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Gluten-Free Eggnog Cupcakes - A Low-Fat Version

Updated on October 26, 2015
My Gluten-Free Eggnog Cupcake
My Gluten-Free Eggnog Cupcake | Source

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Happy Holidays, gluten-free dieters! I can't believe it's already December; maybe time does have wings. One thing I really love to drink during a holiday season is eggnog, the infamously heavy concoction of sugar, milk and eggs. I enjoy it either cold or warm, with alcohol or without, depending on my mood of the day. This year, however, I wanted to do something a little more fun with my favorite holiday drink than just sipping it from a cup, so I decided to use it as the star ingredient in my gluten-free cupcakes. Now you might already be calculating how much fat your cardiovascular system would have to endure from these treats. The answer is "not too much." In this gluten-free dessert recipe, I use healthy low-fat ingredients, such as non-hydrogenated margarine and light eggnog, which helps reduce the fat content by more than 50%. Don't worry that the low-fat ingredients might compromise the taste of your eggnog goodies. I just wolfed down two of these cupcakes this morning, and they were scrumptiously eggnoggy! Plus, I have an easy eggnog frosting recipe for you as well. Aren't you itching to bake some cupcakes right now?

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Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: 6 Cupcakes

Ingredients You Need for this Gluten-Free Dessert

  • 1/4 cup non-hydrogenated margarine
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup light non-alcoholic eggnog
  • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsps rice flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca starch
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • a tiny pinch of salt
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

A Note on Some of These Gluten-Free Ingredients

  • Why non-hydrogenated margarine? This is not a matter of gluten avoidance. Butter and all types of margarine are gluten-free. I choose non-hydrogenated margarine for this gluten-free dessert recipe because it contains no trans fat and no cholesterol, which makes it pretty heart-friendly.
  • Not all vanilla extracts are created equal. To make sure the vanilla extract you use is gluten-free, select a brand that does not contain grain alcohol.
  • How can you tell if a baking powder is gluten-free or not? Most brands of baking powder are gluten-free even though they don't carry a gluten-free label. However, there are also some baking powders that contain gluten ingredients, such as wheat starch, modified food starch and dextrine. Always read the label first unless you're already familiar with the brand.
  • Is eggnog gluten-free? In most cases, yes. There are very few brands of ready-made eggnog that contain wheat starch. So once again, it's wise to check the label first.

To learn more about gluten-free ingredients, visit Gluten-Free Shopping Tips.

Mixing Eggnog Cupcake Batter
Mixing Eggnog Cupcake Batter | Source
Filling Cupcake Tins with the Batter
Filling Cupcake Tins with the Batter | Source
Freshly Baked Gluten-Free Eggnog Cupcakes
Freshly Baked Gluten-Free Eggnog Cupcakes | Source

How to Make Gluten-Free Eggnog Cupcakes from Scratch

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, cream non-hydrogenated margarine and sugar together until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  3. Add egg and light non-alcoholic eggnog. Beat together well.
  4. In another bowl, combine rice flour, tapioca starch, baking powder, xanthan gum and salt.
  5. Add the dry mixture to the egg mixture, and mix together until well-blended.
  6. Line your cupcake tins with paper liners. Fill about 2/3 of each cup with the cupcake batter you just made.
  7. Bake your gluten-free eggnog cupcakes in the preheated oven for about 15 - 20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Remove your holiday cupcakes from the oven and cupcake pan, then allow them to cool on a wire rack.
  9. Decorate the cupcakes with gluten-free eggnog frosting (recipe follows) and lightly dust with some ground cinnamon. Enjoy!
My Homemade Eggnog Frosting
My Homemade Eggnog Frosting | Source

Low-Fat Eggnog Frosting

Ingredients: 1/2 cup + 2 tbsps non-hydrogenated margarine, 1 cup powdered sugar, 2 tbsps light non-alcoholic eggnog

Preparation: Cream all the ingredients together until light and smooth. (You may simply do this with a whisk, but an electric hand mixer will make it a lot easier.) Put the eggnog frosting into a pastry bag and pipe it onto your gluten-free eggnog cupcakes. Lightly sprinkle some ground cinnamon on top, and your holiday cupcakes are done!

Gluten-Free Eggnog Cupcake
Gluten-Free Eggnog Cupcake | Source

Gluten-Free Eggnog Cupcakes - Calorie and Nutrition Info

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cupcake (without frosting)
Calories 190
Calories from Fat36
% Daily Value *
Fat 4 g6%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Unsaturated fat 2 g
Carbohydrates 35 g12%
Sugar 18 g
Protein 2 g4%
Cholesterol 37 mg12%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


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    5 years ago

    This is amazing! Love eggnog and I need to try gluten free cupcakes too, saving!

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    6 years ago from Hermosa Beach, CA

    This looks delicious and very festive - just in time for the holidays! Thanks for sharing. ; )

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    Susan Zutautas 

    6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Saving and pinning this to make over the holidays. Thanks for another great recipe!

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    Tirralan Watkins 

    6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

    I think I will try these for my upcoming holiday party. What a perfect looking cupcake!

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    Suzette Walker 

    6 years ago from Taos, NM

    These sound scrumptious! Thank you for sharing your knowledge of gluten-free cupcakes. I appreciate your tips on the ingredients used. I am not that familiar with baking gluten-free. These are certainly great for the holidays - I love eggnog and cinnamon! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe with us.

  • Kathryn Stratford profile image


    6 years ago from Windsor, Connecticut

    I love eggnog, and these look spectacular! You are certainly the queen of the cupcakes here on HubPages. The recipe sounds fantastic (love that the frosting is even eggnog), the photos are scrumptious, and it makes me want to make them right now! I haven't baked much in the past 4 years, except for the past month. I just got out of a relationship in which my significant other wasn't too into desserts. But now I am living in a household with many other housemates, and they don't mind eating my goodies at all! I will definitely try this.

    Thanks for sharing this with us. Voted up, sharing, and pinning.

    Have a great day!

    ~ Kathryn

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    Om Paramapoonya 

    7 years ago

    @Sweetiepie - Yep, low-fat yummy treats do exist! Plus, most of the fat in these eggnog cupcakes is healthy unsaturated fat. They contain only a small amount of saturated fat and cholesterol. So you can enjoy them guilt-free (or maybe without too much guilt). I appreciate your comment and pin. Thanks :)

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    7 years ago from Southern California, USA

    I love recipes like this because it illustrates that sweet treats do not need to be fat laden. I think the sugar and other good stuff makes up for the fat. I am going to pin this lovely cupcake as well :). Good job!

  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    7 years ago

    @KDeus - Thanks for your comment, vote and pin! Really glad you like the recipe.

    @icmn91 - Yes, my gluten-free cupcakes usually don't rise as beautifully as my regular wheat-flour cupcakes do. And yep, sometimes they do sink in the middle. I don't think over-mixing is the culprit for this particular problem, though. Adding a little more of leavening agents and/or fat ingredients tend to help.

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    7 years ago from Australia

    A pity I didn't discover these before Christmas! But, then again, there was plenty of tucker. I have to be gluten free, and unfortunately came over to HubPages to slam my university because they failed to accommodate my gluten free needs, so this will be great to share with friends - especially if it turns out well.

    Do you find gluten free cakes tend to sink in the middle? I've heard over-stirring can be an issue with some recipes.

    All the best for 2013!

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    Keely Deuschle 

    7 years ago from Florida

    These look and sound so delicious! And so awesome that it's a GF recipe! I have everything but the eggnog, so will have to get some and try it! Thanks for sharing! Voted up and pinned!

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    Om Paramapoonya 

    7 years ago

    @Emma Harvey - Thanks for visiting my gluten-free cupcake hub, Emma! Very happy to hear that you'll give this recipe a try sometime.

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    Emma Kisby 

    7 years ago from Berkshire, UK

    These look delicious Om - something I would try making. Reading the labels when buying ingredients is so important and it's nice to know what to look out for.

    I cater for people with food allergies and it makes you look twice before buying ingredients. Can't wait to bake these! Up and awesome :)

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    Om Paramapoonya 

    7 years ago

    @vespawoolf - You're very welcome. Give this gluten-free cupcake recipe a go sometime!

    @anglnwu - Where have you been, Angeline?!!! LOL Well, I'm glad you like the recipe. Happy New Year to you, too!

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    7 years ago

    Looks fabulous and I bet they taste just as fabulous, if not better. Eggnog in a cupcake--I totally could dig it. Happy New Year!!

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    Vespa Woolf 

    7 years ago from Peru, South America

    Another delicious gluten-free recipe! I didn't know vanilla extract isn't always gluten free. Thank you for all these helpful tips and the beautiful photos.

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    Om Paramapoonya 

    7 years ago

    @rebeccamealey - Thanks a lot! :)

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    Rebecca Mealey 

    7 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    These cupcakes look and sound so good-and what a fantastic photo!

  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    7 years ago

    @lindacee - Yeah, the frosting was scrumptious! My husband enjoyed these cupcakes, but he actually said he liked the frosting even better. Happy baking, Linda!

    @Pinkchic18 - Really? You've got to try it just for the sake of holidays. If you enjoy heavy and sweet drinks, you would probably love eggnog!

    @randomcreative - I know eggnog isn't for everyone. My husband hates drinking it, but he won't say no to these eggnog cupcakes. lol

    @moonlake - Thnaks for your comment, vote and pin! Hope you give this recipe a try soon!

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    7 years ago from America

    They look good and sound good. My husband loves eggnog maybe I should make them for him. Voted up and pinned.

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    Rose Clearfield 

    7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    I am not a big fan of eggnog, but I love the idea of cooking with it! Thanks for the great recipe.

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    Sarah Carlsley 

    7 years ago from Minnesota

    Would you believe me if I told you I've never tried eggnog? But it sure seems to be a hit this time of year! This looks yummy too.

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    Linda Chechar 

    7 years ago from Arizona

    These cupcakes look divine! What a healthy and delish holiday dessert recipe. Oooh and the frosting -- I could make a dessert out of that alone! ;) Can't wait to start baking!

  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    7 years ago

    @cardisa - Thanks. Hope you give these eggnog cupcakes a go soon. You'll love them!

    @Peggy W - Yeah, they're super "eggnogglicious"! Thanks for dropping by, Peggy. Really appreciate your kind words and votes.

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    Peggy Woods 

    7 years ago from Houston, Texas make these look and sound so delicious! I have not had eggnog in years but just might have to give these cupcakes a try. Thanks for your recipe. Up, useful and sharing.

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    Carolee Samuda 

    7 years ago from Jamaica

    Another winner OM, I love eggnog and most certainly would love this. must try it sometime after the holidays.


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