Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes

A while ago I shared my recipe for vegan vanilla cupcakes. This was my first attempt at vegan cake baking and whilst they were nice, I’ve experimented a lot since then and realised they could be made even better. Rather than leaving you with a recipe I thought could be improved upon, I’ve replaced it with this even fluffier, even lighter and even more delicious version (which is just as easy to make).

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Carrot Cake Cupcakes

I promised last week when I shared my recipe for Cream Cheese Buttercream that I would come back with my recipe for carrot cake cupcakes, so here it is!

I’ve made cupcakes as recipe testing is so much simpler using mini cakes than full-sized ones. It means I can make lots of small batches with little tweaks without ending up with far too much cake to eat. I made at least ten different versions of these cupcakes before setting on this as the perfect recipe. 

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Easy Lemon Drizzle Cupcakes

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I’ve had a few messages from people recently asking whether my vanilla cupcakes can be turned into lemon cakes, so I decided to get experimenting.

Rather than creating a simple lemon sponge I’d thought I’d go one step further and turn them into lemon drizzle cakes. The addition of the drizzle makes the cakes beautifully moist and jam-packed full of flavour from the lemon juice in the drizzle…

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Sticky Gingerbread Cupcakes

These delicious sticky gingerbread cupcakes are made with ground ginger, chopped stem ginger and brushed with ginger syrup so they're packed full of flavour and perfectly moist. The ideal treat for any gingerbread lovers.

When I was little I remember we almost always had a roast dinner for Sunday lunch and then a little buffet of sandwiches and cake for tea in the evening. One of my favourite cakes at teatime was Jamaican Ginger Cake. I decided it was about time I made my own version of this delicious cake to share with you.

These sticky gingerbread cupcakes get their gingeriness three ways to make sure they’re packed full of flavour…

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Coconut Cupcakes

Coconut cupcakes iced with coconut buttercream on a cooling rack.

Before Christmas I asked everyone on my Facebook page what recipes they’d like to see on here that I haven’t already made and one suggestion that came up was coconut cupcakes. Specifically ones that are really packed with coconut flavour.

I’ve been playing with the recipe for a while and I’m happy to say that I’ve come up with a recipe that I’m really happy with and, as requested, really tastes like coconut…

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Chocolate Orange Cupcakes with Chocolate Orange Buttercream

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A couple of weeks ago I decided to experiment with some new buttercream flavours. I thought it would be fun to create some along a Christmas theme and as it turned out I found not one, not two, but five new flavours. So this week is now officially Festive Buttercream Week 🙂 A week of different flavours, perfect for adding a festive twist to your cakes.

My first new flavour is chocolate orange. The reason these are first is that my parents were visiting last week when I was testing the recipe and my mum enjoyed it so much she’s been nagging me to share it so she can make some more…

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Snickers Cupcakes

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The idea for this recipe came to me recently when I created my peanut buttercream. It really reminded me of a Snickers bar, so I decided to bring together the other Snickers flavours, chocolate and caramel, and turn them into one delicious cupcake…

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SPLENDA Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

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Sponsored by SPLENDA.

Last week I was invited by SPLENDA to try out one of their low sugar recipes and tell you all what I thought about it. I was immediately drawn to their cherry clafoutis as it’s something I’d always wanted to try, but as I’ve never actually had one before I didn’t have a frame of reference to compare it to. Instead I opted to whip up a batch of cupcakes. I consider myself a bit of a cupcake expert (well I make them a lot if that counts) so I can really drill down and see how this low sugar version compares to my usual creations…

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Dairy-Free Chocolate Cupcakes

Dairy-free chocolate cupcakes topped with dairy-free chocolate buttercream.

A few weeks ago I received a message from one of my readers saying how much she loved my birthday cake recipe and asking if I could recommend a dairy-free cake recipe for her to bake for her daughter’s upcoming birthday. I consider myself extremely lucky that no-one in my household has a food allergy or intolerance so it’s not something I have to manage on a day-to-day basis, but I know from friends how hard it can be for children who want to be able to enjoy the same foods as others but simply can’t. I therefore jumped at the idea of figuring out a dairy-free cake recipe she could make to help her daughter have a really special day…

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Coffee Cupcakes

Coffee cupcakes topped with coffee buttercream on a wooden board with cake forks at the side.

Of all the cupcake recipes I’ve shared on here (and there have been quite a few now!) this one has probably taken the longest to perfect. I had a very similar problem with this coffee sponge to the one I experienced with my chocolate cake, in that actually when you eat a lot of coffee cakes (and chocolate cakes), pretty much all the coffee flavour is coming from the buttercream and there’s very little coming through from the actual cake.

This was easily solved for the chocolate cake by simply mixing lots of grated chocolate into the cake batter which meant that you got a taste of chocolate in each bite, but you can’t use coffee in the same way so it needed lots more trial and error to get the flavour really coming though…

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