What Do These Vegan Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes Taste Like
Vegan Chocolate Frosting: creamy, silky, smooth, and thick frosting thats easy to frost, and wont melt or droop on your perfect gluten free chocolate cupcakes! Theres a wonderful balance between chocolate and non-dairy milky-creaminess. And no coconut flavor!
Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes: Perfectly fluffy n soft with just the right amount of oomph to hit that satisfying sweet spot. These healthy vegan cupcakes have the best crumb: rich n chocolatey with an edge of dark chocolate flavor to balance out the sweet, creamy chocolate frosting.
How To Make Smooth Dairy
My favorite way to make dairy-free frosting is to use half dairy-free butter and half palm shortening .
Let both come to room temperature, then cream them together before adding in the rest of the ingredients.
If you like these cupcakes, you’ll love my Gluten-Free Vanilla Bean Cupcakes and my Gluten-Free White Peppermint Cupcakes.
If you are looking for a chocolate frosting recipe to pair with these cupcakes, check out this smooth and creamy Vegan Chocolate Frosting. If you’re more of a buttercream person, you’ll want to make this Vegan Frosting.
Did you make these gluten free vegan chocolate cupcakes? Please leave a starred rating and a comment letting me know what you thought!
Easy Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes
What started as a quest to perfect vegan gluten-free pound cake morphed into creating the most perfect vanilla cupcake weve laid taste buds on. Friends, these vegan vanilla cupcakes are a must-try: 1 bowl, 10 ingredients, naturally sweetened, and gluten-free. Let us show you how its done!
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Do I Need Weighing Scales To Bake Your Gluten
In short yes, yes and yes! And I wouldnt advise attempting any of my recipes without them.
A lot of work went into fine tuning ratios and quantities and for me, baking is all about consistency and precision. I want you to make this recipe and for it to turn out EXACTLY like mine did.
Id recommending using digital cooking scales like these so you know youre getting an accurate measurement and replicating my recipe as accurately as poss.
Top Tips For Making Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting
- Keep your tin of coconut milk in the fridge overnight for the rich creamy bit to separate from the watery bit at the bottom
- Make sure you use full-fat coconut milk, otherwise this separation wont happen and you wont be able to whip it up
- Open the tin upside down the coconut cream will be at the bottom and you can just pour off the watery liquid
- Save the watery liquid you pour off for adding to soups or smoothies
- Place the thick, creamy part into a bowl along with the other ingredients
- Use an electric whisk to whip until light and fluffy
- Make sure not to over-whip as you don’t want it to be curdly
- For super fluffy frosting, make the frosting fresh and top the cupcakes with it just before serving – the frosting does set well, however, and frosted cupcakes will keep their shape and texture for up to a few days in the fridge
- Make sure the cupcakes have cooled completely before applying the frosting, otherwise it will melt!
- You can apply the frosting with a knife, a spatula, or a piping bag depending on how fancy you want to be
- The recipe below yields a medium-sized amount of frosting per cupcake. However, if you do want to apply a generous amount of frosting , Id recommend doubling the amount of frosting.
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Best Ever Easy Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes
This is the ultimate vegan vanilla cupcakes recipe! Super easy to make, soft, sweet, fluffy, moist, and full of vanilla flavor, these vanilla cupcakes will be your favorite cupcake recipe, vegan or not! Topped with a delicious dairy free buttercream and easily made gluten free as well!
What Type Of Gluten Free Flour Is Best For Cupcakes
I prefer a lighter gluten free flour blend for this recipe you dont want these to be too dense. For this recipe, I like to use my own gluten free flour blend. Its light and results in nice tender cake and cupcakes.
Two store bought brands that would work well are King Arthur Multi-Purpose Gluten Free Flour, and Bobs Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour. Both of those brands dont work for my familys dietary needs I am not comfortable with their allergen policies and procedures. Everyone has different allergies and needs, so I wanted to mention those blends here in case they work for you.
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Why Youll Just Love These Easy Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes:
Your parties and celebrations just got so much more delicious with these easy and ultra moist vegan vanilla cupcakes!
Made from scratch and only using one bowl, these undetectably healthy cupcakes are the perfect treat for a birthday, party, or any time celebration!
If youve ever thought that vanilla cupcakes are boring, your mind is about to be changed drastically.
These easy undetectably healthy vanilla cupcakes are anything but boring. One bite, and youll see that these cupcakes are:
- Just the right amount of sweetness
- Light yet decadent
- Absolutely irresistible
These vegan vanilla cupcakes are the perfect healthy birthday dessert for both kids and adults. Not only are they all of the above, but youll never know that these cupcakes are allergy friendly , dairy free, gluten free, refined sugar free, egg free, vegan, and nut free.
And Ive even been told by several people who do not regularly consume vegan baked goods that theyd never know these cupcakes are vegan. These are the best vanilla cupcakes, whether youre vegan or not!
Can I Make This Recipe Gluten
It is gluten free, though nobody would know just by tasting it trust me!
Bear in mind that minimising cross-contamination is hugely important if youre Coeliac or making this for someone who is. Heres some tips from Coeliac UK on minimising the risk of cross contamination.
Also, make sure that all ingredients used dont have any gluten-containing ingredients. Then make that that they also dont have a may contain warning for gluten, wheat, rye, barley, oats , spelt and khorasan wheat .
Heres some more info from Coeliac UK on identifying safe gluten free products.
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Can I Make This Recipe Without Xanthan Gum
In some of my recipes, yes, but I wouldnt recommend leaving xanthan gum out of this one. Youll see xanthan gum in a lot of my recipes as its an essential ingredient in gluten-free baking.
Without gluten to bind the cake batter together, you can be left with a very loose and crumbly sponge texture which wont work for this recipe.
Some people have asked if they can use psyllium husk powder instead of xanthan gum, but Ive found that it definitely results in a denser sponge so I wouldnt overly recommend it.
If youre really against xanthan gum or you simply dont have any, you can omit it if pushed. Theres a little in gluten-free self-raising flour anyway, so they should still turn out fine.
Can I Make This Recipe Using Other Gluten
Theres a big difference between gluten-free plain/self-raising flour and a *singular* type gluten-free flour. When I say gluten-free plain or self-raising flour in a recipe, I mean a BLEND of gluten-free flours, not just one, singular flour.
Most gluten-free flour you buy in the supermarket typically contains a blend of rice flour, potato flour, maize flour, tapioca flour AND buckwheat flour. Thats a lot of different flours!
In gluten-free self-raising flour, theres usually even a little baking powder and xanthan gum in it too which always helps.
So to replace it with just one specific type of flour thats not going to cut it at all. Definitely go for a gluten-free flour blend.
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Can I Freeze Vegan Chocolate Cake
If frozen, remove any slices that had been cut in order to preserve it afterwards. You should use a hard container that does not hit the frosting, since this is the first thing to do after defrosting it. You will not need to plan much when the ice melts fast so you wont have to worry about preparing it.
How To Make Homemade Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes From Scratch
As I mentioned earlier, making these vegan vanilla cupcakes is super easy and simple. The full written recipe and ingredients are down below in the recipe card. However, well go over the basics here. Please also note that the recipe video is slightly different in method from the written instructions. These cupcakes have been further improved upon, so the written instructions are the most accurate!
First, well go over how to make the vegan cupcake batter, then the vegan buttercream frosting!
In the final section, Ill go over some tips for the cupcakes. If youre just learning how to pipe frosting onto cupcakes for the first time , definitely check out the YouTube video because it will give you a visual tutorial on how to create those swirls!
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Top Tips For Making These Vegan Cupcakes
First of all, it’s important to note that the batter for these vegan gluten free cupcakes will be runnier than a ‘normal’ cake batter.
Don’t worry though, I promise this is how they’re supposed to look!
Once baked they will be delightfully springy and delicious.
It’s also worth remembering that the vegan buttercream frosting will be a bit softer than a standard buttercream.
If you want to pipe it, I would suggest trying to not let the frosting get too warm.
You may find the heat of your hand will cause it to go very soft so you can always pop it in the fridge to firm up a little.
However, it does hold together well – check out this cute batch I created using my Russian Piping Tips set!
Baking Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes
I’ve wanted to try and tackle some gluten free and vegan bakes for some time now, especially for those of you have multiple allergies or intolerances.
So starting with a simple bake like gluten free cupcakes seemed like the best place to start.
And actually, I couldn’t believe how well these vegan vanilla cupcakes turned out.
The gluten free cupcake itself is spongey and springy really light and fluffy and on a par with my classic gluten free cupcakes.
And the vanilla vegan buttercream frosting is just like the real deal – deliciously whipped like a classic American cupcake.
I even found that a lot of the cake sprinkles in Sainsbury’s are gluten free and vegan.
I know a lot of sprinkles can contain egg and/or wheat starch so this was a really pleasant surprise.
It’s definitely worth checking the ingredients!
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The Best Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes
Calling these the best is a hefty claim but Im here to tell you it is the absolute truth as far as Im concerned. Im talking, a true cupcake texture and flavor, like the ones you would have at a special party made with regular white flour or cake flour. The truly soft, super tender with such a light and delicate texture.
I find that too many cupcakes arent really that soft cupcake texture, but more like a muffin, more dense or chewyespecially vegan ones. I love muffins, dont get me wrong, but a cupcake is not a muffin and a muffin is not a cupcake. To me, a cupcake should have that truly light and fluffy texture, well.like a soft cake of course! There is a definite difference.
How To Make Vegan Gluten Free Vanilla Cupcakes
You will find full instructions and measurements in the recipe card at the bottom of the post. This is a summary of the process to go along with the process photos.
- Add gluten free all purpose flour, white granulated sugar, baking soda and salt to a mixing bowl and mix together.
- Add soy milk, canola oil, vanilla extract and distilled white vinegar. Mix into a batter.
- Divide the batter evenly between 12 cupcake liners.
- Bake at 350°F for 25 minutes. Check with a toothpick to see if theyre done: insert the toothpick into the center of one of the cupcakes, it should come out clean.
- Let the cupcakes cool in the tray for a few minutes before transferring the cupcakes to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
- Add vegan butter, powdered sugar, vanilla extract and soy milk to the bowl of your stand mixer and starting at slow speed, gradually increase speed until the frosting is thick and smooth.
- When the cupcakes are completely cool, pipe on the frosting and add sprinkles to the top.
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Why Make My Gluten
- Super easy to make just make cupcakes, whip up some icing and construct!
- Making the cupcakes is incredibly simple by using the all-in-one method. Just bung it all in a bowl and mix!
- You can optionally core the middle of each cupcake and fill it with jam.
- This recipe includes the top secret recipe for my ULTIMATE fluffy buttercream that holds perfectly when piped.
- Youd never know this recipe was gluten-free AT ALL yes, even muggles will eat these, so watch out!
- This is one of the few recipes on the blog with a recipe tutorial video AND step-by-step photos. So you absolutely cant go wrong!
So what do my gluten-free vanilla cupcakes taste like?
Firstly, youve got a super-soft sponge texture that nobody would EVER know is gluten-free. It incredibly moist and definitely isnt crumbly or dry AT ALL.
Then, youre instantly greeted by that whipped vanilla buttercream for a wave of sweetness. And if you go for it, the jammy centre is so worth the effort trust me.
It finishes off this recipe perfectly, giving you all those Victoria sponge vibes that you just cant beat.
Heres everything youll need for this recipe consider it your shopping list! Keep scrolling until you see the recipe card for the measurements and method ??
Why You’ll Love These Gluten
Unlike most other gluten-free cupcakes you may have tried, the sponge is really the best part, as it’s:
- undetectably vegan and gluten-free
And it’s super easy to make because:
- it comes together in one bowl
- it requires just a handful of simple ingredients you probably already have on hand
- and it takes only 10 minutes of prep time before baking!
The sponge for these cupcakes is also very versatile and flexible, as you can adapt the recipe to suit your dietary needs, food shopping budget, and what you already have on hand:
- you can use any type of oil: coconut oil, olive oil or vegetable oil
- you can use any type of plant-based milk: almond milk, rice milk, soy milk, cashew milk, oat milk etc
- you can use any type of liquid sweetener: maple syrup, agave syrup, brown rice syrup etc
- you can substitute the ground almonds with ground walnuts
- for a nut-free version: substitute the ground almonds with ground sunflower seeds or use 30g coconut flour instead of 150g ground almonds
- you can use plain flour, wholemeal flour or spelt flour instead of the gluten-free flour if you’re not gluten-free.
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