20 mouth-watering cupcake recipes

Who doesn’t love cupcakes? And what better excuse to make a batch (or three) than a whole week dedicated to them? Here’s a list of incredible vegan and gluten-free cupcake recipes for everyone to enjoy.

Vegan Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan) by Beaming Baker

Chocolate, peppermint, cake, more chocolate … we’re completely sold. And there’s mocha in them, too, for all the coffee lovers out there. They’re great bakes to perfect this season in preparation for winter.

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Gluten-Free Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes with Matcha Green Tea Frosting by Loving it Vegan

If you haven’t discovered matcha yet, now’s your chance! It’s the perfect addition to these soft, spongey, sweet vanilla cupcakes, and it makes for velvety smooth icing!

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Gluten-Free Vegan Funfetti Cupcakes by Fork & Beans

Put a smile on your face with these multi-coloured funfetti cupcakes, and don’t go easy on the sprinkles! They’re about as classic as you get, and that’s why everyone loves them so much.

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Gluten-Free Vegan Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes by Rhian’s Recipes

The fruity flavours of lemon and blueberry work so well together in these moist, fluffy cupcakes! The blueberries make for adorable toppings too, nestled in a swirl of vegan cream cheese icing.

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Gluten-Free Vegan Strawberry Vanilla Cupcakes by Sarah Bakes Gluten Free

If you’re still clinging to the last remnants of summer, these are the cupcakes for you! If you can get your hands on some fresh strawberries, you can make full-sized or bite-sized fruity cupcakes to enjoy during afternoon tea.

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Vegan Caramel Espresso Cupcakes by Feasting on Fruit

Cupcakes with a kick! Best eaten in the morning and avoided before bedtime if you value your sleep, these caffeinated chocolate cakes boost your energy as well as your mood.

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Banana Cupcakes by Simply Recipes

The delicious flavours of chocolate and banana are safe for just about any occasion. These cupcakes can be celebrations, sharers or even lunchbox treats.

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Vegan Gluten-Free Sugar-Free Raspberry Cupcakes by Fragrant Vanilla Cake

Just LOOK at the inside of these beautiful fruity cakes! If these cupcakes taste as good as they look, they’re going to be winners for sure. And the glaze is simpler to make than icing, so they save you time too.

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Orange Crème Cupcakes by Gluten-Free Goddess

These cupcakes make beautiful teatime treats, with their citrusy kick reminding us of summer ice-lollies and winter chocolates. They’re an allergen-free indulgence, perfect for entertaining guests at any time of year.

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Black Forest Cupcakes (Vegan + GF Option) by Wallflower Kitchen

The coconut sugar used in these cupcakes makes for a particularly rich, dark, indulgent chocolate flavour. If you’re a fan of black forest gateaux, you’ll adore them.

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Homemade Gluten-Free + Vegan Hostess Cupcakes by Strength & Sunshine

Filled cupcakes? Yes please! Choose your filling and get baking with this brilliant gluten-free and vegan recipe. These hostess cupcakes are perfect for road trips and snacks on the go.

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Chocolate Chip ‘Cheesecake-Filled’ Chocolate Vegan Cupcakes by Whole New Mom

This recipe is so great because of all of the options you can choose from to suit the particular dietary needs and/or preferences of whoever you’re baking for.

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Mummy Cupcakes (Vegan & Gluten-Free) by Vegan Huggs

Just because we’re in the mood for Halloween already, here are some fun novelty cupcakes to make with kids (of all ages). If you get started now, you’ll have them perfected for Halloween night!

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Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes – Gluten-Free & Vegan by Amanda Smith

Love fudge? What about peanut butter icing? Or chocolate cake? All three come together in this brilliant recipe, promising a truly glorious taste experience.

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Gluten-Free & Vegan Chocolate Orange Cupcakes by Curly’s Cooking

These brilliant chocolate orange cupcakes are a testament to the binding powers of xanthan gum. Textured just like any traditional cupcake and topped with a smooth, dairy-free buttercream, they’re just delightful.

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Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Avocado Cupcakes with No Added Oil by Healthy Slow Cooking

Avocado cupcakes! Where have these been all our lives? The avocado intensifies the richness of the chocolate in the cakes and the icing. Serve with a glass of dairy-free milk or red wine.

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Gluten-Free Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cashew Cream Cheese Frosting by Catching Seeds

These carrot cupcakes are sweetened with maple syrup and coconut sugar. Sweeteners cut out the refined sugar without losing the brown-sugar-like taste.

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Vegan Gluten-Free Salted Caramel and Chocolate Cupcakes by Housewife’s Whimsy

There had to be a salted caramel cupcake recipe in here somewhere! We think this one’s a vegan and gluten-free staple, with its chocolate, caramel and vegan buttercream icing!

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Gluten-Free & Vegan Frosted Coconut Cupcakes by Vitacost

You don’t have to stop at just one with these guilt-free, low calorie coconut cupcakes! They’re extremely low in sugar as well as being gluten-free and vegan, and they still taste great.

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Vegan, Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cupcakes by Vegan Dollhouse

Calling all peanut butter lovers. How INSANE is this cupcake? This is how you celebrate National Cupcake Week in style. We’re so happy that the recipe is vegan and gluten-free!

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