Talk To Me Cupcake! Tasty Bites, Gluten Free! Recipe

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I love cup cakes. They're so innocent. begging me to eat them. I especially love mini cup cakes, mini anything actually. To me mini = guilt free. I know in the "reality based community", this is a bunch of horse pucky, but one can dream.
The last time I made Gujarati steamed chickpea bread I wondered since it's so good savory, how would it be sweetened? I fantasized about little gram flour cupcakes studded with sultana raisins, an icing of sirkhand and a bit of finely chopped pistachios.
So a couple of days ago with Alan on the road to recovery eye wise, I decided to invite some friends over for an Indian lunch and try my little dessert experiment on them.
I started the night before, as the batter for this steamed bread/cake needs to mellow overnight. The actual baking process only takes about 12 minutes. As to turning it sweet, I was winging it and we were all happy with the results, a not too sweet raisin spice cupcake. I baked steamed the cupcakes in a mini muffin pan that I had, and though the process wasn't pretty at first they were the ugly ducklings that grew beautiful. "Why Ms. Jones, you're beautiful with that frosting!"
The biggest problem was finding a steaming vessel that would hold my mini muffin pan. Next time I try this I think I'll steam them in the oven where I can use a large baking dish as a bain marie.

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Servings: 4


Cost per serving $0.22 view details


  1. The night before baking mix:
  2. 1 and 1/2 cups of sifted gram flour
  3. 3/4 tsp of salt
  4. About 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  5. 3 Tbs of vegetable oil
  6. 2/3 cup of plain yogurt
  7. A fist full of golden raisins (I did say I was winging this)
  8. 1 Tsp of cinnamon
  9. A pinch of nutmeg
  10. Cover the bowl with a cloth and set it in a warm protected place to ferment overnight. I always store mine in the oven. Just don't forget and turn the oven on in the morning or you've got a problem.
  11. When ready to bake add:
  12. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  13. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  14. 3 Tbs of warm water and stir these in, only whisking in one direction
  15. The batter will start to turn bubbly and frothy. When it does, spoon it into lightly oiled muffin cups.
  16. Place the muffin tin on a trivet in a pan of boiling water. Cover with a cloth and then a snug lid on top of that.
  17. Steam the cupcakes for about 8 to 10 minutes. When a toothpick poked into them comes out clean, you're done.
  18. Take the muffin pan out and cover it with the cloth for about 10 minutes. As you can see, I overfilled my muffin cups .
  19. But once they were unmolded, I was able to trim them into proper mini cupcake shape.
  20. I put put the sirkhand into a pastry tube and swirled it onto the cupcakes.
  21. I then sprinkled the tops with a bit of chopped pistachio. This is a cupcake "cheesecake" shot.
  22. I loved these little mini bites. Everybody got three of them. I think I'll fiddle with the recipe a bit and see what else I can do with them. They're not super duper sweet, just pleasantly spicy sweet which is more to my taste, and they're so tiny they're hardly calories.
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 79g
Recipe makes 4 servings
Calories 171  
Calories from Fat 104 61%
Total Fat 11.82g 15%
Saturated Fat 1.87g 7%
Trans Fat 0.26g  
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 774mg 32%
Potassium 84mg 2%
Total Carbs 15.91g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0.3g 1%
Sugars 15.26g 10%
Protein 1.46g 2%



  • Gratefully Gluten Free
    May 13, 2010
    I made these cupcakes and they are fabulous! The only thing I did different was use my All Purpose Gluten Free Flour with Sorghum that I sell in my web store. Love them and Love Love Love they are mini!!! Thanks for sharing!
    I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
    This is a variation
    • Pamela Wallace
      May 22, 2010
      Just finished making these and i add chopped nuts to the recipe and did 1 cup gram flour and the other 1/2 cup of Millet flour. They where still great. Would like to try grated carrot in them or make into a choc chip muffins.
      Love the moist texture
      I've cooked/tasted this recipe!

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