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Oh She Glows Every Day | Vegan High-Rise Pumpkin Cupcakes with Spiced Buttercream Frosting

Oh She Glows Everyday

Angela Liddon has done it again—she just released her second cookbook (her first is a New York Times Bestseller!) and let me tell you, the recipes look DELICIOUS! I first discovered Angela’s blog Oh She Glows years ago when Brian and I were eating vegan. She made our lives so much easier and I swear 90% of the meals we cooked were from her blog.

That being said, today’s post isn’t just for non-meat eaters. It’s for anyone who likes sweet treats, specifically pumpkin cupcakes that can be made vegan, nut-free, or soy-free depending on your dietary needs. It’s also kid-friendly and freezer-friendly, and it’s a pumpkin cupcake with spiced buttercream frosting so that’s pretty much all I need to know.

If I get ambitious this fall and decide to bake something that is not a Trader Joe’s boxed mix, this is absolutely what I will whip up. The following recipes and descriptions are straight from the pages of the Oh She Glows Every Day cookbook. Enjoy! (And check back tomorrow for my Mompreneur interview with Angela!!)

Oh She Glows Everyday | Vegan High-Rise Pumpkin Cupcakes with Spiced Buttercream Frosting Oh She Glows Everyday | Vegan High-Rise Pumpkin Cupcakes with Spiced Buttercream Frosting

High-Rise Pumpkin Cupcakes


These irresistible pumpkin spice cupcakes are amazing in the fall or winter months—but I certainly don’t hesitate to make them in the summer, too! The cupcakes are surprisingly light and fluffy, and if you’re anything like me you might scream with delight when you see how much they rise while they bake. I use white (or light) spelt flour to give these a wonderful, moist, and light texture. If you can’t find any, you can use whole spelt flour in the recipe, but be aware that the cupcakes will be denser (yet still tasty!).


2 1/4 cups (550 mL/10 1/2 ounces/ 300 g) white/light spelt flour (see Tip)
1/2 cup (125 mL) plus 2 tablespoons (30 mL) natural cane sugar
2 teaspoons (10 mL) baking powder
2 teaspoons (10 mL) ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons (7 mL) freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon (2 mL) baking soda
1/2 teaspoon (2 mL) fine sea salt
1/4 teaspoon (1 mL) ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon (0.5 mL) ground cloves
3/4 cup (175 mL) unsweetened pumpkin purée
1 cup (250 mL) unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup (60 mL) pure maple syrup
1/4 cup (60 mL) grapeseed oil or refined coconut oil, melted (see Tip)
1 tablespoon (15 mL) fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons (10 mL) pure vanilla extract
Spiced Buttercream Frosting (recipe below)


1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin tin with oil or line it with nonstick paper liners.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, salt, allspice, and cloves until combined.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the pumpkin purée, milk, maple syrup, oil, lemon juice, and vanilla until smooth.

4. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir until combined. Stop mixing as soon as there are no dry patches of flour, on the bottom of the bowl; it’s important not to overmix spelt flour as it can result in a dense cupcake. The batter will be quite thick (like a muffin batter), but this is normal.

5. Scoop the batter (I like to use a retractable ice cream scoop) into each well of the prepared muffin tin, filling them two-thirds to three-quarters full. Smooth out the tops a bit. Bake for 24 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of each cupcake comes out clean and the cake springs back—very slowly—when touched. The cupcakes rise beautifully—you might actually scream with joy when you see the beautiful rounded tops!

6. Let cool in the pan on a cooling rack for about 10 minutes. Gently transfer the cupcakes to the rack and let cool completely. (Be sure the cupcakes are not warm when you frost them, or the frosting will melt.)

7. Frost the cooled cupcakes with Spiced Buttercream Frosting or Orange-Maple Coconut Whipped Cream. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can also freeze the cupcakes: Place the frosted cupcakes on a plate and freeze, uncovered. Once the frosting has hardened, remove the cupcakes from the freezer and wrap them individually with plastic wrap. Transfer them to an airtight container and freeze for up to 1 month. To thaw, unwrap the cupcake and place it in the fridge or on the counter until thawed throughout.

TIP: I use grapeseed oil in this cake because it’s neutral, with virtually no flavor. I don’t recommend using a strong-tasting oil like extra-virgin olive oil. If you don’t have grapeseed oil or refined coconut oil (which is also flavorless), you can use melted virgin coconut oil. Just note that the cake will have a light coconut flavor. When using melted coconut oil, make sure the rest of your ingredients are at room temperature to prevent the coconut oil from solidifying.

Make it nut-free: Swap the almond milk for coconut milk or another nut-free milk of your choice.
Make it soy-free: Use soy-free vegan butter for the Spiced Buttercream.

Spiced Buttercream Frosting

MAKES: 1 ¼ CUPS (300 ML)


3/4 cup (175 mL) vegan butter (see Tip)
1 1/2 cups (375 mL) confectioners’ sugar, plus more if needed
1 to 3 teaspoons (5 to 15 mL) almond milk, as needed
1/2 teaspoon (2 mL) pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon (2 mL) ground cinnamon, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon (1 mL) freshly grated nutmeg, or to taste
Pinch of fine sea salt


1. In a large bowl using electric beaters or in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the butter for about 30 seconds until fluffy and smooth.

2. Add the sugar, 1 teaspoon (5 mL) of milk, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Beat again, starting on low speed and covering the bowl or stand mixer with a tea towel, until smooth and fluffy, stopping to scrape down the bowl as necessary. If your buttercream is still too thick, you can thin it with a touch more milk. If it becomes too thin, you can thicken it by beating in more sugar.

TIP: For the vegan butter, I use soy-free Earth Balance buttery spread. You can use whichever vegan butter you prefer, though.

Make it nut-free: Swap the almond milk for a nut-free milk of your choice, such as coconut milk.
Make it soy-free: Use soy-free vegan butter.

For Double Vanilla Buttercream Add 1/2 teaspoon (2 mL) pure vanilla bean powder or two seeded vanilla beans and omit the cinnamon and nutmeg.

Reprinted from Oh She Glows Every Day by arrangement with Avery Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © 2016, Glo Bakery Corporation. Photographs copyright © 2016 by Ashley McLaughlin.

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  • Reply
    Katie P
    September 14, 2016 at 7:34 am

    Thanks for sharing – I just picked this up from Costco and I would definitely like to try these cupcakes – they sound delish :). Love your photos too.

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    September 14, 2016 at 9:42 am

    Just received this book in the mail- can’t wait to read your interview with her tomorrow!

  • Reply
    September 14, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Natalie, thank you so much for the love! It’s a bit surreal to see my book on your blog because I am such a huge fan of you and your blog. Big hugs! I can’t wait to see my interview up tomorrow!! Preggo brain means that it will be *new* to me too I’m sure, hah.

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