Bake Days- Vegan Coffee cupcakes with Lotus Biscuit buttercream

I've been wanting to make these since my wonderful friend Claire put the recipe up on her blog. Now I've never made vegan cupcakes before even though I've owned the 'Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World' cookbook for years! To be honest with you when i first brought the book i had no idea where to buy all the ingredients. Thankfully Claire made it a lot easier to understand what i needed. It was ever so easy to do and they taste AMAZING!! Here is the recipe -

Ingredients for the cupcakes-

225ml soy milk
1 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
150g granulated sugar
65ml rapeseed oil (i used vegetable oil which worked the same)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
120g plain flour
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
2 tablespoons instant espresso powder
3/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Ingredients for the frosting -

70g Trex vegetable fat
100g Pure soya margarine
400g icing sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
180g smooth Lotus Biscuit Spread

Preheat the oven to 180c (350f),Gas mark 5 and line a muffin tin with cupcake cases. Mix the soy milk and apple vinegar in a large bowl and leave for 5 minutes until it is curdled. Once it is, add in the sugar, oil and vanilla extract and mix until frothy.

In another bowl sieve together the flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and salt. Then gradually add half of the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, and whisk until all combined. Add the remaining dry mixture and whisk until smooth.

Carefully fill each cupcake case until 2/3 full and bake for 18 minutes until a skewer comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the tin, then place on a cooling rack.

Beat the Trex and Stork until fluffy. Sieve in the icing sugar and beat until smooth. Add the vanilla and mix until incorporated. Now add the Lotus spread and beat for 3 minutes or until its all mixed together and smooth in texture. I used a large star nozzle to pipe the buttercream on but you can use any size nozzle you like. Enjoy!

Much love
Lulu xx

Pop over to my lovely friend Claires baking blog as i'm sure you'll find something amazing to bake :)

(All pictures taken with my iPhone 4s)
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  1. These cupcakes look so good and I'm glad theyre vegan. YUM!

  2. There soooo good! Ill be doing a few other vegan cupcake recipes on here so keep a look out :)

    Lulu xx

  3. Yey! Glad you enjoyed making them! The look lovely. Are you now obsessed with the Lotus spread? haha xxxx

    1. I'm sooo obsessed with the spread yes! Haha! It'll be worth the bus journey when i need more :)xx

  4. Yummy! Want to make them some time. My mouth is watering! hehe :)

    1. They were so YUM! The Lotus Biscuit spread is amazing! Have you ever tried the biscuit its self?xx