Jeffery Cross
YieldsMakes 12 cupcakesTotal Time1 hr 30 mins
AuthorChloe Coscarelli,
This little vegan chocolate strawberry cupcake helped then 22-year-old baker Chloe Coscarelli win first place on Food Network's "Cupcake Wars" in 2010. She was the first vegan to win a Food Network competition.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with cupcake liners.

Step 2
2

Make cupcakes: In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together 1 cup water, the oil, vinegar, and vanilla. Pour wet mixture into dry mixture and whisk until just combined.

Step 3
3

Divide batter among cupcake cups. Bake until a toothpick inserted into a cupcake comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cupcakes cool completely in pan.

Step 4
4

Make frosting: Using an electric mixer, beat shortening, 2 2/3 cups powdered sugar, and the vanilla together to mix. Beat in nondairy milk 1 tbsp. at a time and beat until frosting is smooth and fluffy.

Step 5
5

Cut tops off cupcakes and set aside. Smooth about 1 tbsp. frosting onto each cupcake and cover with a few strawberries. Replace top, then add a dollop of frosting and a few tiny slices of strawberry. Put remaining 1 tbsp. powdered sugar in a fine-mesh strainer and dust cupcakes with sugar.

Step 6
6

Note: Nutritional analysis is per cupcake.

Ingredients

  Cupcakes
 1 1/2 cups flour
 1 cup sugar
 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (preferably Dutch-process)
 1 teaspoon baking soda
 1/2 teaspoon salt
 1/2 cup vegetable oil
 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  Frosting & finishing
 2/3 cup nonhydrogenated vegetable shortening
 2 2/3 cups plus 1 tbsp. sifted powdered sugar
 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  About 4 tbsp. nondairy milk, such as soy, almond, or rice
 1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries

Directions

Step 1
1

Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with cupcake liners.

Step 2
2

Make cupcakes: In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together 1 cup water, the oil, vinegar, and vanilla. Pour wet mixture into dry mixture and whisk until just combined.

Step 3
3

Divide batter among cupcake cups. Bake until a toothpick inserted into a cupcake comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cupcakes cool completely in pan.

Step 4
4

Make frosting: Using an electric mixer, beat shortening, 2 2/3 cups powdered sugar, and the vanilla together to mix. Beat in nondairy milk 1 tbsp. at a time and beat until frosting is smooth and fluffy.

Step 5
5

Cut tops off cupcakes and set aside. Smooth about 1 tbsp. frosting onto each cupcake and cover with a few strawberries. Replace top, then add a dollop of frosting and a few tiny slices of strawberry. Put remaining 1 tbsp. powdered sugar in a fine-mesh strainer and dust cupcakes with sugar.

Step 6
6

Note: Nutritional analysis is per cupcake.

Chloe’s Vegan Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes