Need an easy dessert idea for a potluck or holiday party? These Easy Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with Pecan Pie Frosting are sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
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Easy Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with Pecan Pie Frosting

Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Dessert
Keyword vegan chocolate cupcakes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
Servings 12 cupcakes
Calories 541kcal
Author Meaghan Lamm

Ingredients

For the Cupcakes:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 6 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water room temperature

For the Frosting:

  • 1 cup salted vegan butter room temperature
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups powdered sugar

For the Candied Pecans:

  • 1 cup pecans chopped into small pieces
  • 2 Tbs vegan butter
  • 1 1/2 Tbs brown sugar
  • 1/2 Tbs white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

For the Candied Pecans:

  • In a microwave safe bowl melt the vegan butter and then stir in the brown sugar, white sugar, and cinnamon, mixing until combined.
  • Add the chopped pecans and stir to coat. Leave some pecans whole for garnish if desired. Turn the coated pecans out onto a sheet of wax paper and leave to set while you make and cool the cupcakes.

For the Cupcakes:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder and set aside.
  • In a separate bowl whisk together the vanilla, vinegar, vegetable oil, and water. Make a well in the center of your dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients, whisking until just combined.
  • Fill a lined muffin tin 3/4 full and bake at 350 degrees for 22-24 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Cool completely before frosting.

For the Frosting:

  • In a stand mixer beat vegan butter until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  • Add in the brown sugar and vanilla and beat until well combined.
  • Add the powdered sugar, 1/2 a cup at a time, beating well after each addition, until frosting reaches a pipeable consistency.
  • Add chopped candied pecans and mix until just combined.
  • Frost cupcakes and garnish with two whole candied pecans if desired.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cupcake | Calories: 541kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Sodium: 184mg | Potassium: 128mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 57g | Vitamin A: 95IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1.3mg