Vegan Chocolate & Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes Recipe

vegan cupcakes

Having a teenager that is vegan can be challenging. Though our daughter loves to cook for herself, she often goes without dessert. This was a fun recipe to try. Even though we’re not all vegan here, we all enjoyed the cupcakes.

1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2/3 cup nonhydrogenated vegetable shortening
2 2/3 cups sifted powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 tbsp. nondairy milk, such as almond, soy or rice
1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries

vegan baking

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with cupcake liners.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together 1 cup water, the oil, vinegar, and vanilla. Pour wet mixture into dry mixture and mix until just combined.

  3. Divide batter among cupcake cups. Bake until a toothpick inserted into a cupcake comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cupcakes cool completely in pan.

  4. Make frosting: Using an electric mixer, beat shortening, 2 2/3 cups powdered sugar, and the vanilla together to mix. Beat in nondairy milk 1 tbsp. at a time and beat until frosting is smooth and fluffy.

  5. Smooth frosting onto each cupcake and top with sliced fresh strawberries.


vegan cupcakes

If you try this recipe, come on back and let me know what you think.

Recipe credit Food Network contest winner Chloe Coscarelli.


  1. Rachel Dean says:

    Does vegan mean no egg? These look and sound delish!!!

    • Jenn
      Twitter: 5_dollarshake

      Yes, no eggs. Vegan is no dairy or meat. Nothing from animals.

  2. I’ve never tried a vegan dessert. It looks super tasty. I wonder if I can sneak this in the rotation, at home?

  3. These look so yummy! I’m eating strawberries as I type this.

  4. I find myself eating more and more meatless meals. I am always looking for yummy alternatives. These looks amazing.

  5. Rosie says:

    I’ve sampled cupcakes like this at Whole Foods demos, and they are so good. I never thought to try making my own. This is so easy, and they look delicious, I would love to try it!

  6. These look just like regular cupcakes!