One of my favorite holidays is Halloween. I love that it takes place during one of my favorite seasons (fall), that it’s fun and a little spooky, that it gives you and excuse to throw a costume party, and that you get to eat cupcakes! Isn’t that the most exciting part of any holiday?
Baking, decorating, and eating cupcakes is almost definitely the best part of any celebration. Don’t you think?
When my kids were little we loved to make festive treats for Halloween. I mean, let’s be honest, a good cupcake is SO much better than a candy bar. It was so much fun letting them mix the dry ingredients, beat the batter, and sift the powdered sugar for the buttercream frosting. But the best part of making homemade cupcakes was watching them decorate them. Is there anything more rewarding than seeing the concentration and creativity in your kid’s eyes as they create their very own culinary masterpieces? I think not.
My kids may be grownups now, but that isn’t going to stop me from whipping up a batch of vegan chocolate mummy cupcakes for my husband. We’ll eat a few and I’ll deliver the rest to my friend’s little guys who live down the street. The perfect compromise.
When I chose to go vegan, almost three years ago, I was concerned that my days of baking drool worthy cupcakes might be over. I wasn’t sure how I was going to replicate the same texture and density of the cupcakes that I used to make with dairy. Fortunately, I quickly discovered that Silk plant-based milk was all that I needed to make the same delicious cupcakes that I had always made.
I usually use Silk almond milk for most of my baking, but I love the combination of chocolate and coconut so I decided to use their coconut milk for a change of pace. The texture of the cupcakes turned out exactly as I had expected them to, moist, light, spongy, and delicious. I also used it for the vanilla buttercream frosting and it turned out perfect.
The flavor of Silk coconut milk has a subtle nutty flavor, it won’t take over the taste of the other ingredients in your recipe, and it’s dairy-free, gluten-free, and non-GMO. What more could you ask for? There’s still almost an entire carton left for me to enjoy, so I’ll be adding it to my morning coffee, smoothies, and oatmeal.
How to Make Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes
The first thing that you’ll want to do is line a muffin tin with cupcake papers. I used white, because mummy cloth is white.
Next, whisk the dry ingredients together until well combined. The flour mixture will look light and airy.
Now beat the wet ingredients in a large mixing bowl until smooth and creamy.
Add half of the flour mixture and beat on a low speed until it starts to combine with the wet ingredients. Slowly add half of the coconut milk. Repeat with the other half of the flour mixture and milk.
Carefully add the boiling water and beat on a slow speed until just combined. The batter will be thin.
Fill the muffin tins three quarters of the way full and bake for approximately twenty-five minutes or until a wooden toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center of a cupcake.
How to Decorate Mummy Cupcakes
When the chocolate cupcakes are completely cool it’s time to decorate.
Make the vegan vanilla butter cream frosting.
Attach a thin flat pastry tip on a pastry bag and fill half of the bag.
Squeeze the air out by pushing the frosting toward the tip, then twist the top of the bag closed.
Squeeze the frosting out and cover the bottom edge of the cupcake and overlap as you make your way toward the top. Leave room for the eyes. When the entire (except for the space for the eyes) cupcake is covered put two dots of frosting where the eyes should go and put a mini chocolate chip in the center.
Add mini chocolate chips for the mouth.
How cute are these?
Baking dairy-free and vegan doesn’t have to be hard. My cakes and cookies taste the same as they always have, only I use Silk plant-based milks to cook with. By the way, don’t you love their new packaging? It’s so clean and modern. Love it!
If you’re ready to bake some Halloween mummy cupcakes, do yourself a favor and bake them with Silk Coconut Milk. It has fifty percent more calcium than milk and it’s only eighty calories per cup! What’s not to love?
Send me a picture of your mummy cupcakes! I love seeing your creative spin on my recipes.
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Vegan Chocolate Mummy Cupcakes
- 1 mixer
- 1 cupcake pan
- 1 Oven
- 1 cooling rack
For the Cupcakes
- 2 cups of cake flour
- ¾ cups of cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons of baking powder
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon of finely ground sea salt
- ½ cup of coconut sugar
- ¼ cup of pure maple syrup
- ½ cup of aquafaba chickpea juice
- 1 tablespoon of pure vanilla extract
- ¾ cup of boiling water
- 1 cup coconut milk
For the Frosting
- 16 tablespoons chilled vegan butter
- 2 ½ cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
- 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon of tapioca starch
- 1 tablespoon coconut milk
- ¼ cup of mini vegan chocolate chips
For the Cupcakes
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (176 C) and line a muffin tin with cupcake papers
- In a medium bowl whisk the dry ingredients together until well blended.
- In a large mixing bowl beat the coconut sugar, maple syrup, aquafaba, and vanilla together on medium high speed until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add half of the flour mixture and beat on low speed, add half of the coconut milk and continue beating until it begins to moisten. Add the second half of the flour mixture and milk and beat until just combined. Carefully add the boiling water and beat until just combined. The batter will be thin.
- Fill the muffin tins ¾ full and bake for twenty five minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted.
- Cool on a wire rack for ten minutes and remove the cupcakes from the muffin tin and cool completely.
For the Frosting
- In a large mixing bowl beat the vegan butter until it begins to look creamy. Add the confectioner’s sugar, vanilla, tapioca starch, and coconut milk and beat on high until smooth and creamy. Add more milk if necessary, but remember that you’re going to use a piping bag so it should be stiffer than frosting that you’d spread on top of a cupcake.
- Use a thin flat decorating tip. Attach the tip to the pastry bag and fill the bag half full. Squeeze the frosting toward the bottom of the bag toward the tip and twist the top shut. Squeeze the frosting out in a line around the bottom edge of the cupcake. Overlap the frosting to look like mummy fabric. Leave room for the eyes. Put two dots of frosting where the eyes should go and put a mini chocolate chip in the center of each eye. Use the chocolate chips to make a mouth.
- Use your creativity! There’s no wrong way to make these.