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Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes from Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes from Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes from Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan BakingPhotos by Meg van der Kruik

There are some blogs that you just can’t help getting excited about because the recipes they post are so innovative and unique. There are blogs you read, and blogs you devour and Fork and Beans has always been on my devour list.

Last summer, Cara and I were both working on cookbooks, so Cara tested some of my recipes and I tested some of hers. And now Cara’s cookbook is out — woo hoo! Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking: Delicious, Gluten-, Egg- and Dairy-Free Treats and Sweets is much like Fork and Beans in that it’s full of remakes of classic recipes and junk food favorites. There’s an entire chapter devoted to vegan and gluten-free versions of Girl Scout cookies. An entire chapter! You’ll also find recipes for homemade Pop-Tarts, Fig Newtons, Cheez-Its, and more cakes, cupcakes, and pies than you can shake a stick at. (I have no idea what that means. Why would you shake a stick at cupcakes? They’re delicious.)

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes from Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking
And speaking of cupcakes! When asked to choose a recipe to share from Cara’s cookbook, I decided on the Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes. The deciding factor was obviously the Nutter Butter Frosting, which I would happily pipe straight into my mouth because I’m classy like that.

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes

Vegan, gluten-free chocolate cupcakes topped with Nutter Butter Frosting from Cara Reed's Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking.
Servings: 12 cupcakes



  • 1 1/2 cups Cara’s All-Purpose Blend
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 1 cup nondairy milk
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal plus 6 tablespoons water—thickened for 5 minutes
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutter Butter Frosting

  • 1/2 cup vegan butter softened
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons nondairy milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Make the cupcakes

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease or line a muffin pan.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. In a medium bowl, combine the wet together until well mixed. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until just combined.
  • Pour into the muffin pan and bake for 17 to 20 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pan and allow to cool on a wire rack. Frost with Nutter Butter Frosting and drizzle with melted nondairy chocolate. Feeling even crazier? Top with chocolate-covered peanuts.

Make the frosting

  • With an electric mixer, cream the vegan butter on medium speed until fluffy. Beat in the peanut butter, and then gradually add in the powdered sugar. Add the nondairy milk and vanilla extract until light and fluffy.


CARA’S TIP: If you desire, you can switch to almond butter for this recipe, or if you are allergic to nuts, you can use a nut-free spread like SunButter instead.
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Disclosure: I received a review copy of Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking from the publisher.

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  • Reply
    Abby @ The Frosted Vegan
    August 14, 2014 at 9:38 am

    A whole chapter devoted to Girl Scout cookies?! I need this book ASAP!

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      August 17, 2014 at 8:22 pm

      YES! You would love this book – so many awesome vegan ideas!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    August 14, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Gorgeous cupcakes!

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    [email protected]
    August 14, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    Your photography is so gorgeous!

  • Reply
    August 15, 2014 at 7:21 am

    I need this book on my shelf! I do love a good book review! Those cupcakes look just magical. So cute and tasty!

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      August 17, 2014 at 8:20 pm

      It’s such a fun book – Cara is so creative!

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    August 17, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    Who knew gluten-free baking could look so good! I can’t turn down anything with PB+chocolate no matter how hard I try. Must give these a go!

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      Kiersten Frase
      August 27, 2014 at 5:54 pm

      Peanut butter and chocolate together is MAGIC. 🙂

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    September 2, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    I can’t wait to make these! Can I substitute with all purpose flour?

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      Kiersten Frase
      September 4, 2014 at 12:55 pm

      We haven’t tested the recipe with all-purpose flour; I think you’d probably be better off finding a chocolate cupcake recipe that’s already made with it.

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    November 17, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Hi. I have an all-purpose gluten free flour blend. Would that be ok to use instead?

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