Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes – the vegan cupcakes are super moist, soft and delicious! Top them with Dairy Free Strawberry Coconut Frosting for an indulgent, yet healthy, treat!
Just in time for Mother’s Day, I’ve got a sweet treat to share with you. I would love it if someone did a little baking for me. Even better if it’s healthy, yet still super delicious! Super moist, soft and fluffy, trust me, these Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes with Dairy Free Strawberry Coconut Frosting are just the ticket to a happy joyful day!
This is the first cupcake recipe I’ve posted on my blog. I have tried my hand at making them before, but healthy cupcakes are hard to do without them turning out more like muffins. As much as I love muffins, they can be a little dense. I really wanted a cupcake recipe that was super fluffy and moist. Something that definitely presented itself as a sweet treat!
My husband loves cake with fresh strawberry filling. It’s the kind of cake he always had at birthday parties growing up and we have continued that tradition with our children as well. I really wanted to make this recipe into something so delicious that even my hubby would be impressed. And cupcakes are cuter than cake and easier to serve, so that’s what I went with. I’m happy to report that he LOVED these strawberry cupcakes! In fact, he inhaled two as soon as he saw them!
There are fresh strawberries in the cupcake batter making them super moist and soft. I experimented with this recipe quite a bit (as I do with all my baking). I ended up using a blend of spelt flour and all purpose flour for that perfectly soft center. I tried all spelt flour, and while still delicious, it wasn’t quite the perfect texture. I also tried using coconut butter in the batter instead of coconut oil, but again, it just wasn’t quite as soft as what I was looking for. So, both of those are good options if you want to make it even healthier, but just know that they won’t be quite as fluffy, soft and moist.
A little note about spelt flour: it is not gluten free, but it is more easily digested than other forms of wheat. It is also high in fiber and iron.
And check out that beautiful red speckled frosting. It’s made from sweetened coconut butter and is TO DIE FOR! I may have eaten the frosting with a spoon once or twice! 🙂
Doesn’t the center of that cupcake look so fluffy and soft? Yum! You will LOVE these, I promise!
Soft, fluffy and moist, these amazing cupcakes will knock your socks off! You won't believe they are dairy free and healthier than your average cupcake!
10 minPrep Time
25 minCook Time
35 minTotal Time
- 1 cup spelt flour
- 1 cup all purpose flour (or more spelt flour)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup full fat coconut milk
- 2/3 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1 cup fresh diced strawberries
- 1/2 cup coconut butter (not coconut oil)
- 1/4 cup organic powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup fresh diced strawberries (diced very small so they fit through the piping bag)
- 1/4 cup full fat coconut milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners (or spray with a bit of oil).
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the coconut milk, maple syrup, coconut oil, vinegar and vanilla.
- Pour the dry into the wet while whisking until thoroughly combined.
- Add the diced strawberries and stir to evenly distribute the strawberries throughout the batter.
- Spoon the batter into the cupcake pan, filling them up almost to the top.
- Bake for 25-28 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Let cool on a wire rack while you make the frosting.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the coconut butter, powdered sugar, and coconut milk. If your coconut butter is very hard, you might have to soften for a few seconds in the microwave first. Usually by adding the other ingredients it will naturally soften while you whisk.
- Add the strawberries to the frosting and stir to combine.
- If your frosting is till too thick, add more coconut milk a tsp at a time, stirring after each addition, until desired consistency.
- Once the cupcakes are cool, using a piping bag or a plastic baggie with one corner snipped off, pipe the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes. Alternately, just slather it on with an offset spatula.
I would love it if you would try these and then leave me a comment letting me know how much you loved them! Or, snap a picture of your creation and share it with me on FB or Instagram. You can tag #veggieinspired to make sure I don’t miss it.