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Chloe's Vegan Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

This little vegan chocolate strawberry cupcake helped then 22-year-old baker Chloe Coscarelli win first place on Food Network's "Cupcake Wars" in 2010. She was the first vegan to win a Food Network competition.

Sunset JULY 2011

  • Yield: Makes 12 cupcakes
  • Total:1 Hour, 30 Minutes


  • Cupcakes
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (preferably Dutch-process)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Frosting & finishing
  • 2/3 cup nonhydrogenated vegetable shortening
  • 2 2/3 cups plus 1 tbsp. sifted powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • About 4 tbsp. nondairy milk, such as soy, almond, or rice
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries


1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with cupcake liners.

2. Make cupcakes: In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together 1 cup water, the oil, vinegar, and vanilla. Pour wet mixture into dry mixture and whisk until just combined.

3. Divide batter among cupcake cups. Bake until a toothpick inserted into a cupcake comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cupcakes cool completely in pan.

4. Make frosting: Using an electric mixer, beat shortening, 2 2/3 cups powdered sugar, and the vanilla together to mix. Beat in nondairy milk 1 tbsp. at a time and beat until frosting is smooth and fluffy.

5. Cut tops off cupcakes and set aside. Smooth about 1 tbsp. frosting onto each cupcake and cover with a few strawberries. Replace top, then add a dollop of frosting and a few tiny slices of strawberry. Put remaining 1 tbsp. powdered sugar in a fine-mesh strainer and dust cupcakes with sugar.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per cupcake.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 411
  • Calories from fat: 45%
  • Protein: 2.4g
  • Fat: 21g
  • Saturated fat: 6.4g
  • Carbohydrate: 55g
  • Fiber: 1.3g
  • Sodium: 205mg
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg

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