Simple Vegan Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes, © 2011

Inspired by the pretty chocolate vegan cupcakes from my recent trip to a market, I decided to make my own cupcakes.  They are not as pretty because I have very basic cupcake decor skills, but they tasted really good. Try it out.

I used this cake recipe from

and modified it into cupcakes and made frosting from tofutti cream cheese.

Here’s my take on the recipe:

  • 1 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour (you can sub this with rice flour)
  • 1 cup of brown sugar (I prefer brown sugar because it’s healthier)
  • 1/2 cup of cocoa powder (I used Godiva Hot Cocoa because I got it for Christmas and I never make hot cocoa at home)
  • 9 semi-sweet chocolate callets (65% cacao)*
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/3 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of distilled white vinegar (I sub with apple vinegar because I don’t have any distilled white vinegar)
  • 1 cup of water


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), lightly grease your pan. (I did not grease my pan because I used cupcake cups instead)
  2. Sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Add the oil, vanilla, vinegar and water. Mix together until smooth.
  3. I melted the chocolate callets in a pan in even heat and constant stirring (you can microwave this quickly) and add into the mixture.
  4. Pour into prepared cupcake cups and bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 20-25 minutes depending on your oven and the toothpick test. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Cream Cheese Frosting

I took the package of tofutti and whip it with brown sugar and vanilla extract.  Taste to liking and then used a piping bag and piped it on the cupcakes.

I hope you enjoy!



* I will be using the whole bag of chocolate callets next time I make this recipe because the more chocolate the better.  By the way, I got the chocolate callets from Trader Joe’s.

2 responses to “Simple Vegan Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

  1. You know I am all about the chocolate foodtable and this recipe really seems wonderful. I enjoyed this post.

    • Very glad you enjoy it! I may do more chocolate posts later. I am learning how to make candies…it’s a big mess but fun!

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