Easy Gluten Free Lemon Cupcakes Recipe! (2024)

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Quick and Easy Gluten Free Lemon Cupcakes, mixed all in one bowl!

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How to Make Gluten Free Lemon Cupcakes from Scratch

My gluten free Lemon Cupcakes recipe is very easyto make from scratch, you simply addall the ingredients into one bowl and mix it all together!

You don’t even need to cream the margarine and sugar or fold in the gluten free flour, it just all goes into one bowl along with the eggs and lemon juice. Once you’ve mixed the batter well (you can do it by hand, it doesn’t need a mixer) you are ready to add it to the cupcake pan.

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How to Make Dairy Free Frosting

When you make your frosting you want to make sure you sift the powdered sugar, it can be a bit tricky to get the lumps out otherwise.

I’ve found that dairy free margarine in frosting gets soft much more quickly than butter so use your own judgement regarding adding in milk, you may not need it if you think its soft enough.

I usually keep the cupcakes in the fridge after they are frosted, I’m sure I’m breaking baking rules on that but there’s no way the frosting will stay solid in my Mississippi house year round!

More Gluten Free CakeRecipes

So this is not the only cupcake recipe I have! Before you go make sure you check out my most recent Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcake Recipe, it’s another really easy recipe that’s perfect for those of you who are new to gluten free baking.

And lastly if you’re looking for an easy to make layer Cake then this fabulous Gluten-Free Lemon Cake from Gluten Free Palate would go down a treat, it looks delicious!

Gluten Free Lemon Cupcakes

Really easy lemon cupcakes you can make from scratch at home!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Servings: 9

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4.63 from 51 votes



  • 1cupall purpose gluten free flour, 130g
  • 1/2tspxanthan gum, omit if your flour mix has gum added
  • 2tspgluten free baking powder
  • 1stickdairy free margarine, 110g
  • 1/2cupgranulated sugar, 110g
  • 2large eggs
  • 2tsplemon juice
  • lemon zest, from 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2cupdairy free margarine, 110g
  • 2.5cupspowdered sugar, 315g
  • 6tsplemon juice
  • 2-3tablespoonsdairy free milk
  • 2 -3drops yellow food coloring, optional



  2. Preheat your oven to 350F

  3. Add all purpose gluten free flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, margarine, sugar, eggs, lemon juice, and lemon zest to your mixing bowl.

  4. Mix well until combined.

  5. line a cupcake baking tin with cupcake wrappers.

  6. This mix will make 9 - 12 cupcakes, it depends how much you fill the cupcake wrappers.

  7. Spoon about a tablespoon of the cupcake mixture into each cupcake wrapper.

  8. Bake for 18-20 mins on the middle rack in the oven, until cakes are fully cooked.

  9. Allow them to cool on baking rack.

  10. While cakes are baking make your frosting by mixing together powdered sugar, margarine, lemon juice. Add in some milk if you need to make the frosting thinner.

  11. When cakes are fully cooled, pipe or spoon on the frosting, I used a wilton large star tip to pipe the frosting.

Recipe Notes

1. I bake by weight using a digital kitchen scale as I find that gives the most consistent results, especially when baking gluten free. One cup of your gluten free flour blend may not weigh the same as my blend.

I’ve weighed cups of different blends of flour and noted that a cup of gluten free flour can vary in weight from 125g up to as much as 170g depending on how you scoop it, and what type of mix you use. You can see how this could drastically alter the outcome of a recipe.

2.I recognise that most Americans are used to the cup method which is why I also include those measurements, but they may not give you accurate results as they are approximate only. If you are a keen gluten free baker I would encourage you to invest in a digital kitchen scale.

3. I prefer to use my own homemade gluten free flour blend as it's cheaper and I get really great results.

4. If you can, avoid buying flour with gums already added. The reason for this is that you have no way of knowing how much gum is in there and that can alter the outcome of the recipe. So for example, too much gum can give you a more sticky texture in a cupcake. And though the cupcake recipe will still work, it won’t be as nice as if you measured and added the gum yourself.

Nutrition Facts

Gluten Free Lemon Cupcakes

Amount Per Serving

Calories 244

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional information on Noshtastic is provided as a courtesy and is approximate only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site.

Author: Noshtastic

Course:Cake/ Dessert


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About Sheena Strain

Sheena Strain is the proud owner of Noshtastic, a gluten free website that specializes in easy family meals including Low Carb, Keto, Paleo, Whole30, and many pressure cooker recipes.

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  1. Rowan Boone says

    Easy Gluten Free Lemon Cupcakes Recipe! (4)
    LOVED the cupcake, but didn’t really like the frosting. I’m just very picky when it comes to frosting.


  2. Katherine P. says

    Easy Gluten Free Lemon Cupcakes Recipe! (5)
    Bust. Was more like cornbread texture, but super oily, like the oil separated to the bottom of the cupcake tin and even went through the tins. Measured everything exact (including using weight, not measuring cups).


    • Sheena Strain says

      What kind of flour did you use? that may change it, also make sure you are using dairy free margarine that is suitable for baking as not all of them are.


  3. Melinda Parsley says

    Would I be able to double this recipe and do it as a sheet cake instead of cupcakes?


    • Sheena Strain says

      I’ve not tried it as a sheet cake but I don’t see why not.


  4. padma rudra says

    My daughter is allergic to dairy(Milk+Egg)!!
    So i am not able to use eggs. Can you please suggest me what would be the best egg substitute for this recipe?


    • Sheena Strain says

      Hi Padma,

      The recipe is already dairy free so you’re good to go there, I typically bake with Earth Balance vegan butter. As for an egg replacer, I’m afraid I’m not up to date on what would work here as I don’t usually bake without eggs but there are several brands of egg replacer on the market that you should be able to find in Whole Foods or in the ‘healthy’ section of your local grocery store. I think they will alter the texture of the cupcakes but they should still work, let me know how it goes!


    • Sheena Strain says

      Hi Cathy!

      you sure could use any butter in place of the margarine 🙂 At the time I made the recipe I was not able to tolerate butter in any form, but the recipe will work with either butter or margarine.


  5. Amy says

    Easy Gluten Free Lemon Cupcakes Recipe! (6)
    Did I.miss.an.ingredient? I didn’t get a batter at first but a lumpy mess. I added almondmilk until it looked like a normal cake batter and the turned out good but just wondering where the liquid is.


    • Sheena Strain says

      Hi Amy,
      I’m not sure exactly what you’re asking when you ask where the liquid is? Do you mean in the cake batter? This recipe does not have any additional liquid in the cake batter other than the eggs and lemon juice, I don’t have almond milk in my recipe.
      Did you substitute any ingredients? If you missed an ingredient then yes, that would affect the outcome of the recipe, but I’m not able to know what ingredient you might have missed.


  6. Kimberly says

    Easy Gluten Free Lemon Cupcakes Recipe! (7)
    Just made these with roasted poppy seeds. And, instead of a lemon-flavored frosting, I made a vanilla-flavored frosting. The two flavors mixed together are absolutely delicious! I will definitely use this recipe in the future. Probably next week, since my father will eat them all tomorrow!


    • Sheena Strain says

      That sounds great!


  7. Stacie says

    Omg same becky


  8. Aoife says

    Easy Gluten Free Lemon Cupcakes Recipe! (8)
    These cupcakes are really delicious!!! So easy to make and they make huge quantities. Perfect for birthday party. And they keep for a couple of days too. Thank you!!!


  9. Dawn says

    What kind of flour mix is good to use in this recipe? Do you make your own or buy already made? I’m looking for a gluten free flour recipe good for cakes and cup cakes.


    • Sheena Strain says

      Hi Dawn, I typically make my own blend as I’ve found that it is almost always better than store bought. I have a post here that details how to make your own blend with the gluten free flours you can find locally, sometimes I can’t always find the ones I want but that’s ok as long as you can work with the proportions in the recipe post you can change them up very easily.


  10. Karen says

    Easy Gluten Free Lemon Cupcakes Recipe! (9)
    I’ve got to admit, I was skeptical about these cupcakes right up until I cooked one off and tasted it. These are really quite good! I made a batch to go with some boxed (and I never do boxed but I needed to save time) as a GF option for some guests and these were miles better than the boxed o es! I o my wish I hadn’t played around with a baking sugar substitute, but that’s on me.


    • Sheena Strain says

      Hi Karen! Glad to hear they worked out for you! I’ve never tried baking sugar substitutes, they may be more tricky to bake with as you discovered but I know lots of bakers who like them.


  11. Anne says

    Easy Gluten Free Lemon Cupcakes Recipe! (10)
    Thanks Sheena! I did use a pre-mixed gluten-free flour with gum but I did not add extra. I may have over-filled but I had enough batter to mak 9. I did beat them for a while because, as I said, the batter did not initially come together for me so that may have done it. The batter was still pretty stiff despite the extra lemon juice. I’m going to try them agai until I get them right. What came out of the oven, despite the collapse, was extremely tasty!! As my sister is a recently diagnosed celiac, I’m trying to learn to make stuff that she can enjoy as well so…..practice makes perfect, right! Thanks for responding so quickly! Much appreciated.


  12. Anne says

    The batter tasted really good but they fell in while baking! Baked them for 18 minutes. I did add a little extra lemon juice because the batter did not seem to be coming together for me. I am not a gluten-free baker so I am learning here. Would the extra lemon juice have made them fall in?


    • Sheena Strain says

      Hi Anne, I’m so sorry they collapsed for you, that’s annoying when it happens! The additional lemon juice may have caused the batter to be too thin, I guess it depends how much extra you added. There are a couple of reasons for cakes collapsing and I’m not sure what could be causing it for you so I’ll share what I know 🙂 The first one to check is if you used a ready made flour blend that has gum listed in the ingredients (xanthan or guar gum) did you add more gum to it? I don’t know if it will cause the cupcake to collapse but too much gum can alter the outcome of the recipe. Here are some more reasons for cake collapse: overfilling the cupcake liners, baking at a higher altitude, not baking for long enough,opening the oven door to check them halfway through – don’t do it! overbeating the batter (adds lots of air), oven temp too high can cause a rapid rise then collapse, using too old baking powder and they won’t rise properly (check if it still fizzes when added to water) I hope that helps!


  13. Sonja Springer says

    I am just curious – will 1 Tblsp of cake batter be enough to make a full size cupcake? These cupcakes look fabulous!!!!!
    I am definitely trying them…..just wondered about the amount of batter per cup.


    • Sheena Strain says

      Easy Gluten Free Lemon Cupcakes Recipe! (11)
      Hi Sonja, for regular sized cupcake wrappers about a tablespoon is enough, I think that will half fill the wrappers. They should rise up to the top of the cupcake wrapper as they cook (don’t open the oven!)


  14. Jenee says

    Easy Gluten Free Lemon Cupcakes Recipe! (12)
    Found this the other day on Pinterest and it was a major hit at the office, thank you!!


    • Sheena says

      Yay Jenee, that’s what I love to hear, so glad your office peeps liked them!! 🙂


  15. Danielle Hart says

    My daughter and I are baking a cake today for a contest and I asked her if she wanted to do something lemon, but then I realized that I don’t have any good gluten-free recipes. I may be the only one at the party who needs it to be GF but I still want some! I like your style. I am excited to try this.


    • Sheena says

      Hi Danielle, I hope the party goes well and cupcakes turn out nicely for you!


  16. Angel Williams says

    Hi, these look amazing! I am wondering if you have considered or tried using coconut oil in place of margarine?


    • Sheena says

      Hi Angel, I have baked some with coconut oil so it might be worth a try, but I’ve not done it for this recipe. I think if the oil is melted when you mix it in, the texture of the cake may be different as you are adding in more liquid, but that’s just a guess. If a recipe (like a muffin) asks for melted oil I often use coconut oil and not margarine. I would love to be able to use butter but I can’t eat it anymore.


Easy Gluten Free Lemon Cupcakes Recipe! (2024)


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How do you know when gluten free cupcakes are done? ›

While visual cues like the toothpick test and pressing the top of the cake will still help, the best way to determine if your baked goods are perfectly done is with a timer and oven thermometer. This is because gluten-free treats often look underdone and slightly wet inside after baking.

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225 g gluten free self raising flour. 1 tsp baking powder (ensure it's gluten free) 1/4 tsp xanthan gum. 225 g softened butter /margarine / spread dairy free if necessary.

How many calories in a lemon cupcake with icing? ›

Sprinkles Lemon Cupcake With Frosting (1 cupcake) contains 65g total carbs, 65g net carbs, 24g fat, 3g protein, and 483 calories.

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Cold ingredients can negatively affect cupcakes and other baked goods. Let refrigerated ingredients come to room temperature so that they will blend easily and thoroughly with the other ingredients without having to overmix the batter. Overmixing the wet and dry ingredients can result in tough cupcakes.

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Flour is the main ingredient of the batter and provides the base for the cupcake. Butter or oil provides flavor, tenderizes the batter and helps provide volume.

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Gluten-free flours often contain fine starches, so they absorb more liquid than conventional flour. To address this, gluten-free recipes usually call for more liquid and produce looser batters. They may also call for a larger quantity of leavening, like baking powder, to help add volume and lighten the texture.

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Flavor. New bakers should try adding extra vanilla and/or spices to recipes. Gluten-free flours often have unique tastes, and adding additional flavoring to recipes will help cover up these unfamiliar flavors.

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Answers. Our gluten free cupcakes dont taste much different to our other cakes, however they tend to have a more crumbly texture, due to the different flour.

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How many calories are in a homemade lemon cake? ›

A slice of homemade lemon cake contains about 200 to 250 calories. The lemon zest and juice add flavor without contributing too many calories, making it a relatively lighter option.

Is lemon cake high in calories? ›

This has a relatively high calorie density, with 319 Calories per 100g.

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Gifbera Standard Foil Cupcake Liners

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