Jeffery Cross
Total Time
1 Hour 30 Mins
Makes 12 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.

How to Make It

Step 1

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

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 6

Note: Nutritional analysis is per cupcake.

Ratings & Reviews | Online Cake Delivery

July 03, 2017
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DonnaPalmer's Review

October 12, 2013

charoulli's Review
July 21, 2012
I've made this over and over again! They taste deliscious!! The truth is, like one other person said, there is 1 cup of liquid missing from this recipe. I use 1 cup strong coffee, but Chloe says you can also use water or coconut milk. Also for the frosting, It's 3 cups powdered sugar (I don't understand the confusing numbers) and 2 to 5 tbsp liquid, depending on the consistency you like. One more detail: this makes 14 cupcakes, and not 12.

Sekgrewal's Review

April 29, 2012
One of easiest vegan cake recipes. I made gluten free, lower fat and sugar as well halved recipe. 3/4c garbanzo/lava bean flour plus all purpose gluten free flour, 3 TBSP splenda/sugar blend, 2 TBSP veg oil, 2TBSP applesauce. Turned out great. Used raspberries.

backwardsiris's Review

April 04, 2012

angloesque's Review

June 21, 2011
The recipe above is different from the one on Chloe's website ( and, most notably, is missing a cup of coconut milk in the batter part. I read and reread the recipe and kept missing the part where you add a cup of water to the batter (why that's not on the ingredients list I don't understand), so my first batch didn't turn out at all. I tried again with the recipe on her site and they were awesome.

cats61's Review

January 30, 2014
I have to agree with angloesque's comment about Chloe's recipe. Even the recipe on is different. So is the actual ingredients used to win the cupcake war a big secret? Why so many variations?