The Best Ever Vegan & Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes

April 6, 2011

Do vegan cupcakes really have the ability to take over the world? (note: I didn’t use any of these recipes but it was a good way to intro the post, right?)

Probably not yet, but they sure as hell should.

Why, you ask? (pretend you asked…)

Because they’re Yummy… with a capital Y.

And because they’re easy to make, they’re virtually guilt-less, and you can eat all of the… take heaping spoonfuls of… enjoy a tasty raw batter since there’s no egg, dairy, or gluten!

You see, I’ve mastered the art of vegan baking. Really… The key to making successfully fluffy and tasty cupcakes is starting with a good base. Then mixing with love. Baking to perfection. And piping chocolate frosting all over the cooled cakes in cups.

And by starting with a good base, I mean secretly using a gluten free chocolate cake mix. But shhhhhhh! It’s our little secret.

Topping with red ripe strawberries are optional. Sort of.

The Best Ever Vegan and Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes

[if you don’t tell, they won’t know]

  • 1 package gluten free chocolate cake mix
  • 1/2 c dairy free butter
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 flax eggs
  • 1/3 cup hot water (110 degrees)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • people to share in the cupcake love (’cause this makes a lot)

Mix and bake according to Bob‘s directions. Let cool and frost.

Now, I wanted to make my own vegan frosting for these but ran out of time, as these cupcakes were for a family dinner in celebration of my boyfriend’s birthday this weekend. So, a Whole Foods vegan chocolate frosting it was. Still yummy, just not as yummy as homemade would have been. 😉

To pipe the frosting, I recommend stealing borrowing your mom’s piping tools then just playing around. That’s what I did and they turned out to be the most ugly and beautiful cupcakes created… in my world. Professional, no. Fun to make and delicious to eat, yes.

These turned out moist, super fluffy yet slightly dense, a bit crumbly when biting and definitely worth making again.

Have you ever tried a gluten-free baking mix? I had my doubts… but when just the gluten-free flour was the same price as the whole cake mix (same brands!) my decision was made for me.

Ah, and you almost left without my good news! Fun and wonderful news, actually…

Some of you got it right, some of you didn’t guess…

[picture tomorrow! time crunching my day away…]

I started personal training last week! I LOVE it. I make people sweat… and for a brief time, enjoy exercising (hopefully). How rewarding is that?!


{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Amanda @ Wonderland Diaries April 7, 2011 at 9:20 AM

Yum! Can you mail me one of these!

By the way..Giants 10K August 28th..what do you say!! I already signed up.

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Amber Shea @Almost Vegan April 7, 2011 at 6:50 AM

Gosh, you are so much better at frosting cupcakes than I am! I don’t think I have the patience 🙂

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alyssa - fashion fitness foodie April 7, 2011 at 6:08 AM

Awesome news!! Congratulations Lori 🙂
Do you serve your clients these cupcakes? If so sign me up!!

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Natalie April 7, 2011 at 4:35 AM

ummmm those look amazing! and when i get home can we talk about some PERSONAL TRAINING please?!! that would ALSO be amazing

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Heather @ kissmybroccoli April 7, 2011 at 3:32 AM

Haha! When I first started reading this post knowing that you’d share your news today, I thought you had started a little bakery or something! I’d definitely pay for a bit of those gorgeous little gems! I bought a cake decorating kit thingy from Pampered Chef years ago, but the only time I’ve ever used it was to pipe deviled egg filling…I really need to play around with it! Maybe I’ll do some baking on Sunday and then force all my coworkers to eat them on Monday! 😉 Plus, the bigger they get…the smaller I look! Muhahahaha!

So happy for you! Wish I could be one of your clients!

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Alisa Fleming April 6, 2011 at 8:09 PM

I’m so excited for you!

And just read both posts from today. Dessert like this for breakfast, yes please!

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Pure2raw Twins April 6, 2011 at 3:32 PM

Can never go wrong with cupcakes! and chocolate! haha

Bob red mills has great products!

Congrats on personal training, I still have yet to make up my mind about if I want to get certified. Right now do not have much time, haha

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Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit April 6, 2011 at 9:07 AM

Congrats on starting personal training! I would love that job…I imagine it being a lot like nutrition consulting (what I do now). It’s so nice to watch people progress and get excited about their health! Those cupcakes look amazing too 🙂

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Ela April 6, 2011 at 8:22 AM

Congrats on starting personal training! I so look forward to hearing more about how it goes for you.

I got piping tools for my birthday, and they are so much fun, so much better than a ziploc with a corner cut out!

I’m kind of a snob about making things from scratch, but if the mix didn’t have any weird ingredients and was the same price as the flour, I would sure be tempted too!
love
Ela

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Elena April 6, 2011 at 8:09 AM

I think you are evil… you are tempting me right now 🙂 It looks soo good!

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Melissa April 6, 2011 at 7:31 AM

Those cupcakes look amazing. I need to try that cake mix!! I love frosting..definite weakness there:)

Ps huge congratulations on the personal training work!! So excited for you:)

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Lindsay Cotter April 6, 2011 at 7:02 AM

I don’t think I those would make it the oven. I’d be eating the batter first!

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Lauren @ WWoB April 6, 2011 at 6:06 AM

They look straight out of a bakery!
And congrats on the training!!! That is SO exciting! I would loveee for you to train me sometime. Lets make that happen.

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Katie April 6, 2011 at 5:38 AM

I love that last picture. 🙂

Congrats again on the personal training gig. You know I’m jealous.

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Ernie April 6, 2011 at 4:53 AM

I know you have a “REAL” job, but you are exactly what a personal trainer should look and smell like … not to mention the big fat smile on your face when you train is what sets you apart from many others in the field. Keep enjoying what your doing and keep tantalizing my taste buds!!!!! 🙂

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Sable@SquatLikeALady April 6, 2011 at 4:11 AM

I am so excited that you enjoy personal training! I’m thinking about studying and testing for a NSCA cert.

Oh and I LOVE Bob Red Mill’s gluten free chocolate chip cookie mix! SO good!

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Kat April 6, 2011 at 3:49 AM

Congrats on the personal training girl 🙂 Love the cupcakes as well. I could seriously just lick my computer screen right now

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Salah (My Healthiest Lifestyle) April 6, 2011 at 3:39 AM

So glad you love the personal training, I just started last week as well and love it too! 🙂 these cupcakes look sooo great! oh, btw I might be in the San Jose area this summer! If so I’d love to meet up!

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Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen April 6, 2011 at 3:18 AM

This is perfectly timed, as my vegan roommate’s birthday is today and I want to bake her a treat. 🙂

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