Cocoa Nib Chocolate Vegan Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting

21 Apr

Let me guess. When you think of vegan cupcakes, you think of cardboard? That’s what I used to think too. But atlas I am here to prove you wrong.  These cupcakes have tons of chocolaty flavor plus when they are topped with the vegan cream cheese frosting it takes the whole thing over the edge. Have a great weekend!

Serves 7

Adapted from here and here


  • 1 cup coconut almond milk or soy milk
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon chocolate extract or more vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder, Dutch-processed or regular
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup cocoa nibs

For The Frosting

  • 4 cup Mori-Nu silken-firm tofu (regular or lite) (60g) (See nutritional info link below, for substitution notes.)
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons Tofutti Cream Cheese (regular cream cheese or non-hydrogenated are both fine) (90g)
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  •  powdered stevia


Preheat oven to 350°F and line a muffin pan with paper or foil liners.

Whisk together the almond coconut milk and vinegar in a large bowl, and set aside for 5 minutes to curdle. Add the sugar, oil, chocolate  extract, and vanilla extract, to the soy milk mixture and beat until foamy. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add in two batches to wet ingredients and beat until no large lumps remain (a few tiny lumps are OK). Fold in the cocoa nibs. Pour into liners, filling 3/4 of the way. Bake 18 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Transfer to a cooling rack and let cool completely.

For The Frosting 

Blend everything together in a food processor or magic bullet. It is best to top the cupcakes before serving since the ingredients are perishable.


4 Responses to “Cocoa Nib Chocolate Vegan Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting”

  1. frugalfeeding April 22, 2012 at 12:49 am #

    Those are very pretty and I love them. Haha! 😀

    • nicole April 22, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

      haha it’s easy to fall in love with a cupcake.

  2. Mikaela Cowles April 22, 2012 at 8:20 am #

    That’s exactly what I think! I can’t wait to try these.

    • nicole April 22, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

      I hope you enjoy them!

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