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Vegan Cupcake Recipes

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Cupcakes are the perfect treats for both kid and adult parties; they're easy to transport and easy to eat. Most cupcake recipes call for butter and eggs, but these are a few vegan cupcake recipes that have become my favorites over the years.

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

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These rich, chocolaty treats are always a crowd-pleaser, and they're so easy to make. Coconut milk adds an extra dimension to these dairy-free delights, and a slight touch of vanilla lifts the flavor to ultra-deliciousness.

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Vegan Mini Sprinkle Cupcakes

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These little handheld treats are great for kids birthday parties, spring holidays like Easter, baby showers, and weddings. Feel free to experiment with different Dairy-Free Frostings and sprinkles to suit the occasion!

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Vegan Pumpkin Cupcakes

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Perfect for Halloween parties, Thanksgiving dinners, and winter holiday celebrations, these cupcakes are especially festive when they're topped with this Vegan Pumpkin Frosting. Feel free to dress your cupcakes with nuts and seasonal dried fruits like pecans and cranberries!

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Vegan Lemon Cupcakes

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Infused with flavors of extra-virgin olive oil and lemon, these cupcakes are some of my favorite easy vegan sweets for anytime of year. Topped with Vegan Lemon Buttercream Frosting, these treats are bright, sweet and fun.

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Easy Chocolate Cupcakes

© 2009 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

The combination of maple syrup, coconut milk, and cocoa in these little cakes is absolutely divine. And convenient--I almost always have all of the ingredients in my pantry. Just about any frosting is delicious on these cakes, but this Peanut Butter Frosting in particular is a favorite in my family.

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Vegan French Vanilla Cupcakes

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With flavors of vanilla and hazelnut, these cupcakes are handheld celebrations of flavor. Top with Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Frosting for an extra french vanilla touch.

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Vegan White Cupcakes

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Light, bright and simple, these Vegan White Cupcakes are perfect for anytime of year.

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Vegan Carrot Cake Cupcakes

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Who can say no to a vegan carrot cupcake? I mean, there are vegetables in it!

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Rich Chocolate Cupcakes

© 2008 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

These cupcakes are rich, decadent delights for the vegan chocolate-lover or anyone with a sweet tooth.

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Vegan Coconut Cupcakes

© 2009 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

These cupcakes are so much fun, and surprisingly light in texture--they melt in the mouth! Top your cupcakes with Dairy-Free Coconut Frosting for an extra coconutty kick.

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Vegan Banana Cupcakes

© 2011 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Fluffy, sweet, and loaded with banana flavor, these cupcakes are perfect for parties or everyday treats. I've made these with several different frostings over the years, from vegan chocolate frosting to vegan coconut frosting to vegan peanut butter frosting, so while your cupcakes are cooling, browse through these Dairy-Free Frostings and find the one that will suits your taste and occasion best.

To make the cupcakes in the photo, I used this Vegan Coconut Frosting.

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Vegan Blackout Cupcakes

© 2011 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Inspired by the classic New York cake, this is the ultimate vegan chocolate cupcake, prepared with a vegan chocolate pudding filling and a rich vegan chocolate cupcake, topped with extra chocolate pudding and chocolate cake crumbs.

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