Sticky Chocolate Cupcakes

Chocolate. Cake. I could just leave it at that as I’m sure you totally get it! 😛

Okay, I won’t, I’ll tell you that these chocolate cupcakes are moist, indulgent and chocolatey, made only of plant based ingredients but able to fool the most unlikely of munchers! 🙂

Of course, you can dress them up, add some fancy piping, buttercream or fresh cream, maybe even add some chocolate drizzle or a sprinkling of nuts, but we ate them like this. For breakfast! Yes really! It’s a bit difficult to eat one, as you want a bit more of that chocolatey goodness, but the recipe makes 18 so that’s fine! 😛

The first time I made these, I tried a few variations – lesson learnt! The boy ate four in one sitting ‘just to see which was best!’ 😀 Now I’ve settled on two, chocolate, and peanut butter chocolate (did you see that giant tin of peanut butter I received this week)! I like both (even though I thought I didn’t like chocolate cake)! 😛

A word of warning – try to eat these somewhere sensible! They are very crumbly and cream sofas think they’re the latest fashion!!!

This recipe has a LOT more sugar in than I would normally use, but I wanted something everyone would eat without even thinking it was vegan or free-from anything, so I turned to this book, The Dirty Vegan, and adapted his cupcake recipe on page 195.

Sticky Chocolate Cupcakes
Keyword: cake, chocolate,, cupcakes,, vegan
Serves: 18 cupcakes
Created by:: Laurena @LifeDietHealth
  • 350 ml thick & creamy plant based milk (Oatly Barista is great)
  • 15 ml apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon coffee granules
  • 1 teaspoon boiling water
  • 300 g white sugar
  • 100 g butter (we used Vitalite)
  • 290 g plain flour (sieved)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 75 g cocoa powder
  • pinch of salt
  • *3 tablespoons peanut butter powder (we use PBfit) *optional for PB variety
  1. Put the milk in a large mug and stir in the vinegar. Leave for 15-20 minutes until you see it curdling.

  2. Mix the coffee granules with the boiling water. Try to dissolve as much as possible, then set aside to cool.

  3. In a large bowl, cream the sugar the butter. This will take some work, but the smoother and creamier you can get it, the better your cakes will be.

  4. Add the flour, baking powder, bicarb, cocoa powder and salt to the bowl and start to gently mix it together. Add the coffee mixture and continue to gently mix until all the ingredients are just combined.

  5. If making half chocolate peanut butter, half chocolate, remove half of the mix and add the peanut butter powder into one half – gently mix to incorporate.

  6. With a large spoon, fill your cupcake cases to just below (0.5cm minimum) the top. If you're doing two flavours, try and remember which are which (we use purple & blue for peanut).

  7. Bake at Gas Mark 5 (375f / 190c) for 30-40 minutes – check they are done using a clean skewer (insert into one cake and if it's clean, they are done)! Allow to cool before eating! Enjoy!

Anyway, you need these cupcakes! I’m sure you can think of something you’ve done this week (or something you’ve put up with that someone else has done)! which is deserving of cake! I’ve managed 11 whole days without hubby (1 sleep to go #notcounting 😛 ) So, get out your apron and bake! 😛

I’m sharing these over at this weeks Fiesta Friday co-hosted by Liz @ Spades, Spatulas & Spoons and Jenny @ Apply To Face Blog Why not pop over to see what everyone else is up to?! There’s always loads going on!

Leave me a comment below – about the cupcakes, how your week was and why you deserve cake! 🙂

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Speak soon, Have a great week and eat lots of cake! 

Laurena x


  • Eva Gallon 8th June 2019 at 08:51

    Hi Laurena, thanks for the recipe☺ I actually made some similar muffins with Ovaltine the other day (I know, not vegan- sorry). I hope you had a lovely week celebrating and it wasn’t too tiring. I’m glad your hubby will be back finally. Have a nice weekend?

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 8th June 2019 at 15:25

      Eva you must make these – they are so good! I was thinking next batch to put a hidden dollop of the peanut butter inside (did you see my giant tin)! How are you both? Is your weather any better than ours? We had a wonderful time celebrating – exhausting though! Hubby has been home a couple of hours now, so hopefully less for me to do now! 😛 xxx

  • Eva Gallon 8th June 2019 at 18:24

    I’ve added it to my ever-expanding list of things to make!? I don’t think I noticed the PB tin, do you mean the powder one? I always stock up on Meridian when I come over☺ We’re fine, thanks- it’s actually been ridiculously hot here but a bit cooler these last few days, we got absolutely drenched last night (no mention of that in the weather forecast at all!) Going to the village festival soon, apparently rock bands play until the early hours, it’s not all twee here haha. Enjoy the rest of the weekend Xx

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 8th June 2019 at 20:25

      Yes! Get baking more! There’s a link to the tin (it’s an instagram link but I’m sure it will show up even though you don’t have it)! It’s mega! Oh no, hope it stays dry for the festival! It really can’t make up its mind here! Have a great Sunday. xxx

  • Eva Gallon 8th June 2019 at 21:06

    I like the look of that ‘Smunchy’ paint tin lol, what a lovely surprise for you?And it’s local… ish, the UK is a relatively small country? Just come back from the festival, far too loud for us homebodies haha Xx

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 10th June 2019 at 20:42

      Isn’t it so cool! A whole kg of peanut smunchy butter! Satay tofu, peanut butter balls, more cupcakes with a secret filling… nomnomnom. Oh no! Too loud! Must be getting old! 😛 x

    • Eva Gallon 10th June 2019 at 21:28

      Or straight off the spoon!?
      Have a good week x

      • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 10th June 2019 at 21:37

        lol! 😛 Oh yeah! That goes without saying (with a drizzle of chocolate on it)! ps: Absolutely chucking it down here!

      • Eva Gallon 10th June 2019 at 23:47

        Yeah, I heard warnings of torrential rain over there!

  • Liz 9th June 2019 at 18:18

    Chocolate, cake…enough said. Thank you for bringing these to FF.

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 10th June 2019 at 20:43

      Yes! Indeed! Thank you! 😀 and thank you so much for co-hosting the Fiesta this week!


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