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Gluten-Free Vegan Strawberry Cupcakes

Creating a Gluten-Free Vegan Cupcake has been on my to-do list for months. With the return to summer and the abundance of fresh fruit, I felt like the timing was just right. Introducing… a Vegan Strawberry Cupcake with a Vegan Strawberry Buttercream Frosting.

Two things I have come to rely upon in my baking are 1) eggs and 2) xanthan gum. To make these vegan, the eggs had to go. Instead, I have used apple cider vinegar and baking soda to create a rising effect.

Eggs also play a role as a binder in baking. In an effort to work outside of my comfort zone, I’ve started playing around with different binding methods. Chia seeds, which happen to be fabulous for you, when mixed with liquids create a gelatin-like substance that is an excellent binder!

Vegan Strawberry Cupcakes by Laura Friendly Start to Finish: 55 minutes Makes: 12 cupcakes


  • 1-3/4 cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free All Purpose Baking Flour
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds, ground
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup strawberry purée (about 3/4-pint fresh strawberries)
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Vegan Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

  • 1/3 cup soy butter, room temperature
  • 2-1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-1/2 tbsp strawberry jam

1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Line muffin tins with paper liners.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, chia seeds, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

3. In a blender, purée strawberries (adding only enough strawberries to equal 1 cup). Add in milk, oil and vinegar. Blend lightly until combined.

4. Pour wet mixture into the dry ingredients and whisk together until batter is smooth.

5. Divide the mixture evenly between the 12 muffin liners. Bake in the center of a preheated oven, until dome shaped and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. About 21 minutes, depending upon your oven.

6. Cool the pan briefly, then gently pop out the cupcakes and continue cooling on a wire rack. Once completely cooled, frost the cupcakes and cover in an airtight container. They are best eaten the first day.

Vegan Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

1. Place soy butter into a large mixing bowl and beat until it is fluffy (using a hand or stand mixer).

2. With mixer running slowly, add in 2 cups of powdered sugar, ½ cup at a time, and beat until crumbly. Scraping down the sides of the mixer as often as necessary.

3. Beat in the strawberry jam, 1 tbsp at a time. Add in remaining powdered sugar, beating slowly, until fully incorporated. Use immediately.

For more vegan desserts, try my:

All Images & Content are by Laura Friendly. This post is written and based on my personal experience and opinion on food. The information is not intended to replace professional medical counsel. Always seek the advice of your physician if you have a food allergy. And don’t forget to smile!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=160500459 Lindsay Hoyt

    Do ya have any left? I wanna come over at eat some!

    • Laura Friendly

      Love you Linds 😉

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000729933673 Sammi Martinez

    Could you use silken tofu instead of soy butter for the icing? It is much easier to find at my grocery store than soy butter.

    • Laura Friendly

      Hi Sammi! Tofu would not have the same texture and hold as vegan butter. I would recommend checking out your local Health Food Store, they should have a few options. Thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1188674634 Tessa Brianne

    Is there a soy-free substitute to use for the icing?

    • Laura Friendly

      Hi Tessa! Earth Balance has a soy free butter alternative or try MimicCream Healthy Top, which is a coconut and nut based product. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000132311685 Amie Jo

    These are awesome! We just made them but I used the Go Veggie! Vegan Strawberry Cream Cheese on top and they were so good.
    Thanks for a great recipe.

    • Laura Friendly

      Thanks Amie Jo! I’m so happy you enjoyed these. I think they are delish.

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