Best Vegan Cupcake Recipes Ever

Vanilla Vegan Cupcakes Recipes

Vegan Cupcake Recipes : Designed as a single portion version of classic sweets, cupcakes are a staple treat for birthdays, holidays, and pretty much any other social event you can imagine. These handheld snacks are universally delightful and a childhood favorite for kids across the globe and kids at heart, alike, making them one of the most popular desserts per several rankings. Even better, they can easily be made with vegan ingredients! Let’s explore two delicious recipes on the most classic cupcake flavors: vanilla and chocolate and one extra frosting recipe to take things to the next level! Here are two (and a half) of the best vegan cupcake recipes you’ll ever taste!

Vanilla Vegan Cupcakes Recipes

1. Classic Vanilla Vegan Cupcakes Recipes

What could be more classic than a basic vanilla cupcake? Few things hit right back to childhood quite like a fluffy, rich cupcake with almost sinfully sweet frosting swirled on top. Add a few sprinkles and you have the perfect dose of nostalgia to share with the people you love most.


  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup oil (vegetable works best)
  • 1 ½ cup unsweetened milk alternative
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

How To Make Vanilla Vegan Cupcakes Recipes

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt
  • In a second bowl, combine the sugar, brown sugar, oil, milk, and vanilla, creaming well until fully combined.
  • Mix the two bowls together until a base cake batter forms and scoop into a lined cupcake pan
  • Place into the oven and bake for around twenty minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cake comes out clean.
  • Let cool and frost

Vanilla Frosting

This basic vanilla frosting can pair with a plethora of different cake recipes and is perfect for a vanilla birthday cake style cupcake when topped with sprinkles or other decorations.


  • ½ cup vegan butter, block style*
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp milk alternative

How To

  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl until a smooth frosting forms
  • If too thin, add more sugar. If too thick add more milk alternative.
  • *Use the block or stick style butter, as the spreadable ones will not create the proper texture for this recipe.

2. Chocolate Vegan Cupcakes Recipes

Chocolate Vegan Cupcakes Recipes

Chocolate lovers rejoice, this recipe is for you! These vegan chocolate cupcakes are downright addictive and perfect for anyone who adores the richness of the chocolatey goodness of a dense chocolate cake.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp sweetened cocoa powder
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • ¼ cup vegan yogurt
  • ¾ cup milk alternative

How To Make Chocolate Vegan Cupcakes

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  •  In a large bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powders, salt, and baking soda.
  • In a second bowl, stir together the oil, vanilla, vinegar, yogurt, and milk.
  • Combine the two bowls and mix until a smooth batter forms
  • Scoop into a lined cupcake pan and place in the oven
  • Bake until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted, around 20 minutes
  • Let cool and frost with your choice of frosting

Chocolate Frosting

As far as basic vegan chocolate frostings go, this one is pretty much perfect if you want a rich, deep chocolate flavor and creamy texture.


  • 3/4 cups block or stick style vegan butter
  • 1/8 cup milk alternative
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 ½ cups powdered sugar

How To Make Chocolate Frosting

  • In a bowl, combine all ingredients until a smooth frosting forms
  • Add more sugar if the frosting is too loose and add more milk if it is too thick

Bonus Frosting: Cookies and Cream

If you love Oreos, this cookies and cream bonus frosting recipe is absolutely fabulous. Rich and sweet with all of the cookie flavor you’d expect, this is a perfect accompaniment to both of the vegan cake recipes mentioned above, especially when topped with a pinch of cookie crumbs!


  • 1 cup vegan butter, block style or stick
  • 3 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 24 crushed Oreo-style cookies (place into a plastic bag and crush into a powder)
  • 1 to 2 tbsp milk alternative

How To

  • Pour the butter, sugar, and crushed cookies into a bowl
  • Mix well and see how the consistency is looking. If it is thick enough, leave as is. If it is a little thin, add more sugar. If the mixture is too thick, thin it with the milk alternative.
  • Frost the cupcakes and top with an oreo cookie for an added “wow-factor”

Classics, But Better

These vegan cupcake recipes hit all of the marks: sweet, decadent, and perfect for all occasions. Have fun playing around and customizing these recipes to create something truly special! You just might find a new favorite in the mix!

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Written by Mel Ebenstein

I am a marketer and entrepreneur. I have avoided meat for decades, but became vegan, in 2014, on the advice of my cardiologist. The purpose of this site is not to convince everyone to become strictly vegan, but to encourage people that they are best advised to eat as much plant based food as possible and to provide information, including recipes and other articles, for both vegans and non-vegans alike.

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