All American Vanilla Vegan Cupcakes

Independence Day!

Which means I get a 3-day break to bake and write all weekend, “Yay!”  Yea right…I wish but I did manage to create an All-American classic vanilla cupcake for the ‘veganists’!  With a couple of substitutions, this classic cupcake can be easily transformed into a vegan sweet treat anyone (vegan or not) can enjoy!

All American Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes | URBAN BAKES

The cake portion is rich in flavor with a moist, tender crumb, you would be amazed it’s actually vegan.  Sound like an advertisement, huh?!  It’s the truth.  Initially, I was skeptical in creating the recipe, worried it was going to implode becoming another failed dessert moment, instead it was a success!

All American Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes | URBAN BAKES

I’m a firm believer in helping educate others on options when recreating recipes as some may not have every ingredient listed.  In the matter of vinegar, most recipes call for apple cider vinegar over distilled white.  Didn’t have the preferred apple cider so I used what I had and the end result looks and tastes great.  Probably wouldn’t have noticed a difference.

Also, it’s been brought to my attention that some people may be allergic to soy products.  If you have a food allergy to soy, substitute the soy milk for either rice or almond milk and you’re good to go.

As always with every recipe from my kitchen to yours, ENJOY!

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Vanilla Vegan Cupcakes

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  • Author: Connie
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 1 dozen 1x


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  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract


  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter (Earth Balance)
  • 1 tablespoon soy milk
  • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Line 24 cupcake liners into pan
  2. In large bowl, mix soy milk and vinegar; set aside.
  3. In medium bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside.
  4. Combine and whisk oil, water, lemon juice and vanilla into the soy milk-mixture.
  5. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the soy milk-mixture and mix on medium speed using an electric mixer until batter is lump-free.
  6. Pour batter into prepared cupcake liners about 1/2 – 3/4 full.
  7. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Meanwhile, in large bowl, combine and mix all ingredients together on medium speed using an electric mixer for 2 minutes or until buttercream becomes light and fluffy.
  9. Frost cupcakes.  Note: quantities in this recipe generously covers 6 cupcakes.


  • Recipe can be doubled to frost 24 cupcakes.
  • If  buttercream is too thick, add soy milk 1/2 T at a time.
  • Regular vanilla extract can be used instead of clear vanilla extract.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Cuisine: American

Vanilla Vegan Buttercream recipe created by URBAN BAKES.

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