Vegan Celery Cupcakes with Lemon Frosting

Shanika Graham-White

by | Updated: January 20th, 2022

Veggies for dessert? We do it all the time, and in the most delightful way! Pumpkin pie and carrot cake are classics, and zucchini brownies and chocolate avocado mousse have gained solid footing. In this indulgent but healthier vegan cupcake recipe, celery is the star. That’s right! The taste and texture of celery is adaptable to whatever ingredients you use it with, and its herbal notes and high water content are welcome in fluffy, soft cake. Allspice, cinnamon and vanilla bring warmth and sweetness. The whisper of grassy flavor and burst of spice pair wonderfully with a velvety lemon-infused buttercream frosting. Surprise and delight everyone with these instant classics!

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Vegan Celery Cupcakes with Lemon Frosting

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 cupcakes
Calories 371 kcal
Author Shanika Graham-White

Ingredients

Cupcakes

Frosting

Instructions

Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Prep 12-well cupcake pan with liners and spray.
  2. In measuring cup, mix together almond milk and apple cider vinegar until well combined; let sit 10 minutes.
  3. In large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon, allspice and salt.
  4. Add milk-ACV mixture, vegan butter and vanilla. Using spatula, mix until everything is well combined and smooth with no lumps visible. (Note: Do not overmix.)
  5. Fold in finely chopped celery.
  6. Scoop batter into liners until 3/4 full and bake at 400 degrees F for the first 5 minutes only. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F and continue baking another 14-17 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  7. Once done, turn off oven and keep cupcakes inside with oven door slightly open for about 2 minutes before removing.
  8. Let cool completely before frosting.

Frosting

  1. In large bowl, using mixer, beat together powdered sugar and softened vegan butter until pea-sized crumbles form.
  2. Beat in lemon extract, lemon zest and milk until creamy and fluffy. (Note: If too thin, add additional powdered sugar, 1 Tbsp. at a time; if too thick, add additional almond milk, 1 Tbsp. at a time.)
  3. Add frosting to piping bag and pipe onto cooled cupcakes.
  4. Sprinkle with lemon zest or dried parsley, if desired.

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Vegan Celery Cupcakes with Lemon Frosting
Amount Per Serving
Calories 371 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Sodium 217mg9%
Potassium 113mg3%
Carbohydrates 71g24%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 58g64%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 587IU12%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 67mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.