Frappuccino Cupcakes

by Sarah

in Cakes, Dairy-Free, Desserts, Egg-Free, Nut free, vegan

Say HELLO to your favorite breakfast drink in cake form. These creamy frappucino cupcakes with cinnamon sugar dusting will have you craving cupcakes for breakfast.

Creamy Frappuccino Cupcakes - Vegan and Delicious!The cupcake stump has the taste of a hot brewed cup of coffee, and the super creamy cinnamon sugar and espresso dusted frosting is out-of-this-world creamy. I took one bite and thought – is this really vegan or did I use the real butter on accident today?

This frosting may be my tastiest frosting yet, and it’s perfect with a slightly bittersweet cupcake flavor like coffee. But I would probably eat this frosting smeared onto bagels. The frosting is best when you’ve just made it, after whipping it up as fluffy as a cloud. I noticed if I let the frosting sit  for a couple days on the countertop, the outermost layer of the frosting will get a little hard, but the inside remains very fluffy. The solution of course, is to eat these the day you frost them!

Creamy Frappuccino Cupcakes - Vegan and Delicious!To top the cupcake, I used some cinnamon sugar and espresso powder. It reminds me of the barista sprinkling toppings on a frappucino at the coffee shop. Plus it gives the sweet buttercream frosting a kick to really pack this cupcake with flavor. The tops of the cupcakes have little gold stars to make them glitter. And feeding my sprinkles addiction, these gold stars are possibly my favorite sprinkle in my extensive collection of sprinkles. The mini straw in each cupcake was made by cutting big paper straws.

Creamy Frappuccino Cupcakes - Vegan and Delicious!The Spork, who usually doesn’t like things with coffee or chocolate in them was a big fan of this cupcake. We gave some to a friend, and he kept suggesting I use the 4-cupcake gift box instead of the 6-cupcake gift box. Don’t worry, I went with the 6-cupcake box!

Recipe for the cupcake stump was adapted from the cookbook Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. The frosting recipe is a Savoring Spoon original.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Frappuccino Cupcakes
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
  • 11/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup canola oil
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup vanilla soy yogurt
  • ⅔ cup soy milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2.5 tablespoons espresso powder (make it 3 tablespoons if you want an extra burst of coffee flavor)
  • ⅔ cup non-hydrogenated vegetable shortening*
  • ½ cup vegan margarine**
  • 1.5 - 2 tablespoons soy milk (or almond milk)
  • 3 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • cinnamon, espresso powder, and cinnamon sugar for dusting
  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line cupcake tin with cupcake liners.
  2. Whisk all dry ingredients in a medium size bowl.
  3. Mix all wet ingredients together and whisk to combine quickly.
  4. Once your oven is done pre-heating, add the dry ingredients to the wet and whisk to mix well. It is important to not combine the two unless your oven is ready for baking, because letting the batter stand too long makes the middle of the cupcake invert.
  5. Bake for 20 min. Remove and let cool completely.
  1. Cream shortening and margarine together with an electric mixer. Add vanilla.
  2. Sift in the powdered sugar, mixing as you go.
  3. Add soy milk 1 tablespoon at a time and mix with an electric mixture till creamy. I added 3 tablespoons for an ultra silky finish.
  1. After cupcakes are cool, frost cupcakes using an Ateco 868 tip.
  2. Drizzle espresso powder, cinnamon, and cinnamon sugar over the tops of the cupcake. Top with gold stars!
*It is important to get the non-hydrogenated vegetable shortening. Don't use crisco! It won't turn out right with criso. I used the spectrum vegetable shortening (buy at whole foods or Sprouts), but any non-hydrogenated shortening should be good.

**For vegan margarine I used Earth Balance. You can pick this up at any local grocery store. I believe this is the only vegan margarine I know of that is readily sold in stores.

Like coffee flavored cake? Here’s one of my favorites!

Mocha Espresso Cake

mocha-espresso-cake-side view

 Some more cupcake ideas!

Green Tea Caramel Cupcakes

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Vegan raspberry cupcake with surprise jelly filling |

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1 Manali @ CookWithManali February 5, 2015 at 10:18 am

These look so so pretty Sarah, cupcake perfection! I think they are too pretty to eat..haha.. :)


2 Sarah February 5, 2015 at 11:40 am

Thanks Manali!


3 Nagi@RecipeTinEats February 5, 2015 at 11:23 am

OMG a drink in a cupcake! One of my favourite drinks too! This is the most adorable and YUMMY looking cupcake I’ve seen in AGES!! :)


4 Sarah February 5, 2015 at 11:41 am

Thanks Nagi! 😀 I like the little straws that make them look like drinks too!


5 Sonali- The Foodie Physician February 5, 2015 at 2:39 pm

I can’t think of enough superlatives to describe how amazing these are! I’m craving one of these so badly right now!


6 Sarah February 5, 2015 at 3:18 pm

Thanks Sonali! I wish I had a few more left too!


7 Grace February 5, 2015 at 4:45 pm

These cupcakes look so adorable! Lovin’ the straw and gold star sprinkles! :)


8 Sarah February 5, 2015 at 8:48 pm

Thanks Grace!! 😀


9 Oriana Romero February 6, 2015 at 9:57 am

My husband is a coffee lover so these littles cuties could be the perfect morning treat for him. Plus, they are egg-free… double-perfect! Have a great weekend. Pinned!


10 Sarah February 6, 2015 at 11:43 am

Thanks Oriana! :) Hope he likes it, and Victoria too!


11 Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom February 7, 2015 at 7:04 am

oh my gawd, Sarah!!! I love these!!! I love coffee so love the taste of brewed coffee with the super creamy cinnamon sugar and espresso and wow! can’t believe these are vegan too! beautiful job!


12 Sarah February 7, 2015 at 9:14 am

Thanks Alice! :) I like coffee too!


13 Connie @ Sprig and Flours February 7, 2015 at 1:42 pm

These look and sound so amazing!!! I LOVE how you decorated them!! Karl loves coffee, and I’m pretty sure he’d go nuts over these.


14 Connie @ Sprig and Flours February 7, 2015 at 1:44 pm

Ps. these pictures are all so pretty. I had to pin them all because I couldn’t choose just one!


15 Sarah February 7, 2015 at 9:41 pm

Awww thank you!! I feel so flattered! :)


16 Sarah February 7, 2015 at 9:41 pm

Thanks Connie! I like coffee too – it’s been growing on me with all it’s different yummy flavors!


17 Ami@NaiveCookCooks February 7, 2015 at 8:29 pm

It’s like my favorite drink in dessert form!! Yumm and your pictures are stunning!!


18 Sarah February 7, 2015 at 9:41 pm

Thanks Ami!


19 Thalia @ butter and brioche February 8, 2015 at 12:12 am

Such adorable little cupcakes! And what a delicious flavour combination too – can anything get better than chocolate and coffee?


20 Sarah February 8, 2015 at 2:10 am

Thanks Thalia!


21 Jess @ whatjessicabakednext February 8, 2015 at 6:27 am

These cupcakes look so delicious! Love the flavours! x


22 Sarah February 8, 2015 at 4:51 pm

Thanks Jess!


23 Kathleen @ yummy crumble February 8, 2015 at 9:34 am

These are so adorable. They really do look like little Frappuccinos! I love adding espresso to chocolate. Pinned!


24 Sarah February 8, 2015 at 4:52 pm

Thanks Kathleen!


25 Zainab February 8, 2015 at 4:23 pm

It’s OK if I have this for breakfast right?? They look so amazing!!


26 Sarah February 8, 2015 at 4:51 pm

Totally OK for breakfast, in fact, recommended 😉


27 Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl February 8, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Cupcakes for breakfast? Ok, I’m down with this! :)


28 Sarah February 8, 2015 at 8:47 pm

Me too!


29 Joanne February 9, 2015 at 4:40 am

Having this cupcake to dunk in my morning coffee…now that would have made my Monday. SO perfect!


30 Sarah February 9, 2015 at 10:20 am

Dunking the cupcake in coffee – now that is a great idea!


31 Maggie February 10, 2015 at 10:22 pm

OMG, I want these now! I love a freshly brewed coffee, and these cupcakes are the perfect dessert for me! You always make such delicate frosting. Do you have a video to show me how to do it?


32 Sarah February 11, 2015 at 12:43 am

Hi Maggie! So happy you like the frosting. I don’t have a video of making frosting, but I’ll make one in the future and upload it!


33 The Squishy Monster February 11, 2015 at 12:18 pm

Sarah, your cake creations are so out of this world! This one’s no exception. They’re almost too pretty to eat…and your mocha cake? Getouttahere!


34 Sarah February 11, 2015 at 11:36 pm

Thank you!! :) So happy you enjoy the cakes!


35 Natalie @ Obsessive Cooking Disorder February 12, 2015 at 9:14 pm

the spork does not like chocolate or coffee??! :O

great pics as always Sarah!


36 Sarah February 13, 2015 at 12:57 am

Thanks Natalie! Yep the Spork is not a chocolate or coffee fan. I was shocked too. But as long as there is a big dollop of frosting on top he will eat chocolate and coffee :)


37 Lynn | The Road to Honey February 16, 2015 at 4:04 am

These are the cutest little cakes ever Sarah. As a tea totaler, I usually don’t go for coffee flavored deserts (but the hubby does); however, since The Spork was a fan I’m thinking I just might need to give these a try.


38 Sarah February 16, 2015 at 9:12 am

Thanks Lynn!


39 Amanda February 17, 2015 at 10:13 am

Oh my word, this recipe is rockin’ my world! Frappuccino Cupcakes? YES!!!


40 Sarah February 20, 2015 at 12:04 am

Thanks Amanda!


41 Chineka @ Savor The Baking February 22, 2015 at 11:48 am

These look so cute and perfect Sarah. I bet they taste just as delicious as they look. Pinning these.


42 Sarah February 22, 2015 at 1:10 pm

Thanks Chineka!


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