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The Best Vegan Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

Hi friends! Welcome back to the blog. Today, I’m bringing you something a little different than I usually do – a recipe!

Today I’m going to share with you the recipe that my husband used to bake me the absolute best vegan chocolate cupcakes for Mother’s Day.

These cupcakes were amazing, seriously – like I still think about them from time to time amazing – and I can’t wait until we have them again amazing!

My husband found the recipe on Loving It Vegan by Alison Andrews so I definitely cannot take credit for this one – but man, Alison makes a mean vegan chocolate cupcake!

You can totally head over to her blog if you’d like to check out the recipe, or keep reading because I will write it for you below!

The Best Vegan Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

Before we get into the recipe, let me just say – I don’t know what is better with these cupcakes – the cupcake itself, or the creamy smooth buttercream frosting on top! It’s a tough choice!

My only warning to you before making these cupcakes: make double. You will want more than what you initially make. Trust me on this one!

The Best Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

These are the amazing classic vegan chocolate cupcakes from Alison Andrews on Loving It Vegan. You will certainly enjoy these (and a second batch afterwards, because they're that good)!

For the Classic Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes:

  • 1 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour (Weigh your flour for the most accurate results.)
  • 1/2 cup Cocoa Powder (Unsweetened)
  • 1/2 cup White Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Soy Milk (You can use almond milk instead of soy milk (in the cupcakes and frosting) if you prefer.)
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/3 cup Canola Oil (You can use a different vegetable oil other than canola if you prefer.)
  • 3 Tbsp Applesauce
  • 1 Tbsp White Vinegar (Apple cider vinegar can be used interchangeably with white vinegar.)

For the Classic Vegan Chocolate Buttercream Frosting:

  • 3/4 cup Vegan Butter
  • 3 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Cocoa Powder (Unsweetened)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 2-3 Tbsp Soy Milk (For the frosting, the amount of non-dairy milk you will need to add will depend on the water content of the brand of vegan butter you use. You may need less or more, so just be careful with the addition of the non-dairy milk, add it in slowly and as much as you need for the perfect thick frosting consistency for piping.)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and line cupcake tray with cupcake liners. Set aside.

  2. Sift the flour and cocoa into a mixing bowl and add the white and brown sugar, baking soda and salt and mix together.

  3. Add the soy milk, vanilla, oil, applesauce and vinegar and mix in. Use a hand whisk to whisk out any big lumps.

  4. Divide the batter evenly between the cupcake liners.

  5. Place into the oven and bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of one of the cupcakes comes out clean.

  6. Let cool for a few minutes and then remove the cupcakes from the cupcake tray and transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.

  7. Prepare your frosting by adding the vegan butter, powdered sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla and salt to a mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer, start at slow speed, gradually increasing speed. Add in the soy milk slowly, only as much as needed to get the right consistency.

  8. When your cupcakes are cooled, pipe on the frosting and sprinkle with grated vegan chocolate shavings.

Nutritional information is for 1 cupcake of 12 including frosting.

Take Aways

Well, there you have it! The best vegan chocolate cupcakes you will find, hands down.

Please head over to Loving It Vegan to tell Alison hello & thank her for this amazing recipe!

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Anita Doseck
2 years ago

Saving this! I’m obsessed with chocolate cupcakes and these look divine!

Audrey at Two Pink Peonies

These look so good! My friends son has an egg allergy and these would be perfect to make for them.

2 years ago

These look scrumptious! Chocolate is my fave!

2 years ago

These look fantastic! I don’t eat vegan but these are making me drool!

2 years ago

Laia would love this. I will try most definitely.

Homeschool Money Mom

Delicious! I had no idea that vegan baking could be so simple.