Gluten-Free Cupcakes

May 16, 2017

Today is my mother’s birthday and I’m celebrating by taking her to eat and whipping up a little somethin’ in the kitchen for dessert…

Because I like to cook healthy meals, I can honestly say I rarely bake.

At future bake sales, I will be the mom with the homemade brownies. Classic. Easy. Made from scratch.

Some days, I just don’t have the time to bake from scratch, and I need a reliable mix that gets the job done.

Today is all about using my time wisely. Audri loves to wear her apron (that looks like mine but it’s her size) and she helps me, “Get the gredients” as she calls it. 🙂

I found this recipe that’s perfect for any birthday – no matter what age the person is turning. Just substitute the food coloring to the birthday girl’s favorite.

I’m using this vanilla mix by Simple Mills, because it’s the healthiest alternative I could find:

  • Made with almond flour, coconut flour & coconut sugar for nutrient value
  • Less than half the sugar & carbohydrates of leading baking mix brands
  • Can be made into cupcakes or an 8” cake
  • Free of Gluten, Grains, Soy, Corn, Dairy & Gums/Emulsifiers
  • Paleo-Friendly

And this organic vanilla frosting:

  • Made with Coconut Oil and sustainable Palm Shortening
  • Whipped, creamy texture that’s easy to spread
  • Sweetened with Monk Fruit, a subtropical melon, for half the sugar & carbohydrates than leading frosting brands
  • Free of Gluten, Grains, Soy, Corn, Dairy & Gums/Emulsifiers


All you need:

3 eggs
1/3 cup grapeseed or vegetable oil
1/3 cup water
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 box Simple Mills Vanilla Cake Mix
1 tub Simple Mills Vanilla Frosting
Natural blue food coloring (Color Garden brand or other)
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 tablespoon water + 1 teaspoon


1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and line a muffin pan with paper liners.
2. Whisk the eggs, oil, water and vanilla in a large bowl and add the dry mix;
whisk until combined.
3. Fill the muffin cups about 2/3 full and bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely.
4. Add the frosting to a large bowl and add drops of dye until desired color is achieved.
5. Frost the cupcakes with a frosting spatula or piping bag.
6. Combine the cocoa powder and water in a small bowl; mix until combined.
7. Take a kitchen brush or small paint brush and dip it in the cocoa mixture. Flick the mixture on to the cupcakes to create specks.
8. Repeat until all cupcakes are decorated.

Shop my kitchen items, and leave my momma a little “happy birthday” comment below! 


Photography Bryan Grayson

May 16, 2017 | Recipes


  1. Miriam

    Happy birthday to your momma!

    1. VeiledFree

      She said awwwww how sweet, thank you!!

  2. Heather Williams

    Happy birthday Momma! Hope u have an awesome day!

    1. VeiledFree

      Thanks Heather!! We hope you had an awesome day also!!

  3. Alden Price

    Happy birthday, Ciara’s mom!!!!!! Enjoy these yummy cupcakes!!! ?

    1. VeiledFree

      They were tasty!! Thanks Alden!!

  4. Krista

    Those sound so delicious! I will have to try those next time I get in a baking mood.
    Happy birthday to your mom!! Hope you both have a fun day celebrating together!

    1. VeiledFree

      They were really good 🙂 We had a great afternoon together, thanks Krista!!

  5. Mom

    Best daughter ever!!!! I had a GREAT time! The cupcakes were so YUMMY (actually had a spice cake taste to them)!!! Thanks for sharing your time, talents and gifts!!! Such a sweet post too!!! Love you bunches!!!

    1. VeiledFree

      Thanks, Mom!! I love you!!

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