Vegan Gingerbread Cupcakes with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

These to-die-for, oh-so-moist Vegan Gingerbread Cupcakes With Orange Cream Cheese Frosting are full of spiced flavour, with a kick of citrus and are topped with a velvety, tangy frosting. A nice light, low sugar dessert for the holiday season!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12 cupcakes


For the cupcakes:

  • ¼ cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup pure molasses
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

For the frosting

  • 1 container 227 g of Daiya cream cheese (or similar dairy free cream cheese)
  • ¼ cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 ½ cups confectioners' sugar
  • zest of one orange
  • 2 teaspoons fresh orange juice
  • 12 small pieces of crystallized ginger
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced crystallized ginger


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a twelve cup muffin tray with liners. Heat orange juice in a small pot until it boils.
  2. Into a medium bowl whisk together the flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, cayenne pepper and the salt.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer mix apple sauce, coconut oil and molasses until combined.
  4. In a measuring cup combine the baking soda with 1/4 cup heated orange juice and stir the mixture to dissolve the baking soda. Stir the juice into the molasses mixture.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients a little at a time until evenly combined, making sure to scrap the sides with a spatula.
  6. Spoon the batter into the liners, filling them halfway. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Don't worry if the cupcakes are flat or slightly indented on top. Transfer the cupcakes to a wire rack to cool.
  7. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the cream cheese, apple sauce, coconut oil and vanilla until combined. Slowly add the icing sugar, 1/4 cup at a time, gradually increasing the speed of the mixer until all the sugar is mixed in. Beat on high until smooth and fluffy.
  8. Beat in the orange zest and juice and the chill the frosting for at least 30 minutes in the fridge.
  9. Spread the frosting on the cooled cupcakes and top each one with a piece of ginger.