The Best Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes*

A couple of weeks back I decided to try a cake recipe from the Vegan Food and Living magazine and whilst the cakes themselves tasted amazing and were the best tasting cakes I'd ever made that were also vegan, most of the batch actually sunk upon taking them out of the oven. Muggins here forgot to put the oven on the fan setting which is probably why this happened but still, the recipe was amazing and really easy to follow so when Aduna got in touch and asked if I'd be interested in trying out their Super Cacao Powder, I knew attempting the recipe again was the perfect way to go. I'll list the ingredients below as I couldn't find a link to the actual recipe, but all credit goes to the Vegan Food and Living magazine...just thought I'd clear that up before we begin!

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

140g plain flour
1 tsp bicarb of soda
1 tsp baking powder
3 tbsp cocoa powder
pinch of salt
70ml aquafaba
65g coconut oil (melted)
2 tbsp cider vinegar
60g apple sauce
120g raw cane sugar (I used granulated & it worked fine) 

Vegan Cakes

I set my oven to 180°C with the fan setting and prepared a cupcake tray with paper cases and this recipe should make you 12 standard sized cupcakes.

Mix together your flour, bicarb, baking powder, cacao powder and salt into a bowl and set aside.

Whisk your aquafaba, coconut oil, vinegar, apple sauce and sugar together until the sugar has partly dissolved.

Then mix your dry ingredients with your wet and mix well before dividing your mix into your cupcake cases.

The recipe does say to bake for 20-25 minutes but for some reason mine only took between 10-15 so do keep an eye on your cakes to make sure they don't burn. Mine came out beautifully and weren't burnt on top as I kept checking up on them as I did the washing up. Although the recipe is also topped with a vegan chocolate mousse, I did an alternative simply because I didn't have the ingredients required but again I used my Aduna Super Cacao Powder to achieve a rich chocolatey flavoured frosting instead. All I did was mix together some vegan friendly spread (I used Pure Sunflower Spread) with icing sugar and my cacao powder until I got my desired texture and taste. I never follow a recipe for my frosting as I much prefer to just wing it and go with taste testing it whilst mixing the ingredients, but feel free to use a recipe if you prefer.

To decorate, I popped my frosting into a piping bag with a star tip and gave some fancy swirls a go. I'm no where near as skilled with a piping bag as I would like but I'd love to practice more now I have found the perfect vegan cake recipe. Then you can go crazy with toppings; I used some gold sugar confetti I got from Tesco and also some edible black glitter which complimented the chocolatey colour and made them look ridiculously cute and pretty.

Vegan chocolate cake

Aduna Cacao Powder

Tesco Confetti Sprinkles

I'm still very new to the vegan lifestyle but I can't tell you how amazing it feels to be able to make great tasting foods like this without any animal related ingredients involved. Better yet, did you know the Aduna Super Cacao Powder has a tonne of benefits? The full list you can read all about here but some of my favourite benefits include being a brilliant antioxidant, stress relieving and also a pretty good source of natural protein which vegetarians and vegans can sometimes struggle to get enough of.

What is even nicer is having family and friends pop round for a good ol' cup of English tea and being able to treat them to a yummy homemade cake and saying 'it's vegan you know!' and seeing their faces drop in disbelief. With a good cacao powder, you really can achieve a gorgeous chocolate treat that is bound to go down a storm and the feedback I got from these cupcakes has been amazing. Definitely the best I have ever made and a recipe I'll be returning to time and time again. I can't wait to see what other chocolate puddings I can make using this stuff!

Thanks for reading!

*The Super Cacao Powder was gifted to me by Aduna to have some fun with on my blog, all opinions remain my own*


  1. These seriously look so delicious!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  2. I need to try it! Your pumpkin is so sweet!

  3. These looks absolutely delicious!! I haven't ever tried vegan cakes but after seeing this I'll definitely be giving it a go. Oh, and your icing is spot on girl!!

    Kerrabella |

  4. Awesome post girl - keep it up



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