Vegan cupcakes

A piece of cake on a paper plate Vegan Baking Recipes

Preparation and cooking time

  • Prep:30 mins
  • Cook:20 mins
  • Easy
  • Makes 12

Make vegan cupcakes with buttercream topping using dairy-free and egg-free ingredients. They make the perfect treat for afternoon tea or a mid-morning snack

Nutrient Unit
kcal 265
fat 12g
saturates 3g
carbs 37g
sugars 30g
fibre 0.4g
protein 1g
salt 0.28g
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  • 150ml almond or soy milk
  • ½ tsp cider vinegar
  • 110g vegan butter or sunflower spread
  • 110g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 110g self-raising flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder

For the buttercream

  • 125g vegan butter
  • 250g icing sugar
  • 1¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • a few drops of vegan food colourings (check the label)
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  • STEP 1

Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Line the holes of a 12-hole cupcake tin with paper cases. Stir the milk and vinegar in a jug and leave to thicken slightly for a few mins.

  • STEP 2

Beat the butter and sugar with an electric whisk until well combined. Whisk in the vanilla, then add the milk a splash at a time, alternating with spoonfuls of the flour. Fold in any remaining flour, the baking powder and a pinch of salt until you get a creamy batter. Don’t worry if it looks a little curdled at this stage.

  • STEP 3
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Divide between the cupcake cases, filling them two-thirds full, and bake for 20 – 25 mins until golden and risen. Leave to cool on a wire rack.

  • STEP 4

To make the buttercream, beat the butter, icing sugar and vanilla with an electric whisk until pale and creamy. Divide between bowls and colour with different food colourings until you get desired strength. Spoon or pipe onto the cooled cupcakes.

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