Eggless Chocolate Cupcakes With Glace Icing

Eggless Chocolate Cupcakes With Glace Icing

These cupcakes are special to me not just because they are one of the simplest and best cakes I have ever made! Incredibly soft and moist and full of flavour, these have an added charm in my memory files because I had the best helper I could have ever asked for!

Last weekend, as I was wondering how to keep my little Hari occupied, I decided to make some cupcakes for him to share with his friends this festive season and he decided to stay on and help and surprisingly stayed on throughout the cake making and icing was complete, all amidst me kissing those soft curls and cheeks, amidst the technicalities and tasks of the baking!

So I had little hands putting in the ingredients into the bowl as I weighed and measured them and those same precious hands helping me stir the batter.

As the cakes rose in the oven I had a pair of jet black with a tinge of grey (we still havent figured out the exact colour!) curious eyes watching them with inquisitiveness, curiosity and wonder!

And the best part was the icing! I decided to go with a very simple glace icing and as I poured the icing into a piping bag with a tiny hole cut at the base, Hari was overcome with excitement as he wanted to make some designs over the cake.

All the ingredients used in this cake are very simple and mostly available at home. I have even used granulated sugar (an ingredient commonly available in most homes) as opposed to powdered or castor sugar in the cake. I would also like to mention that plain flour or maida is something that I use with great caution and discretion and it is not a part of my regular cooking. By following a pure vegetarian and sattvik diet, there are many commonly used ingredients that are not a part of my cooking so I try to use ingredients such as plain flour at times to demonstrate the versatility of pure vegetarian cooking. And as far as cookies, cakes and pastries are concerned something made at home with plain flour and other clean ingredients, it is any day better than store bought stuff filled with artificial colours and preservatives.

There are many recipes doing the rounds these days, made with vinegar. But, I came across cakes made with vinegar more than a decade ago when I was still studying in college. If you dont like the idea of using vinegar you might want to use lime juice instead but I find that depending on the quality and variety of the lime, the acidity varies affecting the texture at times. So, to maintain consistency and uniformity I suggest using vinegar.

This cake is as I mentioned so soft and full of flavour that it’s hard to believe that its egg free. Besides, it is also very simple to make and comes together in a few steps from simple ingredients. No egg replacer powders and other fancy ingredients and yet outstanding results.

The glace icing is one of the simplest and easiest icing you could ever make but you could also do other icings over this cake like here or here.

This recipe is a keeper and is sure to delight kids and adults alike!


P.S- My apologies for having taken so long to make a post. A big thank you to all those of you who wrote to me and showed concern over my health. This time I took a little longer to recuperate as I couldnt rest but now I’m back to my old ways of Ayurvedic medicine and yoga ( there’s no other way especially when living in a polluted city like Mumbai!) and hopefully my allergic rhinitis will be routed out and my sinuses will be clear and I will be back with a bang in the new year!


 Eggless Chocolate Cupcakes With Glace Icing Recipe

I have used granulated sugar here. If you use castor or powdered sugar then you will have to increase the quantity by a 1/4 cup. you could also bake this as a single cake in an 8” round cake tin.

For the Cake


170 gm (1 1/4 cups) plain flour

65 gm (1/4 cup + 2 tbsp) cocoa powder

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 cup milk + 1 tbsp vinegar

220 gm (1 cup) granulated sugar*

125 ml (1/2 cup) vegetable oil (preferably rice bran)

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp water



Line a 12 numbered cupcake or muffin pan with cupcake liners.

In a bowl assemble all the dry ingredients the plain flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and soda together and sieve together once.

Pre heat the oven to 175 C/350 F.

In another bowl put in the milk and vinegar and allow it to sit for about five minutes. Put in the granulated sugar and oil and blend with a blender until the sugar dissolves. Stir in the vanilla extract.

Now put in the sieved dry ingredients into the liquid ingredients, add the additonal 2 tbsp water and blend with a blender until well mixed about 3 to 4 minutes.

With the help of an ice cream scoop or a spoon drop the batter into the cupcake liners and bake for about 20 minutes.


For the Icing:


1 cup icing (confectioner’s) sugar

2 tbsp hot water (or more or less)


In a bowl put in the icing sugar. Stir in the hot water and mix with a spoon until smooth. Use more water for a thinner consistency and more sugar for a thicker consistency.

Spread the icing over the cakes with a spoon or with an icing bag (cut a tiny hole in it).

  • Using granulated sugar increases the weight of the sugar and so if you decide to use castor or powder sugar then icrease the quanity by a 1/4 cup.


Makes 12 cupcakes or one 8” round cake



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73 thoughts on “Eggless Chocolate Cupcakes With Glace Icing

  1. Wow. Finally you r back with a bang.Was vry excited what you will post for christmas and see you came up with fantastic recipe. Luking so yummy and tempting.will surely try it in a day or so. Hari efforts are well showned and that so cute that he aaded his touch. Please get well soon. I'm happy as I'm the first one to write. Cheers. Merry christmas to u and your family

  2. Hey Anu,

    Have been eagerly awaiting a new post from you…

    Since Strawberries are in season already, i had decided to put together the Strawberry Cheesecake tom for Christmas and now with this post of urs i have something more to add to my toddler's festive menu 🙂

    Thanks a ton for sharing this..

    Warm Regards,

  3. I can imagine the cutest one, with curious eyes following your every step.
    He must have been so excited! Lovely post. Have a new muffin pan and I know just what to inaugurate it with 🙂

  4. You have a new post! So happy to see you again. I use a recipe like this for basic cupcakes and it really works like a charm every time 🙂 Love the photos with your sons cute little hands.
    Hope you get well soon and looking forward to a 2013 with lots of great recipes form you.

  5. I,love your recipes.. Its simple and quick to make..worrying about your health, I am an ayurveda councilor from KERALA AYURVEDA, you can contact me for advice % medication ,, it wil help you definately..Feel free to call @09339703981 or email me ,, thanks,, NISHA BAID JAIN

  6. Hi Anushruti, I follow your blog and its quite a good recipe so will bake tonight.. thanks for timely post..sorry to hear about yout sinuses and allergic rhinitis– I am going through same, reccomend the ayurvedic medicine to me too please, i am starting Jal Neti technic to avoid operation..but ayur veda might help too
    With relation to recipe I will like to ask what are your views on using apple cider vinegar, I have tried it with one of Sanjana Modha's recipe and the cup cakes really came out well. Although I did not do sme icing as i dont like that sugary stuff I instead blended it in cream and did fresh cream icing

  7. the vinegar used for cakes,is it non-fruit vinegar or what should i ask for??? eagerly waiting for ur reply to try this recipe

  8. Thank you for your wishes!

    Ruchika: A special thank you to you for your excitement!

    Bhavana: Hope your toddler enjoys this!

    Nisha: Thanks so much for your concern and contact!

    Mani: You can use apple cider vinegar. I used the normal vinegar. I have suffered from allergic rhinitis for long but this time I got sinusitis for the first time. I'm not taking specific medicines as such just trying to rest and take steam as much as possible.

    Vimala: Just plain vinegar which is acetic acid.

  9. I know how the lil helper hands make all the difference. U shud see how my aunty and uncle here are enjoying the cookies and cake i brought them all the way from mumbai! I will get back home and try this recipe with mama and then send Hari some to judge and tell me how it turned out. Maybe some day Hari and me can bake together!!!!!

  10. Beautiful cupcakes, love the fact they are eggless and have the best texture. Cute snaps of ur son holding those cupcakes and icing them!

  11. Hi Anushruti
    Have been trying so many eggless cake recipes in the recent past but could not get the right texture… this recipe is awesome, tried it on the New Year and the cake turned out to be perfect, its hard to believe that its eggless.

    Thanks a lot

  12. Hi Anushruti,
    lovely cupcakes, can i use butter in place of oil? if so what is the amount i can use?, i want to make it for my daughters school, for kids, so want to use butter for rich taste, help me please.
    take care,

  13. Hi…
    could u plz suggest some reliable brand for vinegar(white or red???) planning to introduce vinegar in baking..

  14. I tried this recipe and it was PERFECT! Thank you so much. If I used this recipe to make a round cake, what would the baking time be? Thanks again.

  15. Anu!!!!!!
    I can't believe how simple and truly divine these cupcakes are!!!
    Thought of making them on a whim,checked if I had all the ingredients and voila ready in minutes!!!
    Am super excited! Sure to get an empty tiffin box tomorrow!!!

  16. arathi: You could use melted butter instead of the oil but oil works best for this recipe. Try using rice bran oil. And you could do a buttercream icing for that rich taste.

  17. Hi Anushruti,

    Thanks for the recipe..tried it just now..cameout very well..for vegans like us, perfect eggless recipes are very much required!! me n my daughter are enjoying this chocolate cake with a cup of coffee..Yahoooooooooo 😉

  18. Just made this as a cake, and it is an abundantly moist, flavourful, chocolatey and fluffy delight. Mine baked in a round 9 inch cake pan perfectly in 40 mins. A little goes a long way, this cake fills you up with just a slice. But that didn't stop me from gobbling up more! I like plain cakes and this one stands proudly adequate without any frosting. My first eggless cake too! Thanks much Anushruti!

  19. I made a whole cake instead of cupcakes, and it was wonderful! Rich and chocolatey! I made it for Mothers' Day, and I'm so glad it was a success! I loved watching my beloved mother and the rest of my family relishing this cake 🙂 I have a few clarifications though… I baked in a Borosil glass dish, and the cake didn't bake evenly. The middle was perfect, but the edges were too hard, and I had to slice them off before serving. Is this because of the dish used? Must I always use a metal tin to bake in? Please help me with this.

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  21. Vatsala: Looks like you overbaked the cake. Its better to use a metal pan but the wont be bad even if you use a glass dish.

  22. Hi!
    I made these for a dear friend's birthday and they were relished very much!
    Thank you for the wonderful recipe 🙂

  23. Hi Anu! Cant wait to try this. Can I do with just muffin moulds greased n dusted since i dont have liners?

  24. Hi, made these cupcakes today….. N an other thing that I had common with you, today was… my 3 year old helper… Who was so excited to help n so thrilled to see the cupcakes as they were rising in the oven. Should say a very simple, no fuss recepie with great results. Planning to make these for my son's 3rd birthday party next month… Instead of th store bought ones, which I had otherwise planned to. Was wondering, is there a way to make them more moist n more chocolatey … So that the kids really relish them. U also have another cake recepie of choc cake with condensed milk… I was wondering, how different would that be , in terms of results. Thanks

  25. Hi, also the chocolate cream cupcakes, how different are those again in terms of results in final taste

  26. hey, i've been asking you this again and again can you tell me the brand or something for cocoa powder? sorry to pester you again and again 😛 thanks 😀

  27. but the thing is i use cadbury only but i dont get that dark colour! whenever i bake the cake is always light brown nothing like the one in pictures and all! can you help me out please??

  28. Hi Anushruti, I am a home made baker. I tried these today and loved the results. Is there anyway in which we could make them more dense and heavier still retain the softness!

  29. Megha: The texture of this cake is meant to be soft and light. For a more dense and heavier texture try my eggless chocolate cake.

  30. hi,can you suggest me a good brand of vanilla extract?! please revert! thanks 😀

  31. Hi Anushruti,

    I baked these chocolate cupcakes yesterday and they turned out to be fantastic !!
    Thank you so much for the recipe.
    I made some changes though.. halfway through the prep I realized i fell short of all purpose flour(I know.. my bad).. So i added whole wheat flour and 2tbps of cornflour. I also added chocolate chips to make it more exciting.

    The end result was fabulously soft cupcakes. These are so much better than the ones I made with yogurt.

    Thanks again !

  32. Hi Anushruti,

    I have made the chocolate cupcakes twice within a month and everytime it has come out just perfect!

    Super soft, perfect texture and yumm!!

    Thanks so much for this recipe!!

  33. Hi Anushruti,
    I have been a 'silent reader' of your blog for some time…(one of many I'm sure!) and have tried a fair few of your recipes…. Mainly baking as we are an eggless household and after a fair few tries of various recipes I have found all of yours work first time… Which for me -a novice, less than confident cook- is great!
    I needed to write today to say thank you & please keep it up! I wanted to make chocolate muffins for my in laws and chose your recipe in confidence that it would work without any trouble and I was right. I made a double batch and they were all pretty much gone in one evening (those that were left got taken to those that hadn't come for dinner!)
    Your brownies turned out amazing a couple of weeks ago and now your basic/chocolate cake are my standard cakes for birthdays (so much so I'm now getting 'orders' to be nominated cake maker for any family birthdays!
    Thank you for your direction and inspiration!

  34. Shivali: Thank you so much for your kind and inspiring words. I'm so happy to read about your success with my baking recipes. All the very best to you in all your baking ventures. Look forward to hearing more fro you.

  35. THANK YOU!
    My husband's boss had been searching for a baker (We're in the United States) to make his daughter's birthday cake and couldn't find a bakery to do so. Being I am a home baker my husband offered that I could do it (Me?? GULP!). I'd never baked eggless before and after trying a few different recipes online I came across yours. These are brilliant! I adapted your recipe to make a 3 layer tall 10 inch round cake (double the above recipe for each layer- approx. cook time 55 minutes).

    It worked wonderfully! Thanks again so much for such a lovely and successful recipe. Everyone raved about the cake.


  36. Hi, Loved your clicks. I have a muffin tray of 6. What should I do with the rest of the batter while a batch is in the oven. I'm new to baking, so would appreciate your suggestion.

  37. Bhawna- you can leave the rest of the batter aside and once the cakes are asked you can make cupcakes with the remaining batter. Good luck!

  38. Hi, this is such a great recipe as my mums bitrdhay falls during the fasting season so a quick Eggless recipe is ideal. Just a quick question though, wth can we ure as a substitute for milk powder?

  39. Hi
    Just fabulous ,tastier, sooo soft, moist
    and just perfect .
    Thank you very much for dis easy recipe
    I made dis cakes with chocolate chips for my
    daughters xmas party in school , she and her
    Frnds liked it very much. And i m so happy dat
    they liked it
    Thank you so much
    Happy Christmas

  40. Anushruti !

    I made a batch of these and am sooo happy to say that they are the best ever chocolate cupcakes I've ever baked. Nobody , I repeat NObody believed they're eggless.
    Being a strict vegetarian I'm so glad I found this recipe.
    Thanks a ton!
    Could you please try and post a recipe for almond cupcakes??

  41. sivani- Happy to hear that! I have an almond cake recipe that you can find in the cakes and cookies section. You can make them into cupcakes. Reduce the baking time to half if you making cupcakes.

  42. Hi, I wanted to check, I have a 6 mould cupcake tray, so how much time will vary as you have baked for 20 minutes for 12 cupcakes. Please let me know if you know…

  43. Hi Anushruti,

    I was looking for a simple chocolate cup cake recipe for my son's b'day and without doubt I knew you would have one.

    Thanks for being treasure trove of tried a d tested kid friendly recipe, you are a blessing for us modern mother's.

  44. Hi Anushruti,

    I tried vanilla and chocolate cupcakes from your blog.. The vanilla ones were baked perfectly but chocolate ones were baked with crack on the top.. I can see the same in your pic as well.. Please guide as why is this so.. Because both the receipe are same.. Only difference is of cocoa powder nd corn flour

  45. Shobha: The mild cracks you see are characteristic of artisanal baked goods. I think they are very charming. You can cover them up with icing sugar or any icing of your choice.

  46. Baked these lovely cupcakes for my son's birthday.. turned out absolutely soft, fluffy and too delicious.. Thanks a lot for your foolproof recipe as usual.. keep it going.. missing your baked recipes these days on your blog..

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