Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes on a glass pedestal with a cupcake on a plate in front

Gluten-Free Strawberries & Cream Cupcakes

Gluten-free cupcakes. Strawberries and cream. Hmmm… gluten free strawberries and cream cupcakes! {sigh} Yeah, pretty genius, huh?

Light and moist strawberry flecked cupcakes topped with billowy clouds of strawberry streaked cream, these little strokes of genius are easy to whip up, the perfect balance of sweet but not too sweet and look pretty even if you, like me, are … shall we say, pastry bag challenged.

We had an impromptu little family dinner celebration last night and since family dinner at our house means dessert, celebrations call for gluten-free cupcakes and impromptu means not much time for planning, shopping and baking; I had to whip something up with what I had on hand.

My morning always starts with a splash of heavy cream in a cup of coffee and I often have fresh berries on hand for snacking or smoothies, thus these cupcakes were born out of what is always in my fridge.

I had a couple left over so this morning I had one for breakfast and called it a muffin instead. I think that is perfectly ok, how about you? Especially because these were made with Wholesome Zero, a non-glycemic sugar substitute, I think cupcakes muffins for breakfast was perfectly fine.

Take the eggs, sour cream or yogurt, and butter out of the fridge about half an hour before making the cupcakes to allow them to come to room temperature for the best results.

Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes on a glass pedestal

3.75 from 8 votes
Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes on a glass pedestal
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Gluten Free Strawberries & Cream Cupcakes

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Calories: 203kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


  • 2 cups strawberries, hulled, divided
  • cups gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
  • ¼ cup sour cream or Greek yogurt, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter – (1 tablespoon shy of a stick) – at room temperature
  • 1 cup plus 4 teaspoons Wholesome Zero divided
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 2 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1 cup cold heavy whipping cream


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12 cup standard sized muffin pan with paper liners.
  • Reserve 3 or 4 of the strawberries for garnish. Puree 1 cup of the strawberries in a blender or food processor until smooth. Cut the remaining strawberries into ¼-inch dice. Measure out 1/3 cup of the strawberry puree for the cupcakes and reserve the remaining puree (you should have a couple tablespoons) for the topping.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • In a small mixing bowl, stir the sour cream or yogurt with the 1/3 cup strawberry puree and vanilla.
  • In an electric mixer on high speed, preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter and 1 cup of the Zero until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Turn the mixer to low and add the egg and egg whites, one at a time, mixing well with each addition. Add half the dry ingredients and mix on low until combined, then add the strawberry/sour cream (or yogurt) mixture, mixing until combined and finally mix in the remaining flour mixture. Do not over mix. Remove the mixing bowl from the mixer and with a rubber spatula, scrape the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl making sure all ingredients are well combined. Gently fold in the diced strawberries.
  • Divide the batter evenly between the prepared muffin cups, filling each almost to the top. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the tops feel dry and springy and a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  • Just before serving (or up to a couple hours ahead) whip the heavy cream with the remaining 4 teaspoons of Zero on high until it forms stiff peaks. Gently fold in the reserved strawberry puree leaving it a little streaky.
  • Dollop or pipe the strawberry whipped cream on the cupcakes. Cut the strawberries reserved for garnish into slices and top each cupcake with two slices, pointy end pointing up, or any other way you desire.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Strawberries & Cream Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 203 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 61mg20%
Sodium 155mg6%
Potassium 74mg2%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 548IU11%
Vitamin C 14mg17%
Calcium 56mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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Tags: Cream Cupcakes Sour Cream Strawberries Wholesome Sweeteners Yogurt
  1. GF Gidget
    August 10, 2010

    These are unspeakably gorgeous!

  2. Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    August 10, 2010

    oh my – how perfect would these be for an elegant afternoon tea!

  3. Theresa
    August 10, 2010

    Oh wow! Those look so good!!!

  4. Jas.
    August 11, 2010

    delicious and so pretty!

  5. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    August 12, 2010

    They look divine! I've started to try GF products lately and have found such differences in how they taste.

  6. Flo Makanai
    August 13, 2010

    They look great!
    But I'm afraid the amount of xanthan gum is missing?
    Thanks for your nice blog, wish I could fine your GF flour blend in France…

  7. Simply...Gluten-free
    August 13, 2010

    Thanks Flo! I fixed it :)

  8. I Am Gluten Free
    August 13, 2010

    These look perfectly wonderful!

  9. Kim-Cook It Allergy Free
    August 14, 2010

    IF these are anywhere close to as good as your Strawberry Shortcakes (and all of your other recipes I have tested), I am IN!!! These look great!
    A fun little end-of-summer treat for the boys. Yum!

  10. Trissa
    August 14, 2010

    Who would have thought gluten free could look so delicious!

  11. Foodessa
    August 14, 2010

    Carol…I'm so glad you introduced yourself to me…it gave me a chance to come explore your fantastically educational site.
    I am not celiac…however, I am showing intolerance towards wheat products. I am therefore starting to experiment gluten free recipes.
    So far my favourite all around flour is Sweet Sorghum which I used successfully in my fig upside down cake.
    I find these cupcakes great…especially with a few strawberries lingering around ;o)

    BTW…I also took a look at your pineapple cake…yummy!

    Flavourful wishes,

  12. Gluten Free Recipe Box
    August 15, 2010

    This looks and sounds just as good as cheesecake filled strawberries! Yum! Count me in! I think I'll make these for my grandkids this week! Their whole family will love these. Their on a eating healthy kick! What a great way to introduce them to the gluten-free lifestyle. Thanks for your wonderful recipes.

  13. Tasty Eats At Home
    August 15, 2010

    these are really pretty! My daughter would go nuts for them – she's a big fan of anything strawberry.

  14. Sanjeeta kk
    August 15, 2010

    Lovely clicks, good to be here. Great to find a site with Gluten free recipes!
    Best wishes.

  15. xx
    August 17, 2010

    SO DELICIOUS! I made these for a work goodbye party and they were a hit! Thank goodness I made two batches. Thanks!

  16. Mandi
    October 8, 2010

    in the ingredients you call for egg whites and in the method you say to mix in the yolks one at a time. So do I need 2 egg whites or 2 egg yolks. Thanks?

  17. Mandi
    October 8, 2010

    These look delicious! I want to make these for my friends birthday but I am a little confused. The ingredients list calls for 1 whole egg and 2 egg whites but in the method it says to add the egg yolks 1 at a time. Do I need 2 yolks or 2 whites? Thanks!

  18. Simply...Gluten-free
    October 9, 2010

    Hi Mandi -it is egg whites. Thanks for noticing the typo – I have corrected it in the post and the printable version.


  19. Laura at Gluten Free in the 713
    October 18, 2010

    Yum! I've been thinking about making a peaches and cream cupcake lately, so I may try adapting your recipe. Thanks!!

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  21. April 11, 2013

    Hi Carol, I just want to say that I bought your books and have had so many successes using your recipes. After so many expensive trial and errors and let’s just say, awful gluten-free experiments, I am so happy to have found your site and work. It is so nice to finally be able to trust the person writing the recipe and know it will work. This may sound like a dumb question but what is the best way to store these overnight? Also, I want to make your pumpkin bread from your book and it is grain free but I would like to make them with the flour blend what is the exchange for the almond flour? Thank you, Faith

    1. Gluten Free & More
      April 15, 2013

      Hi Faith, thank you so much for your lovely kind words! There are no stupid questions. The best way to store these cupcakes would be in the fridge, unfrosted, covered with plastic wrap (I usually store cupcakes in the cupcake pan with plastic wrap over the top) It would be best to whip your cream and frost them before serving and not try to do that part and store overnight.

      Recipes that are formulated to be made with nit flours don’t usulally trnslate into flour recipes. I am not sure how to advise you on that one, sorry!

  22. Lindsey
    July 16, 2013

    I have made this cupcake and it is fabulous! I do have a question though…is your pastry flour interchangeable for the flour combination that is in this recipe?

  23. CarolKicinski
    July 19, 2013

    Hi Lindsey, yes it is! Thank you.

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  25. February 25, 2015

    I am just beginning to take a stab at Gluten Free baking! My mother, brother, and myself have all been diagnosed with Ciliac! Your recepies sound wonderful and I will be trying them all! Thanks!

    1. Gluten Free & More
      March 9, 2015

      Hi Lisa,

      You’re so welcome and thanks!
      Good luck and do let me know if you need any help!


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  27. Lana
    May 13, 2021

    Hi – one comment mentions xanthan gum is missing and you responded the recipe was fixed. Still don’t see that in this posted recipe. ☹️

    1. Gluten Free & More
      May 14, 2021

      Hi Lana,

      This recipe has been edited recently. Originally this recipe was made with a blend of flours, including xanthan gum, but recently we changed it to just be gluten-free all-purpose flour (these typically include xanthan or another type of gum). Sorry for the confusion.

  28. Jodi
    May 14, 2021

    Would love to try these but erythritol doesn’t agree with my gut. What can I substitute for it that is more gut friendly?

    1. Jodi
      May 14, 2021

      Also I am dairy free. Could I substitute coconut milk or coconut cream for the heavy whipping cream or would that ruin the texture?

      1. Gluten Free & More
        May 14, 2021

        The heavy cream is only for the whipped topping, so you can substitute another dairy-free whipped topping – either store-bought or homemade using coconut cream (refrigerate a can of coconut milk/cream and use the thick top layer, not the watery part at the bottom – you can save that part for something else).

    2. Gluten Free & More
      May 14, 2021

      You can use sugar or another sweetener of choice. Coconut sugar would be a good option.

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