Vegan Chocolate Mint Cupcakes

Rich chocolate cupcakes with refreshing mint–chocolate chip frosting are always a hit!

Serves: 14Hands-on: 25 minutesTotal: 2 hoursDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 14


  • 1 1⁄2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1⁄4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1⁄2 tsp. salt
  • 1⁄3 cup canola oil
  • 2 1⁄2 tsp. peppermint extract, divided
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp. vegan margarine, softened
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable shortening
  • 1 1⁄2 cups confectioners' sugar, divided
  • 1 Tbsp. soy milk
  • 2 drops green food coloring
  • 2 Tbsp. chocolate sprinkles


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together oil, 1 teaspoon peppermint extract, vinegar, and water until smooth. Gently stir wet ingredients into flour mixture, stirring until there are no large lumps. Pour batter into paper-lined cupcake pans until 3⁄4 full.
  • Bake 20 to 22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center of the cupcakes.
  • In a large bowl, beat margarine, shortening, and 1 cup confectioners' sugar on medium speed until smooth. Beat in remaining 1 1⁄2 teaspoon peppermint extract, green food coloring, and 1 tablespoon soy milk. Add remaining powdered sugar and continue to beat until fluffy.
  • Allow to cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then remove from pans and place on wire racks to cool completely.
  • Spread frosting on the cooled cupcakes and top with sprinkles or crushed cookies. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.