Gluten Free Dairy Free Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes


For the cupcake:
1/2 cup tapioca flour (I use all Bob’s Red Mill flours)
1/2 cup sorghum flour
1/4 cup brown rice flour
2 tablespoons flax seed meal (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 large eggs, *ROOM TEMPERATURE-see note
1/2 cup evaporated cane sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
8 ounces fresh pumpkin puree, or canned pumpkin puree, not pie filling
1/4 cup sunflower or vegetable oil
1/4 cup apple or pear sauce
For the frosting:
Will need a candy thermometer
1 1/4 cups PLUS 2 tablespoons PLUS 1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup PLUS 1 tablespoon water
3 large egg whites, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon gluten free vanilla extract (Trader Joe's or Nielsen Massey)
2-3 tablespoons Graham Cracker Crumbs, for garnish


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners.
In a medium bowl, sift flours, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves.
In another medium bowl, whisk with a handheld mixer, eggs, sugar, and brown sugar for 1 minute.
Then add pumpkin, mix for another minute.
Add the flour mixture, whisk until just combined, about 30 seconds.
Divide the batter among the cupcake liners, fill nearly to the top (7/8 full).
Bake for 22-26 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Set aside to cool completely before frosting.
Note: If you don’t have your eggs at room temperature, put them into a bowl of warm water for about 10 minutes, or until the eggs feel room temperature. Change water if it gets too cold.
For the meringue frosting:
Combine 1 1/4 cups sugar and the water in a small saucepan, heat over medium heat with a candy thermometer attached to the inside of the saucepan, stir to dissolve.
When the mixture reaches 220 degrees F it is ready for the stand mixer.
Meanwhile, in a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk the eggs on medium speed until it begins to look very foamy, then gradually add the remaining 2 tablespoons PLUS 1 teaspoon sugar.
Increase the speed to high and whip until soft white peaks are formed.
At this point check to see if your sugar has cooled. If the temperature cooled, turn heat back on to high until it comes back up to 220 degrees F.
When it is at a soft peak stage resembling marshmallow fluff, slowly add the hot sugar along the edge of the mixer avoiding the whisk.
Continue to whisk on high until the bowl has cooled, about 5-8 minutes.
Refrigerate for 5 minutes before transferring to a piping bag with a plain tip attached.
Pipe frosting on cooled cupcakes along the edges then center by pumping frosting out as you keep the tip in the center gently lifting it up to get a multi-layer look.


Fall is just not fall without pumpkin and spice. These pumpkin spice cupcakes are moist, flavorful, and filled with spice, then top with this marshmallowy meringue frosting that is downright addicting. Made with fresh roasted pumpkin, or can be made with canned pumpkin. Yep, gluten free, soy free, and dairy free. If your child has allergens, or is celiac these will make for the perfect class party cupcake, or wow them the next time you entertain!

Other Names:

pumpkin spice cupcakes with meringue frosting


Makes 12 cupcakes


Friday, October 5, 2012 - 9:31pm


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