Chocolate Filled Vanilla Cupcakes

gluten free vegan cupcake

While not super fancy, these cupcakes are sure to please the kids and adults in your life.

The recipe provides an excellent, almost “no fail” type of cake, while the frosting is over-the-top chocolatey.  I think it’s the best chocolate frosting I have made so far, and it goes really well with this simple white cake.  Honestly, the cake itself is just a tiny vehicle for all of that awesome frosting.

Instead of experimenting with my own GF flour mixture on these, I decided to use up the last of my GF Namaste Perfect Flour Blend.  I just subbed the same amount where regular “all purpose” flour would go.  This was my favorite generic cake recipe before going gluten free.  Happily, it turned out really well using the Namaste flour mix.

Also, feel free to just skip the whole cake part and get right to the frosting.  The cake is pretty darn good- but the frosting is where it’s at!

Chocolate Filled Vanilla Cupcakes

makes about 18 cupcakes



  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup melted vegan margarine
  • 2 cups almond milk (or your fave non-dairy milk)
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups flour (either “all purpose” flour or a Gluten free flour mix… be sure to check and see if the mix needs to have xanthan gum added)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 4 tbsp vinegar


  • 4 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 7 tbsp almond milk
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup Earth Balance margarine


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Line cupcake pans with liners, or grease and flour pan.

In large mixing bowl, combine melted margarine and sugar until well mixed.  Add vanilla extract and baking soda.  Alternate adding almond milk with flour until all has been incorporated (if using gluten free flour, mix by hand about 50 strokes, or about 1 minute on medium speed with mixer).  Gently stir in vinegar one tablespoon at a time.  Mix well.

Using a measuring cup or something similar, fill cupcake liners about 2/3 of the way full with batter.  Bake in preheated oven for about 17- 20 minutes, or until knife inserted into center of cupcake comes out clean.  Let cool on wire rack.

Now, make icing:

Combine confectioner’s sugar and cocoa powder well.  Mix in almond milk and vanilla.  Mix in Earth Balance and then whip until light and fluffy.

Once cupcakes are cool, you are ready to fill.  You can use that special tip on your piping bag, or if you don’t have one of those, that’s okay.  It’s easy!

First, take your cooled cupcake:

vegan gf cupcake

Next, take a sharp or serrated knife and cut out a spot on the top, and set the top aside.  I like to cut a cone shape out, so I don’t accidentally cut through to the bottom.  Then I cut the very tip of the “cone” off to make extra room for the frosting.  You can use the handle of a spoon to push the cake to make a slightly larger hole.

cupcake filling

Now, take a small spoon and scoop a little bit of frosting up and fill the cupcake with frosting.  Make sure to level it.  It doesn’t have to be perfect, though.

cupcake filling

And now, replace the top.  It’s okay to push down slightly to get it to fit… this cake is super spongy.

cupcake filling

See, easy, huh?  Now just pipe or use a knife to spread on the rest of the chocolate frosting and your done!

vegan gf cupcake

Store in cool place in covered container.  :)

chocolate filled cupcakes

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15 Responses to Chocolate Filled Vanilla Cupcakes

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  2. They look like they’re smiling :) Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. […] Vanilla cupcakes with chocolate frosting (from Manifest Vegan) […]

  4. […] Oh, des cupcakes ! Oui, mais pas n’importe lesquels : mes premiers cupcakes ! Du coup, vous comprendrez bien que j’en sois, même si il est évidemment possible de mieux faire, plutôt satisfaite malgré leurs quelques imperfections esthétiques. Niveau goût, c’est plus que correct. Le gâteau est moelleux, pas du tout sec, et le glaçage est comme on l’imagine : onctueux et fondant. La recette vient du site Manifest:Vegan. […]

  5. Bec says:

    I just made this frosting, it is soooo yummy! It has now replaced my usual recipe and I will be making it far too often, I’m sure.

  6. […] that are healthy and low-fat and I felt like I needed to give myself a break, so I went all out and decided to make these. oh man, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. 4.5 cups of sugar in JUST the frosting, […]

  7. LJ says:

    These look delicious!!!! I can’t wait to try

  8. Mary says:

    Thanks for this basic cupcake recipe. I am drooling here. They look so fluffy! I’ll have to try your frosting.

  9. […] so unhealthy. I’ve been craving something sweet lately though, and when I saw these chocolate filled vanilla cupcakes on Manifest Vegan’s blog I wanted them pretty fiercely. I had all the ingredients on hand, so […]

  10. KarmaLily says:

    Thanks for sharing these! I happened to have all of the ingredients on hand so I just went ahead and made these. They’re super-easy and so delicious!

  11. Kristan says:

    I have been looking for a frosting receipe and this one looks awesome!! Can’t wait to make it!! Thanks, Allyson!

  12. Mihl says:

    These sound stellar! That frosting would be perfect all on its own, right?

  13. jessy says:

    these look so delicious & oh-so cute! i love that they’re chocolate filled, too. mmmmmmmm! thanks so much for the recipe – i can’t wait to give them a try. yay!

  14. Abby says:

    I love filled cupcakes but always thought they meant cooking far beyond my skill level. This is genius!