Dairy-Free Chocolate Cupcakes

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I’m usually rather heavy-handed with the butter and milk in my baking, so when I was asked by a client to bake some dairy-free cupcakes for an upcoming hens party, I must admit I was a little nervous.

After a lot of research on dairy alternatives and testing some recipes in the kitchen, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that not only are these cupcakes as good as any buttery dessert, they are possibly the best chocolate cupcakes I’ve ever eaten!


The large amount of cocoa powder in these cupcakes ensures they are dark, rich and chocolately, while the vege oil works amazingly well at keeping these cupcakes moist.


Dairy-Free Chocolate Cupcakes
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Serves: 24
Dairy-Free Chocolate Cupcakes
  • 1⅔ cups plain flour
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup soy/almond/rice or oat milk
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 cup brewed coffee
  • ½ cup flavourless vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
Dairy-Free Chocolate Buttercream
  • 200g Nuttelex or another non-dairy butter substitute, softened
  • 6 cups icing sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract
  • ½ cup soy/almond/rice or oat milk
Dairy-Free Chocolate Cupcakes
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line 24 muffin tins with cupcake papers.
  2. Sift flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a bowl and set aside.
  3. Combine the non-dairy milk, vinegar, coffee, oil and vanilla extract in another bowl. Beat in the eggs one at a time until well combined.
  4. With the mixer on low, carefully add in the dry ingredients. Mix until combined (the batter will be very thin).
  5. Fill cupcake liners about ⅔ full with mixture and bake for 25 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
  6. Allow to cool in the tin for 15 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.
Dairy-Free Chocolate Buttercream
  1. Place the softened Nuttelex in a large mixing bowl and beat until smooth.
  2. Gradually add in most of the sugar and cocoa, then the dairy-free milk, salt and vanilla (adding gradually prevents the icing from going grainy).
  3. Beat for around 3-5 minutes until smooth and creamy.
  4. Add the remaining sugar until it is thick enough to ice the cupcakes (you may not need all the sugar).

I had an overwhelmingly positive response from all the girls at the hens party, as well as my friends who were lucky enough to receive the leftovers. You would never guess they were “missing” anything!

You can also easily make these cupcakes vegan, by substituting the 2 eggs for Egg Replacer, found at most supermarkets.


I love a good baking challenge, and have been slowly challenging myself to create dairy/gluten-free recipes as well as vegan and healthier options. I’ve made a delicious Choc Raspberry Vegan Mousse, Homemade Nutella and Cashew and Coconut Protein Balls - all dairy and gluten free!


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