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Naturally Delicious Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

Posted on by Alisa Fleming in Dairy Free Desserts, Dairy-Free Recipes with 7 Comments

This vegan chocolate cupcakes recipe was an official entry in the So Delicious Dairy Free Recipe Contest!

Recipe By: Kimetha Wurster

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Naturally Delicious Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes
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Serves: 12 standard-sized cupcakes or 24 mini cupcakes


  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF and line a 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake liners, or spray mini pan with grapeseed or coconut oil and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the milk alternative, sugar, applesauce, vinegar, and vanilla. In another bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt until combined. Add the dry ingredients to the wet, mixing until just combined. Gently stir in some chocolate chips, if using.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared cups, filling each about ⅔ full. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake emerges clean.
  4. Let cool completely on a wire cooling rack before frosting with dairy-free frosting (another yummy recipe). Serve with coconut milk ice cream, if desired.

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Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry. Follow me on Google+.

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  2. jennyApril 17, 2013 at 11:40 amReply

    Do you know if you can make this gluten free?

    • Alisa FlemingApril 17, 2013 at 2:30 pmReplyAuthor

      You can use your favorite gluten-free flour blend, though a little testing may be needed since the recipe doesn’t use eggs. A flour blend with xanthan gum or guar gum would probably be the easiest option – but there are no guarantees when changing a recipe!

  3. JoanneApril 18, 2013 at 4:36 amReply

    Chocolate cupcakes don’t get any better than this! Yum!

  4. ChrissyApril 18, 2013 at 4:06 pmReply

    Is the apple cider vinegar necessary? I detest vinegar :/

    • Alisa FlemingApril 18, 2013 at 4:40 pmReplyAuthor

      Yes, it reacts with the baking soda. You won’t taste any vinegar.

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