Vegan Cupcakes for Two

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Just the other day I told myself I wasn’t going to eat ice cream again for the third night in a row because it was simply getting out of hand. I mean, I have to draw the line somewhere.

So, naturally, I made cupcakes for dessert instead.

I don’t, however, like that baking typically yields a dozen goodies that, after consuming the majority of, my thighs are left to reckon with.

So, rather cleverly, I slimmed the original recipe way down until I had a nice little batter for two cupcakes.

Not twelve.

And in the end, the cupcake for two recipe served its purpose well.

One for me, and one for the hubs.

I made it vegan just for the heck of it. And also because grandma Dana has to watch her dairy intake. Waaah waaaaah.


Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes for Two

adapted from


1/4 cup soymilk (I used vanilla)
1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 cup AP flour
1 teaspooon cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
pinch salt
2 tablespoons margarine or 1 tablespoon canola oil
2 tablespoons sugar
1/3 teaspoon vanilla
equal dashes almond and vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350* and line muffin pan with paper liners. Whisk the soy milk and the lemon together and let sit a few minutes.

IF USING MARGARINE: Sift the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a large bowl and mix. In a separate large bowl,use a handheld mixer at medium speed to cream the margarine and sugar for about 2 minutes until light and fluffy, but don’t beat past 2 minutes. Beat in the vanilla and other extract, if using, alternate beating in the soy milk mixture and the dry ingredients, stopping to scrape the sides of the bowl a few times.

IF USING OIL: Beat together the soy milk mixture, oil, sugar, vanilla, and other extracts, if using, in a large bowl. Sift in the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda and salt and mix until no large lumps remain.

Fill cupcake liners 2/3 of the way and bake for 10-15 minutes until done. A toothpick will come out clean when ready. Transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely before frosting.

Then, frost away!

‘Buttercream’ Frosting

adapted from dairyfreecooking


1/4 – 1/3 cup earth balance (or other non-dairy margarine)
3/4 – cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 t. vanilla extract
splash of soy milk


In a mixing bowl using an electric hand mixer, cream the ‘butter’ until fluffy as best you can. Add the confectioners sugar gradually, beating at a low speed until well combined. Turn up the speed to medium high, add the remaining ingredients, and beat until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Scoop into a piping bag or plastic bag (which you can cut the corner off of) and chill slightly before using to frost the cupcakes.

Cakey, vanilla-y, sweet, lots of frosting. Everything a [vegan] cupcake should be, no?

Do try these, won’t you? And if you do, don’t forget the sprinkles.

They’re kind of a big deal.


  1. Such darling cupcakes! Love the frosting & sprinkles :)

  2. So cute! I love the sprinkles.

    ..and the fact that you successfully made two cupcakes. When I slim down recipes, disaster awaits.

  3. Those are so cute! I love the “for two” recipes, just enough to satisfy that sweet tooth!

  4. wow, these seriously look PERFECT! I literally just slab some frosting on there, but yours is flawless! Totally makes me want a cupcake more than when I make them! And I love the blue color with the sprinkles :)

  5. These looks beautiful and fabulous! I must try them:) I love that they are vegan because I’ve been lowering my dairy consumption also!

  6. These look so great! I really need to trim down my dessert recipes to just a couple servings…I think my subconscious really wants me to make a ton so I can eat them all!

  7. beautiful cupcakes!! And making just two is BRILLIANT…I’m the only one who likes sweets at this house, so my skinny jeans thank you.

  8. On a side note, you did a great job photographing these little dudes. You could make some moolah in the food photography biz, I’d say.

    • Food photography? That would be a dream career…

  9. so freakin cute!!! and awesome photography skills :)

    PS- you’ve become one of my blogging role models haha .. might sound weird but i think you’re pretty awesome/real

    • Shelley, you are so stinkin’ sweet. Thank you for leaving such a lovely comment and the encouraging words. I love that you consider me a “role model” of some sort. Makes me feel like I’m doing something right!

  10. Sooo yummy hope you dont mind I stuck my finger in the frosting on the screen stole a little taste such a flavor burst, awsome job!! Then went and had some ice cream. to top off my behavior!

  11. The cupcakes look DELICIOUS! Party on a plate….of course I would have to eat both because I’m eating for 2 : ) Great job sister!

    • Eat for two while you can! Only 20-some days left til the little guy arrives, then it’s back to one :D.

  12. Thanks for posting this! I also struggle with not wanting to bake something that yields WAY too much for little old me. I think my coworkers are beginning to despise me for always bring in goodies! :)

    These look beautiful and delish!

  13. Just looking at those cupcakes make me happy!!!
    They remind me of a kid’s birthday party!

  14. This makes me really want a cupcake now!! Awesome pictures!!

  15. those are freakin adorable!

  16. these just blew my mind. sans frosting add choc chips = one happy girl.

    • whoop whoop – another recipe success!