Vegan chocolate cupcakes

(Vegan chocolate cupcakes with fudge frosting)

We interrupt our regular broadcast to bring you One Bowl! Vegan! Double Chocolate! Fudge Frosted! Cupcakes!

Sounds like a complete mouthful I know, and these actually are, in a delicious way. I made these the other day when in a cupcake kind of mood. Cupcake moods are defined by that instance you look in the baking drawer and discover you have way too many cupcake liners in colours you don’t ever recall wanting or buying. Orange, fire engine red and green polka dot, to name a few.

Not long after baking these, I started to notice vegan chocolate cake recipes popping up all over the internet and realised that not only are there a lot of said recipes out there, but like mine, they are pretty much all the same with minor variations in the type of sugar used or the ratio of vegetable oil to flour and cocoa powder.

Around this time, I also read an article where a chef claimed to have pioneered a technique used in a particular dish. Quite amusing when it’s obviously untrue, but since so many prize originality above all things, it seems almost expected that the wheel should be reinvented on a regular basis.

In an effort to reduce clutter, this is one less vegan chocolate cake recipe. The frosting is made with bittersweet chocolate, water, custard powder, brown sugar, cocoa powder and malt.

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  1. Emma said,

    March 18, 2012 @ 11:25 am

    I’m not a voracious internet searcher, so your vegan chocolate cupcakes could easily be the only ones I know the recipe for, except, no recipe:) But I like the ingredients for the frosting – ever since learning about custard powder last fall, I’ve been enjoying incorporating it into recipes whenever I get the chance!

  2. Rosa said,

    March 18, 2012 @ 9:14 pm

    Those look delicious!



  3. shez said,

    March 19, 2012 @ 9:31 am

    Your (Vegan!) frosting looks lush. Which reminds me, I need malt powder stat.

  4. Meki said,

    March 19, 2012 @ 11:34 am

    looks like i’m going to chocolate rehaaab πŸ˜€

  5. Uma said,

    March 19, 2012 @ 1:46 pm

    Tantalising, but where is the recipe link? & what is it with custard powder?

  6. Y said,

    March 19, 2012 @ 3:50 pm

    Hi Uma! The custard powder acts like a thickener, which gives the frosting a lovely body and texture without requiring cream or butter. I didn’t include a recipe because in this instance, felt that there are already so many similar ones out there.

  7. abby @ thingsforboys said,

    March 19, 2012 @ 7:27 pm

    haha! I think it’s hilarious that you posted this, I put up a recipe for vegan chocolate cupcakes yesterday. You’re right that there are too many of them out there, but people always ask me for one, so I thought I’d just put up the one I always use. I’ve never heard of this custard powder frosting…it sounds lush!

  8. Hannah said,

    March 19, 2012 @ 8:18 pm

    Oh, you tease! Custard powder in a frosting?! I want to know how! You’re right, there are a million vegan chocolate cake recipes out there, but that sounds like a one-of-a-kind frosting that we all need to see πŸ˜›

  9. Saya from Sayas Soulful said,

    March 20, 2012 @ 10:21 am

    I love any baking recipe that calls for ONE BOWL!! So easy and looks delicious – would love to see the recipe! xo

  10. Spencer said,

    March 21, 2012 @ 12:24 pm

    They look absolutely delicious!

  11. Jenn said,

    March 22, 2012 @ 1:07 pm

    I feel the same way…that vegan recipes/desserts are all slight variations of each other. Still would like to see this one though πŸ™‚

  12. Caitlin said,

    March 24, 2012 @ 1:55 am

    I occasionally am in a cupcake mood, but it really doesn’t happen that often. *Looking* at adorable little chocolate-on-chocolate cupcakes though? I’m always in the mood for that πŸ™‚

  13. ali said,

    March 24, 2012 @ 9:26 pm

    Y – I am very curious about the custard powder in the frosting as well. Can you provide any more detail please – pretty please with a cherry on top =)

  14. Helene said,

    March 30, 2012 @ 4:14 am

    I like that you are posting vegan cupcakes that looks so yummy.

  15. Kamilla said,

    April 8, 2012 @ 8:48 pm

    Love it. Nothing better than a choc on choc cupcake. I just want more. I love your blog,
    Kamilla x

  16. sashi said,

    June 13, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

    they look delicious.. i love how you combine ingredients in such a way to bring out the yummy tastes. Is it possible to share your recipe of this cupcake? i would love to make these…
    sashi oo

  17. Y said,

    June 13, 2012 @ 7:56 pm

    Hi sashi! I’ll try to look for the recipe when I get back. I’m currently on holiday in Seoul and don’t have access to my cookbooks. x

  18. Vidya said,

    June 30, 2012 @ 2:24 pm

    You’re right on the ubiquity of the vegan chocolate cake recipe. I favour the Moosewood Cookbook version myself, with an increased quantity of cocoa powder. But I am also one of those who is intrigued by this frosting recipe. Custard powder? Malt? Um where has this been all my life ohmygodpleaseshare.

  19. birdyrabbit said,

    August 5, 2012 @ 7:15 am

    Add me to the list of people who want to know how to make that frosting! The ingredients are so yummy, but my experiment was not so much πŸ˜‰

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