Today’s post is for ‘Cooking from Cookbook Challenge‘, an event started by Valli @ Cooking4allSeasons. This basic vegan cupcake is my go-to recipe and I was surprised that I haven’t posted it here yet. I have made these a number of times and they have never failed me. Recipe is from ‘Vegan Cupcakes take over the World‘ by Isa Chandra & Terry Hope.

I made these recently for my son’s birthday and took pictures to post them. This is a multipurpose, no-nonsense cupcake that is great to bake for birthdays, bake sales and baby showers.

Basic Vegan Vanilla Cupcake

  • Servings: 12-cupcakes
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • Cuisine: american
  • Style of Preparation: Vegan
  • Course: dessert
  • Cooking Technique: Baking
  • Preparation Time: 20 mins
  • Cooking Time: 20~22 minutes mins


1¼ cups All purpose Flour
2 tbsps Cornstarch
¾ tsp Baking Powder
½ tsp Baking Soda
½ tsp Salt
1 cup Soy Milk
1 tsp Apple cider Vinegar
1/3 cup Canola Oil
¾ cup Sugar
2 tsp Vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line muffin pan with cupcake liners.
  2. Whisk soy milk and vinegar in a measuring cup and set aside for a few minutes to curdle.
  3. Beat together the soy milk mixture, oil, sugar, vanilla in a large bowl. Sift in the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda and salt and mix until no big lumps remain.
  4. Fill cupcake liners 2/3rds of the way full and bake for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Transfer to a cooling rack and let them cool completely before frosting.


For Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting: Recipe adapted from Glorious Eats. What I liked about this recipe is it uses cold cream cheese and almost cold butter that is set outside only for 10 minutes. I think room temperature cream cheese and butter get very soft and the frosting doesn’t hold shape unless a lot of powdered sugar is added. So cold works best here. Also don’t forget to sift the powdered sugar. It makes a world of difference — unsifted sugar leads to lumps and not-appealing frosting.

This recipe makes more than enough frosting for 24 cupcakes, so halve the recipe if making for only 12 cupcakes.

For Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • Servings: frosts-24-cupcakes
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • Cuisine: american
  • Course: dessert
  • Preparation Time: 20 mins


1 8 oz. Cream cheese – packages, straight from the fridge
1 10 Stick (1/2cup) Butter, set outside for minutes
½ cup Unsweetened Cocoa powder, sifted
3 ~ 4 cups Confectioners Sugar, sifted
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 ~ 4 tbsps Half n Half/ Milk/ Heavy Cream/ Light cream


  1. In a stand mixer or using a hand mixer, beat butter until smooth. Next add cream cheese and beat until combined.
  2. Next add the sifted cocoa powder and beat until combined.
  3. Add vanilla extract and 3 cups of powdered sugar; beat the mixture until light and fluffy. Add milk or other liquid of choice to get the desired consistency for the frosting.
  4. Use the frosting right away or refrigerate it for later use (frosting can be stored in the fridge for 2~3 days, but may need to be beaten again to get the desired consistency).


Sending these cupcakes over to Valli for her Kid’s Delight Party.

Update December 2013: Sending these cupcakes over to Valli’s Cake Mela.



0 thoughts on “Basic Vegan Vanilla Cupcake”

  1. Wow Pavani, those cupcakes are real stunners! I guess most of us assume we would have shared our frequently made dishes good that you finally did..:)..Recipe sounds so good..and love that frosting on top..that’s such an icing really..:)

  2. I have always been scared to try vegan baking. I have tried eggless and I just like the comfort of knowing there is diary and eggs in my cakes. But I might just take your recommendation and try this cupcake. Looks simple enough. Have you tried substituting apple cider vinegar with plain vinegar? Does it work?

  3. Awesome cupcakes Pavani..The frosting looks very tempting though I stay away from all kinds of frosting 🙂

  4. Awesome recipe Pavani and the cakes look really yummy! love the frosting and the little sprinkles you have on the cupcakes.

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