Vegan Butterfinger Cupcakes

vegan chocolate butterfinger cupcakes with butterfinger frosting

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Makes 24 cupcakes

Vegan Butterfinger Candy Ingredients

Vegan Butterfinger Candy Directions

Slice the chick-o-sticks lengthwise into sizes that fit into your chocolate molds. (If you don’t have chocolate molds, you can just break the sticks into chunks that you’ll dip into the melted vegan chocolate chips and then set onto parchment paper to harden.)

Melt ⅔ of the vegan chocolate chips in a double boiler.

Add the remaining vegan chocolate chips only when the first batch is completely melted. Stir until the new chocolate is completely melted and smooth.

Remove the melted vegan chocolate chips from heat.

Spoon the melted chocolate into the bottoms of your silicone chocolate molds.

Set the chick-o-stick pieces on top of the melted chocolate in the molds.

Top the chick-o-sticks with additional melted chocolate until the mold is filled.

Wait overnight for the chocolate to harden (or to speed up the process, you can set them in the fridge).

hello kitty butterfinger candies

Vegan Chocolate Butterfinger Cupcake Ingredients

  • 2 cups nondairy milk
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 ½ cups organic unbleached white flour*
  • ⅔ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ⅔ cups organic sugar*
  • ⅔ cup sunflower oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 6 chick-o-sticks

Vegan Chocolate Butterfinger Cupcake Directions

Heat the oven to 350°. Line 2 muffin pans with paper liners.

Combine the vinegar and nondairy milk and let sit.

Sift the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl: 2 ½ cups unbleached white flour, ⅔ cup cocoa powder , 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda, 1 teaspoon baking powder, and ½ teaspoon salt.

Mix the wet ingredients into the nondairy milk: 1 ⅔ cups sugar, ⅔ cup sunflower oil, and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract.

Smash 6 chick-o-sticks using a mortar and pestle (or whatever method you prefer, ie. hitting with a rolling pin, jumping up and down on, or driving over with your car).

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix until there are no visible dry areas. Use silicone spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl ensuring no flour stowaways.

Add the chick-o-stick crumbs to the batter.

vegan butterfinger cake batter

Mix just until incorporated.

Fill each cupcake paper ⅔ of the way full with batter.

Bake for 18-20 minutes, until when you insert a toothpick into the center of one, it comes out clean. Remove from oven, and set cupcake pans on cooling racks to cool for 10 minutes. Then remove from pan and set cupcakes on the cooling rack.

vegan chocolate butterfinger cupcakes

Vegan Vanilla Butterfinger Frosting Ingredients

Vegan Vanilla Butterfinger Frosting Directions

Whisk the shortening and margarine for 3 minutes using a stand mixer or a handheld electric mixer.

Sift in the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, mixing for at least minute between each addition.

Add the vanilla, and mix until incorporated.

Add the majority of the chick-o-stick crumbs (but save a tablespoon for sprinkling on top later).

vegan butterfinger frosting

Fill a piping bag fitted with a Wilton large round tip 1A (this is the only tip that will ensure the pieces of chick-o-stick don’t clog the tip).

Frost the cupcakes.

piping vegan butterfinger frosting

Sprinkle the frosted cupcakes with chick-o-stick crumbs.

Garnish each cupcake with one hello kitty butterfinger candy.

vegan hello kitty butterfinger cupcakes

Chill until ready to serve.

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* I use mostly organic ingredients when I cook, but I realize that not everyone has the disposable income to purchase all organic ingredients. Therefore, I only specify organic on the ingredients that really matter - when buying the organic version is the only way to ensure that the item is vegan.

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