Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes (+Vegan Frosting)

Vegan Cupcakes with vegan Frosting
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These Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes are so yummy, that you won’t even notice that they are vegan!

You know what I mean, right? Vegan food is generally healthier -but that also usually means, that it tastes just that little bit healthier too. And when it comes to chocolate cupcakes, healthy tasty really isn’t what you are looking for.

My search for Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes is over

I am always on the hunt for vegan baking ideas that I can try, change a bit and then try again until the desired result is ready. My kids have, in other words, been enjoying a few too many cupcakes this past week while I fine-tuned this recipe. I didn’t hear them complaining though 😉 The result is quite amazing, if I say so myself. You simply cannot taste that they are vegan and therefore totally dairy-free and eggless. My kids were sure that is was my regular chocolate muffins, that I had made. The cupcakes also have the benefit of being without nuts, which is a substitute used in many other vegan recipes.

The ingredients for Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

The apple sauce is a good substitute for yoghurt or egg in almost any recipe. I use it in my Butter Cookies and Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies too. Mashed banana is another great substitute for egg in a recipe but unfortunately the banana also gives a little bit of banana flavour to the baked goodies.

The apple sauce gives the cupcakes the needed fluffiness (and a little bit of vitamins too). Apple also has the advantage of absorbing the flavours of the other ingredients so the apple flavour doesn’t come through. I use a medium sized apple which I boil for 5 minutes in the microwave with very little water. I then puree it until smooth.

The vinegar and baking soda cause a chemical reaction which help the muffins rise in the oven. And please don’t worry, you will not be able to taste the vinegar either.

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

Vegan Frosting

Now, this one wasn’t easy to find a solution to. In Europe it would be possible to make butter icing from margarine or other butter substitutes, but those butters are not readily available here in Goa. So I decided to use dairy-free whipping cream.

The whipped cream frosting is fluffy, light and easy to use. It has a tendency to bubble a little but it’s not a big problem. I use the brand “Tropolite” in this recipe but other similar brands will also work. Add just a little icing sugar to help it set afterwards -but not too much as the cream is very sweet already.

Silicone muffin moulds or a muffin tray?

I prefer using silicone muffin moulds with cupcake liners inside because they are easier to stack and store. But a muffin tray will produce the same results.

Yield: 15 medium sized cupcakes



    Preheat the oven to 175 degrees Celsius

    Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with Vegan icing

    Keep all your ingredients ready

    Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with Vegan icing

    Peel and cut the apple into pieces, add about 30ml of water (just enough to cover the bottom of the bowl) and boil in the microwave on full setting for 5min or until soft. Alternatively, boil in a small pot until soft. Puree with a hand blender or a fork to make apple sauce. It should add up to about 125ml apple sauce.

    Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with Vegan icing

    Mix all the dry ingredients together; flour, cocoa, both sugars, chocolate chips, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Mix well.

    Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with Vegan icing

    In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients together; the apple sauce, oil, water, vanilla essence and vinegar. Mix well. If any apple pieces still remain, mix with the hand blender again to make it completely smooth.

    Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with Vegan icing

    Combine the dry and wet ingredients and mix well

    Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with Vegan icing

    Use a spoonful of the cake mixture for every muffin. Bake for 18-20min in the middle of the oven at 175 degrees Celcius

    Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with Vegan icing

    And your muffins are ready to go. Let them cool fully before adding the frosting. Follow the next steps for vegan frosting

    Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with Vegan icing

    Mix 250ml vegan whipping cream until soft peaks form. Add 25g of icing sugar and a few drops of food colour.

    Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with Vegan icing

    Fold the piping bag over a tall glass to make it easier to put the frosting into the piping bag without getting it all over your hands.

    Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with Vegan icing

    Pipe the vegan icing onto the cupcakes.

    Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with Vegan icing

    Sprinkle with sugar pearls and you are done. Beautiful vegan cupcakes, perfect for any party.

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