Test Kitchen – Snickerdoodle Cupcakes


We are always on the lookout for new flavors to try, especially ones that are delicious and popular. We’ve seen a lot of posts about snickerdoodle flavored cupcakes recently and with the combination of cinnamon, vanilla, and sugar, we can certainly see why. So we went out and found our own version to test. We’ve adapted this recipe from The Pretty Bee‘s Vegan Snickerdoodle Cupcake recipe and topped them with our own Cinnamon Butter Cream frosting.

Serves 9-12
  • 1½ cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¾ cup cold water
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • 2½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/6 teaspoon xanthan gum


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a pan with 9 cupcake liners
  • Measure and combine the try ingredients into a mixer (flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon), mix together quickly

Conscious Cakes - Gluten Free Flour measurementConscious Cakes, Sugar measurementConscious Cakes - Cinnamon, Salt, and Baking Soda measurements

Conscious Cakes - Dry ingredients before mixing

Mix it… mix it real good.

  • Measure and add the wet ingredients to the dry (water, applesauce, vanilla, vinegar), mix thoroughly, finish with the xanthan gum
  • Fill liners 3/4 full and bake for 20 minutes, testing to ensure they’re finished with a toothpick, allow to cool completely while you make the frosting, then frost and serve

085Conscious Cakes - Vegan Gluten Free Snickerdoodle cupcakes, before frostingINGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup vegan butter
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon non-dairy milk
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar


  • Combine shortening, butter, vanilla, milk, and cinnamon in a mixer and beat on medium-high until fully incorporated

Butter and vegetable shortening

Conscious Cakes, Cinnamon Butter cream frosting in process

It looks good enough to eat now, but just wait. I promise it gets even better.

  • Add in powdered sugar 1/2 cups at a time, allowing the the sugar to fully incorporate before adding the next 1/2 cup
Conscious Cakes - Cinnamon Butter Cream Frosting

*Choir Sings* So fluffy and delicious.

  • Frost cupcakes with a piping bag (we’re fond of the 1M Wilton tip) or a knife

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We’d definitely classify this one as a success. It’s a fluffy, flavorful cupcake that actually tasted a lot like a cinnamon roll. Plus, we’re kind of obsessed with that cinnamon frosting. I honestly think I could eat an entire tub of just the frosting and be perfectly content.

So what do you guys think, would you like to see that as a flavor? Have any suggestions for another one to try in the future? Want to try this recipe out yourself?

Let us know in the comments. We love to hear what you think!