Naturally Delicious Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes


This vegan chocolate cupcakes recipe was an official entry in the So Delicious Dairy Free Recipe Contest! It was created by Kimetha Wurster, and she pairs it with this date-sweetened chocolate frosting.

Healthy Vegan Chocolate Frosting Recipe (Date-Sweetened and Dairy-Free)

Special Diet Notes: Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian.

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.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food 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, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


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    • 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!

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