Dairy-Free Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

Chocolate cupcakes
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  • 30 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 14 cupcakes (14 servings)
Ratings (18)

These are some of the easiest little cakes to make, which has made them a favorite among kids who want to help in the kitchen. While I also love these Rich Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes, the combination of maple syrup, coconut milk, and cocoa in these is absolutely divine, and I almost always have all of the ingredients in my pantry.

Just about any frosting is delicious on these cakes, but this Peanut Butter Frosting, in particular, is a favorite among kids and even a few adults in my family.

What You'll Need

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil (or olive oil)
  • 3 ounces dark dairy-free chocolate (melted)
  • 2 tablespoons dairy-free soy yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

How to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line about 14 cups in a muffin or cupcake pan with liners.
  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, coconut milk, canola oil, melted chocolate yogurt and vanilla. Add the maple syrup mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
  4. Portion the batter into the cupcake cups, filling each about 2/3 - 3/4 of the way full. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centers of the cupcakes emerges clean. Allow cupcakes to cool completely on a wire cooling rack before icing with desired dairy-free frosting.
    Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
    Calories 264
    Total Fat 15 g
    Saturated Fat 6 g
    Unsaturated Fat 7 g
    Cholesterol 1 mg
    Sodium 217 mg
    Carbohydrates 31 g
    Dietary Fiber 2 g
    Protein 2 g
    (The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)