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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Ellie@fitforthesoul March 9, 2011

Omgsh omgsh!! That loooks soooooooooo good and pretttyyyy!!!! Hey, i think the poopy one looks just fine! So cute. And heck, i’d eat it too :) But they all look gorgeous. I’ve been itching to make cupcakes too lately, I haven’t baked too much and that’s a big no-no.


Angela (the diet book junkie) March 9, 2011

girl, anything with chocolate is all good. i would’ve been all over that. ;)


CathyK March 9, 2011

thank you for your photos of the cupcake turds, angela. sorry, but yes, that is exactly what they look like – and you have started my day with a hearty laugh. thanks very much!!
i just *graduated* from taking the decorating basics course thru michael’s last week, so wilton tip #s, couplers, etc are still front and centre in my mind. i agree: cupcakes are awesome to bake, ice, decorate – more fun than a cake!
have a great lunch with your friend…will the cupcakes last until dessert time?!!


Lauren at Keep It Sweet March 9, 2011

Even if they look like poo, your photos are still amazing! That raspberry glaze is a great idea and adds gorgeous color.


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is March 9, 2011

SO pretty!


Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn March 9, 2011

Anything almond-flavored is my FAVORITE! I eat marzipan like it is my J-O-B. The almond-rasperry-chocolate combo cannot be beat:)


Gen March 9, 2011

Those cupcakes look amazing and I’m not even a cake lover!!!!! Can’t beat chocolate though! =D


Blog is the New Black March 9, 2011

Gorgeous photos- even the turds!


Erika @ FoodFitnessFun March 9, 2011

Those are the prettiest looking turds I’ve ever seen! ;-)


Colleen @ The Lunchbox Diaries March 9, 2011

What beautiful “turds” ;) Your cupcake photos are amazing!!


jillian m. {coffee, light and sweet} March 9, 2011

oh, these cupcakes look perfect! and despite those other ones looking like turds, i’d still eat them in a heartbeat! nothing (i mean, NOTHING) can turn me off from chocolate.

a dedicated (read: obsessed) chocolate lover


Lindsay @ The Reluctant Runner March 9, 2011

Wow, those look incredible! The frosting does look like fluffy clouds! And with the raspberry glaze and raspberries on top…I’m definitely making these to bring somewhere so that people are impressed with me :)


Heather (Heather's Dish) March 9, 2011

bahahahaha the chocolate turd cupcake just made my morning! hilarious :) and i love the tip about putting the piping bag in a glass first…genius!


Heather @ Side of Sneakers March 9, 2011

I think you’ve outdone yourself! I can’t wait to try that almond buttercream!


vanessa March 9, 2011

BWAHAHAHA – You should send this into cakewrecks!! Please tell me you know it


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 9, 2011

LOL I love that website!!!!!!!! I’ll try and submit them


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 9, 2011

I just submitted the pic and my caption was

‘Everyone Poops….even vegans!’

I die.


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 9, 2011

These are so pretty! You even manage to make turd-like icing look cute haha! Happy Birthday to your friend – I hope you ladies have a lovely time together!


Nicole March 9, 2011

Can the cupcakes be made with out apple cider vinegar?
They look amazingly delicious!

I would have eaten the poo ones too!


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 9, 2011

I’m not sure as I have never made this recipe without it before. I think it is supposed to be the egg replacer (when it interacts with baking soda?)


Silvia @ skinny jeans food March 9, 2011

I think it is necessary as a rising agent. But you won’t taste it.


Chicago Sherry March 9, 2011

Regular vinegar should work is you do not have apple cider vinegar. There is a King Arthur chocolate cake/cupcake recipe that is vegan which uses regular vinegar.


Faith @ lovelyascharged March 9, 2011

Cupcakes are my go-to vegan recipe, and I bet the raspberries would make an incredible touch! Fruit and chocolate is about as good as it gets!


Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) March 9, 2011

AHAHAAHH if thats poo poo then poo poo sure looks tasty! i am A SUCKER for frosting- anything creamy and sweet- hand it over!


Kristin (Cook, Bake, Nibble) March 9, 2011

These look incredible! So beautiful. I’d love to get these for my birthday :D



Laura March 9, 2011

It is almost shameful how much am I laughing at the turd cupcake snafu. I’m such an 11 year old sometimes.
Anyway, these cupcakes are goregous! They look delicious!


Laura @ Starting Out Fit March 9, 2011

Oh my… those look like heaven!!


Light Delight with TouTou March 9, 2011

This is soooo pretty! I love it!


Amyella March 9, 2011

These look soooo good!! Can’t wait to try them!

Being Italian I do have to point out one thing: extra virgin olive oil is the least light tasting oil (it has the deepest olive, fruity flavor). Extra LIGHT olive oil is the lightest tasting :)

Either way, delicious!


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 9, 2011

The EVOO I have is called ‘delicate’ would that be the same thing as extra light?


Silvia @ skinny jeans food March 9, 2011

Another photographic masterpiece, where I just want to bite into my computer screen! Must make these! Do you think the oil can be replaced with apple sauce?


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 9, 2011

Ive tried cupcakes with no oil and only applesauce…I found they were always ‘spongy’ in texture. I prefer oil, but you can do whatever you please!


Jenny March 9, 2011

These look yummy! I love the idea of the rasberry glaze…too simple to pass up!:)


Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete March 9, 2011

These look delicious Angela! And I laughed at the chocolate frosting — some people can make that look good, but I sure can’t!


Kath March 9, 2011

This may be my favorite post of yours EVER!!!!!!!! Gorgeous photography and gorgeous ‘cakes!


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 9, 2011

WOW! Thanks :) heh


brandi March 9, 2011

that’s too funny :) I’d still eat the chocolate ones!!

But I do love raspberry + chocolate together.


Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} March 9, 2011

I think even the turd cupcakes are pretty. Your friend is one lucky girl!


Jillian @ Reshape Your Life March 9, 2011

I wish I had a friend like you! My birthday is on Thursday and no one would bake me vegan cupcakes… Maybe I should make some for myself. Those look DELICIOUS!


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 9, 2011

Yes you should! Happy Birthday :)


jenna March 9, 2011

oh my gosh……………these looks stunning!!!! I’m dying for a cupcake now!!


Andrea B. @ Vegvacious March 9, 2011

Wow Angela – those look beautiful!! I love that they are so easy—I have all the ingredients in my pantry. Thanks for the early morning giggle (re: turd comments) – they didn’t look gorgeous but I’m sure they tasted awesome. The frosting looks amazing too – I think I’m going to have to put some icing tools on my “to buy” list.


Claire @ Un Bello Aperitivo March 9, 2011

Beautiful! Thank you for the chocolate cake recipe; I was looking for a reliable vegan cake recipe and this fits the bill! Will it work with regular cocoa too?


Becca March 9, 2011

I’m definitely going to try making these! Do you think these would still come out okay with a gluten-free all-purpose flour?


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 9, 2011

I’m not sure…vegan cupcake recipes can be a bit finicky!


Red Deception March 9, 2011

YUM! I have been looking for an alternative to a traditional cake recipe for my birthday. Thanks!

Do you think it is possible to use oat flour instead of regular flour? It’s been effective in making fluffy muffins, but I am not sure about cupcakes.


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 9, 2011

I find that vegan cupcakes can produce very mixed results when subbing different flours..I really don’t know if it would work!


Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner March 9, 2011

YUM!! I want to eat one of those cupcakes right now!!!! Definitely adding this to my list of “things to bake”. Thanks for sharing!!


Nikki T March 9, 2011

Your cupcakes and photography are absolutely amazing!


Jane March 9, 2011

Wow, those are pretty! To be honest, the chocolate frosting didn’t strike me as turds until you pointed it out.


Justeen @ Blissful Baking March 9, 2011

Those cupcakes look awesome!! The chocolate turd ones are just hilarious!! :)


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