Cupcakes are the ideal treat for birthday celebrations and other gatherings. They come in an endless array of flavors, from classics like chocolate and vanilla to unique combinations such as rosemary and orange.
If you’re vegan, you know how hard it can be to find easy vegan recipes. That’s why we’ve put together 47 easy and delicious vegan cupcake recipes for you to try.
1. Vegan Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes By Vegan Richa
Chocolate is one of the most popular cupcake flavors–it’s rich, sweet, and delicious. These mini chocolate cupcakes are allergy-friendly since they contain no grains or gluten!
All ingredients get mixed in one bowl, so cleaning up is easy. The club soda in this recipe makes the cupcakes light and fluffy, while the almond flour adds moisture. Potato starch helps hold all of the ingredients together.
If you want even more chocolate flavor in your cupcake, stir some mini chocolate chips into the batter. These cupcakes taste great with coconut, chocolate, or cream cheese frosting.
2. Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes By Simple Vegan Blog
Along with chocolate, vanilla is one of the most common cupcake flavors. It’s simple, elegant, and goes well with most types of frosting.
This recipe uses all-purpose flour, vegan butter, and your choice of plant-based milk. Frost with vegan buttercream and enjoy!
These cupcakes can be stored in the fridge or at room temperature. They will keep for up to three days, but we doubt they will last that long!
3. Vegan Banana Cupcakes By Loving It Vegan
These banana cupcakes are great for dessert or a snack. Since there is fruit in them, you could even have them for breakfast!
This recipe calls for all-purpose flour and a combination of white and brown sugars. Along with the banana, plant-based milk and canola oil make these cupcakes nice and moist.
A tasty vegan peanut butter frosting pairs well with these cupcakes. Garnish with a fresh slice of banana if serving right away; otherwise use dried bananas.
4. Vegan Strawberry Cupcakes By Rainbow Nourishments
These beautiful pink strawberry cupcakes are perfect to serve at a baby shower or for a Valentine’s Day treat.
The pink color comes from using food coloring or beetroot powder–without these, the color of the cupcakes is quite pale.
Fresh strawberries are blended so that the cupcakes contain no chunks of fruit. You can use strawberry or vanilla frosting on these desserts.
5. Pineapple Coconut Cupcakes By Crumb Top Baking
Are you looking for a cupcake with a tropical flavor? These pineapple coconut cupcakes should do the trick!
Fresh pineapple works best in these vegan cupcakes but canned or frozen will do in a pinch.
Make the frosting with coconut milk and powdered sugar, then sprinkle toasted coconut on top!
6. Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes By Nora Cooks
The delicious flavor in these cupcakes comes from cocoa, while food coloring makes them a lovely red color–perfect for Valentine’s Day!
Soy milk and applesauce add moisture to these tasty desserts.
The vanilla frosting uses powdered sugar, vegan butter, and soy milk. Garnish with your choice of decorations such as heart-shaped candies or red sprinkles.
7. 1-Bowl Vegan Funfetti Cupcakes By Minimalist Baker
These vegan cupcakes are full of sprinkles and perfect for birthday parties!
Sprinkles are incorporated into the batter and poured on top of the frosted cupcakes.
Make the vegan vanilla frosting using vegan butter, powdered sugar, plant-based milk, and vanilla extract.
8. Cookies and Cream Cupcakes By Eight Forest Lane
These vegan cupcakes use Oreos in the batter as well as the frosting for delicious cookies and cream flavor.
A mortar and pestle crush the cookies so that they blend well into the batter. A combination of almond milk and vinegar makes these desserts soft and fluffy.
If you want to make these ahead of time, they freeze quite well, frosted or unfrosted.
9. Hazelnut Vegan Cupcakes By Pies & Tacos
The batter of these hazelnut cupcakes uses almond flour, almond butter, coconut milk, and chopped hazelnuts for a very nutty flavor.
Hazelnut frosting is sweetened with maple syrup; cocoa is also added for a chocolate flavor.
These cupcakes are topped off with a decadent chocolate hazelnut truffle!
10. Vegan Carrot Cake Cupcakes By The Conscious Plant Kitchen
Carrot cupcakes are a great option for Easter or other spring celebrations. These are made with almond milk, all-purpose flour, and unrefined sugar.
Flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla, these vegan cupcakes also include pecans for a bit of crunch.
Top these desserts with a coconut cream frosting to finish.
11. Cheesecake Cupcakes By Chocolate Covered Katie
These cheesecake cupcakes are simple to make and require just a handful of ingredients.
Blend vegan cream cheese, plant-based yogurt, sugar, vanilla, and cornstarch, then place on a graham cracker crust.
You can top these with fruit, chocolate, or coconut. They can be frozen for later use.
12. Vegan Mint Chocolate Cupcakes With Dairy-free Chocolate Ganache By Go Dairy Free
These cupcakes have the perfect combination of chocolate and mint.
The mint frosting is made with powdered sugar, shortening, and vegan creamer, then flavored with mint and vanilla. You can use food coloring to make it green if desired.
A delicious chocolate ganache is easy to make with just vegan creamer and vegan chocolate chips.
13. Vegan Chocolate Orange Cupcakes By Jane’s Patisserie
These decadent vegan cupcakes use a batter made with orange extract and cocoa powder for a chocolate orange flavor.
Top with a vegan chocolate orange buttercream, then choose your decorations.
You can add orange zest, chocolate or orange sprinkle, melted chocolate, or chunks of an orange chocolate bar!
14. Vegan Cranberry Orange Cupcakes With Brown Sugar Buttercream By Crumbs and Caramel
The beautiful cupcakes make a great dessert for the holidays. They are made with frozen cranberries to give them lots of flavor.
The batter also includes ginger, orange zest, orange juice, vanilla, and almond extract. What a great combination of fall tastes.
A brown sugar frosting tops these desserts which can be garnished with fresh rosemary for a festive appearance.
15. Vegan White Chocolate Cupcakes By Rainbow in My Kitchen
Delicious white chocolate cupcakes are made with coconut cream, cashew, and white chocolate filling.
The crust combines hazelnuts, coconut, and dates to make a sweet, nutty base for these desserts. A white chocolate drizzle tops these cupcakes, and you can add fresh fruit as well!
16. Vegan Lemon Cupcakes By Vegan Huggs
These lemon cupcakes are bursting with flavor and freshness. They make a great choice for a spring or summer dessert.
The batter of these cupcakes includes fresh lemon juice, lemon zest, and lemon extract for lots of citrus flavor.
Frost with vegan lemon buttercream and garnish with candied lemon slices. These cupcakes will freeze well for up to three months.
17. Vegan Raspberry Cupcakes By Addicted to Dates
These raspberry cupcakes feature a luscious pink frosting, making them a lovely choice for mother’s day or birthday celebrations.
Your guests will get a delicious surprise when they bite into these desserts. They have a fresh raspberry filling inside!
Frost these cupcakes with a fluffy raspberry swiss meringue buttercream. Top with a fresh raspberry for garnish.
18. Vegan Peach Cupcakes By The Curious Chickpea
These peach cupcakes are perfect for summer–using fresh peaches makes the flavor stand out in these desserts.
Adding diced peaches to the batter results in a delicious, juicy taste in each bite. Peach puree gives the vegan buttercream even more fruit flavor.
Garnish with a thin slice of fresh peach for a beautiful appearance.
19. Vegan Black Forest Cupcakes By Wallflower Kitchen
Black forest is a popular cake flavor, which can easily be turned into cupcakes. Make these vegan cupcakes gluten-free by simply substituting gluten-free flour.
A black cherry jam fills the inside of these chocolate cupcakes for a delicious dessert. Use whipped coconut cream to frost the cupcakes.
Top with fresh cherries and sprinkle grated chocolate over to create a stunning presentation.
20. Vegan Pumpkin Cupcakes With Maple Frosting By Tasty
Perfect for serving on Thanksgiving, these pumpkin cupcakes are light and fluffy.
Use pumpkin puree in the batter to make these moist and delicious. Pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and vanilla create a nice balance of flavors.
Maple-infused frosting adds lots of sweetness to these vegan dessert recipes. If desired, top with small maple candy.
21. Vegan Coconut Lime Cupcakes By Strawberry Shortbakes
Enjoy a taste of the tropics with these coconut lime cupcakes. Simple substitutions will make these gluten-free or sugar-free as well.
The batter is full of flavor with shredded coconut, lime zest, coconut milk, and vanilla.
Top with vanilla frosting that is infused with lime juice and coconut milk. Sprinkle shredded coconut and lime zest over the top of these desserts.
22. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes By Veggie Inspired
Chocolate and peanut butter are one of the best flavor combinations, and these cupcakes are a perfect example of that!
Cocoa, espresso, and all-natural peanut butter give the cupcake a decadent, rich taste.
Top with a luscious peanut butter frosting and garnish with chopped peanuts or a thin square of dark chocolate.
23. Mocha Cupcakes By One Green Planet
Chocolate and coffee go well together in these rich, fluffy cupcakes.
Espresso, almond, vanilla, and cocoa flavor the batter of these delicious desserts, which you can top with a coffee frosting.
Use dark chocolate shavings to sprinkle over these mocha cupcakes.
24. Vegan Salted Caramel Cupcakes By Kindness Kitchen
These tasty vegan cupcakes use simple ingredients and are easy to make.
After baking the vanilla cupcakes, use the caramel icing to frost these desserts. Then drizzle with a homemade caramel sauce.
Top with crushed bits of hardened caramel or sprinkle with sea salt.
25. Vegan Dulce De Leche Cupcakes By Allergylicious
These tasty vegan cupcakes use coconut milk, vanilla, and lemon zest in the batter.
Incorporating the dulce de leche into the batter and drizzling it on top of the cupcakes add lots of flavor to these desserts.
Use vegan butter, vegan cream cheese, vanilla, and powdered sugar to make a cream cheese frosting for the cupcakes.
26. Vegan Ginger Cupcakes By Jamie Oliver
Ginger is often associated with the holidays so try to serve these desserts for Christmas!
They are bursting with flavor from the fresh ginger, ground ginger, and cinnamon in the batter. A simple vegan cream cheese frosting tops these cupcakes.
Use ground ginger or candied ginger to decorate these lovely treats!
27. Vegan S’mores Cupcakes By Feed Feed
If you love roasting marshmallows over a campfire, you’ll love these s’mores cupcakes!
Graham crackers make up the base of these cupcakes, followed by a chocolate cake batter. Top them off with a light and delicious marshmallow frosting.
Garnish with drizzled melted chocolate, crumbled graham crackers, or mini marshmallows!
28. Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes By Spabettie
Enjoy the delicious taste of creamsicles in these orange-flavored cupcakes that will make you think it’s summer!
Very easy to make, you just use a vanilla cake mix, vanilla extract, orange soda, and orange pulp for the batter.
Frost with a citrus cream cheese frosting and top with orange sprinkles or candied orange slices.
29. Vegan Boston Cream Cupcakes By Spoon University
If you are a fan of Boston cream donuts, you will want to try these Boston cream cupcakes!
Make the vanilla cupcakes then fill them with a smooth vegan custard. Top with a delicious chocolate ganache and add chocolate shavings for extra garnish.
These cupcakes will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to one week.
30. Vegan Triple Chocolate Cupcakes By Choosing Chia
Chocolate fans rejoice! These triple chocolate vegan cupcakes have all of the chocolatey flavors you could hope for.
Cocoa gives the cupcake batter a chocolate flavor which is enhanced further by the addition of espresso. The second use of cocoa is in the chocolate frosting that tops these desserts.
Add the third chocolate flavor by garnishing with either chocolate chips or chocolate sprinkles!
31. Tiramisu Cupcakes By Gretchen’s Vegan Bakery
A classic Italian dessert, tiramisu is transformed into cupcakes in this recipe.
Create these beautiful tiramisu vegan cupcakes by starting with the vanilla cupcake batter. Next, make a vegan cream cheese icing.
Brush the cooled cupcakes with coffee simple syrup, then frost. Garnish with cocoa powder or chocolate coffee beans.
32. Amazing Vegan Coconut Cupcakes By The Banana Diaries
These simple, elegant cupcakes are ideal for a spring or summer gathering. They would be great to serve at a bridal shower!
You can easily substitute gluten-free flour for all-purpose flour to make these desserts allergy-friendly.
After baking the coconut cupcakes, frost them with cream cheese frosting and dip them in toasted coconut flakes!
33. Vegan Brownie Cupcakes By The Best Cake Recipes
Craving brownies and cupcakes? With this recipe, you don’t have to choose between the two!
These vegan, gluten-free cupcakes have a chocolate fudge flavor, while the homemade frosting adds more brownie taste to these desserts.
If you want to get fancy, you can make a batch of vegan brownies, cut them into small pieces and garnish each cupcake with them.
34. Vegan Blackberry Chocolate Cupcakes By Fork Knife Swoon
These luscious blackberry cupcakes use fresh blackberries in the batter for a tangy, sweet flavor.
Whole grain spelt flour gives these cupcakes a hearty texture, while the cocoa and espresso add lots of chocolate taste!
Use a blackberry frosting on top and garnish with a single sugared blackberry.
35. Vegan Root Beer Float Cupcakes By The Comforting Vegan
Combine the taste of a root beer float with the light, fluffy texture of a cupcake.
Use root beer as well as root beer extract in the cupcake batter so that the flavor comes through well.
Homemade vanilla buttercream frosting tops these cupcakes. Garnish with homemade root beer candy!
36. Vegan Almond Cupcakes With Buttercream By Isn’t That the Limit
These elegant vegan cupcakes use almond and vanilla extract in the batter, along with coconut oil and almond milk.
The light and fluffy buttercream frosting includes orange zest, fresh rosemary, and orange juice.
Garnish these desserts with your choice of fresh rosemary sprigs or candied orange slices.
37. Vegan Speckled Egg Cupcakes By The Little Blog of Vegan
The perfect treat for Easter, these vegan cupcakes start with a vanilla and chocolate cake batter.
Remove the core of each cupcake and fill it with a chocolate fudge sauce. Use a homemade vanilla buttercream to frost these desserts.
Decorate with vegan mini eggs to finish off these beautiful treats!
38. Vegan Pink Lemonade Cupcakes By Wilton
Enjoy the taste of summer any time of year with these pink lemonade vegan cupcakes!
Make the moist and fluffy vanilla cupcake batter. Once they are baked and cooled, top with the lemon frosting! Adding food coloring to the frosting gives it a lovely pink color.
Garnish with pink sprinkles, a candied lemon slice, and a fresh raspberry.
39. Pomegranate and Passionfruit Cupcakes By Glow Steady
These fruit-flavored cupcakes use fresh passionfruit in both the batter and the glaze! The batter also has pomegranate in it.
Use a combination of oat flour and gluten-free self-raising flour to make a soft, fluffy cupcake.
Enjoy your cupcakes right away or store them at room temperature for up to four or five days.
40. Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes By Fab Lunch
A blend of gluten-free flours including brown rice and sorghum create a soft, fluffy texture in these vegan cupcakes.
Fill the cupcakes with strawberry jam. You can also use raspberry, peach, or blackberry jam here. Top with homemade peanut butter frosting.
To decorate these cupcakes, use chopped peanuts or fresh strawberry slices!
41. Vegan Apple Spice Cupcakes With Buttercream Frosting By The Spruce Eats
Try these apple spice cupcakes for a sweet fall treat. Any type of firm apple will work well in these cupcakes, such as Braeburn, Cortland, Empire, or Granny Smith.
Combining the tartness of the apples with the sweetness of brown sugar creates a delicious combination of flavors. Cinnamon gives the cupcakes a nice hint of spice.
Frost these desserts with delicious vegan buttercream and garnish with your choice of toppings. Crushed walnuts, caramel sauce, and sprinkled brown sugar are all great options.
42. Vegan Mimosa Cupcakes By Susan Cooks Vegan
These fancy mimosa cupcakes are great for a New Years’ celebration or milestone birthday.
Use orange juice and orange zest to flavor the cupcake batter. A delicious champagne buttercream tops these beautiful desserts.
Decorate the cupcakes with orange zest or gold leaf.
43. Vegan Sweet Potato Cupcakes With Cinnamon Buttercream By Peanut Butter and Jilly
These sweet potato cupcakes are a great dessert to serve at Thanksgiving or Christmas. Your friends and family will love them!
Pureed sweet potatoes and maple syrup make a delicious combination in the cupcake batter. Flavors like cinnamon and nutmeg enhance the taste of these treats.
All you need for the buttercream is powdered sugar, oat milk, vanilla, vegan butter, and cinnamon. Garnish these cupcakes with simple sprinkles.
44. Vegan Ice Cream Cupcakes By Veggies Don’t Bite
These cupcakes are like miniature versions of ice cream cake. Perfect for serving at birthday celebrations or any time you want a rich and creamy treat!
Start by making a vegan cupcake of your choice. You can use any flavor you like–chocolate is a classic option that goes well with ice cream. Next, choose a flavor of vegan ice cream. You will fill the center of the cupcakes with this.
Top these cupcakes with chocolate frosting, cream cheese frosting, or vegan whipped cream. Add sprinkles, caramel sauce, maraschino cherries, or grated chocolate for decoration.
45. Vegan Margarita Cupcakes By Labeless Nutrition
The batter of these margarita cupcakes uses lime juice, lime zest, and of course, tequila! These festive cupcakes make a great choice for bridal showers, birthdays, and New Years’ celebrations.
To make the frosting, you’ll need lime juice, more tequila, and matcha powder. The green tea powder gives the frosting it’s lovely green color.
Decorate these cupcakes with fresh lime slices, candied lime, or green sprinkles.
46. Vegan Rainbow Cupcakes By Plantiful Bakery
These beautiful rainbow cupcakes make a fun choice for birthdays or summer get-togethers with friends and family.
The batter uses almond milk, plant-based yogurt, and sunflower oil to create a moist and delicious vanilla cupcake.
You’ll make five different colors of icing to create the rainbow effect on these cupcakes. Turmeric, matcha powder, spirulina powder, and freeze-dried raspberry powder are used in place of food coloring.
47. Vegan Snickerdoodle Cupcakes By The Pretty Bee
Cinnamon and vanilla are the main flavors in these snickerdoodle cupcakes. The batter uses vegan butter and brown sugar for a moist, fluffy cake.
To make the buttercream, combine vegan butter with sugar, plant-based milk, and cinnamon. Frost the cupcakes and top with your choice of decorations such as sprinkles or cinnamon hearts.
These cupcakes are very easy to make and should last about four days when stored in an airtight container. You can also freeze the cupcakes for later use!
Easy Vegan Cupcake Recipes, Final Thoughts
Cupcakes are one of the easiest desserts to veganize. As you can see from this list, you can find easy vegan cupcake recipes in almost any flavor! Whether you’re hosting a special celebration or just looking for an easy afternoon snack, give one of these cupcake recipes a try today!