Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with Almond ‘Buttercream’ and Raspberry Glaze



It’s my party and I’ll cry eat delicious cupcakes if I want to!

Ok, it’s not technically my party, but it is my girlfriend’s birthday tomorrow and we’re have a girl’s get together for lunch. I was ever so politely asked (note: begged) to bring a dessert along and I have had cupcakes on my mind ever since!

It feels like forever since I have made cupcakes (which probably means 2 weeks in my world) and I knew I had to do something to remedy this situation.

Liz loves cupcakes. I love cupcakes. Other people love cupcakes. It’s a win-win-win. Beat that Team Sheen.

Cupcakes, to me, are a triple threat. They are one of my favourite desserts to bake (easy), decorate (fun + easy), and photograph. You really can’t screw up a photograph with a cupcake in it!

It’s impossible.

On second thought…sometimes cupcake photos can turn out like poo-poo


I present the ever-horrifying chocolate turd cupcake.

In all my excitement, I didn’t realize that I had piped perfectly formed turds on my beloved cupcakes until after I uploaded the photos.

It was not a proud moment.

Eric and I could not stop giggling at them. Seriously. It was bad.

Shits ‘n giggles?


Luckily, I redeemed myself with these delicious Chocolate cupcakes topped with fluffy sweet clouds of frosting and a fruity raspberry glaze. They are a fun cupcake to bring to any Spring or Summer gathering because they are just so light and fluffy with a hint of fruit on top. Gathering or not, you should make them just because you are special. That should be reason enough!


I love cupcakes because the batter can be thrown together in just a few minutes. This recipe doesn’t get any easier too. It is literally- 1) Mix wet, 2) Sift in dry, 3) Mix. 4) Scoop.



Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

Yield: 12 cupcakes

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Adapted from the famous eggless chocolate cake recipe. <—awesome!!

Cupcake Ingredients:

  • 1 cup non-dairy milk (I used Vanilla Almond milk)
  • 1 cup sugar (I used natural cane sugar)
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil (or other oil)
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp pure almond extract (optional, but awesome)
  • 1.5 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder, sifted (I used Dutch-process)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt, to taste



1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners. With an electric mixer, beat together the following ingredients in a large bowl (non-dairy milk, oil, sugar, apple cider vinegar, vanilla, almond extract). Beat on medium speed for a minute or two.

2. Now sift in the dry ingredients (flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt). Mix well, until the clumps are gone.

3. Spoon the batter into prepared cupcake pan, about two thirds full for each. Bake for about 22 minutes at 350F, or until the cupcake slowly springs back when pressed with a finger. Allow to completely cool before frosting.



My Aunt got me hooked on this famous eggless chocolate cake recipe years and years ago! I adapted it only slightly. It always seems to turn out no matter how I make it!


These cupcakes are chocolaty, fluffy, and flavourful with a hint of almond and vanilla.


While the cupcakes are cooling, make the frosting. Red heart


I thought I would show you how I like to pipe my cupcakes!

My favourite decorating tip in the entire world is the very large Wilton 1A tip, as shown below. It eats small tips for breakfast. And you don’t need a coupler either!


1) To use, simply insert the tip into a pastry bag. Snip off the end of the bag so the tip fits through (as shown above).

2) Now place the pastry bag into a tall glass to hold it up and fold down the sides around the glass (image left).

3) Fill the bag with frosting and carefully twist the end of the bag tightly (image right). Secure the end with a rubber band, if desired.


Now you are ready to pipe delicious, fluffy mounds of frosting! Don’t be scared, it is easy! You can always do a couple practice trials too and don’t worry they don’t have to look perfect.

To pipe, start near the centre of the cupcake, squeezing the frosting out evenly working your way up the cupcake in circles. I like to make 3 tiers for an extravagant effect.

This is a great how-to video!

Fluffy clouds of heaven.

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You can stop right there or you can top them with a glaze if you are feeling frisky like I was.

I saved a bit of the frosting (~1/2 cup) and I made a raspberry glaze. I mashed about 5-6 fresh raspberries with a fork and mixed it with the frosting. The raspberries release a bit of water and the frosting thins out into a lovely glaze that you can drip over the cupcakes. It added a lovely hint of raspberry to the cupcakes that paired well with the chocolate and almond flavours!


Of course, I was ‘forced’ to taste-test before giving them to Liz.

I slowly unwrapped the corners of the liner, revealing a chocolaty cupcake…


I slid the fork through each layer of fluffy frosting…


And I devoured every last crumb!


After devouring this cupcake in a blissed out trance, I deemed they were birthday quality, which is sort of a shame because I wanted to keep all of them. I am comforted knowing that tomorrow I will be able to enjoy another at lunch. ;)

Sweet Dreams.Birthday cake

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Ari @ ThE DiVa DiSh March 8, 2011

Oh my gosh I just died and went to heaven! Oh my lanta! :) LOOKS amazing! funny about the chocolate frosting ones. Its hard because they always turn out looking like turds haha! :)


Lisa March 8, 2011

YUM, YUM, and YUM!!! It is 11:30 PM on a school night… I should be in bed, not drooling over your delicious cupcake pictures! The fact that I can’t go downstairs and make these ASAP is pure torture. Well I suppose I COULD but then I’d be forced to pull an all-nighter thanks to all the sugary goodness I’d consume. *deep contemplation occurring* alllllright, i’ll wait till tomorrow. Thanks for the post Angela! You’re incredible and every recipe never ceases to amaze me and never fails to make me hungry!


Gina March 8, 2011

Hahahaha, dying at the chocolate cupcakes. I was so excited with the cupcakes that I totally didn’t see the turd part at first. At least it’s a sugar-coated turd :)
But those last ones are the most beautiful cupcakes ever!


kate@ahealthypassion March 8, 2011

omg these look to die for, I cant believe how amazing and fluffy that frosting looks.. and your photography is absolutely beautiful.


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 8, 2011

Thank you- the cupcakes did all the work! ;)


Allison @ Food For Healing March 8, 2011

i’m more of a muffin and cookie person, but those cupcakes look scrumptious!


Hannah March 8, 2011

Sometimes desserts that look scatalogical are better than those that don’t, because the taste is so surprisingly better than you were expecting. I bet your girlfriend will love these!


bitt of raw March 8, 2011

So pretty! I’d even eat a turd one. :-)


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 8, 2011

hell yea!


Jil @ Big City, Lil' Kitchen March 8, 2011

Sweet Lord – these look incrediiiiiiiiible. and I may have laughed out loud at “piped perfectly formed turds” :)


Melissa @ Be Not Simply Good March 8, 2011

Mmm, those look SOOO good with the berries. Very pretty, too.


Moni'sMeals March 8, 2011

oh please please please send me one now, had such a long day!


Kayla @ Fitter Than Choc March 8, 2011

I couldn’t help but giggle too when I saw the cupcakes with the chocolate frosting. The ones with the Almond ‘Buttercream’ frosting looks amazing though. I am always amazed by how you can make vegan treats without using egg or dairy. While I’m not vegan, I’m on a gluten-free, egg-free, dairy free diet. Your blog has taught me a lot about making desserts without using eggs or dairy:) Thanks Angela!


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 8, 2011

That is great to hear :)


Sam January 9, 2014

Do you think it would be good for my birthday or do you think I should do one of your other cakes? I’m really not sure…


Sam January 9, 2014

i should make this for my birthday!!!! They look amazing!!!


Alexia @ Dimple Snatcher March 8, 2011

Just as I’m craving sugahhhh!!


Sara @ Baking and Wine March 8, 2011

Oh my Lord! Those look too good for words.


hippierunner March 8, 2011

Everything looks amazing! YUM! The raspberry glaze is so pretty!


Kathleen March 8, 2011

Those are some of the prettiest cupcakes I have seen in a long time. Those clouds of frosting look divine and are definitely calling my name! ;)
Have fun at your party tomorrow (I’m betting you’re going to be super popular for bringing those beauties along! :))


Mama Pea March 8, 2011

My birthday is May 2nd. I’d even take your turds.


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 8, 2011

Fellow Taurus! We need to make a party date, me thinks :)


Kelsey @ CleanTeenKelsey March 8, 2011

Holy amazingness! I wish I could stuff them in my face right now. :P Another recipe I want to try is the one that Chef Chloe used to win Cupcake Wars. It must be good! It’s super close to yours; the only difference is the amount of oil, vanilla and apple cider vinegar!


Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit March 8, 2011

My gosh, these look so fantastic! I want to jump through my laptop and take a bite. You are a great, great friend. Liz will most certainly be happy with her gift!


Casey @ Insatiably Healthy March 8, 2011

So pretty! These look very “valentine” appropriate.
Love the addition of the almond extract for the frosting.
I’m definitely borrowing that frosting recipe soon


Nicole @ Of Cookies and Carrots March 8, 2011

Um, you are incredible. Those are absolutely stunning! I’m awfula t piping frosting… and while those may look vaguely turd-like they also lookd elicious, so I’d happily eat them anyways ;)

(what does that say about me? hmm…)



Charlie March 8, 2011

These look so good! The almond extract must give such a great taste to the cupcakes!!!


Michelle | gold-hearted girl March 8, 2011

I want dessert, and I want THESE!


Sarah March 9, 2011

Wow! Those cupcakes are adorably perfect. I love how these look (even the turdys are purdy). My favorite, though, is step #4 of the cupcake making. That is the best.
Thanks for the recipe and the burst of giggles I just had on my couch :)


Camille March 9, 2011

These look incredible! They actually look like a dessert for Valentine’s Day :)


Jolene ( March 9, 2011

Hehehehehehehe, poop jokes :-)


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 9, 2011

“I believe these are the best vegan cupcakes I have made to date! “–

THAT IS HIGH PRAISE! Ok, these are on the to-make list!

The buttercream/almondmilk frosting, oh my.

The raspberry glaze!! wow!

And the fact that you said you piped perfect turds on your own cupcakes..I was eating salad when I read that and just spewed my salad b/c I started laughing so hard :)

Thank you for the beautiful recipe. And the humor :)


Katie March 9, 2011

Even if I never make these, my life is more complete for having read this post. And drooled at these photos.

I use the ziplock 1A, myself. Stilton be damned. ;)


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 9, 2011

haha that works too!!


Melanie @ Trial By Trail March 9, 2011

Wow Angela, these look AMAZING! I’m going to have to make these at some point! So pretty too.


Audrey March 9, 2011

Oh my stars, these are so PERFECT! I want one (or more, hehe!) now.


Ashley March 9, 2011

These are some of the most gorgeous cupcakes ever! I can’t believe how perfect the chocolate cupcakes look. They rose perfectly!! I’ve never had that happen with vegan cupcakes. The glaze looks shimmery…sooo pretty!!! Love the poop cakes…I’m sure they tasted delish!


DessertForTwo March 9, 2011

Oh yum! I saw your tweet about vegan cupcakes and I thought I was going to have to wait a long time to see the results! I’ve never seen vegan cupcakes rise so high! Gorgeous!


DessertForTwo March 9, 2011

Oh yum! I saw your tweet about vegan cupcakes and I thought I was going to have to wait a long time to see the results! I’ve never seen vegan cupcakes rise so high! Gorgeous!


Michelle March 9, 2011

Hahahahahaha, I wouldn’t have even went to poop when I saw those brown frosted cakes, but now I can’t help it.

This cake recipe is totally getting bookmarked. They look gorgeous!


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 9, 2011

once you see it, you can’t stop…hehe


Stacie March 9, 2011

Wow! Awesome! Sweetness! Thanks for the frosting tips too (no pun intended…well maybe)


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table March 9, 2011

Vegan turd-cakes. I think you’ve discovered a new niche! :)

Thank you for sharing the icing tips and video – I’m the world’s worst.


Emma (Namaste Everyday) March 9, 2011

YUM i’m dying for cupcakes. i am debating whether or not it is sensible to buy a cupcake pan for just 5 months here in New Zealand….I think, yes?


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 9, 2011

you could make a lot of cupcakes in 5 months… ;)


Silvia @ skinny jeans food March 9, 2011

If you buy a silicone one you can take it on all your travels ;-)


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 9, 2011

great idea!


Katheryn March 9, 2011

Holy yum! My daughter and I will definitely be making these this week. Thanks for the tutorial on how you frost them. I never thought of putting the bag in a glass. What a great idea!


Erika @ Health and Happiness in LA March 9, 2011

Chocolate turd cupcakes! Hahah! There has to be a good theme party those would be perfect for.


J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) March 9, 2011

You are an awesome friend! Those look so lovely!!!


Sportsgirl March 9, 2011

Looking like poo or not I would have still scoffed one!


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