Friday, November 9, 2012

Vegan Palm Sugar Cupcakes

On Friday I had a bit of a panic when I realized I was supposed to bring in 4 dozen cupcakes for a quarterly birthday celebration in my 10 year old's classroom.

Have no fear!

With a copious amount of baking ingredients on hand I was very pleasantly surprised to turn out these beauties:

Palm Sugar Cupcakes (vegan)

2 1/2 C all purpose unbleached flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
2/3 C Earth Balance (softened)
1 3/4 C palm sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 egg substitutes (I used ener-G egg replacers)
1 1/4 C almond milk

Combine everything in a bowl and mix until combined.

Pour into cupcake liners and bake at 375 degrees for 18-20 minutes (until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center).

This should make about 30 cupcakes (just make sure you use about a tablespoon of batter per liner).

Now these are delicious on their own but they taste EVEN better when topped with vegan chocolate buttercream.

The cake is moist and light.  

The palm sugar gives the cake a toasted flavor to it which really gives it another layer to put it a step ABOVE just a regular cupcake.

I had to have a bite....I just couldn't help myself.

How palm sugar is made is pretty cool.  Take a moment and head over to Wholesome Sweeteners and check out their process.

What flavors of cupcakes do you enjoy?


  1. What a simple and nice recipe! They look very moist! I am sure the children enjoyed them.

  2. I have never heard of palm sugar before.... can you use in interchangeably with regular refined sugar?

  3. I think I would panic too if I had to make that many cupcakes! You did a great job though. Those cupcakes look great! :)
    Coconut palm sugar aka coconut nectar is my dry sweetener of choice. I think it tastes totally lush. I can easily eat it straight off the spoon ;)
    I hope you're having a great weekend Rachel xx

  4. I've been <3-ing palm sugar lately! I've only used it in hot cereal and smoothies, so it is good to know it bakes nicely!

    Happy Weekend!

  5. I use palm sugar a lot in Asian cooking but I never knew how they made it. Cool post!

  6. My sister has used palm sugar in the past and I should totally try it, I am intrigued. I love coconut and German chocolate cupcakes.

  7. I've heard a lot about palm sugar. I'm so impressed with all of your vegan cooking and baking. I think it's great that you feel strongly about this and you are really sticking to this lifestyle. I love it. Take great care,


  8. Oh I love vanilla bean cupcakes and dark chocolate cupcakes. :)

  9. wow nice cake looking very soft with vanilla flavour, mmmmm i want to eat this i will try to make it at my home. this is healthy also because use of coconut palm sugar.

    thanks to share with us

    natural sugar substitute

  10. Wow! its looking like very softy and i thinks its taste was awesome thanks for sharing a great recipe of this i will make it. its made by coconut palm sugar interesting.