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Clara’s Perfect Pumpkin Cupcakes


My friend Clara is an excellent baker. Every time I am at her apartment, there is either something in the oven, something that has just come out of the oven, or something that needs to be taste-tested. Recently, she made these amazing pumpkin cupcakes that kicked off pumpkin-flavored-everything season perfectly. As the weather starts to cool off, they pair perfectly with a cup of warm cider, chai, or mug of tea.



Clara’s Pumpkin Cupcakes 


– 1/2 cup non dairy milk- I like soy
– 1/2 cup canola oil
– 2/3 cup canned pumpkin
– 1 t apple cider vinegar
– 1 t vanilla
– 1 t maple syrup

– 1 1/2 cup white flour
– 1/4 cup white sugar
– 1/3 cup brown sugar
– 1/2 t baking soda
– 1 t baking powder
– 1/2 t cinnamon
– 1/2 t cloves
– A sprinkle of ground ginger and pinch of salt

“Cream Cheese” Frosting
– 2 cups of confectioner’s sugar
– 1/2 cup of vegan butter
– 5 oz of vegan cream cheese

Directions- Cupcakes
– Preheat oven to 350˚F, and line a muffin tin with muffin wrappers.
– Combine milk and vinegar in a small mixing bowl and let sit for ten minutes.
– Combine dry ingredients in bowl, and stir well.
– Combine remaining wet ingredients with the milk and vinegar mixture.
– Pour wet ingredients into dry and stir well. The batter should be thick but without lumps and dark orange in color.
– Spoon batter into muffin tin and place in oven. Bakes in 18-20 minutes, or as soon as a toothpick inserted into the middle of the      muffin comes out clean.
– Remove from oven and let cool for at least half an hour.

– Let vegan butter sit at room temperature for at least an hour until it soft
– Combine in bowl with sugar and cream cheese
– Mix with an electric mixer until fully combined

Once cakes are cooled- frost liberally. If you are feeling extra fancy, sprinkle a small amount of cinnamon and nutmeg over the frosting. Enjoy outside with the first moments of Fall.

The Perfect Vegan Pumpkin Cupcakes | Peaceful Dumpling

The perfect start to “pumpkin everything” season 😀


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Photo: Karina Alexander

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  • Juhea Kim

    Hi Kat,
    I’m so glad you enjoyed the cupcakes! Could you please credit the author and Peaceful Dumpling? “Perfect Pumpkin Cupcakes by Karina Alexander on Peaceful Dumpling” with link back to this page? Thanks for asking first! 🙂

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