Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

I f you had to pick your favorite foods, what would they be?

Let's say... top ten. Top five favorite foods would be too difficult, I think. If you could only have these ten food items for the rest of your life, what would they be?

I recently thought about this question myself.

10. Baja Chicken Gorditas with Fire Sauce
9. Croissants with Nutella
8. Peanut-Butter-Banana Oatmeal
7. Avocado
6. Cornbread
5. Sweet Potato Fries
4. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream
3. Mocha Lattes with Whipped Cream
2. Fried Okra
1. Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Hmm plenty of fried stuff and sugar on that list. I'm glad I don't really have to only eat those items, because I'm pretty sure I'd get the diabetes.

Let's see if I can get Eric and Hannah's top five favorite foods... maybe they'll comment and we'll see if I am correct.

5. Cornbread/Baked Beans
4. Burgers
3. Ribs
2. Pepperoni Pizza
1. Orange Chicken

5. Ramen Noodles
4. Flamin' Hot Cheetos
3. Fries
2. Cashew Chicken
1. Sushi

Have I wasted enough of your time today? Okay then.

Two of my favorite foods are chocolate cake and avocado. I've seen various chocolate-avocado cake recipes around the web in the past. Joy's comes to mind. Her cake even has an avocado buttercream. Coooool.

Using avocado in a recipe to make it vegan is kind of brilliant. It has a neutral, buttery flavor that blends perfectly into a chocolate cake batter. No eggs or butter necessary.

Into my cupcake batter went flour, flax, avocado, brown sugar, oil, unsweetened chocolate and coconut milk. The frosting is made with Earth Balance, confectioners' sugar and unsweetened chocolate.

I put sprinkles on top. It just occurred to me that sprinkles may not be vegan. Whoops. But they might be. Who knows! It's one of the great mysteries of life.

These cupcakes are really good and rich, but not light and airy like a regular chocolate cake. These are more like soft brownie-cakes.

So here they are: Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes for all you smokin' hawt vegans out there! You're fabulous! Keep doin what you're doin!

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes 

2 cups all purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons milled flax seed
3/4 cup mashed ripe avocado
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1/3 cup oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
1 1/3 cups coconut milk (or almond, rice, soy)

Chocolate Frosting
1/2 cup dairy free margarine spread (such as Earth Balance)
2 cups confectioners' sugar
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 16 muffin cups with liners.

In a medium sized mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt; whisk in flax until combined. In a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together avocado, brown sugar, oil and 1 teaspoon vanilla until creamy - about 1-2 minutes; beat in 4 ounces melted chocolate until combined. Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually beat in flour mixture, alternating with coconut milk, until well combined.

Divide batter into muffins cups. Bake 15-20 minutes or until well risen and slightly crackled on top. Cool 10 minutes in pan before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

To make the frosting, in a medium mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together margarine spread and confectioners' sugar until well combined - about 1-2 minutes; beat in 3/4 teaspoon vanilla and 2 ounces melted chocolate until well combined. Pipe or spread frosting on cupcakes.

Makes 16 cupcakes


  1. I see avo in unconventional recipes like this one more and more these days. With this enticing example, who would not want to be a vegan!!!!

  2. Vegans need to enjoy the good things in life too, so thanks for this recipe Emily. If I had to list my 5 favourite foods it would be a hard choice but the droolfactor goes to: 5)Flight of creme brulees 4) homemade almond roca 3) creamy potato and garlic soup/garlic mashed potatoes 2) spanakopita 1) dolmades with tzadziki..

  3. These are the most gorgeous cuppies! You know what? I love avocadoes too and I love them this way -- Avocadoes with Condensed Milk

  4. These sound great. I love to have a great vegan cupcake recipe on-hand.

  5. I love the idea of putting avocado in a chocolate cupcake! Never heard of that before!

  6. I love vegan desserts but I've never thought of using avocado! Amazing !!

  7. Really? There is avocado in these? They look yummy!

  8. ooh, yum yum! love the avocado addition here. it'd be hard to pin down my fav foods, but sw potato fries would be near the top! can't say i'm with you on the fried okra though :)

  9. so awesome... I just made some quick breads with avocados - can't wait to try this one out!

    Happy baking!

  10. At first I thought, "Ack. The V WORD. ;-) Then I saw the avocado adn thought, "Yeah. I'd eat that."

    It would be really hard for me to come up with 10 top foods. for a picky eater, I have a lot of top foods. (Off the top of my head: nutella, ice cream, mac and cheese, fried chicken, Italian cured meats of all sorts, pork ribs and pulled pork, pizza)

  11. HA ha,10 foods to chose....well an impossible task for me.....
    Ur cuppy cakes are so cute emily....

  12. see, there's no way i could pick my favorite food, much less narrow it down to ten. no way at all. i love how some of your selections are oddly specific while others are broad. regardless, you've picked some yummy stuff. :)

  13. Intriguing...I don't think I would be able to resist using the avocado for guacamole. But you're so clever to do that.

    Top Ten Foods?
    I couldn't begin to restrict it to ten and I'm pretty sure Fried Okra wouldn't be on it!

  14. "soft brownie cake" um, sounds like a perfect cupcake to me.

    Avocados would definitely make my top 10 list as well, but then I'd have to add cilantro, lime, and tortilla chips to the list as well. ;)

  15. The avocado in them is so intriguing - they sound delicious and I love the sprinkles! My top 10 would definitely include sushi and pizza :)

  16. The avacado addition is interesting. I am a little scared of mixing avacado with baked goods...i have to get over that. The cupcakes look amazing! In my top ten would be chocolate milkshakes and tacos!

  17. Just ribs? No! My old man's famous smoked ribs? Yes. Other than that, though, you nailed it.

    Nice work, gf. I glove you.

  18. These look amazing! Just curious: Did you use So Delicious coconut milk in the refrigerated case or canned coconut milk?

  19. Eric, Yay! I nailed it. That's what I meant. When are we having ribs again?
    I glove you.

    Also, I got Hannah's right, except she likes general chicken instead of cashew now. :)

  20. They look great Emily and who would think you could mix avocado and chocolate!! I'm with you in regards to the chocolate's number one with me too...

  21. Not sure if you read posts on previous recipes... just wanted to say I tried your PB and jelly cupcakes and they were super awesome

    mine don't look as pretty as yours, maybe i overcooked them? not sure... but they sure tasted like heaven

  22. These look delicious! Thanks for the comment on my blog, I will just wait, I loved Pom? Sad crying tears now! You are too cute!

  23. Oh yeah, fried okra and sweet potatoes are way up there on my list too! But I love fried chicken as well. I am so bad.

    Love the idea of the avocado in here, I bet that's why it's so moist.

    (Pretty good guessing for Eric!)

  24. Sometimes out of nowhere I get this vegan baking periods, then I forget about it for a while. You can do some awesome vegan treats and that's... awesome. My top ten? I don't know but maybe I could live with bread, ice cream, chocolates, cakes, cookies and potato chips...

  25. I see ribs in our very near future. I think they get better each time my old man makes them.

  26. Hi Emily! I can definitely calculate the nutrition on your posts; they’re not perfectly accurate, but they are probably pretty close. For the cupcakes, I did it in three parts(All based on 16 servings:

    Cupcakes with coconut milk – Calories = 280, Fat = 15.5g (24% of daily recommended intake), Protein = 3.5g

    Cupcakes with soy milk – Calories = 246, Fat = 11.1g (17% of daily recommended intake), Protein = 3.7g

    Chocolate frosting – Calories = 128, Fat = 7.3g (11% of daily recommended intake)

    The large difference in the two cupcakes recipes is due to the fact that coconut milk is fairly high in saturated fats, while soy milk is rather low. Fat isn’t necessarily to be avoided though; for instance, avocados are rich in mono and polyunsaturated fatty acids (we affectionately call them MUFAs and PUFAs in class) which actually limits cholesterol formation in your body.

    And, here I am rambling again... The cupcakes look delicious; I can’t wait to try them! I tried to reduce my favourite foods to a list of 10; I managed to get down to 25 before giving up. My all-time favourite though is my father’s homemade pizza.

  27. I absolutely love the decoration and piping. Such gorgeous looking cupcakes.

  28. sushi and chocolate cake would both be on mine for sure!

  29. Hi, Emily! It's Wednesday (okay, I'm late in reading your blog) and we've called our friends in Springfield to see whether they want to come down to eat...I hope you're working if we do visit you. Your recipes are so "right down my alley." Anything with chocolate, regardless of the other ingredients! So chocolate would be my #1 food. After that, it'd be hard to narrow down. I'll have to ask you, next time I see you, how you create all these different delicious recipes. As I like to say, someday you'll be rich *and* famous, and we'll say, "We knew her when."

  30. Hmmmm. These look picture perfect. And I love your top 10 list.

  31. I love avocado!!! One of my favorite local restaurants has a BLT sandwich that uses Avocado instead of lettuce and it is amazing. Taco Bell even has a 99 cent chicken burrito with avocado and ranch sauce. so yummy.

    I made avocado and chocolate truffles once- they were so amazing!!!

    have a wonderful day! I forgot to say in my last comment- Happy Birthday to your Daddy!!!

  32. Hi Emily,
    Can't wait to make these! Are the flax seeds imperative? I don't have any...and don't feel like buying any...could I leave them out? Also, how many avocados did you use to get 3/4 c? Thank you!!

  33. Hi Susan! Glad you could make it in.

    Lauren, I used the flax as an egg replacer, but I'm not sure it was really that necessary. Just try adding another two tablespoons of flour. I think one large avocado would work.

  34. Awesome job with the vegan cupcakes. I've been having fun coming up with vegan stuff a bit, too, even though I'll never be vegan!
    These look great.

  35. I think my favorite foods would change from day to day. And I'm not even close to vegan, but these are sounding pretty tempting!

  36. I love baking with Avo! It makes it just we bit healthier, in my head. I have an amazing Chocoalte Pudding recipe where the base is Avo. It is extremely rich so I am trying to turn it into more of a mouse.

    My only question is how smooth did you get the Avo? When I make my pudding I have really small lumps and can't seem to get them all out.


  37. I keep sending sweet stuff to work with my husband but there are some vegans who have not been able to participate. Hubby asked me to make something vegan...I think I just found it, thank you!

  38. Hi,
    Feel like eating right off the pic. Yum O Yum ! I have a question though can I make this into a cake? I have a 9 inch round cake pan. Can you tell me if this recipe can be used for a 9 inch round cake pan?
    Thank you for your time and response in advance.

  39. Hi! A couple of years later, I stumble upon your gorgeous recipe.
    I live in Argentina, and we do not have any decent dairy-free replacement for shortening or butter. I was thinking of replacing the margarine spread in the frosting with some more avocado. Have you ever tried it? Do you think I should venture it? Maybe an experienced avocado user like you will know.

  40. Mara, you could try using avocado! I have no idea if it will work of not. I wonder if it might make the frosting a funky color.

    You might try using coconut oil. It's solid at room temperature.