21 vegan cupcake recipe ideas for every occasion

Author: Rachel Smith

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Satisfy your sweet tooth with these delightful vegan cupcake recipes. From Oreo cupcakes topped with fluffy buttercream to classic vegan vanilla cupcakes, there's a vegan cupcake recipe for everyone here.


Looking for vegan cupcake recipes to bake without eggs and dairy?

We’ve compiled a list of our favourite vegan cupcake recipes from decadent dairy-free cupcakes with fruity centres to intensely chocolatey vegan cupcakes topped with fluffy dairy-free buttercream.

Baking cupcakes is simple when you find the right vegan egg substitute, but if you’re having trouble baking vegan cupcakes and getting them to rise, take a look at our tips for baking vegan cupcakes.

1. Banana Cream Vegan Cupcakes

Can’t choose whether to make banana bread or cupcakes? Why not both! As well as being topped with the most amazing fluffy banana buttercream, they’re also filled with sweet vanilla pudding.

Banana Cream Vegan Cupcakes


2. Salted Caramel Vegan Cupcakes

Bite into these sweet and sticky dairy-free cupcakes and you’ll find a hidden centre of oozing caramel just waiting to be devoured.

They’re topped off with a salted caramel share for extra indulgence

Vegan & Gluten-Free Salted Caramel Cupcakes

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3. Mint Chocolate Vegan Cupcakes

The cool flavour of the mint frosting combined with the devilishly moist and rich chocolate cake makes this vegan cupcake recipe so utterly irresistible.

Mint Chocolate Vegan Cupcakes

4. Vegan Cookie Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

Can’t decide between baking cookies or cupcakes? You can have the best of both worlds with these vegan cookie cupcakes! A rich chocolate cupcake is studded with cookie pieces and topped off with fluffy vegan buttercream icing.

Vegan Cookie Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

5. Blueberry Lemon Vegan Cupcakes

These pretty plant-based cupcakes taste as good as they look thanks to a hidden centre filled with luscious lemon curd.

Blueberry Lemon Vegan Cupcakes

6. Vegan Pink Champagne Cupcakes

These pretty pink cupcakes would be perfect for a bridal shower, party, or any occasion that deserves a celebration! With a hint of bubbly fizz in both the cupcake and the frosting, these grown-up treats have a sophisticated flavour that’s not too sweet.

Vegan Pink Champagne Cupcake Recipe

7. Vegan Mojito Cupcake

These vegan mojito cupcakes are a tasty summertime delight as they contain vegan white rum so you can enjoy the classic cocktail in cake form.

This vegan cupcake recipe is also gluten-free so everyone can enjoy a bite, except for the kids of course as these are strictly for the grown-ups!

Vegan & Gluten-Free Mojito Cupcakes

8. Vegan Guinness Cupcakes

With their dark chocolate base and fluffy icing topping, these vegan cupcakes not only look like little pints of Guinness, but they’re made from it too!

Stout helps to make this vegan cupcake recipe extra tender with a beautiful crumb. Don’t worry if you don’t like the taste of stout – the rich chocolate flavour shines through with just a hint of maltiness.

Vegan Guinness Cupcakes

9. Vegan Apple Cinnamon Cupcakes

These apple and cinnamon cupcakes are perfect for autumn with their combination of cinnamon apple cake and caramel buttercream icing.

They’re made with applesauce and chopped apples so are super moist and decadent.

Vegan Apple Cinnamon Cupcakes 

10. Very Berry Vegan Cupcakes

These vegan cupcakes might look simple, but both the cake and the buttercream frosting are made with real strawberry purée that gives them a sumptuous fruity flavour.

Very Berry Vegan Cupcakes

11. Red Velvet Cupcakes 

These vegan red velvet cupcakes are a luscious treat. They’re super moist, with a hint of chocolate and vanilla, and the vegan cream cheese frosting is so tasty, it’ll be hard not to eat the lot straight from the bowl!

Red Velvet Cupcakes

12. Vegan Brain Cupcakes

Looking for a spooktacular sweet treat for your Halloween party? These horrifying vegan brain cupcakes will get your guests talking!

Despite their gruesome appearance, these cupcakes actually have a tasty vanilla flavour with a sweet and creamy icing. Kids will love them!

Vegan brain cupcakes

13. Black Forest Cupcakes 

Cherries, chocolate and cream are a sensuous mix of rich flavours that just feel so decadent. They come together in a marvellous feast of flavours with this utterly divine black forest cupcake recipe.

Black Forest Cupcakes 

14. Blackberry Cupcakes 

When the hedgerows are bursting with blackberries and you want to make thing other than crumble, these fruity vegan blackberry cupcakes are perfection.

Blackberry Cupcakes

15. Oreo Cupcakes 

You might be surprised to learn that Oreos are vegan but they are in fact an accidentally vegan treat.

So now you know, celebrate with a batch of these impressive dairy-free cupcakes. A whole Oreo is baked into the cupcake base and then cupcakes are frosted with vanilla buttercream frosting and Oreo crumbles – heaven!

Vegan Oreo cupcakes

16. Butterscotch Cupcakes 

Salted caramel is everywhere now, but if you prefer the buttery flavour of butterscotch caramel you’ll love this vegan butterscotch cupcake recipe.

Butterscotch Cupcakes 

17. Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes 

Peanut butter and chocolate is one of the most delicious flavour combinations on the planet, and it makes a wicked vegan cupcake.

The cupcake base is super chocolately and pairs perfectly with the sweet, nutty cloud of peanut butter icing on top.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes

18. Vanilla Chai Cupcakes 

Can’t get enough of the warming flavours of a spice chai latte? Bake yourself a batch of these vanilla chai cupcakes to enjoy alongside your hot drink.

This vegan cupcake recipe is also refined sugar-free so you can enjoy a guilt-free treat.

Vanilla Chai Cupcakes 

19. Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes 

These scrummy cupcakes have all the flavours of the popular autumnal drink in cupcake-form so you can enjoy it alongside your hot drink.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes 

20. Lemon Meringue Cupcakes 

We can’t resist a slice of lemon meringue pie, and it tastes just as good made as cupcakes too!

The luscious lemon sponge is topped with a fluffy pillow of toasted meringue for an impressive treat that never fails to please.

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes 

21. Raspberry Vanilla Vegan Cupcakes 

Sometimes it’s hard to beat the classics. That’s definitely the case with these vegan vanilla cupcakes topped with the fluffiest of raspberry buttercreams.

We’ll take a dozen please!

Raspberry Vanilla Cupcakes 

Planning a vegan birthday party? Then you’ll need a cake to go with your vegan cupcakes.

Get the party started with these show-stopping vegan birthday cakes!

Written by

Rachel Smith

Having launched the brand's digital presence in 2015, Rachel shares her love for animals and the planet through her work as Vegan Food & Living’s Digital Editor. As a passionate vegan for over eight years, Rachel loves creating delicious vegan dessert recipes for her award-winning blog, Rawberry Fields. Rachel's recipes and photography have been featured in numerous international print and digital publications including the Daily Mail, Huffington Post, Thrive, and Buzzfeed. You can follow Rachel at @rawberryfields

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