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Vanilla cupcakes on white wood background

Vanilla Frosted Buttercream Cupcakes (GFDF, Keto, Low-Iron)

  • Author: Heather Cooan
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 Minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 18 Cupcakes
  • Diet: Diabetic


Cupcakes are so whimsical! This vanilla frosted buttercream cupcake recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, and keto-friendly. Have your whimsy and eat it too!


Vanilla Cupcake

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting


Vanilla Cupcake

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease or line cupcake pan.

  • Beat cake mix, eggs, and bacon grease in mixing bowl until smooth.

  • Let batter sit for 30 seconds, then add the apple cider vinegar.

  • Fill each cupcake tin ¾ full, approximately ¼ cup of batter per cupcake.

  • Bake for 20 minutes.

  • Let cool completely.

  • Frost with Vanilla Butter Cream Frosting

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

  • Combine frosting mix and 5 Tbsp water in a small saucepan to make a thick paste.

  • Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until it becomes smooth, thick, and white, and edges begin to bubble, remove from heat.

  • Add lemon juice and stir to combine, cover and cool to room temp

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, vanilla, and salt with an electric mixer.

  • Add frosting mixture to butter mixture and whip until light and smooth, scraping sides of the bowl occasionally.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: vanilla buttercream frosted cupcakes