Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

This week is National Cupcake Week, which gave me the perfect excuse, if any was needed, to try out a new recipe for vegan chocolate cupcakes. I’ve made vegan vanilla cupcakes before, which were good – but these chocolate cakes are next level amazing. I really am so pleased with them. There isn’t too much oil in the recipe and the sponge is a perfect mix of fluffy and chocolatey – in my opinion anyway!

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes


  • 200g plain flour
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 3 tbsp. raw cacao powder (or you could use 4 tbsp. of cocoa powder, cacao is stronger so not as much is needed)
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 250ml water

For the frosting

  • 300g icing sugar
  • 100g dairy free butter substitute (I used vitalite)
  • 30ml almond milk or other milk alternative
  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
  • Vegan hundreds and thousands

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

  • Preheat your oven to 180 degrees centigrade (350 fahrenheit)
  • Mix all of the sponge ingredients together well, using an electric whisk or by hand
  • Pour the mixture into 12 muffin cases
  • Bake for around 15 minutes, or until well risen and a skewer dipped into the middle of a cake comes out clean.
  • Leave cakes to cool on a wire rack
  • For the icing, mix together all ingredients by hand, and then spoon onto each cooled cupcake.
  • Decorate with hundreds and thousands
  • Eat, share, and enjoy!

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes


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  1. Emma | 17th Sep 15

    These look scrummy. Do come and share some of your vegan recipes on the #freefromfridays linky

    • thesparklenest | 29th Sep 15

      Thank you, I’ll come and visit now!

  2. petiteraisin | 17th Sep 15

    I seriously missed the memo on national cupcake week….not to late though I can still make it by the weekend! And these look DELISH!


    • thesparklenest | 29th Sep 15

      I think we can make any week National Cupcake Week 😉 x

  3. Feeding Finn | 17th Sep 15

    National cupcake week? How did I not know about this? They look delicious and really moist x

    • thesparklenest | 29th Sep 15

      Thank you! They were very good. Twitter told me it was National Cupcake Week – any excuse to bake some cakes!

  4. Alison | 20th Sep 15

    Look delicious! Any left? I made gingerbread cupcakes earlier in the week and there isn’t any left now. *oink*


    • thesparklenest | 29th Sep 15

      Gingerbread cupcakes sound amazing! x

  5. Becky, Cuddle Fairy | 23rd Sep 15

    Oooo beautiful! They look so moist. Fabulous they are vegan, love your ingredient list, just fab! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe with #foodpornthursdays x

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  7. Gina | 15th Jan 16

    Those are so cute! I especially like the napkin under them in a photo. I would love to find those at a tea party! I’m a huge chocolate-lover and my sibling is vegan. So, I may just have to give this a try when they visit. :)
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    • thesparklenest | 15th Jan 16

      Thank you Gina, I’m sure your sibling would love you for these! I’m glad you like the photos, the napkin is actually a tea towel, but it’s almost too pretty to use for drying dishes! :-)

  8. Angela / Only Crumbs Remain | 15th Jan 16

    Ooh those cupcakes look seriously wonderful! I must admit that I’ve never tried one before, let alone made any. Pinning this to try later. #YumTum
    Angela x
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    • thesparklenest | 15th Jan 16

      Thank you Angela, I hope you enjoy them! :-) x

  9. Charlotte | 15th Jan 16

    These look so tasty! and I like the vanilla idea too! and being vegan would make them perfect for a friends birthday I have coming up! Thanks so much for linking up to Yum Tum this week! would love to see you again with another fab recipe :)
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    • thesparklenest | 15th Jan 16

      Thanks Charlotte, ooh yes give them a try, I hope you enjoy them. Thank you for hosting Yum Tum, I will be back again :-) x

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