|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 7g||9%|
|Saturated Fat 1g||5%|
|Total Carbohydrate 33g||12%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||8%|
|Total Sugars 16g|
|Vitamin C 36mg||182%|
|*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.|
Vegan sweets are getting easier and easier to find, but sometimes the taste and texture are sacrificed when eggs and butter are taken out—especially from a cupcake recipe. But not with these little lemon cakey treats; the olive oil, soy milk, and lemon juice add moisture, so, if you were a cupcake connoisseur before going vegan, you won't be disappointed.
These cupcakes are delicious any time of year but are especially appropriate for a spring and summer dessert. They are infused with flavors of extra-virgin olive oil and lemon, making for a fresh-tasting baked good that will be both kid-friendly as well as a hit with adults who have had to cut out dairy to stave off issues with digestion.
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup soy or almond milk
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
Zest of 1 lemon, finely chopped
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake liners and set aside.
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
In another large mixing bowl, whisk together olive oil, soy milk (or almond milk, if using), sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest.
Add dry ingredients to wet, mixing until just combined.
Fill each cupcake liner about 3/4 full.
Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of cupcakes emerges clean about 18 to 20 minutes.
Allow cupcakes to cool completely before frosting with vegan lemon buttercream or whatever dairy-free frosting suits the occasion.
- These cupcakes can be kept up to 2 days at room temperature in a covered air-tight container. Thereafter they should be kept in the refrigerator for up to 7 days unless frozen, which will last up to 3 months.
- Making sure the lemons are in their prime is important—otherwise, your cupcakes will take on an overly sour flavor.
- When combining the ingredients, you should mix the dry together and then add the wet; and once you do, make sure you don't overmix the batter—doing so will result in a thick, dense cake.
- Filling the tins to the right level is important. If too little, the baked cake will sit below the wrapper, and if too high the batter will spill outside the liner and make a mess. About 2/3 to 3/4 full is ideal.
Other Vegan Cupcake Recipes
Whether for a bake sale, birthday party, or just to have on hand in the house, there is no shortage of delicious vegan cupcake recipes in a variety of flavors. From a basic chocolate cupcake to apple spice with buttercream frosting to red velvet with dairy-free cream cheese frosting, there are recipes to satisfy any taste or occasion.