Paleo Vanilla Cupcakes

My Paleo Vanilla Cupcakes are an all-time fan favorite. That’s because they taste incredible and they’re super easy to make! This easy paleo dessert recipe is made with only 7 ingredients. To throw these together all you need is coconut flour, eggs, palm shortening, honey, vanilla, salt, and baking soda. Given that the entire batch of cupcakes contains only 2 tablespoons of honey, they’re also a fantastic low-carb cupcake recipe. If you’ve been wondering how to make vanilla cupcakes, then this easy gluten-free cupcake recipe is your answer!

Paleo Vanilla Cupcakes are perfect for your birthday celebrations. They’re gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, and best of all since they’re made with coconut flour, they’re a nut-free paleo cupcake. Yes, for all of you nut-free folks, this is the perfect nut-free dessert. If you are looking for more nut-free recipes, don’t miss out on my Nut-Free Recipes page.

Frost these incredible Paleo Vanilla Cupcakes with my easy Paleo Chocolate Frosting recipe for your paleo birthday celebrations. I hope you enjoy these Paleo Vanilla Cupcakes as much as we do. They’re quite a treat.

Paleo Vanilla Cupcakes

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Servings 6 cupcakes



  • In a food processor, combine coconut flour, salt, and baking soda
  • Pulse in eggs, shortening, honey, and vanilla
  • Divide batter between 6 cups in a paper lined muffin pan
  • Bake at 350°F for 20-24 minutes
  • Cool for 1 hour
  • Frost with Paleo Chocolate Frosting
  • Serve
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
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I haven’t tried making this recipe without eggs, so not sure if that will work. If you are on an egg-free diet, check out my Egg-Free Recipes page.

In terms of other substitution questions regarding this recipe, I wish I had a crystal ball and could predict which substitutions would work and which wouldn’t. Unfortunately, I haven’t yet found such a thing! If I did it would save me the 10 rounds or so I do of testing every recipe on this website. The only way I get an answer to a substitution question is to test it. So go for it guys. Test out your substitutions, and after you do, leave a comment so that others can learn from you in this incredible Elana’s Pantry community.

Here are some of my other nut-free paleo dessert recipes for you!

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206 responses to “Paleo Vanilla Cupcakes”

  1. I have been following with keen interest in your recipes and have loved your creations but to find you are using and advocating palm oil products has left me wondering if you are ethically minded ??
    You can’t seriously talk of organic, healthy eating whilst knowing what devastation palm oil production creates. Please don’t go down this path advising bakers to use it.
    With thanks

    • Sheryl, if you click the link that says “muffin pan” in the instructions portion of the recipe you will be given that info :-)

    • Andrea, I haven’t tried that so not sure, if you do experiment I hope you’ll let me know what works :-)

  2. I want to make this recipe into a birthday cake. Can I double or triple the recipe with the same results. Thanks

  3. I was recently medically advised to go gluten-free/dairy-free. My coconut flour just arrived today. I have no honey, but used maple syrup instead. And coconut oil instead of palm shortening. Hard to get to the store and get the right things these days…. regardless, this came out great and I’m so happy to get to eat yummy things again.

  4. Thank you for this recipe, Elana! I wanted to make a couple little “smash cupcakes” for an early party we were having for my daughter’s first birthday during a visit to the In-laws. It was a small casual thing so I didn’t want to make her whole cake. These were perfect and she gobbled them up! Thank you for providing recipes that allow me to make occasions like this special without being worried about the ingredients.

    • Abigail, happy birthday to your daughter –what a big birthday you just celebrated, congrats! And thanks for letting me know these cupcakes were perfect :-)

  5. Hi Elana, these look amazing. Can I make them the night before serving? Should I keep out at room temperature or in fridge? Thank you!

  6. Have you tried making these with butter instead of palm shortening? Every time I try to use the palm shortening, my batter is clumpy not creamy. Thoughts?

  7. Is the shortening a legal SCD food? I don’t see it on the list from the original book and my son is following it strictly. Thanks!

    • Melanie, thanks for your comment! Elaine Gottschall, creator of the SCD, writes about allowed oils on page 57 of her book, Breaking the Vicious Cycle, but she does not mention palm oil as either allowed or not. Many people do consider it SCD legal :-)

      • My concern is that the way shortening is processed makes it very difficult to digest. It is one of my trigger foods for both ulcerative colitis and chronic gastritis. It took me years to finally figure it out. I just don’t think palm oil and palm shortening can be considered the same product.

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