{Happy Halloween} Vegan Whole-Wheat Moist Chocolate Cupcake w/ Ganache

by Kiran on October 31, 2011 · 65 comments

in Baking, Cupcakes, Desserts

Dear Ghosts and Goblins,

You are in for a shocking surprise. There ain’t butter, eggs or cream cheese frosting in these cupcakes. You might think its disappointing, but please don’t judge before inserting your fangs for a bite. It’s a dense, moist and chocolaty cupcake that would satisfy any sweet bloody tooth.

Happy Halloween,

Sugared Soul

I would never have dream that any of my recipe’s would be titled as “vegan” someday. But it’s nice to have challenges while creating yummy and healthy desserts. More reason to stuff myself with sugary delights.

Yeah, I need that motivation.

It’s been a while since I’ve baked cupcakes. I’ve been trying to create healthy and delicious desserts. There’s a couple of things I consider while creating healthy goodies:

  • incorporating more whole wheat flour
  • taking it easy on sugar, eggs and butter intake
  • looking to other substitutions for the moist factor – such as flax egg, yogurt, pumpkin puree, apple sauce, buttermilk etc.

Let me reassure you, I am not a healthy freak by any means. Indulgence are kept as a suprise in ganache’s and butter creams anyways. MMmmm..

Truthfully, the whole notion of keeping these cupcakes light and a little easy on sugar was just so I could reserve my sweet tooth to snack on gob-loads of candies. All day. Yummy peanut butter cup, Kit Kat’s, Almond Joys and M&M’s.

I sound like a 7 year old. I eat like one too.

Each cupcakes were moist, tender, chocolaty and wholesome. I might share it with Tarun and friends. Might. I just can’t decide if I can or should.

Clearly I have sharing problems, especially when it comes to desserts. You should too.

Off to look up video on how to carve a pumpkin – hopefully my fingers would remain intact. Are you celebrating Halloween? What’s your favorite costume, ever?

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Makes 12 cupcakes

Wet ingredients (at room temperature) :

  • 1 cup of almond milk or any non-dairy/dairy milk
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Dry ingredients
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
Chocolate ganache:
  • 4 oz bitter/semi sweet chocolate squares, chopped
  • 2 tbsp Earth Balance butter
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with cupcake liners and spray a light coat of non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, mix wet ingredients and set aside.
  3. In a bigger bowl, sift all dry ingredients.
  4. Gently pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix to incorporate. Do not overmix.
  5. Using a medium ice-cream scoop, divide batter evenly into lined muffin tin.
  6. Bake for 18 –  20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  7. Allow to cool on a wire rack for a few minutes before removing to cool completely.
  8. Heat a saucepan with some water on medium high heat. Once water boils, turn down the heat to low. Place a bowl over the saucepan, add chocolate squares and butter. Stir to combine and allow chocolate to completely melt with the help of steam.
  9. Once cupcakes are completely cool, dunk each with chocolate ganache and sprinkle on some of your favorite festive sprinkles.
  10. Allow ganache to cool and harden completely before sinking in your fangs. Enjoy 😀

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1 Faith October 31, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Healthy and delicious, I definitely would not be able to resist these beauties! Happy Halloween!
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2 Kiran November 3, 2011 at 10:03 AM

Thank you so much! We had our first experience of celebrating Halloween with pumpkin carving and trick-or-treater’s ringing the doorbell for treats – it was so much fun 🙂

3 Juliana October 31, 2011 at 4:53 PM

These cupcakes look delicious, light and fluffy. Hope you have a wonderful week ahead and Happy Halloween Kiran 🙂

4 Kiran November 3, 2011 at 10:05 AM

Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for the compliments 🙂 We had a wonderful week and a fantastic Halloween. Hope you had a lot of fun too! Have a great day!

5 Simply Life October 31, 2011 at 5:54 PM

oooh I wish I could ring your doorbell and get one of these!
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6 Kiran November 3, 2011 at 10:10 AM

You are too sweet! 🙂

7 carolinaheartstrings October 31, 2011 at 7:38 PM

Those look terrific. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Great pictures.
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8 Kiran November 3, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Thank you so much 🙂

9 Gayatri October 31, 2011 at 9:26 PM

Okay I’m flying to Florida for these cupcakes!!! They look delicious. We couldn’t really celebrate Halloween because it clashed with Diwali parties this weekend!!
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10 Kiran November 3, 2011 at 10:18 AM

Thank you so much for the compliments – you are way too kind!! Of course, you are welcome to Florida any time – I promise to bake this as and when 🙂 We didn’t truly celebrated Halloween – I only ended up baking these babies, carve a pumpkin and giving away candies to trick-or-treater’s. It was loads of fun 😀

11 Liana Jacinta November 1, 2011 at 1:32 AM

Arggghh…. Stresss!!!! Can you courier them please??

12 Kiran November 3, 2011 at 10:19 AM

Hahaha! I wish! If only these had all the preservatives 😉

13 Harsha November 1, 2011 at 3:30 AM

Now this is not fair, Kiran! They look so terrific. I wanna have them. Loved the images too. :):)

14 Kiran November 3, 2011 at 10:20 AM

So sorry honey – please try the simple recipe and let me know how it tastes. Or take a flight out to Orlando, Florida – I won’t hesitate to bake some for you 🙂

15 Von November 1, 2011 at 4:58 AM

haha….Happy Halloween! I have sharing problems too when it comes to delicious desserts 😉 The cupcakes sound delicious! I don’t think I’ve ever made anything vegan before, but if I do, I’d try this! Can you taste the pumpkin?? I wanted to carve a pumpkin for halloween but pumpkins are so expensive here!
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16 Kiran November 3, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for the wonderful comments 🙂
Happy Halloween to you and the family. This is my first ever vegan recipe. It was easy, moist and delicious cupcake recipe. You won’t taste the pumpkin at all. It’s just keeps the cupcakes so moist and delicious! Pumpkins are darn expensive here as well – we are experiencing shortage!

17 Reem | Simply Reem November 1, 2011 at 11:14 AM

No these are the kind of cupcake I can eat and not go for an extra mile on treadmill….
Perfect presentation….

18 Kiran November 3, 2011 at 10:27 AM

Thank you so much honey – my exact thoughts on the treadmill subject 😀

19 Richa@HobbyandMore November 1, 2011 at 2:14 PM

woah.. these are my kind of cupcakes.. yummm.. pumpkiny chocolatey and more chocolate! totally trying them out.. we dint do much for halloween coz my parents left a day before after a short and a super fun stay, so we were in mourning..:) i did put hubbs badge around my poms neck and took a picture.. his halloween costume.. a software engineer .:D .. november is catching up with the blog world month now!

Have a fun day!
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20 Kiran November 3, 2011 at 10:45 AM

I am so happy I made something that you can relate to (vegan). I hope you would try this recipe and please let me know how it tastes 🙂 It sucks whenever parents leave after visiting but ya’ll dealt it well with costume’s and all 🙂

21 mycookinghut November 1, 2011 at 6:32 PM

Lovely cupcakes!! Happy Halloween!
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22 Kiran November 3, 2011 at 10:46 AM

Thank you sweetie and Happy Halloween as well 🙂

23 Nami | Just One Cookbook November 1, 2011 at 6:59 PM

Beautiful presentation and photography Kiran! The skeleton head gives enough scariness but the rest gives nice and sweet touch. Also love how you put bowl upside down. Great idea!
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24 Kiran November 3, 2011 at 2:05 PM

Thank you so much for the compliments dear – I am still learning and thinking outside the box 😉

25 Manu November 1, 2011 at 10:22 PM

Oh My! These look fantastic! And I love your presentation! Great pictures! 🙂

26 Kiran November 3, 2011 at 2:06 PM

Thank you so much for the compliments honey – it drives me to work harder and create better content 🙂

27 Autumn@Good Eats Girl November 1, 2011 at 10:35 PM

These cupcakes seriously look amazing! I need to eat like 12 of them! 🙂

28 Kiran November 3, 2011 at 2:07 PM

Thanks a lot dear. It’s healthy so I think you can eat 12, if you want too 🙂 I won’t ever judge!

29 Jidhu Jose November 2, 2011 at 1:59 AM

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30 Kiran November 3, 2011 at 2:08 PM

Thanks a lot buddy!

31 Khushboo November 2, 2011 at 2:18 AM

These look fabulous–> I share your way of thinking: “healthy” muffins = more room for the good stuff! I actually love vegan baking because it instantly can make a recipe healthier/more wholesome!

32 Kiran November 3, 2011 at 2:14 PM

Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for the compliments. I find vegan eating quite challenging but a great way towards eating a wholesome and healthy meals. I try to sneak in vegan foods every now and then. What can I say – I am a huge sucker for seafood. Le sigh!

33 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen November 2, 2011 at 5:08 AM

I can never resist a good chocolate cupcake, bonus that these are vegan and have whole wheat!
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34 Kiran November 3, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Me too! Thank god I shared some of these treats with my friends and neighbors. I can’t imagine not scuffing down more if I had any extras 😀

35 Lynn November 2, 2011 at 10:11 AM

I loves muffins and these looks fantastic ! Btw what kind of camera are you using? Your pictures looks very nice!!!

36 Kiran November 3, 2011 at 2:16 PM

Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for the lovely comments 🙂 I shot using a basic DSLR by Nikon model D5000, with a basic kit lens that comes with it (18-55mm). If you have anymore questions, please don’t hesitate. Have a great day 🙂

37 Divya November 2, 2011 at 11:03 AM

Love your “healthier” cupcake. They are simply adorable! Hope you had an awesome Halloween!
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38 Kiran November 3, 2011 at 2:19 PM

Thanks a lot honey – we had a blast during Halloween. How about you? Do you all celebrate in Toronto?

39 Melanie @ Melanie Cooks November 2, 2011 at 12:07 PM

I’ve never heard of vegan ganache 🙂 Your cupcakes look delicious!
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40 Kiran November 3, 2011 at 2:26 PM

Thanks a lot for the compliment, honey. There are vegan baking chocolates and butter in the market. It surprised me at first, but I am glad there are alternatives and substitutions in vegan eating. These cupcakes surely doesn’t taste vegan at all 😀

41 5 Star Foodie November 2, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Awesome – these look delicious and healthy too!

42 Kiran November 3, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for the compliment 🙂

43 Heavenly Housewife November 2, 2011 at 2:14 PM

I love your pictures, you are a great photographer. Beautiful cupcakes. I hope you had a happy halloween. I forgot to buy candy and had to turn my lights off 😉
*kisses* HH
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44 Kiran November 3, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Thanks for the compliments honey – you made my day for sure 🙂 It was our first Halloween, and we had a blast!

45 Sophie November 2, 2011 at 2:51 PM

I love your appetizing pictures & those cupcakes look divine & wonderful too!

Fabulously food! 🙂

46 Kiran November 3, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Thanks for the compliments honey – it strives me to produce more quality posts 🙂

BTW, your blog address is pointing to another webpage that is asking me to complete a survey. Might be hacked or something.

47 Sanjeeta kk November 3, 2011 at 12:33 AM

Wow..no wonder why you would not like to share these yummy goodies with anyone 🙂 These look gorgeous and healthy too.
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48 Baker Street November 3, 2011 at 2:10 AM

Divine! Healthy and scrumptious!
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49 Kiran November 3, 2011 at 3:31 PM

Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for the compliments 🙂

50 Asmita November 10, 2011 at 1:35 PM

It’s great to have a recipe for my vegan friends. Considering there is no dairy or egg in it, it looks incredible. I like the ganache on top. YUM YUM YUM!

51 Kiran November 12, 2011 at 11:48 PM

Thank you- I was merely experimenting with a vegan recipe I had in mind for a very long time. And this cupcakes definitely is delicious and moist. So yum! Do try and let me know what your vegan friends think about this recipe 🙂

52 Asmita November 10, 2011 at 1:38 PM

Just posted an eggless and gluten- free French dessert Coeur A La Creme made with cream cheese and cream.

53 Emmy December 3, 2011 at 6:35 PM

These cupcakes look amazing !!! They look so yummy ! I plan on making them for christmas, and I was just wondering if there was any alternative to the pumpkin, since it is currently not in season. Could I use applesauce ? Or something else maybe ? Thanks !

54 Kiran December 4, 2011 at 11:31 PM

Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for the lovely comments and compliments! 🙂

The whole idea of mine with this recipe was incorporating as little butter as possible and swap it with healthier ingredients. To keep it moist, I’ve used pumpkin puree and you can easily use applesauce for this recipe. It’s would be just as delicious. Please let me know how it tastes 🙂

55 Emmy January 14, 2012 at 7:52 AM

Just tried out the recipe a couple days ago with applesauce instead of pumpkin puree and they came out great ! They were absolutely delicious, and you were never guess that they were healthy ! Thanks for the recipe ! 🙂

56 Kiran October 4, 2012 at 11:35 PM

Emmy — thank you so much for trying this recipe. I am so sorry it took me so long to reply. Somehow this comment was “buried” in the archives.

Thanks for reporting back to us with success on the recipe! Hope you have a great week 🙂

57 Ashley October 25, 2013 at 12:52 AM

How many calories? Just made them
And they were
Super yummy! Thanks!

58 Kiran October 25, 2013 at 1:22 AM

Ashley — yay! so glad it turned out yummy for you 🙂 sorry, i don’t have the calorie info for this recipe.

59 Leslie McQueen October 31, 2013 at 2:54 PM

I have a cupcake blog called My Year of Cupcakes. I feature a Healthy-ish cupcake on the last day of each month. This month I featured your Halloween Cupcake recipe. Thanks for the yummy (and healthy) recipe!

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