Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Frosting.

It happened. Something I thought would happen eventually with two boys. We had our first broken bone this weekend. 🙁

Poor Baby Bee ran down the hallway, his brother started after him, and boom, down Baby Bee went and from the way he screamed, I knew something was really wrong. Once we got him to calm down a bit, he tried to stand, and he said, “I can’t! I can’t stand!” and crumpled to the ground. Ugh! It was awful. Off to the ER we went, and the doctor suspects a break in the growth plate in his lower leg. So he has a HUGE hard cast on his little leg – all the way up to the hip. My poor baby!

So now we have to follow up next week with the orthpedist and then we’ll find out how long the cast will be on. There is a possibility that it’s not as bad is it seems, and the cast won’t have to be on for as long, so we are praying for that!

I hope that your weekend was better than mine! And if not, maybe some cupcakes will cheer you up?

Perfect chocolate cupcakes wtih vanilla bean frosting. What could be better than that? Gluten free and vegan recipe.

These classic chocolate cupcakes are so easy to whip up. I’ve made them with regular flour and with gluten free flour, and they work very well both ways. My current favorite store bought gluten free flour blend is Pamela’s Products Artisan Flour Blend, which I’ve been able to find at Kroger and Meijer. (affiliate link) I think that it works very well in cake and cookie recipes.

This buttercream frosting is made a little bit more special with the addition of vanilla bean. If you don’t have a vanilla bean on hand, you could substitute a teaspoon of pure vanilla extract. But I do like seeing the tiny little flecks of vanilla bean in the frosting. It makes me happy.


Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
  • 1½ cups gluten free flour blend (all purpose flour works well, too!)
  • 1 cup turbinado sugar
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup water
  • for frosting:
  • 3 Tablespoons vegan buttery spread
  • 2-3 Tablespoons almond milk
  • 4 cups powdered sugar (I prefer the corn free kind from Whole Foods)
  • ½ vanilla bean pod, inside scraped out to get the seeds
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a cupcake pan with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Add the oil, water, vinegar, and vanilla extract. Stir until combined.
  4. Spoon the batter into the cupcake liners, filling them about ⅔ full.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.
  6. Cool in pan, then move to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Make the frosting: In a large bowl, beat the vegan buttery spread and the vanilla bean on medium speed. Add one cup of the powdered sugar and continue to beat. Add a little of the almond milk, then more powdered sugar, and keep alternating until all the powdered sugar is in the mixing bowl. If the frosting is too thick, add a bit more almond milk.
  8. Frost cooled cupcakes. Store the frosted cupcakes in the refrigerator.


Batter adapted from here.


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