Champagne Cupcakes (Vegan)

Vegan Champagne Cupcakes
Vegan Champagne Cupcakes

These champagne cupcakes are a real crowd-pleaser for any occasion – we had them served at our wedding and people couldn’t get enough of them! If you’re celebrating love, the new year, a big accomplishment, or just life in general, these vegan cupcakes are the way to go.

You can use any vegan champagne for this recipe or substitute with any sweet sparkling wine!

Not All Champagne is Vegan

It is important to note that some champagne brands are not vegan-friendly. Occasionally, animal products are used for filtering to improve the clarity of the champagne or wine.

Common animal products used for clarification include egg whites, gelatin, and isinglass, which is a gel from the bladder of sturgeon or other fish.

Unfortunately, it can be very hard to tell if the champagne you’re buying is vegan. Here are a few trustworthy vegan champagne brands that we found from VeganLife.

  • Lanson Black Label Brut (which we used for this recipe)
  • Moët & Chandon
  • Taittinger Brut Réserve
  • Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne
  • Cattier Brut Champagne

Champagne Cupcake Recipe

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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 17 mins
Total Time 37 mins
Estimated Cost$25
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Cupcakes
Calories 306.4 kcal

Helpful Equipment

Ingredients
 
 

Cakes

  • 1 1/3 Cups Flour
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1 Cup Sweet Champagne (any brand will work)
  • 2 tbsp. Applesauce (plain)
  • 1/4 Cup Canola Oil
  • 2 tbsp. Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

Frosting

  • 2 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Vegan Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Plant-based Shortening
  • 3 tbsp. Champagne
  • 1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • Gold Sprinkles (for fanciness)

Instructions
 

Cupcakes

  • Preheat oven to 375°F
  • Line a cupcake tray with liners (reduce waste with reusable liners)
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients.
    1 1/3 Cups Flour, 1 tsp. Baking Powder, 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda, 1/2 tsp. Salt, 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • Add in wet ingredients
    1 Cup Sweet Champagne, 1/4 Cup Canola Oil, 2 tbsp. Lemon Juice, 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract, 2 tbsp. Applesauce
  • Stir with a whisk until you have a batter.
  • Pour batter evenly into your cupcake liners.
  • Bake for 15-17 minutes, until golden. Check with a toothpick and bake for an additional few minutes if needed.
  • Set aside and allow cupcakes to cool.

Frosting

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine:
    2 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar, 1/4 Cup Vegan Butter, 1/4 Cup Plant-based Shortening, 3 tbsp. Champagne, 1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • Whisk or use a hand mixer for approximately 2 minutes, until your desired consistency is reached.
  • Pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes.
  • Decorate with sprinkles!
    Gold Sprinkles

Notes & Tips

If you want to take an easier route, grab a box of cupcake mix. Just sub champagne for water and applesauce for egg!
Or you can make them from scratch with this recipe (they’re tastier!)

Nutrition

Calories: 306.4kcalCarbohydrates: 46.9gProtein: 1.3gFat: 12.2gSaturated Fat: 2.2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.6gSodium: 212.5mgPotassium: 70.4mgFiber: 1.4gSugar: 37.7gVitamin A: 180.7IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 29.7mgIron: 0.5mg

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