Gluten Free Strawberry Shortcake Cupckaes

Gluten Free Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes Recipe

This recipe combines two of my favorite things; cupcakes and strawberry shortcake.

What makes these different from just strawberry cupcakes? Glad you asked!

See the thing about strawberry shortcake that makes it so fabulous is that the cakes are topped with strawberries that have been macerated with sugar and lemon juice and gotten all juicy and wonderful, then these strawberries and their juices soak into the cake and it combines into something so much better than the sum of their parts. And then the whole thing gets topped off with whipped cream – pure strawberry heaven!

And those elements are what make these Gluten Free Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes so much more than “just” strawberry cupcakes.

Recipe Notes: I used my own gluten free all-purpose flour but feel free to use any brand you like. If there is no xanthan gum in the flour blend you use, add half a teaspoon. I also used Wholesome Sweeteners organic sugar and powdered sugar – if you are corn free, then make sure and pick this up as most powdered sugars have cornstarch added to them. Room temperature ingredients in the cake will blend better and give you better results, Take your butter, eggs, and sour cream out of the fridge about half an hour before you plan to start baking. Always use pure extracts like vanilla extract as artificial ones may have gluten (and do not taste good!)

Gluten Free Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes Recipe

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Gluten Free Strawberry Shortcake Cupckaes
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Gluten Free Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes Recipe

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 cupcake
Calories: 410kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


  • 1 ½ cups gluten free all-purpose flour blend
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 stick
  • 1 1/3 cups organic sugar divided use
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons plus 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract divided use
  • 1/2 cup sour cream at room temperature
  • 2 pints fresh strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups cold heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a standard muffin tin with paper cupcake liners.
  • Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a mixing bowl and whisk.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and 1 cup sugar on high speed for 5 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition. Beat in 2 teaspoons vanilla extract.
  • Turn the mixer to low, add half the flour mixture, then the sour cream, and finally the remaining flour. Mix until combined. With a spatula, scrape the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl to ensure all ingredients are well combined. Divide the batter evenly into the prepared muffin tins. Bake for 18 – 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  • While the cupcakes are baking and cooling, reserve a few strawberries for garnish, slice the rest and mix with 1/3 cup sugar and lemon juice. Let sit for 15 – 20 minutes tossing occasionally. Lightly mash the strawberries with a fork.
  • Cut a hole about as wide as a quarter and about ½ inch or so deep into the top of each cooled cupcake. Spoon the strawberry mixture into the holes (you can reserve some of the strawberries and syrup to drizzle on top of the frosted cupcakes if you wish.)
  • Whip the cream with the remaining 1 tablespoon of vanilla and the powdered sugar until it forms peaks. Frost each cupcake with the whipped cream. Slice the reserved strawberries and garnish.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 410 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 15g75%
Cholesterol 120mg40%
Sodium 160mg7%
Potassium 212mg6%
Carbohydrates 42g14%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 28g31%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 950IU19%
Vitamin C 47.2mg57%
Calcium 82mg8%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Lauren Swenson
    May 31, 2016

    My 12 y.o. GF daughter found this recipe and made these for Memorial Day. AMAZING! This is the best GF “cake” recipe we have found to date.

    We live @ 6,000 ft. altitude – we halved the baking soda and baking powder and followed the rest of the recipe exactly (using our usual GF flour blend) and the cupcakes turned out perfectly!

  2. arlene
    September 5, 2016

    my husband is a baker for the last 35 years. I asked him what does 1 plus 1/3 cup of sugar mean. He thinks you mean 1 and 1/3 cups of sugar is that correct. I am having a party and thought this would be a perfert desert for my family who are gluten free, but I don’t want to destroy the receipt.

    1. Gluten Free & More
      September 6, 2016

      Hi Arlene,
      Hi Arlene,
      It’s 1 cup plus 1/3 cup, I just worded it like that because you use them divided. 1 cup for the cupcakes and 1/3 cup to mix with the strawberries. I changed it, so hopefully it’s more clear now. But you can see in the directions where you will use the sugar. :)
      Enjoy and have a fun party!

  3. KarenM.
    July 1, 2017

    These cupcakes are without a doubt, the best vanilla cupcake I have tried. The crumb is perfect. I did mess up a bit. I usually read through a recipe before I make it ,but for some reason I didn’t do this here. I ended up putting to much sugar, but they were still delicious!!! Can’t wait to try more of your recipes, they are the best!!!!!

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