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. Teresa Relingo

    I had doubts when my daughter asked me to make vegan cupcakes. Surprisingly they are delicious and so easy to make. I will now proceed to make more for my granddaughter to sell for fundraising for her gymnastics events.

    • Madhuram

      Thanks for the feedback, Teresa.

  2. Satya

    Thank YOU, for posting this wonderful recipe! I made this for my sons 10th birthday.He has Dairy allergy.he like it so much.

    • Madhuram

      You’re very welcome Satya.

  3. Glenda

    My son is allergic to eggs, milk, and many other things and this recipe is just awesome. I had tried to many recipes before and he didn’t like any of them. Thanks so much. By the way, everybody at home love these cupcakes!

    • Madhuram

      You’re very welcome Glenda. Thank you for the feedback.

  4. Lex

    Thank YOU, for posting this wonderful recipe! I’ve made it many times with coconut oil, and almond milk. It never fails to turn out well, and the cupcakes keep for several days in an air tight container! I don’t have allergies, but like to eat less animal products. Plus I always have the ingredients in my cupboard. I’ve brought these cupcakes to work, and it’s been a crowd pleaser every time. Thanks, Madhuram!

    • Madhuram

      You’re very welcome Lex. Thanks for taking the time to leave your feedback. Much appreciated. 🙂

  5. Arpita

    Hi I followed exact recipe but the cupcakes were sticking to the liner and falling apart. What went wrong?

    • Madhuram

      You have to grease the cupcake liners too with non-stick cooking spray and let them cool well enough and then try to remove it from the liner.

  6. Ríona

    Great! I make it with water instead of the non dairy milk and without the cider and they’re lovely is there a difference between organic white flour and all purpose flour?

    • Madhuram

      Thanks Riona. The difference is just that it’s made of organic wheat, but still it is white flour, so doesn’t have any additional nutrients than the regular all purpose flour.

  7. Whitney

    Where do you find vegan icing?

    • Madhuram

      You can make your own Whitney, using vegan butter substitute.

  8. Taj

    If I just want to make 6 cupcakes, how much of this recipe would I need?

    • Madhuram

      Probably try halving the recipe.

  9. Sophie

    This recipe is great I have allergies to dairy and eggs dairy is the worst i’m very young and these are super simple to make there very delicious thank you so much for making this recipe

    • Madhuram

      You’re very welcome Sophie.

  10. Cherry

    Hello, can this recipe be used for a whole birthday cake instead of cup cakes? Also, could I use cake flour instead of plain flour? Thank you.

    • Madhuram

      Yes you can use it for one big cake. I’m guessing cake flour should work well too.

      • Charlie

        Thank you. Do you know what size cake tin I would need? And can I double the batter? Thank so much again!

      • Cherry

        Thank you. Do you know what size cake tin I would need? And can I double the batter? Thank so much again! I will be baking this for my son’s birthday!

        • Madhuram

          I’m thinking the original recipe should be enough for two 8-inch round pans. It’s my guess though. Usually 12 cupcakes can be baked as two 8 inch rounds. Doubling the batter should work well too I guess.

  11. Hosheanah

    Hello Madhuram!
    What flour would you suggest be best for baking? Cupcakes in particular?
    I know all-purpose is required but there’s so many various name brands to choose from.

    • Madhuram

      Any brand is fine Hoeseanah. It doesn’t matter at all. Just look for all-purpose flour and I prefer getting unbleached flour.

      • Hosheanah

        Hello again.
        Thank you so much. Yes that’s all I use is unbleached flour.
        Thank you once again.

        • Madhuram

          You’re welcome 🙂

  12. Jayanthi

    How to make rice milk at home?

    • Madhuram

      I have not tried in Jayanthi. But I have seen that you should cook the rice and then grind it with water and filter it.

  13. neha batra

    Hi, Awesome recipe. Can you please tell me a substitute for flour, as need to bake these gluten free as well. Thanks in advance.

    • Madhuram

      I can’t suggest without trying Neha, because gluten-free and egg free is not something one can guess.

      • Legolas

        Try using superfine ground brown rice flour from Authentic Foods.

  14. Lisa

    WOW!! My 5 year old daughter has severe food allergies – especially to eggs. I have tried many from scratch recipes, as well as boxed allergy friendly mixes – this by far is the easiest and tastiest. My daughter was so excited to have these at her cousin’s birthday party. And I was so excited at how they taste – not the typical “allergy friendly” but lacking in taste desserts. I followed your recipe using the apple sauce instead of oil. Very moist and held together well. I will try it next time as a gluten free and use the GF flour with xantham gum and let you know how it comes out. Thank you for these amazing recipes I can try with my daughter!!

    • Madhuram

      Oh, thank you so much Lisa, for the detailed feedback and compliments.

    • Sally

      Hi, Lisa! I was thinking of trying this recipe Gluten Free, too. Did you get to try it as you planned? How did it come out! Thank you for sharing!

      Madhuram, I have been meaning to try some eggless recipes with my little ones and also some vegan baking recipes as well, but have been quite apprehensive about it. Your website and your recipes seem easy and look fantastic! Thank you so much for all your hard work that goes into each and every one and for sharing them with all of us!

      • Madhuram

        You’re very welcome Sally 🙂

  15. Mindy24

    Super moist. Everyone loved them.

    • Madhuram

      Thanks Mindy.

  16. Ck

    Great recipe thanks…my kids love it and have been baking this almost every week..


    • Madhuram

      You’re very welcome CK. Thanks for the feedback.

  17. ik

    I’m new to baking and this is the very first I baked but it didn’t come out so well as I imagined. The cupcakes looked fine first but in the oven they dropped inside of the cupcake and very hard on top. The inside was OK though. I followed your recipe but used white vinegar instead. I think I put more baking powder or vinegar or I think most likely both. I didn’t have the measuring spoons probably that’s why plzz respond and help BTW love the recipes though

    • Madhuram

      Hi Ik I think the changes you made only have affected the outcome. Please try to follow the recipe exactly especially if you are a novice baker. Invest in the basic items like measuring cups, spoons, whisk, spatula etc.

  18. Amanda

    I have red vinegar and white vinegar, could either be used instead of apple cider vinegar?

    • Madhuram

      Do you mean red wine vinegar Amanda? I haven’t used it, so not sure how it will work out. You can definitely use white vinegar instead.

  19. Melissa

    I tried this recipe for my son’s second birthday party and it worked great! Everyone said they were delicious. Not delicious-for-being-vegan delicious, but delicious for being cupcakes delicious 🙂 it’s been a while though and I was curious, is there any reason this couldn’t be made into a cake? If so, what alterations do you think would be needed?

    • Madhuram

      Thank you very much for the feedback Melissa. You can definitely bake it as a cake. I’m thinking the batter will be enough for two, 8-inch pans and you may have to bake it for 25-30 minutes.

  20. dilip

    I want to make sourdough french bread I tried many times , when I bake this kind of bread it turns out to be white bread, it does not have that french bread smell and that elasticity in the bread , what can I do ? please guide

    • Madhuram

      Sorry Dilip I’m not much of a (yeast) bread baker. I can’t help you with this one.

  21. artemiza

    These recipe calls for way too much sugar and oil (especially oil) that the one that`s really needed to use to obtain some delicious, moist and fluffy cupcakes… cut down to half the of sugar and oil stated here…. 🙂

    • Madhuram

      I too wanted to try the same. Especially using unsweetened applesauce for half of the oil, since I was baking for a birthday party I didn’t want to take any chance.

  22. Gowri

    Thank you for such a wonderful easy recipe. My first try at the cupcakes it turned out really good. I thought baking was not my cup of tea and now suddenly feeling confident after trying out your recipe. Will try out more recipe from your blog. Thank you once again for clear cut instructions

    • Madhuram

      You’re very welcome Gowri.

  23. Krithika

    I tried this recipe and this was a super hit. The only changes I made was reducing the sugar to 2/3 cup and using regular whole milk. I can’t believe such an easy recipe produces such a moist cup cake. Love it !!!!

    • Madhuram

      Thanks Krithika.

  24. Lauren

    These were lovely. I substituted for self raising flour & i didnt put any cider or vinegar in (i didnt have any) and they still turns out great. Thanks

    • Madhuram

      That’s a good tip, Laruen. Thanks for sharing.

  25. Sophie

    MMMMM,!!!!I love all of your tasty recipes & this one is a real winner too! I loved the video too,… So cool!

    • Madhuram

      Thanks Sophie.