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In focus is a single vegan chocolate cupcake with a two-toned (coral/ivory) vegan vanilla buttercream frosting piped into the shape of a rose. The cupcake is topped with red, white, and pink heart shaped sprinkles. In the background are 3 more cupcakes decorated the same way, 1 of which sit on a metal cooling rack in the upper left. Scattered about are red heart confetti, the red, white, and pink heart shaped sprinkles, and intertwined red, white, and pink shimmery ribbons. Everything sits on a white marble background.
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4.78 from 9 votes

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

These gluten-free and vegan chocolate cupcakes are delicious and are made in only a single bowl! Decorate with frosting and sprinkles.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Cupcakes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gluten-free, valentine's day, vegan
Servings: 11 cupcakes
Calories: 144kcal
Author: The Panicked Foodie


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free 1:1 baking flour (I used Bob's Red Mill) (OR 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour)


  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Add everything but the flour to a large mixing bowl. Use an electric mixer on a low setting to mix together.
  • Add the flour in, in two increments (one cup first, then half of a cup). Stir with a mixing spoon just until combined after each addition.
  • Prepare the muffin tin by placing a liner (or two!) into each spot. Fill each cupcake liner with about 3-4 tablespoons of batter. Cupcake liner should be 2/3-3/4 full. Do not overfill!
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean and the cupcake bounces back after it's been lightly pressed.
  • Let cupcakes cool completely before decorating with frosting, sprinkles, etc. Enjoy!


Serving: 1cupcake | Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 36.1g | Protein: 1.5g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 201.8mg | Potassium: 39.5mg | Fiber: 1.5g | Sugar: 18.3g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 1mg