Cook's Hideout: Vegan Lemon Cupcakes

May 13, 2016

Vegan Lemon Cupcakes

We are cruising past May with jest speed, last weekend was my birthday and Mother's day. We had a fun weekend getaway to Connecticut and a beautiful Mother's day party at a dear friend's house. Hope you guys had a good Mother's day. But make sure to appreciate your mom not just on her special day, but every day of the week -- she deserves it :-)
Lemon Cupcakes
I made these cute little mini lemon cupcakes for Mother's day last weekend. It is a variation of the basic vegan vanilla cupcake recipe, but instead of vanilla flavored with lemon zest and pure lemon extract.
They turned out moist and fluffy with just the right hint of lemon. Personally I'm not a big fan of lemon flavor, but I think I'll make an exception for these cupcakes. Recipe is from Vegan Cupcakes Take over the World.
I've started to like the mini cupcakes over the regular standard size ones these days. The mini cupcakes are just perfect 1~2 bites and done. But there is also a chance of overdoing it by popping in a couple or a few without realizing (ahem....). I also made these pretty Rosewater & Pistachio mini cupcakes (these are my personal favorite).
Rosewater Cupcakes
In case you are wondering frosting is not vegan, it is whipped cream frosting. I'm going to try the popular coconut whipped cream to see how well that works, so the entire cupcake can be vegan.

Vegan Lemon Cupcakes (Makes 12 standard or 28~30 mini cupcakes)
  • 1¼cups All purpose flour
  • 2tbsp Cornstarch
  • ¾tsp Baking powder
  • ½tsp Baking soda
  • ½tsp Salt
  • 1cup Almond or soy Milk
  • 1tsp Apple cider Vinegar
  • ⅓cup Oil
  • ¾cup Sugar
  • 1tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1½tsp Pure Lemon extract
  • 1tbsp Lemon zest
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a regular muffin pan or mini-muffin pan with cupcake liners.
  2. Whisk soy milk and vinegar in a measuring cup and set aside for a few minutes to curdle.
  3. Beat together the soy milk mixture, oil, sugar, vanilla, lemon extract and lemon zest in a large bowl. Sift in the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda and salt and mix until no big lumps remain.
  4. Fill cupcake liners ⅔rds of the way full and bake for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Transfer to a cooling rack and let them cool completely before frosting.
Lemon Mini Cupcakes

Linking this to Valli's 'Cooking from Cookbook ChallengeMay -- Week 2'.


  1. Vegan cupcakes look moist and soft.

  2. these look so pretty with all your gorgeous garnishes

  3. Pavani, love all the cupcakes you have on display. So artistically done and I love mini cupcakes too...I have all the ingredients. Hope to bake these soon...

  4. Oh, Your cupcakes look so sweet, delicious & made with love, Pavani.


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