Vegan cupcakes

Vegan cupcakes

Make vegan cupcakes with buttercream topping using dairy-free and egg-free ingredients. They make the perfect treat for afternoon tea or a mid-morning snack.

Overview

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 20 mins

Makes 12

Nutrition:265kcal
  • fat 12g
  • saturates 3g
  • carbs 37g
  • sugars 30g
  • fibre 0.4g
  • protein 1g
  • salt 0.28g

Ingredients

  • 150ml non-dairy milk (such as almond or soy) Milk mill-kOne of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…
  • ½ tsp cider vinegar
  • 110g vegan butter or sunflower spread Butter butt-errButter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…
  • 110g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 110g self-raising flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder Baking powder bay-king pow-dahBaking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…
  • For the buttercream

  • 125g vegan butter Butter butt-errButter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…
  • 250g icing sugar
  • 1¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • a few drops of vegan food colourings (check the label)

Method

Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Line the holes of a 12-hole cupcake tin with paper cases. Stir the milk and vinegar in a jug and leave to thicken slightly for a few mins. 

Beat the butter and sugar with an electric whisk until well combined. Whisk in the vanilla, then add the milk a splash at a time, alternating with spoonfuls of the flour. Fold in any remaining flour, the baking powder and a pinch of salt until you get a creamy batter. Don’t worry if it looks a little curdled at this stage. 

Divide between the cupcake cases, filling them two-thirds full, and bake for 20 mins until golden and risen. Leave to cool on a wire rack. 

To make the buttercream, beat the butter, icing sugar and vanilla with an electric whisk until pale and creamy. Divide between bowls and colour with different food colourings until you get desired strength. Spoon or pipe onto the cooled cupcakes. 

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