Published on December 23rd, 2011 | by Jeannie Moulton


Vegan Avocado Lime Cupcakes

OK, I know that avocados aren’t exactly in season, but this recipe sounded too good to not mention.

It is from this great vegan cookbook, Big Vegan. You can read more about Big Vegan here, and check out another free recipe from it here.


  • 1 3/4 cup / 255 g all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp lime zest
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup / 40 g mashed avocado
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 cup / 200 g granulated sugar
  • 1 cup / 240 ml almond or soy milk
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup / 80 g mashed avocado
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 1/2 cups / 250 g powdered/icing sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F/180C.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, lime zest, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl, puree avocado until smooth, the mix in the oil.
  4. Stir in the granulated sugar, then the milk, lime juice and vanilla.
  5. Stir the liquids into the dry mixture, mashing out any lumps.
  6. Divide the batter among 12 lined muffin cups in a muffin pan. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean, about 20 minutes.


  1. In a small bowl, mash the avocado with the lime juice until smooth, then stir in the powdered sugar.
  2. Cover and refrigerate until the cupcakes are completely cooled.

Bring it together:

  1. Finally, spread about 1 tbsp of frosting on each cupcake.
  2. Keep refrigerated, until just about ready to serve, letting cupcake come to room temperature.
Photo: Flickr Creative Commons by bossacafez (which is sadly not of the avocado cupcakes :( )

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About the Author

I spent the last five years earning my PhD in Engineering. I enjoy all types of science and writing, so I am trying out a new career path in science publication and communication. Recently, I have moved to Oxford, England. As an environmentally-conscious person, Oxford is a great place to live...notably there is no car required. I love to talk about vegan cooking, plant-based diets and the benefits of such, so just ask if you are interested. I do ballet for fun and love kitties.

2 Responses to Vegan Avocado Lime Cupcakes

  1. wow, what an interesting recipe! Thanks for posting it, I may have to try this :) And thanks for mentioning that the photo isn’t of this particular recipe, I was looking at it trying to figure out how they were cupcakes… so it’s good to know that’s not exactly what I’m aiming for ;) But a gorgeous photo anyway!

    • If you’re looking for cupcake pan liners like in the photo, I’ve gotten them at Michaels and seen them online. Since they are straight up and down, instead of having angled sides, they make slightly smaller cupcakes. But oh so pretty!

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