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Vegan Cupcakes

Updated on September 14, 2014

Vegan Cupcakes? Seriously?

I was introduced to the concept of vegan cupcakes when the book, Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World was published. I was a new vegetarian at the time and not yet a vegan, but the title of the book was just silly enough to lure me in. The book is filled with a huge variety of decadent cupcakes that look far too tasty to be vegan.

I went ahead and tried the simple chocolate cupcake recipe with chocolate frosting and was completely shocked by how amazing they tasted. Everyone who tasted them said they were the best cupcakes they had ever tried! This is really shocking since I am not a baker. I am very proud of my cooking skills, but I'm not great at following recipes and love to improvise and that leads to frightening results when baking. The recipes were simple, and delicious and free of all animal products. No eggs, no butter, no animal fats!

Vegan cupcakes. What a concept!

Fast forward to today and I find myself baking vegan recipes all the time. Vegan cupcakes, vegan layer cakes, vegan breads, vegan pies, you name it. I'll do my best to share what I've learned on this lens and I hope you will enjoy it.

Ginger Mango with Polka Dots Cupcakes, by Janet Hudson / CC BY 2.0

Vegan Cookies


My Favorite Cookbook - Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World

This book makes a fantastic Mother's Day gift!

Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World: 75 Dairy-Free Recipes for Cupcakes that Rule
Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World: 75 Dairy-Free Recipes for Cupcakes that Rule

I received this book as a Mother's Day gift some years ago and was hooked instantly. I generally describe myself as a great cook, not a great baker, but the recipes in this book are super tasty, the cupcakes are moist, delicious, and super healthy. Everyone who tries any of the cupcakes that I have made from these recipes simply loves them, regardless of whether they are vegan or not.


Vegan Buttercream Frosting

Buttercream frosting recipes are the easiest to make vegan. Simply replace the butter with a healthy vegan spread like Earth Balance and replace the milk with any vegan milk. I prefer using either coconut milk or vanilla flavored soy milk in my recipes.. Be careful to avoid margarine that uses hydrogenated oils.

Here is a simple recipe that I often use:

Vegan Buttercream Frosting

2/3 cup Earth Balance, softened

4 cups Powdered Sugar

1 teaspoon Real Vanilla extract

2 tablespoons Vanilla Flavored Silk Soymilk

Mix Earth Balance until light and fluffy.

Mix in Vanilla Extract

Slowly add in powdered sugar, while mixing

Gradually add Soymilk as needed to get the right consistency.

  • Add 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa to make chocolate frosting

  • Add both 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa and 2 teaspoons of instant coffee to make mocha frosting
Piece of cake! (or cupcake as it were)

KitchenAid KHM9PWH 9-Speed Professional Hand Mixer, White
KitchenAid KHM9PWH 9-Speed Professional Hand Mixer, White

A simple hand mixer is all you need to make tasty cupcakes with a nice fluffy frosting. I had a raggedy old hand mixer for years until I finally got this one for Christmas one year. I love it and would totally recommend it.


If you like that, you might also like ... - More great vegan cookbooks

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  • MelloKnitty LM profile image

    MelloKnitty LM 

    5 years ago

    Vegan cupcakes are taking over *my* world!! :)

  • tonybonura profile image

    Tony Bonura 

    6 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

    I know one thing for certain: I do indeed love cupcakes.


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    6 years ago

    Very cute cupcake decorating designs! I love the polka dots sprinkles for this cupcake.

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    6 years ago

    These sound interesting :) I just love ALL cupcakes! Blessed!

  • jenniferteacher1 profile image


    7 years ago

    I love Isa's cookbooks! There's lots of great stuff in Vegan with a Vengeance, if you want some real food to eat before the cupcakes!

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    7 years ago

    Great idea! They look great!

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    snazzy lm 

    7 years ago

    Yum! Vegan or not I love cupcakes:-)

  • Kstewart22 profile image


    7 years ago

    Your vegan frosting recipe looks good! Can't wait to try out the chocolate version

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    Linda Jo Martin 

    8 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    It had to happen! Actually, 38 years ago I made a wonderful vegan wedding cake - three layers. Turned out great! Thanks for the cupcake recipe. I've been a vegetarian a long time and always like trying new things.

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    Julianne Gentile 

    8 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio, US

    Thank you for all your nice comments on this lens. I really appreciate it.

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    8 years ago

    That's a good idea :) Vegan cupcakes :)

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    Eliza Rayner 

    8 years ago from Boulder, Colorado

    Im trying to go mroe vegan myself. problem is I am gluten free too! I have some gluten free recipes on my cupcake page (Ill lensroll this page to mine, its gluten free cupcakes)and one of them is vegan, its excellent. thanks for the great ideas here!

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    8 years ago

    I love finding new vegan recipes and great vegan book recommendations...thank you!

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    Sandy Mertens 

    8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

    Yummy the vegan way!

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    8 years ago

    I really like this lens! I've been looking for some vegan baking recipes. I'm not, but I have friends who are and I'd like to make them some birthday cupcakes. Your lens gave me some good ideas. Thanks!

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    8 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

    Sounds like something fun to try! :)

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    Julianne Gentile 

    8 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio, US

    @hlkljgk: Well, I have to admit that you inspired me to finish this in time for Earth Day. I was really slacking on finishing this because I didn't have a photo. I prefer to photograph my own food, but my cupcakes are not pretty. :) They taste great, but I'm no cake decorator.

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    8 years ago from Western Mass

    that's so funny - same day. :)

    i can't wait to get the book.

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    Robin S 

    8 years ago from USA

    Thanks for recommending this great cookbook and welcome to the Cupcake Club!


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