-free all purpose flour blend is going to do the trick.
Do I need to use xantham gum? No, it will either already be in your gluten-free all purpose baking blend or it won’t, but either way, don’t worry about it. I have made gluten-free cakes with a blend that did contain xantham gum and a blend that did not. Both worked out wonderfully. As long as you’re using an all purpose baking blend, you should be good.
You will love these gluten-free vanilla cupcakes, they are:
- Light and fluffy
- Perfectly sweet
- Vanilla infused
- Topped with velvety smooth matcha green tea frosting!
Keep them covered in the fridge where they will stay good for up to a week!
Let me know what you think of these beautifully golden gluten-free vegan vanilla cupcakes! And if gluten-free cupcakes are your thing, definitely check out our gluten-free vegan chocolate cupcakes too!
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Light and fluffya gluten-free vegan vanilla cupcakes with matcha green tea frosting. Beautifully golden cupcakes with a pale green velvety frosting. Perfect packages of deliciousness!
For the Cupcakes:
- 1 and 3/4 cups (238g) Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour
- 1 cup (200g) White Granulated Sugar
- 1 and 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1 cup (240ml) Soy Milk*
- 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 cup (120ml) Canola Oil or Vegetable Oil
- 1 Tbsp White Vinegar
- 2 Tbsp Applesauce
For the Frosting:
- 3 cups (360g) Powdered (Confectioners) Sugar
- 1/3 cup (75g) Vegan Butter
- 2–3 Tbsp Soy Milk*
- 1 Tbsp Matcha Green Tea Powder
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
- Sift the flour into a mixing bowl and add the sugar, baking soda and salt and mix together.
- Add the soy milk, vanilla extract, oil, vinegar and applesauce and mix using a hand whisk until all the lumps are gone. If a few small lumps remain, that’s fine.
- Line a cupcake tray with cupcake liners. Pour the batter into a jug that’s easy to pour from and pour out the batter evenly between the 12 cupcake liners.
- Place into the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Transfer the cupcakes to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely before frosting.
- Add the powdered sugar, vegan butter, soy milk* (see notes) and matcha green tea powder to an electric mixing bowl.
- Starting on low speed and then gradually increasing speed, whisk until smooth and creamy.
- Pipe onto the cupcakes and serve.
*Almond milk can be used instead of soy milk if you prefer.
*You can use a different vegetable oil such as canola oil if you prefer.
*The amount of soy milk to use in the frosting will depend on the brand of vegan butter you use. Some brands have a higher water content than others. So just add it in slowly until you reach the right consistency. If it still ends up too thin, add more powdered sugar. If it’s too thick, add more soy milk, a drop at a time until you reach the right consistency.
*Adapted from my Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes
- Category: Dessert, Gluten-Free
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: Vegan
- Serving Size: 1 cupcake (of 12)
- Calories: 367
- Sugar: 48.7g
- Sodium: 282mg
- Fat: 12.8g
- Saturated Fat: 1.8g
- Carbohydrates: 61.8g
- Fiber: 1.9g
- Protein: 2.8g
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