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Vegan Orange Dreamsicle Cupcakes

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Serves 12 regular or 24 mini | Prep Time 1 hour | Cook Time 10-20 minutes

Why I Love This Recipe

Inspired by Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, this was one of my first mods...

Ingredients You'll Need


1 c. soy milk
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1/3 c. oil (vegetable, canola, or warm coconut)
1 tsp. vanilla extract or beans from 1/4 of a vanilla bean
1 tsp. pure orange extract

1 1/4 c. unbleached all-purpose flour
2 tbsp. corn starch
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1-2 pinches of powdered ginger


1-2 c. powdered sugar
1-2 tsp. soy milk
1/4-1/2 c. earthbalance vegan buttery sticks
range depends on how much buttercream you want



1. if you use real vanilla beans, simmer a bean in warm water and slice it open to scrape into the wet ingredients.

2. preheat the oven to 350F and spray your cupcake liners with oil. i use olive oil in an atomizer and you never notice the flavor.


1. mix soy milks and vinegar. let it sit about 5 minutes to curdle.

2. mix the remaining wet ingredients with the soymilk and vinegar until they are slightly foamy.

3. sift the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl.

4. add the dry to the wet

5. mix til it's almost lump-fee. it doesn't have to be perfect.

6. spoon the batter into your liners til they are 2/3 to 3/4 full

7. bake. 10 minutes for minis, about 15 for regular cupcakes.


-always check with a skewer or knife to come out clean before removing them. your oven may be different than mine.

-turn the heat up a little higher in the beginning and the cupcake will have more of a peak

-do not bake minis with regular size cupcakes because the necessary cooking times are different and the more you open the oven, the more you change the temperature

-don't overfill the cupcake liners or you'll have muffin tops and it may stick to the pan/tear apart.


1. cream the butter and extract first

2. add the sugar and mix in by hand first then beat with a mixer to prevent a dust cloud. add soy milk and more sugar for texture consistency til you think it's right.

after the cupcakes cool, i like to use the back of a spoon and just swirl it around the top of the cupcake til there's a graceful peak, but piping or spreading your frosting is totally an artistic choice, so have at it. if i have it, i love to chop candied ginger and put a little on top.

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