Perfect Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes

I make these cupcakes all the time, the recipe is fool-proof and delicious. The pictures are from the time I made them for my best friend’s 21st birthday – everyone loved them and it didn’t take long before they were all gone. The pink icing was homemade (recipe included) and the chocolate icing was store-bought. These cupcakes always come up light and fluffy, without using any weird ingredients, anyone will be able to make perfect cupcakes from this.


Total Time: 35 minutes 

Cupcake ingredients:

  • 220g plain flour
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 240ml plant milk of choice (I used almond milk)
  • 80ml melted coconut oil (or any vegetable oil – coconut oil gives the best taste for cupcakes)
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 1tbsp apple cider vinegar / cider vinegar

Frosting ingredients: 

  • 400g icing sugar
  • 120g vegan butter
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • Food colouring if you wish
    (You will need an electric food mixer bowl for this)


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C and line your cupcake tray with 12 cupcakes cases or grease the cupcake tray individually.
  2. Sift all the dry ingredients into a bowl and whisk together.
  3. Add the milk, oil, vanilla extract and vinegar then whisk together until it’s all combined.
  4. Evenly spoon the mixer into the cupcake cases and place in the oven for 20- 25 minutes. Check if they are done using the toothpick method (poke a toothpick into the middle of the cupcakes and if it comes out clean, they are done).
  5. Carefully take them out and leave to full cool before decorating.
  6. To make the frosting, put the butter in your mixer and mix on high until it is fluffy.
  7. Add the icing sugar and vanilla extract, start off slowly and increase speed (use a cover if you have one as it may get messy)
  8. Add the food colouring here and keep mixing for 5 – 10 minutes. I used a few drops of red food colouring to make my frosting pink.
  9. Use to decorate your cupcakes! You can transfer the frosting to a piping bag or just use a spoon like I did.
  10. Enjoy!

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