Gluten-Free Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes

Gluten-Free Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes

These Gluten-Free Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes are:

  • moist and fluffy
  • naturally coloured
  • slathered in a delicious cream cheese frosting! 

Gluten-Free Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes

These Gluten-Free Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes were inspired by this Red Velvet Cake I made earlier in the year, and they have all the same characteristics: a mixture of sweet, salty, sour and chocolatey flavours, finished off with a sweet and tangy cream cheese frosting. 

Gluten-Free Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes

The base is made using my go-to vegan, gluten-free + refined sugar free sponge recipe, which requires just one bowl and familiar ingredients, and is easily customisable too.

Gluten-Free Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes

As red velvet cake is usually made with buttermilk, I decided to make a vegan ‘buttermilk’ by mixing almond milk with vinegar and letting it sit for about 10 minutes. This method works for any kind of non-dairy milk – the vinegar curdles the milk in a way that resembles buttermilk. 

Gluten-Free Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes

The red colour comes not from food colouring, but beetroot powder. You can buy beetroot powder in most local health stores, as well as online, and I love how it adds a completely natural but vivid red hue. If you can’t get hold of it, it’s not a problem if you leave it out – the cake will be a different colour, but the taste and texture won’t be affected. 

Gluten-Free Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes

For the frosting, I went for a DIY vegan cream cheese – it’s a foolproof method that involves mixing some coconut cream or coconut yogurt with a little lemon juice, which brings out a tartness perfectly reminiscent of cream cheese.

I then scattered over some freeze-dried raspberries for a little colour, but you can use whatever you want to decorate. 

Gluten-Free Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes

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Gluten-Free Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes

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Gluten-Free Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes
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Gluten-Free Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

These Gluten-Free Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes are moist and fluffy, naturally coloured, and slathered in a delicious cream cheese frosting! 

Course: Dessert
Servings: 12
Calories: 296 kcal
Ingredients
For the cupcakes:
  • 200 ml (4/5 cup) milk, any kind
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar (ensure gluten-free if necessary)
  • 8 tablespoons coconut oil (or sub olive or vegetable oil)
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar (ensure gluten-free if necessary)
  • 8 tablespoons maple syrup (or sub any other sweetener)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 150 g (1 1/4 cup) ground almonds
  • 150 g (1 1/4 cup) gluten-free flour (or sub plain flour if not gluten-free)
  • 2 heaped teaspoons baking power (ensure gluten-free if necessary)
  • 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • Optional: 3 teaspoons beetroot powder adds red colour but not completely necessary for the recipe to work
For the frosting:
  • 400 g (14oz) tin coconut milk*
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (or sub any other sweetener)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
For the cupcakes:
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees (350 degrees)
  2. Measure out the milk and, leaving it in the measuring container, add the tablespoon of vinegar and stir - leave to sit for around 10 minutes, while you make the rest of the cake
  3. Place the coconut oil in a large bowl and melt over a saucepan of boiling water or in the microwave (skip this step if using any other oil)
  4. Once melted, add the vinegar to the same bowl along with the maple syrup, vanilla, salt and ground almonds
  5. Sift in the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cocoa powder and beetroot powder
  6. Add the 'buttermilk' and mix well, adding a tiny splash more milk if it’s looking too dry
  7. Transfer mixture between 12 cupcake cases in a cupcake tin
  8. Bake in oven for around 15 minutes until risen and an inserted skewer comes out clean

  9. Once out the oven, transfer cupcakes onto a wire rack to cool completely before applying the frosting
For the frosting:
  1. You’ll need to keep your tin of coconut milk in the fridge overnight for the rich creamy bit to separate from the watery bit at the bottom. Make sure it is full fat coconut milk, otherwise this separation won’t happen and you won’t be able to make this cream!
  2. Open the tin upside down – the coconut cream will be at the bottom and you can just pour off the watery liquid (save this for adding to soups or smoothies)
  3. Place the thick, creamy part into a bowl
  4. Add the lemon juice, maple syrup and vanilla extract
  5. Use an electric whisk (or a manual one and a lot of elbow grease) to whip up the coconut cream until light and fluffy
To frost and decorate the cupcakes:
  1. Once the cupcakes have cooled completely, use a knife or spatula to apply an even amount of frosting to each of the cupcakes
  2. Decorate with freeze-dried raspberries if desired
  3. Best when fresh but keeps covered in the fridge for up to a few days
Recipe Notes

*You can alternatively use 200g (7oz) thick coconut yogurt

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