Delicious moist vegan chocolate cupcakes with a vegan chocolate frosting that is actually good for you (aka healthy) and a Vegan Dessert Cookbook Giveaway!

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with healthy Chocolate Espresso Frosting + Vegan Dessert Cookbook Giveaway |


Since starting on this dessert blogging journey I have learnt a lot about dietary restrictions that I had no clue excited before. Sure, I knew that a vegan diet/lifestyle means avoiding all animal-related products. Consequently I thought most desserts must be taboo altogether.

Because how on earth could you bake without butter, eggs and milk?

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with healthy Chocolate Espresso Frosting + Vegan Dessert Cookbook Giveaway |

Turns out, you can! And it does not have to taste like cardboard. Claire Gosse wrote a dessert cookbook full of tasty treats that are all vegan. While recipe testing and having others (non-vegans as well) taste test the result she often was told “Are you sure that’s vegan?” (In the end this is what she ended up naming her cookbook )

The same holds true for these amazing chocolate cupcakes from Claire’s cookbook. Although I knew I hadn’t put any animal-product into the batter, I couldn’t tell that they tasted any different. They were deliciously moist, while being fluffy and super chocolate-y!

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with healthy Chocolate Espresso Frosting + Vegan Dessert Cookbook Giveaway |

But I didn’t want to rely on only my own opinion and also had my husband and family try these vegan chocolate cupcakes. Only…I didn’t tell them they were vegan – and sure enough, without knowing, none of them noticed any difference. They were inhaled just like any regular chocolate cake.

Now you might wonder, why would I make vegan cupcakes when no one in my family is vegan?

I don’t know about you but I love to make desserts for other people. And every once in a while I know there will be people with certain dietary restrictions at a gathering. I just love to be able to bring something that they can enjoy as well.

For example, a few years back my little sister had asked me for cupcakes to bring to school for her classmates. She knew that a couple of her classmates were lactose-intolerant. Having tried-and-tested vegan recipes on hand was perfect for this occasion.

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with healthy Chocolate Espresso Frosting + Vegan Dessert Cookbook Giveaway |

“Are You Sure That’s Vegan?” features 55 vegan clones of everyone’s favorite desserts. There are recipes for classic layer cakes, delectable cookies, pies, fudge and even cheesecake!

Now I have some great news for you. Claire was kind enough to provide one copy of “Are You Sure That’s Vegan?” to one lucky reader. Just enter via the Rafflecopter widget below until September 2, 2013 for your chance to win. Since it is an eCookbook that will be delivered electronically, the giveaway is open worldwide!

If you don’t want to leave it up to chance or don’t want to wait, you can purchase “Are You Sure That’s Vegan?” right here from Claire’s site. There is a special pricing package if you want to buy her Vegan Breakfast Cookbook at the same time. You will even receive 5 free vegan recipes upon signing up.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway ends on Monday, September 2, 2013 at 12 am MDT. The winners will be selected by and contacted by email. If there is no response after 48 hours, another winner will be selected.


Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with healthy Chocolate Espresso Frosting + Vegan Dessert Cookbook Giveaway |


Instead of a buttercream I chose a healthy frosting from Texanerin to pair these chocolate cupcakes with. The frosting consists of the flesh of 1 avocado, maple syrup, cocoa and espresso powder. That’s it! So simple yet so delicious and even healthy. I assure you, it does not taste like avocado at all.

Recently, I figured out that many of my cake sinking issues are related to the high altitude we live at now. A few changes like reducing sugar and leavening, increasing liquid and temperature make regular recipes work for high-altitude. I included the alterations I made in brackets () in the recipe below.


Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with healthy Chocolate Espresso Frosting

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Makes 20 cupcakes

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with healthy Chocolate Espresso Frosting

Delicious moist vegan chocolate cupcakes with a vegan chocolate espresso frosting that is actually good for you (aka healthy)!


    For the vegan cupcakes:
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar (1 1/3 c)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda (1/2 tsp)
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce (heaping 1/2 c)
  • 1 cup soy (or almond) milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • For the healthy frosting:
  • flesh of 1 avocado
  • 6 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons espresso powder
  • () denote adjustments for high-altitude baking


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F (370 F for high-altitude baking).
  2. In a large bowl combine all ingredients. Stir or whisk until there are no more lumps.
  3. Line a cupcake pan with paper liners and fill each 2/3 full with batter. Bake for 20-25 mins. (17-20 at 370 F) until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  4. Let cupcakes cool in pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack until fully cooled.
  5. Healthy Chocolate Espresso Frosting:
  6. Combine all frosting ingredients in a food processor until completely smooth. It might take a while to get all avocado chunks out.
  7. You can add more maple syrup or espresso powder to adjust sweetness and coffee flavor to taste.
  8. Spread frosting on cooled cupcakes and decorated with sprinkles (optional). I used these edible pink glitter hearts

Note: Do your research on your grocery store brand sugar! I know that the sugar refineries in my area use bone-char (charcoal from animal bones) in the refining process. If I want to make truly vegan desserts I use this organic sugar from Wholesome Sweeteners which is also certified vegan.




Looking for more vegan treats?

My Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp is vegan and uses healthy coconut oil:

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp 2


Another awesome vegan snack are these Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Banana Bites:

Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Banana Bites Frozen


If you are into cake decorating this vegan fondant recipe is a great alternative to gelatin fondant:

How to make Vegan Fondant


Disclaimer: Claire Gosse graciously provided a copy of her eCookbook for the giveaway. I received no compensation and all opinions are my own.
This post contains affiliate links. I will earn a commission, if you decide to buy any products through the links in this post (bloggers have to live too so I can keep bringing you awesome recipes and giveaways ;) )


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65 Responses to Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes + Vegan Cookbook Giveaway {CLOSED}

  1. Lisa P says:

    Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse pie sounds delicious! Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Maggie Fout says:

    I want to try the peanut butter fudge.

  3. heather says:

    i gotta try peanut butter fudge

  4. Margot C says:

    I’d like to make the Nanaimo Bars

  5. Jacquee says:

    These look/sound DELICIOUS, Regina. Will have to try this recipe – maybe with carob powder… Loving the little heart sprinkles. :)

    • Regina says:

      You know, I have never made anything with carob powder but have heard of people using it instead of cocoa so that should work for these cupcakes :) And I definitely have to look into loosing my carob virginity ;)

  6. Christy Spurlock says:

    PB Fudge

  7. Natalie says:

    the PB fudge sounds delicious, you cupcakes look AMAZING.

  8. Surendene Jeyaratnarajah says:

    I would love to try the cheesecake recipe. Thanks for the great giveaway! :D

  9. Ray Chell says:

    Mmm one thing I haven’t tried baking since becoming vegan is cheesecake so I would have to trytthat!

  10. sarah says:

    PB Fudge! My goodness!

  11. Kimberly Camille Tiu says:

    peanut butter fudge! <3

  12. Ciara M says:

    strawberry daiquiri cupcakes :)

  13. Catarina Martins says:

    Can’t wait to try the carrot cake! :)

  14. Laura says:

    Peanut Butter Cups! There are so many that look delicious, but this is one of my all time favorites :D

  15. Felicia says:

    I’d love to try the peanut butter cups! Yum!

  16. Amy C says:

    Chocolate chip cookie! Thanks for the amazing giveaway~

  17. Friedl says:

    Oh, I am going to try these next weekend, I have a friend coming over who is vegan. And this recipe doesn’t have a list of expensive, hard to find ingredients, perfect !

    • Regina says:

      So glad this recipe can be useful to you so soon! The relatively ‘normal’ ingredient list is what intrigued me about this recipe as well. No fancy replacer products you wouldn’t usually need :) Let me know how you like them

  18. Vera K says:

    I would try the Nanaimo Bars.

  19. Jennifer says:

    I just made these cupcakes and had to comment on how great they are! They are extremely moist and have a great chocolatey flavor. I’m not a vegan, but I needed a cake recipe that was egg and diary free. This is going to be my go to chocolate cake recipe from now on.

    • Regina says:

      Thank you so much for taking time to leave this great feedback Jennifer! Much appreciated. I always use my vegan recipes when I want to bake for someone with dairy or egg intolerance :)

  20. Adrienn Luzics says:

    Blueberry pie!!

  21. Abi says:

    They all sound Amazing- I’m curious to try them all!

  22. […] the meantime, have you entered the vegan dessert eCookbook giveaway yet? There also is a fantastic recipe for vegan chocolate cupcakes […]

  23. These cupcakes look amazing, R! Must try them asap!

  24. Chelsea says:

    The chocolate cheesecake. Yum.

  25. Melissa says:

    Creme Brulee!

  26. Jerilyn says:

    I would love to make the fudge!!

  27. Stephanie OMalley says:

    The chocolate chip cookies

  28. Jennifer K says:

    Nanaimo bars!

  29. Elizabete says:

    Creme brûlée! Please!
    I used to Love it before going vegan besides it’s gluten free c:

  30. Brandi Fletcher says:

    Mmm…funnel cake

  31. […] don’t forget to enter into the Vegan Desserts eCookbook Giveaway before Monday […]

  32. Kayci Stanley says:

    I would love to make the Crumble Apple Pie. This book looks great!

  33. Anna A. says:

    I am blown away by your awesome blog and recipes! I want to try vegan Quiche (all kinds)! I have recently been introduced to the dish and I’d like to make my own instead of have it at a restaurant. More power! :)

  34. Jessica says:

    Love cinnamon buns!

  35. sarah oswald says:

    the peanut butter fude or peanut butter cups! YUM!!

  36. Mimi says:

    All of the cookie recipes!

  37. The blueberry pie would make me spinfully happy! Many thanks!

  38. Em says:

    Key Lime Cheesecake is a must – the lime will make it divine!

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