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Red Velvet Cupcakes With Peppermint Cream Cheese Frosting

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 12 cupcakes


For Cupcakes

  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar**
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons red food coloring

For Peppermint Frosting

  • 6 ounces cold vegan cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup cold vegan butter
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 3 cups confectioner's sugar


For Cupcakes

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line cupcake tins with cupcake liners; set aside.
  • In a small bowl, mix together soy milk and apple cider vinegar; let set for 5 minutes to curdle (this makes a dairy-free buttermilk). Whisk in oil and caster sugar.
  • In a large bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and baking powder. Incorporate wet ingredients into dry ingredients.
  • Add food coloring. For darker red cupcakes, add more food coloring, and less to make lighter red cupcakes.
  • Divide batter between 12 baking cups filling them 3/4 of the way full.
  • Bake 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick entered in the center of a cupcake comesout clean. Cool 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

For Peppermint Frosting

  • With an electric mixer beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth and creamy. Add peppermint extract and continue beating. Slowly add in confectioner's sugar until frosting is stiff. If you need to add more, do so a little at a time until desired consistency is reached.


**Caster sugar is a super fine granulated sugar. It can be expensive to buy, so instead of buying it, make it. It's really easy to make. Place sugar in a food processor or blender. Pulse until it reaches a super-fine, but not powdery, consistency. Let it settle a moment before using in recipe. Because this sugar is so fine, it melts and gets incorporated into things much more quickly.
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