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Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes

These vegan vanilla cupcakes are easy to make and taste delicious. No one would guess that they’re egg and dairy-free.
5 from 5 votes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 14 cupcakes


  • 270 g self-raising flour
  • 180 g vegan margarine - I use Pure Sunflower
  • 180 g caster sugar
  • 135 ml almond milk - or other plant-based milk
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • ¾ tsp white wine or cider vinegar
  • ¾ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract


  • 14 cupcake or muffin cases


  • Pre-heat your oven to 180°C/160°C fan.
  • Line a muffin tin (or two) with 14 cupcake/muffin cases.
  • Beat together the vegan margarine (180g), caster sugar (180g) and vanilla extract (1 tbsp) until combined and soft (the aim here is to ensure the margarine is soft so it's easy to mix in the other ingredients).
  • Finely grind the chia seeds (2 tbsp). I find this easiest in a spice grinder, but you can also do this in a pestle and mortar.
  • In a different bowl sift together the self-raising flour (270g), bicarbonate of soda (¾ tsp) and ground chia seeds.
  • Add the dry ingredients, the almond milk (135ml) and the vinegar (¾ tsp) to the margarine and sugar mixture and beat them together until combined.
  • As soon as the cake batter is ready, divide it between the 14 cupcake cases. Place into the oven and bake for 20-22 minutes until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  • Once baked, remove the cakes from the oven. Leave the cakes to cool in the tin for about 10 minutes and then move them to a wire rack to cool completely.


See the notes just above the recipe for a list of equipment needed to make these cupcakes.
These cupcakes are topped with my VEGAN VANILLA BUTTERCREAM.


Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 27.1g | Protein: 2.3g | Fat: 8.4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 162.4mg | Fiber: 1.1g | Sugar: 13.3g

Any nutritional information provided is the estimated nutritional information per serving. Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you would like to learn more about how this is calculated.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan
Keyword: Dairy-Free, Egg-Free
Author: Charlotte Oates