Vegan Chocolate Banana Cupcakes with Vegan Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

February 7, 2017

Vegan Chocolate Banana Cupcakes

It’s down to one week until Valentine’s Day! The second recipe is for vegan chocolate banana cupcakes with vegan chocolate buttercream frosting (damn, that’s a mouthful). If you haven’t checked out the first recipe, here it is.

When I was coming up with Valentine’s Day recipes, I really wanted to include something vegan. It’s a great way to challenge myself to make something different, and also a good idea to keep the cholesterol levels down.

These chocolate banana cupcakes are fluffy and moist, and the chocolate buttercream frosting is creamy and slightly tangy from the homemade cultured European-style vegan butter. That’s right. You heard me. Homemade vegan butter.

Vegan Chocolate Banana Cupcakes

First, preheat the oven to 338°F (170°C) and line a cupcake pan with paper liners. In a small bowl, whisk together the cake flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. In a separate bowl, mix together the sugar, mashed bananas, oil, almond milk, apple cider vinegar, and vanilla extract. Add the dry ingredients and mix together until just combined. Pour the batter into the cupcake liners and bake for about 18 minutes, and let them cool completely.

Vegan Chocolate Banana Cupcakes

While the cupcakes are cooling, make the buttercream frosting. Where I live, you can’t find vegan butter in supermarkets and ones sold online are quite expensive. I was starting to give up on vegan buttercream when I saw Stef from Cupcake Project had made a vegan buttercream from homemade vegan butter. I decided I would give it a go myself, although the thought of making my own butter brought me back to second or third grade when my classmate Brian (or maybe it was Ryan) did a book project on one of the Little House on the Prairie series and brought in the classic jar of heavy cream which we all took turns shaking. I was not looking forward to shaking a jar of soy milk, but as it turns out, making vegan butter at home involves no jar shaking! Phew! I checked out the website Stef used and decided to make cultured European-style vegan butter. The recipe calls for soy yogurt which my supermarket recently started carrying and I’ve been curious as to what it tastes like. If you plan on making vegan butter (you should, it’s very easy!) but can’t find any lecithin, I got liquid sunflower lecithin from iHerb.

Vegan Chocolate Banana Cupcakes

In a bowl, beat the vegan butter until light and fluffy. Add the cocoa powder and continue to beat. Add the powdered sugar ½ cup at a time and continue to beat until creamy. Beat in a teaspoon of almond milk (or any other non-dairy milk) and see if the texture is to your liking. If you want it a little thinner, just add another teaspoon of almond milk. For the cocoa powder, I like using a dutch processed cocoa powder but I ran out after using it in the cupcakes so I used natural cocoa powder. Whatever you have is fine!

Put the frosting into a piping bag fitted with a piping tip and pipe away. I used the Ateco 855 closed star piping tip. If you don’t want to pipe your frosting on the cupcakes, just smear it on with a knife.

Vegan Chocolate Banana Cupcakes

Top each cupcake with anything you like! I went with slices of strawberries cut into hearts using a cookie cutter, but you could use heart sprinkles, or a slice of banana to match the chocolate banana cupcakes. The strawberry hearts were not only cute but a nice bite of fresh, juiciness that cut the rich chocolate flavor.

Vegan Chocolate Banana Cupcakes

If you love the combination of chocolate and bananas, you’ll love these cupcakes! If the thought of making your own butter or even just buttercream frosting is daunting, make the cupcakes and dunk the tops into some chocolate ganache and call it a day.

Vegan Chocolate Banana Cupcakes

Are you starting to make any plans for Valentine’s Day? I have one more recipe up my sleeve which will be up on the blog this weekend! I’m bringing these vegan chocolate banana cupcakes and my final Valentine’s dessert (can’t tell you yet!) to this week’s Fiesta Friday co-hosted by Petra and yours truly. It’s just in time for Valentine’s Day so be sure to bring your romantic dishes and join us at Angie’s for all the fun! (Don’t forget to read the fiesta guidelines before linking your delicious blog post)

Vegan Chocolate Banana Cupcakes

Yield: 9 cupcakes

Ingredients

    Cupcakes
  • ¾ cup cake flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup mashed ripe bananas
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 1½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    Frosting
  • ½ cup (113g) vegan butter, room temperature
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1-2 teaspoons almond milk

Instructions

    For the cupcakes
  1. Preheat the oven to 338°F (170°C) and line a cupcake pan with paper liners.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the cake flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the sugar, mashed bananas, canola oil, almond milk, apple cider vinegar, and vanilla extract.
  4. Add the dry ingredients and mix together until just combined.
  5. Pour the batter into the cupcake liners and bake for 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let them cool in the pan for a couple minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
    For the frosting
  1. In a bowl, beat the vegan butter until light and fluffy. Add the cocoa powder and beat again.
  2. Add the powdered sugar ½ cup at a time and continue to beat until creamy.
  3. Add 1 teaspoon of almond milk and beat. If you like your frosting thinner, add another teaspoon of almond milk.
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18 Comments

  • Reply Stef February 7, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    Looks like they came out fantastic!!

    • Reply Ai February 9, 2017 at 10:04 pm

      They really did! I was worried after tasting the soy yogurt on its own but once it turned to buttercream it was delicious!!

  • Reply Sarah February 9, 2017 at 3:32 am

    Homemade Vegan Butter = AWESOME! These look fantastic!

    • Reply Ai February 9, 2017 at 10:06 pm

      Thanks, Sarah!! I don’t know why “vegan” makes everything sound like it’s going to be tasteless and gross (I guess we’re conditioned to think that way) but the vegan butter was delicious!

  • Reply christina nifong February 10, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    These look so delicious and so pretty! What a great Valentine’s Day recipe!

    • Reply Ai February 11, 2017 at 1:48 am

      Thank you, Christina!

  • Reply Julie February 10, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    Wow, Ai you are a baker after my own heart experimenting to get a beautiful vegan cupcake that is just perfect for Valentine’s Day! I’m sure they were delicious!

    • Reply Ai February 11, 2017 at 1:50 am

      Thanks, Julie! You always make my day with such sweet comments!!?

  • Reply Josette February 11, 2017 at 7:05 am

    The Strawberries are the cutest thing I’ve ever seen- what a fabulous garnish. Love it!

    • Reply Ai February 12, 2017 at 10:51 am

      Thank you, Josette!!

  • Reply Julia February 11, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    The precision with which you cut those berries into hearts is impressive! That vegan frosting looks AMAZING too!

    • Reply Ai February 12, 2017 at 10:52 am

      Thanks, Julia! But I just used a small heart shaped cookie cutter, so not sure if I can take all the credit?lol

  • Reply CakePants February 11, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    These look wonderful, and *homemade* vegan butter?! It never even crossed my mind that that was feasible. Super impressive!

    • Reply Ai February 12, 2017 at 10:53 am

      Thanks, Mara! Didn’t really ever cross my mind either!

  • Reply Petra February 13, 2017 at 7:07 am

    This is so creative and these cupcakes looks adorable! Perfect for valentines day. I have never thought of vegan frosting but it looks delicious 🙂 Thank you for co hosting with me this week, what a party! Have a great week ahead! 🙂

    • Reply Ai February 15, 2017 at 8:41 pm

      Thank you, Petra! I had so much fun co-hosting with you this week! Happy FF!!

  • Reply Ivette February 13, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    Looks amazing!!!

    • Reply Ai February 15, 2017 at 8:42 pm

      ¡Gracias chica!

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