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Gluten-Free Vanilla Cupcakes

by Lauren | Celiac Teen on April 20, 2011

[Before I get started, I should explain the photo. I only took photos of these once- the time I made them for school, for a project. We were unionists (as in we supported the formation of unions in the UK in the 1800s). Anyways, long story short, our slogan was “Working together for you!” In a way, it applies here, as I’m working for you and we’re all in this together. PS – I’d love to hear from you if you haven’t said hello before! Cupcakes, just like birthdays and websites are meant for sharing!]

Three years ago, I pressed publish on my first post. It was my fifteenth birthday. I had inklings of starting a site in the days before, but that day, I sat down and did it. I haven’t regretted that decision for a second.

In the past three years, I have met some of the most incredible people. People who light up my day, on a daily basis. I’ve met people who write some of the most beautiful sites I know of. Without you? Celiac Teen wouldn’t be what it is today. I know that for a fact.

Today is a day of change. It is a day of surprises and excitement, but also a day just like any other. Today is my first day of adulthood. Yep. Today, in addition to Celiac Teen’s third birthday, is my birthday. I’m eighteen today.

Somehow, it all feels momentous. I can buy a lottery ticket. I can drink (if I had the desire to). I can vote (and I will, come May 2nd). I’m no longer a kid, at least not in the true sense of the word. I’m entering into a new phase of my life. Here begins my fourth year of blogging, my first year as an adult, the end to high school and the beginning of the “real world” as they like to say.

It’s somewhat bittersweet. Most of all, it’s exciting. This next year only has some plans pencilled in. I’m pretty sure that I know where the first half of it is headed, but past that? It’s anyone’s guess. I’m dreaming of faraway places and months of language learning. I’m dreaming of living on my own for the first time. I’m wallowing in the uncertainty. Teetering on all the good that is to come. I don’t doubt that the most amazing moments will be unexpected ones – they always are. I’m looking forward to hours of being in the kitchen. Hours of sitting down and writing. Hours of soaking up the company of those I love. Hours of exploring.

Today, I have this recipe for you. It’s cupcakes- vanilla cupcakes. The recipe they’re based off of? I found it on twitter, from the brilliant Aimée. They’re a cinch. I think I’ve made about 7 batches of them in the past few weeks, bringing a great majority of those to school to share. Friends asked for the recipe, and they disappeared in a hurry. Among tables of baked goods (mostly gluten-full), these were the first to disappear. They highlight all of the goodness of vanilla, with a comforting texture. Not too moist, not too dry, but just right.

I’m of the camp that vanilla is an exotic flavour. Using the best vanilla you have, this is a prime use of the good stuff. I’ve made it with two vanillas – a Mexican one and one from Madagasgar. Each lent to slightly different results, but both wonderfully good. With all of the goodness that butter brings, these are heavenly. I have no doubt that I’ll be making more of these, soon!

Now, before we get going, I should say that this is another weight-only recipe. I know, I know. Not everyone has a scale. I threw these together one day, on the scale. Then, I made adjustments, on the scale. It’s how this sucker evolved. It’s what made me fall in love with it. When I had to make 48 cupcakes, I didn’t want anything to add to the time it would take.

PS – I’ve just about converted my mom to the weight method too. She’s starting to get why I’ve switched over, even converting old family recipes that way!


I know. This photo doesn’t tell you anything. (Besides “Working Together for You.). But, take my word for it, okay? They’re beautiful. And delicious. And yummy. And I’m using every wrong food blogging adjective. But that’s okay. Because today is my birthday. And this is fun. And I love these cupcakes. Everyone who has tasted one has too. (By my count, that’s about 100 people. Plus my family. We’ve eaten more than a couple too.)

I made a whole bunch of signs :).

This was for my brother’s birthday. He’s a St. Patrick’s Day baby. I don’t know if you’ll read this bud, but I’m happy I’m your sister. You’re growing up too fast though!

This has been one of the lovliest and craziest years.

We went to Europe. I saw the place where my ancestors lived.

I made a speech for the first time (well, the first time in six years).

I started the Kitchen Generation with some of my best friends.

I missed 3 1/2 months of school, but realized that stress isn’t worth it (remind me of this in a few years?).

I fell in love with baking by weight.

So here we go. Eighteen. It’s just beginning. April 20th, you’ve always been a good day to me. I hope when we meet again, it’s filled with joy and goodness and opportunities to bring joy and goodness.

Celiac Teen has been the best birthday gift I’ve ever given myself. In no small part due to you, dear readers. Thank you for all that you bring to my part of this wonderful online world.

Lots of love,

Twitter, Facebook and Flickr.

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{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

Jordan @ Kitchen Karate April 20, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Congratulations on four years of blogging! That’s incredible. And, of course, happy birthday! 18 is a great age! Don’t waste a moment of it. As always, your cupcakes look amazing : )

Pei-Lin April 20, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Lauren, this is such a moving post! With eloquency. Bravo!

Which language are you planning on taking up? Sounds fun. I’m a language person, too. Oh, yes! Living on my own is something I’m working on … Asian cultures are different than those in North America and Europe. =)

Happy Fourth Birthday to Celiac Teen! Happy 18th Birthday to you! I’m positive that great things are heading your way in the days to come. Enjoy the ride!

P.S. I emailed you. Received it? Hope you can visit Malaysia someday.

Lauren | Celiac Teen April 20, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Thank you both!

I must have worded it wrong, but I’ve completed my third year of blogging! (As in, I’m starting year four, like I’m starting year 19. If that makes any sense.).

Anyways, yes. Pei-Lin, I got your email. I was just thinking about it. I’ll write you back pronto! I’m looking at French, because I can speak it at a basic level but would love to be fluent.

Sheena April 20, 2011 at 9:57 pm

Happy birthday to you Lauren, and your beautiful blog! 18 is probably the most exciting milestone in ages to reach, and I’m sure you’re going to have a fabulous year.

Vincci April 20, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Happy birthday Lauren! You are *the* brightest and most eloquent teen I know, and I know being 18 and an adult is going to be *fantastic* :)

Jennie April 20, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Oh Lauren, what a lovely post. It made feel all teary, in a good way. I’m so glad we got to finally meet last year, and hope that happens again in the near future. I’m a few minutes late, but my birthday wishes are meant for everyday of this special 18th year. Happy birthday sweetie.

Jeannie April 20, 2011 at 10:19 pm

Happy Birthday, dear Lauren! And 3 years of blogging, incredible! It’s amazing to look back and see how much can change in a few years. I hope that the coming few years will also bring lots of exciting changes and joy in your life!

Raj @ Flip Cookbook April 20, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Happy Birthday Lauren! Hugs and love and don’t for a minute think that “real life” has begun.. I have a feeling yours will always be filled with a little bit of magic. Enjoy your momentous year and have a wonderful day.

Jenn April 21, 2011 at 1:34 am

Aww I hope you had a wonderful birthday Lauren!! Congrats on your blogiversary as well! It has been an exciting year, and I’m so glad I got the chance to hang out with you and your family during your European travels :)

Kalinda April 21, 2011 at 6:18 am

Happy Birthday! You’ve certainly accomplished much in your 18 years. Can’t wait to see what’s ahead for you.

Jeanine April 21, 2011 at 6:26 am

Happy Birthday, Lauren! I look forward to seeing what you’ll all accomplish in the next year. :)

Alessa April 21, 2011 at 6:52 am

Happy (belated) Birthday to you and your blog! 18 is one of the coolest ages (especially if it’s also the year you finish school), so I hope you have a wonderful, exciting year!

Amanda April 21, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Happy, happy birthday you brilliant young chef! I haven’t reached out before–so I figured your birthday is a good day to do it. Thank you for the work you do: the lovely posts that are a joy both to read and bake! :-) I’ll be making these cupcakes to celebrate my semester finishing on May 10! Cheers!

Maura van der Linden April 21, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Happy Birthday, Lauren! I hope your day and your life are amazing and wonderful!

Robyn April 21, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Happy 3rd and 18th Bday! Yours is one of those blogs that makes my heart skip a beat when I see you’ve posted something. You’ve helped me tremendously with becoming confident in gluten free baking. Your pics are amazing and your recipes are gold. Wish u another awesome year! :) Robyn

Barb April 21, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Happy birthday Lauren! What an amazing young woman you are! You’ve got me working on converting recipes to weight rather than volume and it makes it so much easier. My big sis got me a scale for my birthday and, every time I make an old favorite and convert it to weight, I think of you! Love your blog and your recipes. Have a great year of being 18.

Merry jennifer April 21, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Happy birthday to you (twice!), Lauren!

Brooke April 22, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Happy Birthday Lauren…..I regularly check two sites for new recipes….yours and GF Girl…..Yours is where I learned how to bake with faux-buttermilk and ground flax/warm water for eggs, which got me off and running…I can’t tell you how much fun I’m having, baking for my family….You are one amazing Person! Thank you and Happiest Birthday Lauren!!!

Eleanor April 22, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Happy Birthday!!!!
To both you and your blog.

Noor April 24, 2011 at 8:11 am

Congratulations, on the birthday of Celiac Teen, and on your 18th! Thank you for all the wonderful recipes, and fun!

Dia April 24, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Happy Birthday to ‘both’ of you!! May it continue to be a wonderful, adventuresome journey!

Jeanette April 24, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Happy Birthday Lauren! So impressive what you’ve achieved already, and I can’t wait to see where you go!!

gretchen April 25, 2011 at 8:41 pm

happy birthday, lauren! and congrats on the third birthday of your blog… may there be many more yummy and delicious (and all other wrong food blog adjective) recipes shared.

Quay Po Cooks April 25, 2011 at 11:41 pm

Belated happy birthdays! Wishing you many exciting years ahead of you. You write, bake beautifully and take fabulous shots at this young age. Keep following your heart and your passion and success will come naturally.

gwendolyn April 26, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Happy birthday! Happy blogiversary!
Such an exciting time and nothing says celebration like cupcakes. Enjoy the day and all good things (baking and otherwise) in the year to come.

Heather Jacobsen April 26, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Happy Birthday, Lauren (a few days late). Well actually, I did say happy birthday ON your birthday on Twitter. :) Its just a few days before my baby’s birthday (now 4 years old!). What an exciting year this has been for you and what’s ahead is even more exciting! Especially the unknown… :) I love the sign on your cupcake.

Iris April 27, 2011 at 12:37 am

Happy birthday, dear Lauren! I love getting to follow along on your journey!

Kristen May 1, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Such a beautiful post – you have the world at your fingertips… embrace it and love it!

Think Products May 3, 2011 at 2:59 pm

We love these! We’re going to share them with our gluten free fans. Happy birthday from your friends at thinkThin! :)

Zaria July 1, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Your cupcakes look amazing! The entirety of your blog is very inspiring. Happy birthday!

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