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My Gluten Free Baileys Cupcakes are the ultimate treat in the run up to Christmas with a light and fluffy sponge topped with Baileys buttercream frosting.

Sweet, moreish, and a little bit alcoholic, these easy festive cupcakes are pretty much the epitome of Christmas celebrations!

So what makes these gluten free Baileys cupcakes so special?

For starters, they are slathered in a sweet, sticky Baileys buttercream frosting.

And that’s not to mention the Irish cream in the actual cake as well!

I mean, could it get any better than this!? 

Ok, maybe the only way it could get better is teaming these gluten free Baileys cupcakes with…. a cup of Baileys!?

I mean, you can never have too much Baileys, right!? Especially at Christmas!

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Baileys buttercream frosting

For the frosting on these cupcakes I used a spatula and I wanted to create a kind of messy, slathered effect.

Kind of like the feeling you get after too much Baileys!

I decorated them with some snowflake sprinkles from Tesco (no gluten in them!) and I think they look quite pretty.

However, if you wanted to try out some fancy piping then please be my guest!

The frosting itself would also make a great addition to a chocolate, coffee or vanilla cupcake.

So if you’d rather save some Baileys to drink, you could flavour the cupcakes themselves a little differently!

This is such an easy recipe and really flexible so feel free to get creative.

gluten free baileys cupcakes recipe

My gluten free Baileys cupcakes recipe

This gluten free Baileys cupcakes recipe makes 12 cakes – perfect for a party platter or enjoying over the festive season.

If you make this recipe and love it, please do let me know by tagging me on my Instagram or using #theglutenfreeblogger. I love seeing your bakes!

And please do leave a review to let others know you loved it too! It would mean the world to me. 

gluten free baileys cupcakes recipe
Yield: 12 cupcakes

Gluten free Baileys cupcakes

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Gluten free Baileys cupcakes are the ultimate gluten free Christmas treat! Coeliac friendly and delicious boozey, with Baileys buttercream frosting.


For the cupcakes:

  • 150 g unsalted butter/Stork baking block
  • 150 g caster sugar
  • 150 g gluten free self raising flour
  • 1/4 tsp xantham gum
  • 3 large eggs
  • 100 ml Baileys / Irish cream liqueur

For the frosting:

  • 200 g unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 400 g icing sugar
  • 4 tbsp Baileys / Irish cream liqueur
  • Dark chocolate, to decorate


  1. Preheat the oven to 180'C/Gas 4 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with 12 cupcake cases. Set aside.
  2. Make the cake batter by placing the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl and beating with an electric mixer until pale. Add the eggs and beat again until combined. Then add the flour, xantham gum and Baileys and beat again until completely mixed.
  3. Spoon evenly between the cupcake cases. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cool completely on a wire rack.
  4. Make the frosting by beating the butter with an electric whisk until smooth and supple. Add the icing sugar and Baileys and beat again (tip, cover with a clean tea towel at first to avoid an icing sugar cloud) until smooth.
  5. Use a spatula to spread the frosting evenly over the cupcakes and decorate as desired with finely grated dark chocolate. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

12 cupcakes

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 511Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 109mgSodium: 173mgCarbohydrates: 62gFiber: 1gSugar: 51gProtein: 3g

Need some more gluten free Christmas inspiration?

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Sarah Howells is a UK gluten free blogger and author. She has been living with coeliac disease since 2002. Her debut recipe book, Delicious Gluten Free Meals, is out now in the UK and to pre-order in the US.

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Hi, I'm Sarah! Diagnosed with coeliac disease 20 years ago, I'm on a mission to create the best gluten free recipes since sliced bread. No fruit salads or dry brownies here.

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