Vegan Apple Spice Cupcakes With Buttercream Frosting Recipe


Eric Isaac

Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 55 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Yield: 12 cupcakes
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
314 Calories
13g Fat
48g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 314
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 259mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 18%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 33g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 3mg 16%
Calcium 35mg 3%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 99mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Freshly caramelized apples, cinnamon, vanilla, and lemon come together to make these vegan cupcakes flavored with all things fall. Use a piping bag to pipe generous peaks of vegan buttercream on top, and add a dash of cinnamon and a few caramelized apples as garnishes to your seasonal sweets.

Note: This recipe is suitable for dairy-free, egg-free, and vegan diets, but as with any recipe intended for persons with allergies or dietary restrictions, make sure to read all nutritional labels carefully to make sure that there are no hidden dairy-derived ingredients (or other allergens if these apply to you).


  • 2 large apples, any firm variety like Granny Smith, Braeburn, etc.

  • 2 tablespoons soy margarine

  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 1 cup almond milk, coconut milk, or another dairy-free milk alternative

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1/3 cup canola oil, or nut-based oil such as macadamia oil

  • 3/4 cup sugar

  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

  • Vegan buttercream frosting, to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a standard 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake liners, and set aside. Core and dice the apples–peels can be left on or off, your choice–and set aside.

  2. Heat the dairy-free soy margarine and brown sugar in a heavy skillet over medium heat, cooking and stirring constantly until the mixture just starts to bubble. Add the diced apple to the pan and stir well to coat the pieces. Stirring often, cook until the apples are golden and lightly caramelized, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the pan from heat and let the apples cool slightly while preparing the rest of the batter. 

  3. In a large mixing bowl, sift together the all-purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, sea salt, and ground cinnamon until well combined. Set aside.

  4. In another small bowl, whisk together the almond milk or coconut milk, the lemon juice, canola oil, white sugar, and vanilla extract. Whisk just long enough to slightly dissolve the sugar. 

  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, mixing just to combined. Fold in the caramelized apple pieces, leaving a few pieces out to garnish your finished cupcakes with after baking. 

  6. Using a portion scoop, portion the batter into the prepared cupcake liners, filling each 3/4 of the way full. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the tops of the cupcakes spring back slightly when touched. Allow cupcakes to cool in the pan for 15 to 20 minutes, then remove and allow them to cool completely on a wire cooling rack. Frost with Vegan Butter Cream Frosting or another dairy-free frosting of your choice.