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Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

I got into vegan baking around a year ago,as I was having trouble finding cakes and biscuits in the shops that were egg- and dairy-free, and affordable. Often the ones that you order online through special vegan food websites are expensive, especially when you have to take into account packaging and postage. It was mainly this recipe that started me on a baking bonanza! It makes delicious, moist cupcakes with a strong chocolatey flavour and you would never guess they are vegan. They always come out really well and they are also popular with omnivores. I often use a mixture of wheat and rice flour, which makes them extra-light and moist

Ingredients (Makes around 12)

8 fl oz (230 ml) soya milk

1 tsp vinegar

5 oz (140g) caster sugar

3 fl oz (90 ml) vegetable oil

1½ tsp vanilla extract

1½ oz (45g) cocoa powder

¾ tsp bicarbonate of soda

½ tsp baking powder

¼ tsp salt


1) Preheat oven to 350º F/175ºC/gas mark 4 and line muffin pan with paper or foil cupcake cases.

2) Whisk together soya milk and vinegar in a large bowl and set aside for a few minutes to curdle.

3) Add sugar, oil and vanilla extract and beat until foamy. 4) In a separate bowl sift together flour, cocoa powder, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and salt. Add in two batches to wet ingredients and beat until no large lumps remain (a few tiny lumps are OK).

5) Pour mixture into the cake cases, filling them up about three quarters of the way.

6) Bake in oven for 18-20 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Transfer to a cooling rack.

7) Eat while still warm or allow to cool completely and ice with chocolate “buttercream” (recommended!)

Chocolate “Buttercream” Icing

3 oz (115g) vegan margarine/spread

½ tsp vanilla extract

6 oz (170g) sieved icing sugar

2 oz (55g) sieved cocoa powder

Place all ingredients in a bowl and mash with a fork until smooth and creamy. Use to ice cakes either by spreading on with a knife, or using a forcing bag. Decorate with chocolate/rainbow sprinkles, etc.



*Image courtesy Flickr creative commons.

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  1. Virtually Homemade
    Virtually Homemade
    They look yummy - especially the frosting! I think you may have left out flour and amount in ingredient list, let us know so we can make these yummy treats! Voted!
    1. Veganara
      Well spotted Virtually Homemade, I did indeed leave out the flour! It should say "4 oz (125g) plain flour" in addition to the other ingredients. Thank you for the vote and for pointing that out. I think I know what happened there, why I omitted an ingredient: I had to put in all those fractions for the other ingredients (baking powder, etc) and I don't have them on my keyboard, so had to use a pull-down menu: obviously I was concentrating so hard on that, I completely forgot an ingredient! I will make sure I check before postin g in future.
  2. Carolyn
    Vote #4 Veganara! I have a weakness for sweets and breads! LOL! Sorry, I have not been on the site for several days...had some computer problems.
    1. Veganara
      Thanks Carolyn. Hope you have seen comments above: I left out the flour! So make sure you include that when you bake these. And if you are a big chocolate fan, I think you will love them!
  3. kristo
    These look nice:) voted no. 5! Rice flour is very common here. as soon as I get an oven, I will try these :)
    1. Veganara
      Thanks Lapis Lazu! Yes, it makes them extra-moist if you use rice-flour.
  4. LibbyTreats
    Sounds great and easy! I voted. BTW, I taught Primary School in Southampton back in 1987. Been back to the UK, but not Hants...cousins live in the New Forest area.
    1. Veganara
      Thanks Libby. Ah, you know Hants a bit then, if you taught in Southampton? That is in the same county but a bit of a way from me.
  5. Carolyn
    Congrats for making Top Posts!
  6. SnakeWitch
    I've never been much of a baker, even though I've often wanted to learn. Well, maybe I will get started now! Time to learn how to do this! Hey, could you check out my article on vitamin B12 deficiencies and vote please? Thanks!
    1. Veganara
      Thanks SnakeWitch. Yes, I have just read and voted for your article, before I saw your comment above actually! Great minds think alike, eh?!
      1. SnakeWitch
        We gotta support each other!


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