EASY VEGAN STRAWBERRY CUPCAKES

Easy Vegan Strawberry Cupcakes topped with strawberry buttercream frosting. They are moist, fluffy, soft, and flavorful. This small-batch makes 6 cupcakes. Dye-free, dairy-free, egg-free.

Strawberry Cupcakes On A Plate

THESE STRAWBERRY CUPCAKES ARE

  • vegan
  • dairy-free
  • egg-free
  • dye-free
  • moist
  • soft
  • fluffy
  • flavorful
  • packed with natural strawberry flavor
  • made with fresh strawberries and strawberry jam
  • topped with strawberry frosting colored with freeze-dried strawberries
  • easy to make
  • so delicious
  • perfect strawberry dessert

Close Up Of Vegan Cupcakes With Naturally Colored Buttercream Frosting

WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE VEGAN STRAWBERRY CUPCAKES

You need the following ingredients to make these Strawberry Cupcakes (the exact measurements are in the recipe card below):

  • Unsweetened almond milk – Use any plant-based milk of your choice, such as oat, soy, or cashew milk. Make sure it has room temperature.
  • Apple cider vinegar – In combination with almond milk, it creates vegan buttermilk, which improves the texture of cupcakes. You can substitute for lemon juice.
  • White granulated sugar – keeps the cupcakes light in color.
  • Sunflower oil – or use any oil neutral in flavor such as canola oil.
  • Strawberry jam – mixed in the batter for extra flavor, plus it makes the cupcakes moist.
  • All-purpose flour – Sift the flour to avoid lumps in the batter.
  • Cornstarch – makes the cupcakes softer.
  • Baking powder and baking soda – Leavening agents that help to raise the batter.
  • Sea salt – balances the sweetness.
  • Fresh strawberries – Finely chop strawberries so that they don’t sink to the bottom of the cupcakes. After frosting the cupcakes, use halved strawberries for decoration (optional).
  • Vegan butter – Use vegan butter, which has around 75-80% of fat. Make sure to let the butter soften at room temperature before making the frosting.
  • Powdered sugar – Sift the sugar to avoid lumps.
  • Freeze-dried strawberries – To color the buttercream frosting. First, make a strawberry powder by pulsing freeze-dried strawberries in a bender. Use less of the powder to make the frosting lighter.

Ingredients For Strawberry Cupcakes

Equipment you need:

  • Cupcake (muffin) pan
  • 6 cupcake liners
  • 3 mixing bowls (medium-size)
  • Whisk
  • Strainer/sifter
  • Silicon spatula
  • Cooling rack
  • High-speed blender – to make strawberry powder
  • Hand mixer (or stand mixer) – to make the frosting
  • Piping bag and piping star tip

Ingredients For The Buttercream Frosting

HOW TO MAKE EASY VEGAN STRAWBERRY CUPCAKES

You will find the instructions and ingredients list in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

1. Step: Preheat the oven and prepare the pan

Preheat the oven to 180°C and line the muffin pan with 6 cupcake liners. Set aside.

2. Step: Make vegan buttermilk

To unsweetened almond milk, add apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice). Mix and set aside.

3. Step: Mix dry ingredients

To a medium-size bowl, add all-purpose flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and a pinch of sea salt. Mix with a whisk and set aside.

4. Step: Mix wet ingredients

In a mixing bowl, using a whisk, mix granulated sugar with sunflower oil and strawberry jam. Add vegan buttermilk and mix until well combined.

Combining Wet And Dry Ingredients

5. Step: Combine wet and dry ingredients

To the wet ingredients, sift dry ingredients. Mix until just combined. Be careful not to overmix the batter (or the cupcakes will get too dense). Next, finely chop fresh strawberries and mix them into the batter.

Cupcakes In Muffin Pan Before Baking

6. Step: Bake the strawberry cupcakes and let them cool completely

Divide the batter evenly into 6 cupcake liners. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. If it looks wet, bake for about 5 minutes longer.

Transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely before frosting. If the cupcakes are still warm, the frosting will melt.

Cupcakes In Muffin Pan After Baking

7. Step: Make strawberry powder

To the high-speed blender, add freeze-dried strawberries and pulse until a fine powder.

Freeze-Dried Strawberry Powder In A Blender

8. Step: Make strawberry buttercream frosting

Add soft butter to a mixing bowl and beat with a hand mixer (or stand mixer) until smooth. Sift half of the powdered sugar and mix until combined. While mixing, add one tablespoon at a time of almond milk. Sift the rest of the powdered sugar, and mix until soft, light, and super fluffy. Next, add freeze-dried strawberry powder and mix until well combined (add less of the powder for lighter color). The mixing can take up to 3-4 minutes.

Recipe Steps For Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

9. Step: Frost the cupcakes

Pipe the buttercream frosting over each cupcake. Decorate with fresh strawberries.

Serve immediately or store in the fridge in an airtight container.

Frosted Cupcakes On Cooling Rack

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

CAN I MAKE THE STRAWBERRY CUPCAKES THE DAY BEFORE FROSTING?

Yes, you can make the cupcake sponge the day before, store them in an airtight container in a cool place and frost them the next day.

HOW TO STORE STRAWBERRY CUPCAKES?

Store the cupcakes in an airtight container in the fridge.

HOW LONG DO STRAWBERRY CUPCAKES LAST?

Strawberry cupcakes will last for about 4 days in the airtight container in the fridge.

CAN YOU FREEZE STRAWBERRY CUPCAKES?

You can freeze unfrosted cupcakes for up to 3 months. Store them in an airtight container. To defrost them, let them thaw at room temperature.

Close Up Of Strawberry Cupcake

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Close Up Of Vegan Cupcakes With Naturally Colored Buttercream Frosting

EASY VEGAN STRAWBERRY CUPCAKES

Plantiful Bakery
Easy Vegan Strawberry Cupcakes topped with strawberry buttercream frosting. They are moist, fluffy, soft, and flavorful. This small-batch makes 6 cupcakes. Dye-free, dairy-free, egg-free.
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Czech
Servings: 6 cupcakes
Calories Per Serving: 436 kcal

Ingredients
  

Cupcakes:

  • 1/3 cup (80ml) unsweetened almond milk, room temperature (or any plant-based milk)
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice)
  • 1/3 cup (67g) white granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup (60ml) sunflower oil (or canola oil)
  • 3 tbsp (52g) strawberry jam
  • ¾ cup (96g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • pinch sea salt
  • 3-4 large strawberries, fresh (65g) + extra for decoration

Frosting:

  • ½ cup (113g) vegan butter, softened*
  • 1 cup (120g) powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk, room temperature (or any plant-based milk)
  • 1 cup (20g) freeze-dried strawberries

Instructions

Cupcakes:

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C and line the muffin pan with 6 cupcake liners. Set aside.
  • To unsweetened almond milk, add apple cider vinegar. Mix and set aside.
  • To a medium-size bowl, add all-purpose flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and a pinch of sea salt. Mix with a whisk and set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, using a whisk, mix granulated sugar with sunflower oil and strawberry jam. Add vegan buttermilk and mix until well combined.
  • To the wet ingredients, sift dry ingredients. Mix until just combined. Be careful not to overmix the batter. Next, finely chop fresh strawberries and mix them into the batter.
  • Divide the batter evenly into 6 cupcake liners. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. If it looks wet, bake for about 5 minutes longer. Transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely before frosting.

Strawberry Frosting:

  • To make strawberry powder, add freeze-dried strawberries to the high-speed blender add and pulse until a fine powder.
  • Add soft butter to a mixing bowl and beat with a hand mixer (or stand mixer) until smooth. Sift half of the powdered sugar and mix until combined. While mixing, add one tablespoon at a time of almond milk. Sift the rest of the powdered sugar, and mix until soft, light, and super fluffy. Next, add freeze-dried strawberry powder and mix until well combined (add less of the powder for lighter color). The mixing can take up to 3-4 minutes
  • Pipe the buttercream frosting over each cupcake. Decorate with fresh strawberries.
  • Serve immediately or store in the fridge in an airtight container.

Notes

* Vegan Butter: Use vegan butter that has around 75-80% of fat. Make sure to let the butter soften at room temperature before making the frosting.

Storage:

Store the cupcakes in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can also freeze unfrosted cupcakes for up to 3 months.
Please read my blog post above for tips and helpful information.
Keyword all-purpose flour, almond milk, apple cider vinegar, cornstarch, freeze-dried strawberries, oven, powdered sugar, strawberries, strawberry jam, sunflower oil, vegan butter, white cane sugar

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1 cupcake / Calories: 436kcal / Total Fat: 24,7g / Saturated Fat: 8,5g / Cholesterol: 0mg / Total Carbohydrate: 53,0g / Fiber: 1,4g / Sugar: 37,8g / Protein: 2,1g / Sodium: 264mg / Iron: 0,9mg

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