Monday, 7 January 2013

Vegan Coffee Cupcakes with Lotus Biscuit Frosting

I'm a bit late but happy new year! I hope you are settling into 2013? I usually hate January as it seems so bleak and everyone is grumpy. But actually it doesn't seem so bad this year. Mark and I caught up with some good friends in the Christmas break - Emmie and Rich. I used to work with Emmie and she is one of my favourite people, so it was brilliant to see her and her other half!

Mark and I seem to have plans for every weekend until March with friends and family. One of the most exciting weekends will be when I go to London with my sister and 5 of our other girly friends to have afternoon tea and to see the Spice Girls Musical, Viva Forever!

Have you tried the Lotus Biscuit Spread? It is AMAZING and also a bit dangerous; if you are like me you may tend to eat it straight out of the jar with a spoon (and wonder why you feel sick afterwards.) When I first tried it I thought 'this would be perfect to add into frosting!' I decided to pair it with a coffee cake as the biscuits tend to be served with coffee, and why change a combination that works so well?

This recipe will make 12 cupcakes

For the cupcakes
225ml soy milk
1 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
150g granulated sugar
65ml rapeseed oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
120g plain flour
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
2 tablespoons instant espresso powder
3/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

For the frosting
70g Trex vegetable fat
100g Stork margarine
400g icing sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
180g smooth Lotus Biscuit Spread


1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C and line a muffin tin with cupcake cases.

2. Mix the soy milk and apple vinegar in a large bowl and leave for 5 minutes until it is curdled. Once it is, add in the sugar, oil and vanilla extract and mix until frothy.

3. In another bowl sieve together the flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and salt. Then add half of the dry ingredients to the wet, and beat until combined. Add the remaining dry mixture and beat until smooth.

4. Carefully fill each cupcake case until 2/3 full and bake for 18 minutes until a skewer comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the tin, then place on a cooling rack.

5. Beat the Trex and Stork until fluffy. Sieve in the icing sugar and beat for another few minutes. Add the vanilla and mix until incorporated. Now add the Lotus spread and beat for 3 minutes.


  1. Thanks for sharing this Claire, the cupcakes look fab! I have never ever heard of Lotus biscuit spread but will keep an eye out for it and give it a try in baking.

    1. Thanks Lauren :] I'm not the best piper in the world but I give it a good go! You can get the Lotus spread from Waitrose - it is worth scouting out, and it comes in smooth or crunchy.

  2. Oh I am now familiar with that nausea that follows eating lotus spread out the jar. I've had to hide the jar now lol. These sound so good, coffee cake is one of my favourite flavours and pairing the lotus frosting with it is a great idea :) x

    1. Haha I don't know why I keep doing it to myself when I know how sick I feel afterwards?! Have you tried the crunchy one? I prefer to eat that one out of the jar as I seem to eat less?! Wish I had brought a cupcake to work for my lunch now!

  3. These looks so amazing Claire! Will def try making these as at some point. Never tried or even heard of Lotus spread?! Where do you get it from? I usually struggle getting all the ingredients for vegan cupcakes but you've made it a lot easier :)Will let you know how they turn out! Oh and im soooo jealous your going to the Spice Girls stage show!! Where are you going for your afternoon tea? Fortnum & Masons is my fave place to go xx

    1. Hehe that you - I could have done with beating the frosting for longer but was in a bit of a rush!

      You can get Lotus spread from Waitrose - you know those little rectangular caramelized biscuits you sometimes get with coffee? Its basically a spreadable version. It is so good!

      Ahh I can't wait for the Spice Girls musical :D I've heard it's really good. We're just going for a cheapish afternoon tea at a hotel in Leicester Square, but I'm really looking forward to it. Would love to go to Fortnum & Mason one day.

      I love the cupcake cases <3 xx

  4. p.s I love that your using the cupcake cases i got you for your birthday :D xx

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    1. Hahah that is pretty much what Mark has done :D Bless him! x


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