Apple Cupcakes (dairy free) with Vegan Buttercream Frosting

I was so honored last week when a sweet friend asked me to make a cake for her tiny’s first birthday.

Sure, I made Little’s last September but the pressure of making a first birthday cake for someone other than my kiddo was incredible. Thankfully, she is super laid back and loved the sweet little basketball cake with green and yellow cupcakes.

Yummy apple cupcakes (dairy free) with a vegan buttercream frosting.

Yes, I know the Ducks lost yesterday, but you know what? I don’t care. We are huge Duck fans around here as is this sweet friend and her husband. Not to mention they are raising a tiny Duck fan just like we are.

It is the only kind and proper way to raise children. I’m just saying.

And if you are a Duck you are always a winner regardless of the final score.

Her tiny Duck fan apparently also loves apples so apple cake it had to be. Many of his tiny friends are sensative to dairy so I set out to find and make dairy free cake and frosting.

Yummy apple cupcakes (dairy free) with a vegan buttercream frosting.

I was surprised how easy it was. Yes, the cake does contain eggs so it is not vegan but the frosting is! I used Earth Balance in the place of butter and coconut milk in place of regular milk. Everything turned out super tasty in my opinion.

Happy birthday sweet Ven. The world is so blessed to have you!

Yummy apple cupcakes (dairy free) with a vegan buttercream frosting.

Apple Cupcakes with Vegan Buttercream Frosting (makes 12 cupcakes and enough frosting for them)
Cake adapted from Hoosier Homemade, frosting is an original creation

Cake:

1  apple peeled and cored (I used large Fujis)
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup oil
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4  teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat oven to 350 F. In a large bowl mix the sugar and oil till combined. Add the egg and vanilla and whisk well. Dump in the flour, baking powder, cinnamo, salt and baking soda and mix till just combined. Either over the bowl of batter or in another bowl grated the apple. Mix all the grated apple and juices into the batter. Spoon about 1/4 cup in to lined muffin tins (about 1/2 full). Bake for 23-25 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

Frosting:

1 cup Earth Balance
2-3 tbs coconut milk (full fat from the can)
6 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla

In the bowl of your mixer all the Earth Balance and start mixing. Slowly and carefully add the powdered sugar cup by cup. Once combined add the vanilla then the coconut milk one tablespoon at a time till you like the consistency. Color if desired.

Yummy apple cupcakes (dairy free) with a vegan buttercream frosting.

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