Gluten Free Vegan Ghost Cupcakes

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free Chocolate Cupcake Recipe with Vanilla Vegan Buttercream

Article courtesy of Sarah Hornacek, Sarah  Bakes Gluten Free Treats

As promised, I’m sharing more “spooktacular” halloween treats! Did you get a chance to check out the mummy cookies that I shared last week? Totally adorable and not too scary. I have to thank pinterest for always inspiring me to get creative during the holidays. There are so many fabulous halloween tricks and treats out there. Be sure to follow me on pinterest, where I’ll be sharing all of my most recent and favorite recipes!

These ghost cupcakes are the easiest allergen-free halloween treat EVER. All I did was take my chocolate cupcake recipe, top with fluffy vanilla buttercream and add two chocolate eyes. I told you they were easy. These little ghosts are far from spooky. They’re just a simple way to take a gluten free vegan cupcake from ordinary to frightfully cute!

gluten free vegan ghost cupcakes

makes 14 cupcakes

chocolate cupcakes

  • 1 1/4 cups Sarah’s gluten free flour blend
  • 1/2 cup good quality cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup So Delicious unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seed oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

vegan vanilla buttercream frosting

  • 1/2 cup organic non-hydrogenated shortening
  • 2 tablespoons Earth Balance vegan butter, cold
  • 3 cups organic powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2-3 tablespoons So Delicious coconut milk coffee creamer (regular or french vanilla)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • dairy free mini chocolate chips or chocolate candies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with paper cupcake liners. Sift together flour blend, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In large mixing bowl, stir together coconut milk, water and vinegar, until slightly curdled. Add sugar, oil, and vanilla extract. Slowly whisk in flour mixture. Mix for 1 minute, until combined. Pour batter into prepared cupcake pan. Bake for 16-18 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center of cupcake comes out clean. Place cupcakes on cooling rack and cool completely.

To make buttercream, beat together shortening and vegan butter for 1 minute in large stand mixer. Add sifted powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons coffee creamer and vanilla. Beat for 2 minutes. Add an additional tablespoon coffee creamer if needed. Beat buttercream until light and fluffy. Place in piping bag with large round tip. Pipe tall mound of frosting in center of cupcake, pulling tip away to create small peak. Add chocolate chips or candies for eyes. Best enjoyed within 1-2 days.

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