Delicious Living
Gluten-Free Apple Cider Cupcakes
  • 1 (15-ounce) bag gluten-free yellow cake mix (TRY: Glutino or King Arthur)*
  • ¼ cup butter (melted)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • ⅔ cup real apple cider (not from concentrate)
  • ⅓ cup real apple cider
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Gluten-Free Apple Cider Cupcakes

Recipe by Chandice Probst | photo by Jennifer Olson | Delicious Living
  • Serves: 12 people

These gluten-free apple cider cupcakes are a treat full of nostalgic fall flavors that will have you reminiscing of your favorite harvest memories. They are a hit with kids and adults and, believe me, nobody would ever know they are gluten free.

- Chandice Probst,


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line cups of a cupcake pan with paper baking cups.
  2. Using a stand mixer, combine cake mix, melted butter, eggs, 1 tablespoon cinnamon and ⅔ cup apple cider until well combined.
  3. Fill cupcake liners 2 /3 full with batter. Bake 18–22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  4. While cupcakes are baking, prepare frosting. In a small saucepan, bring 1 /3 cup apple cider to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and simmer until liquid has reduced to 1 tablespoon, about 6 minutes; set aside to cool. Using a mixer, beat cream cheese and 2 tablespoons butter until fluffy. Slowly add cinnamon and then powdered sugar, ½ cup at a time, and mix until incorporated. Fold in reduced apple cider. If frosting is too thin, add a little more powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time. If frosting is too thick, add a little more apple cider, 1 tablespoon at a time.
  5. When cupcakes have cooled, top with frosting and a dash of cinnamon.

*Alternatively, in place of using a gluten-free yellow cake mix, make your own mix by combining 2¼ cups all-purpose gluten-free flour, 1¼ cups sugar, 1 tablespoon baking powder and 1 teaspoon each of salt, baking soda and xanthan gum.

PER SERVING (1 cupcake): 191 cal, 9g fat (3g mono, 1g poly, 5g sat), 56mg chol, 238mg sodium, 54g carb (1g fiber, 39g sugars), 2g protein

Search Recipes
Search our full collection of recipes by entering a recipe name or ingredient
Natural Kitchen

Gluten-Free Recipes

Delicious Living Blog

The Best Holistic Health Blogs of the Year












We use cookies to improve your website experience. To learn about our use of cookies and how you can manage your cookie settings, please see our Cookie Policy. By continuing to use the website, you consent to our use of cookies.