Best Vegan Cupcakes

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The Best Ever Vegan Cupcake Recipe

These are the best vegan cupcakes made from scratch – they’re marbled with chocolate and vanilla, and topped with a yummy vegan chocolate buttercream!


The cake is moist, swirled, fluffy and so flavorful, and they are just swirled enough to be able to taste both flavors!


The cupcakes are topped with a super rich piped chocolate frosting and some rainbow sprinkles. These would be perfect for any party you’re going to!

Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes

Easy Homemade Chocolate Vanilla Cupcakes

While vanilla and chocolate cake is delicious on its own, it’s so easy to swirl them together and create something truly special.


It really makes these cupcakes stand out and look more professional than they really are, and they also taste incredible!


You’ll love how fun and easy these cupcakes are to make, and you can really get creative with them and make them your own!

Simple Vegan Cupcakes

Easy Vegan Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

This vegan buttercream is out of this world – it’s so chocolaty, sweet and creamy.


It’s great to have a fool-proof vegan frosting recipe on hand for any decorating needs! It comes together in no time, pipes perfectly and is just amazing.


I also added some fun vegan sprinkles to mine to match the wrappers!

Vegan Cake Recipe

How to Make Vegan Marble Cupcakes

Creating The Cupcake Swirl

To make a beautiful swirl design in your cupcakes, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and start by mixing your chocolate and vanilla cakes in separate bowls.


Begin with your wet ingredients, including the sugar, and mix until the sugar has dissolved, then sift in the dry ingredients and mix just until combined, being careful not to overmix.


Once both batters are ready, I like to use a small cookie scoop with a release trigger to layer in small amounts of alternating batter in layers, always adding the next layer into the middle of the last one.


If you don’t have this you can use two spoons to drop the batter in by scraping it off one spoon with the other.

Vegan Swirl Cupcakes

Once your cupcake wrappers are about 3/4 full, take a tooth pick and simply swirl the colors together a bit, being careful not to overdo it – you want to be able to see the different colors clearly!

Vegan Marble Cupcakes

Baking and Decorating Vegan Cupcakes

Bake your cupcakes for about 20-23 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cupcakes comes out clean.


Let them cool COMPLETELY to ensure no frosting will melt on top!


While they are cooling you can begin to make the frosting though – start by aerating your room-temperature butter with an electric mixer, or by vigorously using a whisk, for about 5 minutes or until it becomes light.


Add in your vanilla, mixing well, then your cocoa powder.


Mix well and then add your vegan powdered sugar in 1 cup increments, until desired taste and consistency is reached (I did about 4-5 cups per 2 cups of butter).

Vegan Cupcake Buttercream Frosting

Place inside a piping bag with a swirl cap, then in the fridge to chill for about 15 minutes.


Frost your cupcakes in a swirl!

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes
Easy Vegan Cupcakes

The Best Vegan Cupcakes Ever

If you’re in a pinch for time or just want to make your cupcakes faster, you can always just do one flavor: chocolate or vanilla.


You can make about 9 cupcakes just using the ingredients below, or double it for more!


You can also make vanilla buttercream by excluding the cocoa powder, and playing around with the powdered sugar and vanilla; you may need to add a bit more for more flavor and sweetness.


For me, the chocolate buttercream is out of this world and all I want for these cupcakes!

Best Vegan Cupcakes

If you’re really feeling artsy, you can swirl chocolate and vanilla buttercream together on top of your cupcakes!


A simple trick to do this is to lay out some plastic wrap, and spread out the chocolate and vanilla frostings in the middle side by side in rectangles.


Fold the plastic wrap over so the frostings are on top of each other and seal, twisting the sides until the frosting is completely sealed. Place in the fridge for about 15 minutes until firm, then place inside a piping bag.


Pull one end with the twisted plastic through the swirl cap, and cut open. Then just frost as usual to reveal the swirl of colors!


Here’s a video to help you with this if you want to give it a try: How to Swirl Frosting.

Best Vegan Cupcake Recipe

This recipe is:

  • Easy
  • Chocolaty
  • Delicious
  • Moist
  • Pretty
  • Swirled
  • Marbled
  • Tasty

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Best Vegan Cupcakes

Yield: 18 Cupcakes

Best Vegan Cupcakes

Best Vegan Cupcakes

These fluffy vegan marble cupcakes are super rich and delicious, with swirls of chocolate and vanilla a simple vegan buttercream frosting!

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 21 minutes
Total Time 46 minutes


Chocolate Cake

Vanilla Cake

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting


1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

2. Mix your chocolate and vanilla cakes in separate bowls, beginning by mixing all your wet ingredients with your sugar until the sugar is dissolved.

3. Then, sift in your dry ingredients and mix just until combined, being careful not to over-mix.

4. Line a cupcake baking tray with cupcake wrappers, and using a spoon or a cookie scoop with a release trigger, add in roughly 1-2 tablespoon amounts into the center of the last flavors, alternating.

5. Once wrappers are 3/4 full, take a toothpick and swirl the colors together a bit, but not too much or you won't be able to taste the different flavors.

6. Bake for 20-23 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cupcakes comes out clean.

7. Allow cupcakes to fully cool before frosting. While you wait for them to cool, take your room temperature butter and mix it vigorously, or vigorously with a whisk for about 5 minutes.

8. Mix in your vanilla extract and cocoa powder, and then mix in your powdered sugar in 1 cup amounts, until desired taste and texture are reached.

9. Place in a piping bag (or a ziploc bag with a cut on the corner if that's all you have), and chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.

10. Pipe generously over cupcakes in circles, and add vegan sprinkles if desired. Enjoy!

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  1. Omgosh this recipe is going into my staple vegan cake collection! Can’t wait for everyone to try it! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚


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