Vegan Yellow Cupcakes with Vegan Buttercream Frosting

No I am not a vegan, but I sure do love these cupcakes.


If you have followed me for a while you know that I am not a vegan, but because I am lactose intolerant, I do make a few vegan based meals. I think it is a great lifestyle but it isn’t something I could 100% adopt for myself. I feel very comfortable making different vegan meal dishes. However, vegan based desserts have always been intimidating to me. Why? Because the ingredients for most of the vegan desserts are foreign and something that I, most likely, isn’t at my regular grocery store. I don’t like to buy ingredients that I may only use one time. Who does right? Well these cupcakes are as basic as they come and you probably have all the ingredients in your cabinets.


The cupcakes were easy to make. I had a get together this past weekend and everyone loved them. They couldn’t taste the difference and were really surprised when I told them what the ingredients were. When it came to me making the frosting, I really hated the idea of using powdered sugar but I wanted to make something very basic and simple and I told myself that I will explore different options. To cut back on sugar I just iced a very thin layer of icing on each cupcake. Works for me. I don’t care too much for icing anyway. These cupcakes are easy, simple, and perfect.


A quick word about veganism. STOP GIVING THE WORDS VEGAN, VEGETARIAN, RAW, OR HEALTHY A BAD NAME! I feel that the majority of people in this country get real freaked out when they hear about a meal or a dish that is one of the latter. I’ll take my family as an example. I made my mom some beet juice, black bean brownies, and these cupcakes before and every time the woman act like I was asking her to eat a grasshopper with pond scum on it. She didn’t care for the beet juice but the cupcakes and the brownies weren’t that painful for her to eat. She was pleasantly surprised. She allowed her mind to prevent her from tasting something that was really good for her and that satisfied her taste buds. These lifestyles aren’t bad. In fact, when you eat a meal or treat that derives from one of these lifestyles you might actually like it and notice how great your body feels! So please, stop being afraid of these words. Explore them and get to know them.

Okay, that’s it!

Cupcake recipe adapted from

Vegan Yellow Cupcakes with Vegan Buttercream Frosting

Vegan Yellow Cupcakes with Vegan Buttercream Frosting


  • 1 ¼ c. flour
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch
  • ¾ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¾ c. pure raw cane sugar
  • 1 c. soy milk
  • 1/3 c. canola oil
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ c. organic non-hydrogenated shortening
  • ½ c. vegan butter
  • 3 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp. soy milk
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 Degrees. Line a 12 tin muffin pan with cupcake liners
  2. In a large bowl, add the dry ingredients and whisk (flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, salt, pure can sugar).
  3. Now, add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and using a hand held mixer mix all ingredients together until smooth. Pour about 1/3 cup of the batter into the cupcake tins and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Allow to completely cool before applying the frosting.
  5. In a mixing bowl, blend together the shortening and the butter until well mixed. Add the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time. Once you have added 2 cups of powdered sugar add the milk, salt, and the vanilla extract and blend until smooth. Frost the cupcakes as desired and sprinkle with sprinkles if you would like.


    • brownsugarma says

      Me too! As I get older I notice my stomach is getting more sensitive to diary products and processed sugars. These didn’t send me crashing or make my stomach feel heavy.

    • brownsugarma says

      Great! I posted these just in time then. I am posting a chocolate one Wednesday so you might like that as well.

  1. Jess says

    I wonder if I could substitute coconut oil for the canola oil.. What do you think? I’m superstoked to try this recipe!! I’m newly vegan-ish after watching Forks over Knives, and I was desperate for a good cupcake recipe. Thank you so much!! :)

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