Find delicious vegan cupcake recipes for your next party in this collection! There’s something for everyone, and these sweet treats are sure to be loved by both vegans and non-vegans. Whether you like vanilla, chocolate, or fruit flavored cupcakes, you’re certain to find a new favorite among these recipes.
When you have a birthday party to plan, cupcakes are often on the menu. And if you can’t have eggs or dairy, you’re going to want to find a great vegan cupcake recipe to try.
It’s easy to make cupcakes without eggs or dairy products. If you’re new to vegan baking, you might want to check out my guide to baking substitutions. It’s very possible to make cupcakes and other baked goods that are so decadent and delicious, no one will ever guess that they’re allergy friendly!
These recipes are not all my recipes, so although they are all dairy free and egg free, they could contain other allergens. Please make sure a recipe is safe for your own dietary needs.
Tips for vegan baking
- Don’t over-stir the batter. Sometimes if you stir cake batter for too long, it can get tough or thick, Stir until combined – that’s it!
- Use parchment paper to line cake pans, and parchment paper cupcake liners for muffins or cupcakes. This will prevent sticking.
- Allow baked goods to cool before trying to move them. You don’t want your freshly baked treats to fall apart.
Vegan Chocolate Cupcake Recipes to Try
Chocolate Vanilla Bean Tuxedo Cupcakes from Healthy Happy Life – These moist chocolate cupcakes are topped with a smooth frosting made with vegan cream cheese and vanilla bean for a rich flavor. Top with sprinkles for a festive touch!
German Chocolate Cupcakes from Produce on Parade – Coffee adds richness to this chocolate cake batter, and the frosting is thick and decadent with shredded coconut and pecans. Leave out the pecans if you have a nut allergy, this frosting will still taste amazing.
Healthy Chocolate Cupcakes from Feasting on Fruit – Sweetened with dates, these cupcakes are gluten free and vegan. You can even make a chocolate frosting that’s date-sweetened, or go ahead and keep it simple and top with whipped coconut cream.
Guinness Cupcakes with Irish Creme Frosting from Fit Cakes – Bookmark this recipe for St. Patrick’s Day! These chocolate Guinness cupcakes look so moist and delicious, and who can resist Irish Creme Frosting? Such a decadent treats that adults will love.
Vegan and Gluten free Double Chocolate Cupcakes from The Pretty Bee – If you’re looking for a top 8 allergen free cupcake recipe that’s gluten free and vegan, look no further! These cupcakes are so moist, and the frosting is extra rich and chocolatey. No one will guess that these are allergen free, so all can enjoy them!
Vegan Oreo Cupcakes from My Vegan Minimalist – Oreo cookies are found in the cake batter as well as the frosting in these decadent treats. These are both delicious as well as beautiful, and worth of a special occasion.
Vegan Caramel Filled High Hat Cupcakes from School Night Vegan – Another extra special vegan recipe that’s worth of a birthday, bridal shower, or anniversary celebration! These high hat cupcakes are filled with caramel and topped with a crunchy dark chocolate shell. So stunning and decadent!
Chocolate Avocado Cupcakes from A Dash of Compassion – Adding avocado to the batter of this recipe makes these cupcakes super moist. These are so rich – no need for frosting if you don’t want it – just add a piece of dark chocolate on top.
Chocolate Cupcakes with Chestnut Orange Frosting from Nora’s Ingenious Cooking – This is a recipe that’s gluten free and vegan, and it uses some different grains in the flour, so if you enjoy experimenting with gluten free baking, this is one to try. I love the little orange wedges on top of these – such an elegant finishing touch.
Cupcakes So Good There’s No Way They’re Vegan! from Well Vegan – A light, tofu-based chocolate mousse frosting takes these over the top!
Chocolate Cupcakes with Cookie Dough Frosting from The Pretty Bee – Yes, you can have your cookie dough and eat it, too! If you love dessert mashups, these chocolate cupcakes with chocolate chip cookie dough frosting are sure to please. This is another recipe that’s free of the top 8 allergens but doesn’t taste like it!
Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes from Erica’s Sweet Tooth – This is a gluten free recipe that doesn’t use rice flour, so it’s something to try if you prefer not to use rice in your gluten free flour blend. These dark chocolate cupcakes look extra moist and rich.
Vegan Chocolate Stout Cupcakes from May I Have That Recipe – This is another dessert to try for St. Patty’s! There are a lot of steps to this recipe, including making your own vegan “Irish Creme,” but the end result looks totally worth it! These are luscious looking!
Vegan Mummy Cupcakes from The Pretty Bee – Another simple gluten free vegan chocolate recipe, but be sure to read the full post for instructions on how to decorate these spooky guys for Halloween. Frosting bandages and candy googly eyes make these cute and fun for kids and adults.
Vegan Vanilla Cupcake Recipes
Gluten Free Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes from Sarah Bakes Gluten Free Treats – Vanilla cupcakes are the perfect blank slate to start with for any celebration. Top these with chocolate or vanilla frosting and a handful of sprinkles for a colorful and festive dessert.
Everything Free Vanilla Cupcakes from Feasting on Fruit – If you’re looking for a healthier option, these oat flour cupcakes are free of gluten, sugar, and oil. The beautiful frosting on top is made from purple sweet potatoes.
Vanilla Cupcakes with Mango Icing from The Pretty Bee – This light and tender vanilla cupcake recipe is finished off with a simple fruit glaze. These are simple and sweet, and perfect for a party. Use a different fruit if mangoes don’t work for you!
Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Lavender Frosting from The Simple Green – Chocolate icing tops these moist vanilla cupcakes. Lavender is an elegant addition to the frosting in this recipe.
Funfetti Cupcakes from The Vegan Video Pantry – Everyone knows that you need funfetti for a fun party! This recipe takes this classic recipe and makes it vegan. Try these for your next birthday or event for kids.
Vegan Cupcakes with Faux Buttercream from Tinned Tomatoes – Another simple vanilla recipe, and this one is topped with dyed icing, sprinkles, and sweets. Maple adds depth of flavor to this cake batter.
Vanilla Almond Cupcakes with Blackberry Buttercream from Love and Olive Oil – Blackberries add flavor and a vibrant hue to this dairy free frosting. If you’re looking for a way to color frosting naturally, try this recipe. The deep pink hue is just beautiful.
Cupcakes for Two from Love Me Feed Me – This small batch recipe is perfect for those times when you just don’t want a ton of cupcakes sitting around. A sprinkle of pomegranate seeds is a lovely, natural decoration on top of the chocolate frosting.
The Best Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes from It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken – There’s nothing like a tender cupcake to finish off a meal. These are so light and fluffy, and are made with simple ingredients.
Pink Beet Cupcakes from Elephantastic Vegan – This is a simple recipe for cupcakes that are topped with a light pink frosting that’s naturally dyed. I can see these being the perfect dessert for Valentine’s Day!
Other varieties of vegan cupcakes
Carrot Cake Cupcakes from Wallflower Girl – These cute little carrot cake cupcakes are gluten free and vegan, and the batter is loaded with coconut, carrots, and pecans. Cute little marzipan carrots on top are the finishing touch.
Vegan Snickerdoodle Cupcakes from The Pretty Bee – These cinnamon spice cupcakes are so good! A swirl of dairy free buttercream frosting on top is the perfect complement to the tender, delicious cake.
Halloween Cupcakes from Urban Bakes – Halloween is coming soon, and I think the moody color of this frosting is perfectly spooky and festive. Try these for a party or just for yourself.
Natural Red Velvet Cupcakes from The Viet Vegan – I can’t believe that the deep, rich, red color of these treats is made totally from beets! These are vibrant and beautiful. With the little dollop of vegan cream cheese icing on top, these remind me of Santa hats.
Raw Carrot Cake Cupcakes from Unconventional Baker – These raw treats are made with walnuts, carrots, coconut, and other wholesome ingredients. This recipe does contain nuts, but is raw, grain free, and paleo.
Peanut Butter Banana Cupcakes with Chocolate Chunks from Fragrant Vanilla Cake – These gluten free, vegan cupcakes are piled high with peanut butter frosting made with full fat coconut milk for extra richness. Chocolate chunks on top are the perfect addition.
Raw Pink Velvet Cupcakes from Fragrant Vanilla Cake – Another raw recipe that’s beautifully colored! These cupcakes are sweetened with dates and beets for a brilliant hot pink color.
Banana Bread French Toast Cupcakes from One Green Planet -Banana bread French Toast and cupcakes? Sounds like a match made in heaven to me! You could probably leave the icing off and just serve these without for a delicious muffin.
Gingerbread Cupcakes from It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken – Gingerbread is one of my favorite holiday desserts, and I love the idea of enjoying it in cupcake form! So fun for Christmas.
Banana Cupcakes with Blueberry Buttercream Frosting from Lauren Kelly Nutrition – Lots of bananas and almond meal make this recipe very moist. You could try it with gluten free flour for a lighter texture if that works for you. Blueberries are a fun addition to this sweet frosting.
Apple Salted Caramel Cupcakes from Cupcakes + Kale – An apple pie filling, tender cake, and salted caramel sounds like the perfect combination for autumn! These are sure to be flavorful and delicious.
Matcha Cupcakes from Short Girl, Tall Order – The frosting on these cupcakes is the perfect shade of light, delicate green. I think these would be just right in the Spring, or for an Easter brunch or luncheon.
Chocolate Frosted Lemon Cupcakes from Vegan in the Freezer – Just a hint of lemon is in this cupcake, and it goes so well with chocolate buttercream frosting.
Cinnamon Bun Cupcakes from That’s So Vegan – These are the perfect dessert for cinnamon roll lovers! These are tender and have a thick swirl of frosting on top, just like a cinnamon bun.
Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes from The Baking Fairy – Another light and delicate cupcake recipe that just says springtime! The pale yellow frosting and the little lemon wedge is so pretty for a wedding or shower.
Light and Fluffy Vegan Orange Cupcakes from The Pretty Bee – Citrus is in abundance during the winter months, and that’s just the time to brighten your day with these cupcakes. These are so fluffy, and have just the right amount of orange flavor.
Which one of these vegan cupcake recipes will you try first?
This was originally published in 2015. It has been updated.