In the kitchen: chocolate cupcakes with lemon frosting

I know what you must be thinking: "chocolate and lemon? This girl must be just a bit mad." That I may be, but honestly, I'll say the odd combo works! I felt like the two flavors balanced each other out. Funny thing was, I originally intended on a chocolate cupcake with coconut frosting, but didn't have all the ingredients on hand. Next time, that will be a must though. Chocolate and coconut is to die for! Just one of my numerous weaknesses. 
Any who, these are vegan cupcakes. Mind you, I'm not vegan by any means, but I do prefer vegan alternatives at times, especially when it comes to these darlings!
I tend to buy all my ingredients from Trader Joe's. Though I know cupcakes and frosting aren't exactly health food, I am definitely partial to all things organic. And honestly, have you ever seen a canister of cocoa powder so cute??

Chocolate Vegan Cupcakes:


  • 2 1/4 cups organic all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups organic cane sugar
  • 1 cup organic unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon organic vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup organic canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons organic white vinegar
  • 2 cups cold water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line two cupcake pans with paper liners and set aside.  

In a large bowl, sift the dry ingredients together.  Set that aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil, water, vanilla extract and vinegar.  

Slowly whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, being careful not to overmix.  The mixture will be quite wet, but this is how it should be, so don't worry!

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine 
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
With an electric mixer at low speed, mix the powdered sugar and butter together. 

Once combined, add the lemon juice and lemon zest. Increase speed of mixer to medium and beat for 1 to 2 minutes or until smooth and of spreading consistency.
It honestly doesn't work out well if you don't beat for the lengthy amount of time. I tried, believe me.

And on the top I sprinkled a bit of lemon zest as well, more for the sake of decoration than anything. 
It nearing the end of Thursday, I can officially be happy that the weekend is almost here. Before any celebration though, I have a paper to finish that's due tomorrow. Terribly exciting. 
I've also got myself an interview at American Apparel tomorrow! Hopefully it goes over well. Wish me luck & any tips would be lovely. ♥


Sara Lynn said...

Those look sooo yummy and cute! I am craving some now :P

erica marie said...

those look delicious...honestly chocolate and lemon doesn't sound too bad, guess I'll just have to try it out.
good luck on your interview...crossing my fingers...check out my blog for a giveaway!!!

Anonymous said...

oooh!! I definitely want to make these!!
I lovelovelove lemon cake!!
my housemates made me the most amazing lemon drizzle cake for my birthday, even though one of them doesn't like lemon!! But even she loved it!!
lemon and chocolate sounds like perfection!!



Jonna said...

Those look yummy! Chocolate & lemon, interesting combo.. I wanna try it too :D

Robyn said...

Amazing! I was at a restaurant last week and ordered key lime pie. When it came out it had an oreo cookie crust. I was disappointed. Chocolate and lime? Boy was I wrong. It was effing delicious. I expect these to be the same when I give them a try. *printed*

Lilly Rose said...

This muffins can only be described with one word: Perfection! The plate is so adorable!!

Lilly :D

thais. said...

these look so pretty and yummy! great pics too. nice meeting your blog :)

Cafe Fashionista said...

I have never thought of combining chocolate and lemon flavors together before; but it sounds yummy!! :)

Meggstatus said...


gabrielle said...

love this recipe and especially love that its vegan! you think choco and lemon is a surprisingly delish combination- try chocolate and basil!! yumm


Lisa said...

those look amazing, i love vegan cupcakes can you tell from my avatar:)


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