Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Icing


It’s my old dance teacher Holly’s birthday tonight, and my other teacher Suzanne asked if I could bring cupcakes to class. They were basically the best teachers ever, so obviously I said yes. I don’t really have a good way to make a single oversized cupcake, so I opted for a mini cake with a bunch of cupcakes. Maybe it’s a girl thing, but I absolutely love making/using mini anything. Regardless, I was really excited about this mini cake opportunity. 


This picture doesn’t give a lot of perspective, but it’s only about 4" across. 

VEGAN CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES (2 X 4" mini cake + 18 medium cupcakes)

  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 75g cocoa powder
  • 1.5 tsp. baking soda
  • ¾ tsp. baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 340 mL hot coffee
  • 1.5 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 240g sugar
  • 150 ml oil***
  • 90 ml applesauce***
  • 1.5 tbsp. vanilla extract

***It would appear that I can’t do basic math, and I actually used 200mL of oil and 120 mL of applesauce. Still turned out really well, but 150 and 90 was what I meant to do. I swear, I’m an engineer…


  1. Preheat the oven to 320F. Line cupcake tins and cake pans.
  2. Brew coffee (plus a cup for yourself, of course!)
  3. Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Combine coffee, apple cider vinegar, sugar, oil, applesauce, and vanilla.
  5. Pour liquid mixture into dry mixture and stir until combined. I always pour the batter into a measuring cup to disperse, since it’s a pretty runny batter. 
  6. Fill liners about 2/3 high.
  7. Bake for 14-20 minutes -cakes took just over 20 minutes – depending on size of liner. Rotate pans halfway through. Toothpick should come out clean.

For the icing, I used the salted caramel buttercream icing from here in those exact quantities. I also used all salted butter, because I wanted a strongly salty caramel. 

I think the coffee worked out really well in the cupcakes, and they are extremely moist, but that could also be because I massively screwed up the amount of oil. So if you want super moist cupcakes, you know what to do! 


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