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Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

Tracy Byrne

chocolate vegan cupcakes // pale yellow Here are some vegan cupcakes done right.  The cupcake is moist and tender, while the frosting is rich and creamy. To be honest, they taste slightly different than a regular cupcake, but not in a bad way.  It's sort of like gluten free baking; the taste is slightly different from the original, but only because you know what the original tastes like.  If you exclusively ate vegan, I doubt you would notice the difference.

chocolate vegan cupcakes // pale yellow

I was nervous about presenting another vegan cupcake to friends, but these received great reviews from vegans and non-vegans alike!  I met my friend Michelle for brunch at a vegan friendly restaurant after making these cupcakes and brought her a few cupcakes.  She really enjoyed and shared a cupcake with the waiter.  Not only did the waiter rave about the cupcakes, he gave us free vegan cookies as a thank you.

chocolate vegan cupcakes // pale yellow

At work the next day I passed out these cupcakes to redeem myself.  I've been redeemed.  My baking self esteem had taken a little hit, but I'm back, whether baking vegan or regular!

chocolate vegan cupcakes // pale yellow

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Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes Adapted from All Recipes Yield – 36 mini cupcakes

3/4 cup flour 1/2 cup sugar 1/8 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, special dark 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon instant espresso powder 5 tablespoons vegetable oil 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar 1/2 cup water

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa, soda, salt, and espresso powder in a medium bowl.  Mix in the oil, vanilla, vinegar, and water.  Mix together until well combined.
  3. Use a small scoop to portion the batter into lined mini cupcake tins.
  4. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted insides comes out clean.
  5. Let cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.

Avocado Chocolate Frosting Adapted from Love & Lemon

2 ripe avocados 1/4 cup cocoa powder, special dark 1 teaspoon vanilla pinch of salt 2 cups powdered sugar 1/4 cup coconut milk Shredded coconut for garnish

  1. Add the avocados, cocoa, vanilla, and salt to the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment.  Beat on medium to mash the avocado.
  2. On low speed add in the powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time and beat until well blended.  Beat in the milk until it is spreading consistency.
  3. Add to a piping bag and pipe a star on top.  Garnish with shredded coconut if desired.chocolate vegan cupcakes // pale yellow