Vegan Chocolate Cashew Butter Cupcakes (gluten-free)


Well, it’s that time of year again. Cupcake time! Otherwise known as my birthday. And today is a big one . I won’t bore you with the details of my mini-breakdown and slight midlife crisis (despite it only being the big 3-5 haha). I may just save all of that for the next post 😉 This post, the day of my actual birthday, is all for the cupcakes.


Chocolate Cashew Butter Cupcakes (makes 8)
1/2 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup white rice flour
1/4 cup tapioca flour
1/4 cup arrowroot flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup cane sugar
1/2  cup coconut sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp xanthan gum
a pinch of salt

1/2 cup non-dairy milk (I used almond) + 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2/3 cup oil (I used olive oil)

Preheat the oven to 350 fahrenheit. Start by combining the milk and apple cider vinegar together to allow it to curdle. Then mix all of your dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir well to combine. Add the oil to milk and vinegar mixture and mix it up. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and combine without over mixing. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners and fill 3/4 full. Bake for 18 minutes, rotating at the 9-minute mark. Make sure a toothpick inserted comes out clean to know they are cooked through. Allow them to cool before frosting (at least 30 minutes).


Cashew Butter Frosting
1/2 cup of smooth, unsweetened cashew butter
3 tbsp of earth balance (or vegan margarine of choice)
1 cup of powdered sugar
2 tbsp of full fat coconut milk
1 tsp of vanilla extract

Throw everything in a bowl and mix it with an electric mixer.

I made little chocolate cashew butter stars to top them with – I mean it’s my birthday – gotta go for broke.  They are optional of course.

Cashew Butter Cups
1/2 cup of cacao butter (I said go for broke, right?)
1/2 cup of cacao powder
1/4 of maple syrup
cashew butter (or nut butter of choice)

Melt the cacao butter on low heat in a pot on your stove. Slowly add the cacao powder while stirring constantly, finally add the maple syrup and stir to combine. Allow this mixture to cool slightly. Spoon a bit of the mixture into a chocolate mould or mini cupcake liners – just enough to cover the bottom. Freeze the prepared moulds/liners for 10 minutes. Once you remove them from the freezer, spoon out a very small amount of cashew butter (not quite 1/4 tsp) into each one and try to smoosh it down so it is flat. Then top with the remaining chocolate. Freeze for at least 30 minutes. This will make at least a dozen (maybe more for munching on).


Have you ever had a hard time with a birthday?

15 thoughts on “Vegan Chocolate Cashew Butter Cupcakes (gluten-free)

  1. Looks and sounds devine. I will try them next week, as i am day 29 of my 30 day juice fast. Healing my long term cronic body is imperative. Keep posting lots of delicous food.

    1. I’ve tried recipes with the blends and they always just come out ok and they never rise, so I really wanted to make my own mix. It’s a pain buying all of the individual flours though :/ But so worth it!

  2. I always have a difficult time on my birthday as I find it a reminder of how alone I am in the world. Kudos to you for celebrating your special day none the less. And the cupcakes look great so I hope you enjoyed them.

    I do enjoy reading your blog but for some reason I keep forgetting to check-in. Do you have a way to get updates via email? Thanks.

    1. Hi Jacquie – thanks so much for stopping by. My birthday turned out pretty great actually, I’m lucky to have some great people celebrate with me. I hope your next birthday is a nice one.
      I currently don’t have an email list set up, I am part of bloglovin’ though, so you can get updates that way. I will try to get an email list set up for future though. Thank you =)

  3. Happy belated bday! These cupcakes look delicious and dangerous…dangerous as in I think I’d eat all of them in one sitting!

    I love how you made these gluten free too. I’m more gluten free nowadays (I feel so much better without it).

    I hope you had a wonderful birthday! :)

    1. Thank you! I don’t know … 6 cupcakes in one sitting wouldn’t be like the absolute worst thing in the world haha. Make them and have 2 friends over – then you each get 2 😉

  4. Super cute! An excellent way to treat yourself.
    We are now the same age! I turned 35 last year. I never have an issue with the age itself, more the circumstances. I am pretty sure I get an F in adulting.
    But happy birthday to YOU!!!! I hope you had a good day. xx

    1. It’s funny as you are technically older than me as I pictured you younger. How on earth could you get an F in adulting? You are one of the best adults I know!
      Thank you Susan =)

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