Vegan Cupcakes Have Taken Over The World

May 23, 2011   43 Comments

Shhhh....don't tell ANYONE (except all of your friends). Chocolate cupcakes can be delicious without any.....

Vegan Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

butter or eggs!

Seriously, these are moist, chocolately, and VEGAN. I know it is hard to believe, but these are some WAY yummy cupcakes (and I KNOW cupcakes).

If found this recipe in Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and a whole bunch of other recipes that don't use dairy or eggs to make cupcakes.

How does she replace them? In this recipe, she uses soy milk and canola oil and therefore there is almost zero saturated fat (not zero fat!) in the cupcakes. Now, this doesn't mean that you can eat them all day.

These cupcakes are still TREATS at 158 calories a cupcake, but people with dairy or egg allergies can eat them.

The recipe below was "idiot proof" and a bit easier than a regular cupcake recipe. When I tasted the batter, I couldn't taste the vegan difference. Honestly, these work (and without any egg substitute).

Now you may be wondering, "What about the frosting?" Well, I am super LAZY so I just put 1/2 fresh strawberry on the cupcake for decoration.

But, Isa has a bunch of different frosting recipes featuring margarine and powdered sugar (as well as other butter substitutes). I didn't try them because (as I said before) I am lazy.

The publisher is giving away a copy of the book to a lucky Snack Girl reader.

Please comment below on your ideas on how to make cupcakes healthier to enter.


Your Basic Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

1.6 from 21 reviews

Excerpted from the book Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero, published by Da Capo Lifelong, a member of the Perseus Books Group. Copyright © 2006.

(makes 12 cupcakes)

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1 cup soy milk
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract, chocolate extract, or more vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder, Dutch-processed or regular
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt


1. Preheat oven to 350F and line muffin pan with paper or foil liners.

2. Whisk together the soy milk and vinegar in a large bowl, and set aside for a few minutes to curdle. Add the sugar, oil, and vanilla extract, and other extract, if using, to the soy milk mixture and beat till foamy. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add in two batches to the wet ingredients and beat till no large lumps remain (a few tiny lumps are okay).

3. Pour into liners, filling three-quarters of the way. Bake 18 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Transfer to cooling rack and let cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

158 calories, 6.8 g fat, 23.2 g carbohydrates, 2.3 g protein, 1.2 g fiber, 141 mg sodium, 4 Points+

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First 20 Comments: ( See all 43 )

Applesauce is an old standby for replacing oil, but watch the additives there, too! Look for brands that really just use apples, and not lots of high fructose corn syrup and other grossness to make the sauce taste "better"

I have really loved sneaking in veggie and fruit purees into my recipes since I have a picky eater. I haven't tried sneaking one into a cupcake, but have tried it with cookies and cut back on the butter. I'll have to give it a try!

I like replacing the oil and eggs with canned pumpkin. The cupcakes turn out very moist!

These look great! Swapping a little bit of the flour for whole wheat flour or oats would be a way to boost the "healthy" factor. The strawberries on top are a nice touch. Thanks for posting!

I love both of those cookbooks! I make cupcakes healthier by using pumpkin instead of oil and eggs.


I became Vegan about 9 mos ago and love when I can have little splurges like this :-) I am a HUGE Spelt Flour user and I use diced dates or prunes in my batter for extra flavor and moisture! Yummy

When ever I make boxed cakes or cupcakes instead of adding any oil, eggs or butter I just add a can of diet soda. I really don't know how that cuts down on calories but I do know that as someone who can't eat sugar I can eat these. They are super moist and delicious!

That said.. I have had vegan cupcakes and LOVE them. I have always wanted a copy of the book to make my own from scratch that wont be so fatty and heavy.

sounds like a great kid proof recipe! :) love the idea of replacing pumpkin for oil!! genius!

You know I'm all about the vegan baking!

I have started adapting old stand-by recipes with egg replacer powder-it not only takes care of the egg allergy, it cuts down on the calories and cholesterol...without affecting the final product. It's been a life saver! Birthday cupcakes anyone? :)

I adore this cookbook (and if I win, this copy will go to a very good home). I have made these several times - usually with the chocolate mousse-ish tofu-based frosting (which has freaked out many non-vegetarians who say "This is delicious? THIS IS TOFU?"). Isa improved cupcakes so I don't have to! ;)

I love this book! It is perfect for baking with kids (no raw egg), excellent cupcakes and easy to make. I make them as mini cupcakes. A nice way to do it if you want a smaller snack.

I've used both the fruit/veggie puree and whole wheat flour tricks - both work great.

I add a can of pureed black beans instead of oil, butter or eggs to brownie mixes or chocolate muffins. For others I use applesauce with great results. Also started using white whole wheat flour and it tastes great!

These sounds Fab! Can't wait to try them!

Try 1 Tbsp. ground flax seed mixed in 3 Tbsp. water (hot works best) for 1 egg.

To the total recipe, this will add 2g fiber and 1597mg Omega-3 fatty acids and 414mg Omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce inflammation and may help prevent chronic diseases such as heart disease and arthritis. Omega-6 fatty acids help stimulate skin and hair growth, maintain bone health, and regulate the metabolism and reproductive system.

Both may also be particularly important for brain and cognitive health.

I avoid canola oil period! I also avoid soy products. I would use almond milk if I was trying to go vegan. I also use real organic applesauce as a replacement for oil and for part of the sugar. It's already sweet enough!

Adding wheat germ is a good way to make baked goods healthier.

The best recipe I ever found for cupcakes is just a cake mix and a cup of pumpkin, not pumpkin mix. Any flavor of cake mix add the pumpkin and cook in 350 degree oven. These are wonderful and cheap to make. I like mini cupcakes and no icing required.

I have been experimenting with replacing the sugar in cupcakes with stevia. I also make a great cupcake icing using whipped cream cheese and french vanilla flavored stevia. It tastes fantastic!

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