Buns or cupcakes?

B2013 CakesWhen is a bun a cupcake? I think the answer to that is -when it is decorated and made to look sumptuous. These little cakes are a gluten-free take on an old family recipe. It is so easy that even I can do it, and they are ready in less than half an hour.

The know-how was passed on from at least three generations ago, and was a firm favourite in the days, long, long ago when I used to have a regular baking day. A Thursday, as it happens, though for the life of me I can’t remember why.


  • 4 oz margarine or butter
  • 5 oz sugar
  • 6 oz self-raising gluten-free Dove flour
  • 2 eggs
  • About 2 tablespoonfuls of milk
  • pinch of salt
  • teaspoon syrup


  • Basically bung everything into a mixing bowl and beat well
  • Add a teaspoon of syrup to moisten the mix
  • When it reaches a dropping consistency put into bun tins
  • Bake at 180C (350F) for 20 minutes
  • Decorate and enjoy
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