This cupcake recipe first appeared in Canadian Living. My mum made them last summer for our housewarming party. I’m pretty sure she invented the peanut butter frosting recipe. She brought almost 50 cupcakes to our apartment party and there were approximately 4 left by the end of the night. They’re that good. The original recipe is vegan (seriously) and she swapped in Cup4Cup Flour for the All Purpose stuff to make them gluten free AND vegan. We had a Halloween party not too long ago and I attempted these on my own. They’re super fast to make and surprisingly fool proof.
Originally they were going to look like this:
But then I remembered that I still needed to shower before everyone arrived and they ended up looking like this. They were still frickin delicious.
- 3 cups all-purpose flour (swap Cup4Cup for gluten freedom)
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 2/3 cup cocoa powder
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 cups cold coffee or water (I use water)
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 3 tbsp cider vinegar
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Whisk in coffee (water), oil and vanilla; stir in vinegar. Spoon into paper-lined or greased muffin cups.
Bake in 350 degree oven until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean, 20 to 22 minutes. Remove from pan; let cool on rack. (Make ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 24 hours.) Makes 24 cupcakes.
Note: You will think you screwed up. I tossed everything into my electric mixer and it ended up looking like a soggy ball of brown glue. Don’t let this fool you! Spoon your glue ball into the muffin tins and in 20 minutes you will have very fluffy, perfect looking cupcakes. Trust me.
Peanut Butter Frosting
- 1/2 cup Peanut Butter
- 1 cup Icing Sugar
- 1 tbsp Coconut Oil (optional)
In a large bowl, or an electric mixer if you have one, mix the peanut butter until it is light and fluffy. Slowly add the icing sugar. If the mixture is too dry, add the coconut oil. It it’s too wet, add more icing sugar until desired consistency in reached.