Birthday Cake Cupcakes

Difficulty: Easy

Makes 12

It may be hard to believe from my teen-like behaviour and overwhelmingly youthful appearance but today is in fact my 28th birthday and I thought as a special gift to myself I would bake cupcakes. I’ve been baking cupcakes for as long as I remember, sometimes with a recipe, more often just chucking a bunch of ingredients into the oven and hoping for the best but this time I decided to pay attention and write it down. I guess this is growing up.


  • 1 1/4 cups almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot (tapioca) flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons jimmies or sprinkles


  • 1/2 cup vegan margarine
  • 1/2 cup vegan cream cheese
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon jimmies or sprinkles

Birthday Cupcakes


  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C and fill a cupcake tray with liners.
  2. In a medium sized jug or bowl, whisk together the almond milk and apple cider vinegar before adding the oil and vanilla.
  3. Sift the flour, arrowroot, baking soda, baking powder and salt into the bowl of your electric mixer.
  4. Mixing on a medium speed, slowly add the almond milk mixture until the batter is smooth (it’ll be pretty runny).
  5. Finally, add the jimmies or sprinkles and mix until well distributed.
  6. Using a 1/4 cup measure, fill the cupcake liners with the batter.
  7. Lightly tap the tray on the bench a few times to even out the batter and release any air bubbles.
  8. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, until golden on top before removing from the oven and allowing to cool.
  9. While the cupcakes are cooling, make the frosting by beating together the margarine and vegan cream cheese in an electric mixer.
  10. Sift in the icing sugar and continue to mix until light and fluffy.
  11. Add the vanilla and beat until well mixed.
  12. Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes before generously sprinkling with jimmies or sprinkles.

Birthday Cupcakes