Vegan Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes w/ Cinnamon Rum Icing


Did you know I made these cupcakes before and I completely overlooked the fact that they were VEGAN? I made these cupcakes instead a birthday cake a couple of years ago, and I didn’t even think twice about the fact that there were no eggs or milk called for in the recipe. 
That was until I was lying in bed awake thinking (seems to be a pass time of mine lately), and it suddenly dawned on me that a certain someone said they had eggs for dinner, and I immediately started to have a mini panic attack because there were only two eggs left in the carton meaning there were no eggs left which I quickly meant no cupcakes! Boo hoo sad! I’d already gone to store a dozen times to pick up what I thought I needed for this silly recipe, but I have been so scatterbrained lately that I kept forgetting to buy the items I actually needed. So while I lay awake in bed fretting over eggs I decided it was silly to keep myself up over a stupid cupcake recipe and I resolved to go back to the grocery store AGAIN in the morning.  
So I get up and before I went out to the grocery store I decided it would be a good idea to review the recipe AGAIN and I realized hey I don’t even need eggs! Boo ya!! I was pumped! 
Until there was another problem. I was all set to start baking and I was gathering my items from the refrigerator and cupboard when I realized someone not naming names, but SOMEONE put an empty container of baking powder BACK in the cupboard! I mean who does that? Anyway so for last and final time I walked my lazy self over the grocery store and I bought some baking powder (the biggest one they sell) and I now have for you Vegan Spiced Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Rum Icing! phewf! Hope you like them!  
**Recipe found at Love And Olive Oil 




1 cup pure canned pumpkin
1/3 cup oil
1 cup granulated sugar (used brown sugar)
1/4 cup soymilk (or almond milk)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (doubled this)
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (used whole wheat)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon each ground cloves, nutmeg, and ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup mini dark chocolate chips (w/ no milk)

1/2 cup vegan margarine, room temperature
2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1 tablespoon dark rum
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
milk or soy milk, as needed


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin pan with cupcake liners.

In a medium bowl, stir together pumpkin, oil, sugar, soymilk, and

Sift in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and

Gently whisk by hand until just combined, don’t use an electric
mixer or overmix the batter because it may become too gummy. 

Once combined,
gently fold in the dark chocolate chips.

Fill liners with 1/4 cup batter (cups should be approximately 2/3
Bake for 22 to 24 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into the
center comes out clean.

 Transfer cupcakes to a wire rack and let cool completely
before frosting.

To Make Frosting:

Cream vegan margarine. Add 1/2 cup confectioners sugar and
mix until smooth. Add rum and cinnamon, and slowly mix (careful not to
splatter). Continue adding sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well between
additions. Continue to beat until light and fluffy. If frosting is too
thick, add a bit of soy milk to thin it out. If too thin, add more sugar and
continue to beat until it is the right consistency. Spoon into a piping
bag or just slather it right onto the cupcakes. 

Dust with cinnamon and

See eating vegan doesn’t mean you have to eat grass, and it’s super easy! Try incorperating more vegan recipes into your diet, and you’ll be doing your self and the environment a favor!
Happy Tuesday Blog Readers!! 
Short Presents!

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  • Reply Girl and Closet October 23, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    So great to see a vegan cupcake recipe. These look absolutely delicious, and I too love using pumpkin puree in my recipes. Yum, can't wait to try these! xo V

    • Reply Short Presents October 24, 2012 at 2:14 pm

      These are SO good honestly I made another batch two days later because we ate them ALL!

      Let me know how it goes!

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