Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes Recipe & Video

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Last week I got a chance to bake the easiest and tastiest vegan vanilla cupcakes ever! It was my son’s birthday and I was in a huge dilemma about choosing a cake recipe to bake for his big day. But he made it pretty simple by saying that he wanted a cheesecake because one of his friends cut a cheesecake for his birthday.

Delicious Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes

Now this was even more difficult for me because I have not baked an egg free cheesecake so far. That’s when I decided to take the easy route of making a raw vegan cheesecake, which was also quite new to me. So I wanted to have a back up if the raw cheesecake flopped and planned to bake some eggless pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. Then I needed to have a back up for that too or let’s say that I just wanted to have an alternate for the kids to choose and wanted to bake some plain eggless vanilla cupcakes.

Moist Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes

I didn’t go with my usual recipe for vanilla cupcake recipe without eggs this time because I found another pretty simple vegan vanilla cupcake recipe in Chloe’s Vegan Desserts. I had to try that because I have tried a couple of vegan vanilla cupcake recipes before but not satisfied with the taste or texture or the both.

Tried one with soy milk for an apparently moist vanilla cupcake recipe but all it was just a sticky, gooey mess. Ever since I have stopped using soy milk for vegan baking. It’s either almond milk or rice milk. My personal favorite is rice milk.

Simple vanilla cupcake recipe from scratch

The vegan chocolate cake with vinegar is a fool-proof recipe and I wanted to have a similar recipe for vanilla cupcakes too to put together when I’m on a time crunch. So I took a leap of faith and tried this recipe and I’m very happy with the result.

I was a bit worried that the flavor and taste of vinegar might show in the cupcakes because it was more than the quantity used in the vegan chocolate cake. Surprisingly they turned out good without any such after taste or smell and I would say that it is the best vegan vanilla cupcakes I have tried so far.


Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes Recipe

Prep TimeCook TimeMakes
15 Mins18 Mins10-12 Cupcakes
Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes Recipe & Video
4.8 from 20 reviews
If you are wondering how to bake vanilla cupcakes, here is a simple vanilla cupcake recipe from scratch that is very easy to put together and tastes excellent whether you are vegan or not.
Dry Ingredients:
  • 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Wet Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup non-dairy milk (I used rice milk)
  • 1/2 cup oil (I used avocado oil)
  • 2 tablespoons apple-cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Here is the step-by-step recipe for Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F/180C. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients.
  4. Pour the wet mix into the dry mixture and stir until just combined. Do not over-mix.
  5. Fill the cupcake liners about tow-thirds full with batter. Bake for about 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcake and comes out clean.
  6. Let the cupcakes cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.
My Notes:
  1. I avoid using soy milk in baking recipes because I have tried it before and didn’t like the texture of the baked goods. Almond milk and rice milk is my favorite.
  2. The same with vinegar too. I don’t like the smell or after taste of white vinegar in baked goods, so I always prefer apple-cider vinegar.
  3. Substitute 1/4 cup of oil with unsweetened applesauce to make low-fat cupcakes.
  4. Frost the cupcakes with vegan buttercream icing. Use non-hydrogenated vegan butter substitute like Earth Balance instead of the Crisco shortening.
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  1. Gitaben Kumar

    Instead of milk can i used normal milk or water.

    • Madhuram

      Yes you can use dairy milk. Water might affect the taste probably.

  2. Anvit Paliwal

    I have a otg oven and confused which model to set to bake cupckaes. Top heat, bottom heat or both and of fan circulation is required?
    Its a little silly, but I am new to baking and very eager to learn.

    And many a times my cupcakes rises well but crack open on top.

    Looking forward for your help.

    Thank you.
    (A fan of your receipes)

    • Madhuram

      Thanks Anvit. I don’t have experience using an OTG. We have oven ranges here and that’s what I have been using all these years. Did your OTG come with any instruction manual?

  3. Kat

    Seriously?? I followed your recipe & directions perfectly & the cupcakes stuck to the paper liner, & completely fell apart. Wasted time & money!

    • Madhuram

      I’m sorry about it, Kat. Did you grease the paper liners with non-stick cooking spray? Did you give enough time for the cupcakes to cool before removing it from the liner?

  4. Rela

    Excellent cake. And I agree the rice milk worked well. Soy milk makes cakes soggy.

    • Madhuram

      Thanks Rela.

  5. Sarah

    I only need eggless cupcakes, not vegan. Can I substitute regular milk for non-dairy milk? And can I use 1/2 cup butter instead of 1/2 cup oil?

    • Madhuram

      Yes, Sarah.

  6. Bella

    OMG!! These cupcakes are amazing, I made 60 off them for my granddaughters 1st birthday party, and they were a hit, so moist and fluffy.
    The BEST vegan vanilla cupcake recipe I have tried.
    Thank you so much for sharing, I will be making these time and time again.
    Warm Regards 🙂

    • Madhuram

      Wow! that enthusiasm of yours is contagious, Bella! Thank you very much for sharing your lovely feedback.