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An easy recipe for vegan yellow cupcakes with chocolate frosting.

Vegan Yellow Cupcakes

Moist and delicious vegan yellow cupcakes are perfect when topped with rich and decadent chocolate frosting!

Course Dessert
Cuisine Dairy Free, vegan.
Keyword gluten free vegan cupcakes, vegan birthday party food
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 339 kcal
Author Kelly Roenicke


For the Cupcakes:

For the Frosting:


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place cupcake liners in a muffin pan.
  2. Place the oil and sugar in a mixing bowl and mix on medium speed. 

  3. Add all other ingredients and mix on medium speed. Spoon the batter into the prepared cupcake pan.

  4. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until cupcakes are nicely golden on top. Allow to cool for a  few minutes before moving the cupcakes to a wire rack to cool fully.

  5. Place the vegan buttery spread in a mixing bowl and beat until light and fluffy. Add the cocoa powder, some of the confectioner's sugar, and a little non-dairy milk. Continue to mix, adding more sugar and a little milk until the frosting is thick and creamy. 

  6. Frost cooled cupcakes. Store any leftover cupcakes in the refrigerator. 

Recipe Notes

If you don't want to use canola oil, try melted vegan buttery spread, or coconut oil.

These cupcakes can be frozen. Wrap them well, and they should stay fresh in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Serving size is one cupcake with frosting.

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Yellow Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 339 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 175mg8%
Potassium 36mg1%
Carbohydrates 54g18%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 41g46%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 180IU4%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.