My friend Ella writes and photographs the beautiful blog Pure Ella. Today, I am part of a group of bloggers helping Ella celebrate the upcoming birth of her second baby. Ella prefers to eat vegan and gluten free, so I made gluten-free and vegan vanilla cupcakes to bring to the virtual party :)

vegan cupcakes | healthy green kitchen

I adapted these treats from Minimalist Baker’s recipe for Strawberry Beet Cupcakes. They have a somewhat dense, moist texture and they are not too sweet; they are so yummy with the vegan buttercream. I was considering coloring the buttercream, and also piping it onto the cupcakes in a “fancier” way, but in the end I opted to honor Ella and keep things as natural as possible here. I love the look of the single candied violet on each cupcake and I hope Ella likes it too!

vegan cupcakes | healthy green kitchen

Though I’ve never baked with it before, I decided to try these with my homemade walnut milk as the liquid, and I think they came out great. The instructions for how to make the walnut milk are below, but know that you can substitute a different dairy-free milk, if you like. If you do, let me know how these work out…I’d love to know.

soaked walnuts | healthy green kitchen

If you have no issue with dairy, I think you can go ahead and just use milk, and also butter instead of the dairy-free butter. Along the same lines, you don’t have to make these gluten free. Use regular flour instead of the gluten-free flour if gluten is not a problem for you.

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vegan cupcakes | healthy green kitchen

Please be sure to check out all the other bloggers and see what they made for Ella’s virtual baby shower:

Kris of 80 Twenty (Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus) // Meg of Beard and Bonnet (Shower Worthy Tea Sandwiches) // Emma of Coconut & Berries (Strawberry Orange Rosewater Smoothie)// Cara of Fork and Beans (Lemon Blackberry Cupcakes) // Ashley of My Heart Beets (Artichoke Hummus) // Jenny of Nourished Kitchen (Cultured Coconut Milk & Mango Popsicles) // Gina of So…Let’s Hang Out (Cucumber Mint Limeade) // Beth of Tasty Yummies (Sprouted Hummus Cucumber Cups) // Rika of Vegan Miam (Sweet Potato Dumplings in Ginger and Jasmine Syrup {Tang Yuan}) // Richa of Vegan Richa (Dark Chocolate Silk Pie) // Gabby of The Veggie Nook (Lemon Poppyseed Truffles) // Sherrie of With Food + Love (Blackberry + Mango Fruit Salad with Earl Grey Whipped Coconut Cream)

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    Meg@ Beard and Bonnet — May 7, 2014 @ 10:33 am

    Winnie these are adorable and I am sure they are delicious too!! Thank you so much for making these for Ella’s shower. I know it means the world to her:)

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    Winnie — May 7, 2014 @ 11:58 am

    Thanks so much for putting the shower together, Meg. So fun :)

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    Pure Ella — May 7, 2014 @ 11:18 am

    Winnie, these are so perfect and beautiful!
    You’re so right…. I don’t do fancy with colouring or fancy piped frosting!
    I love these as is with the sweet addition of the violets! Pure perfection!! ;)

    Thank you so much for being a part of this lovely day!
    I just wish I could devour one (or two) (or all) of those cupcakes right now!! ;)

    Sending big hugs of thank YOUs!

    Ella

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    Winnie — May 7, 2014 @ 11:59 am

    Aw, Ella. I am so happy you like them. Happy virtual baby shower- so excited for you!

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    Georgie — May 7, 2014 @ 11:24 am

    WOW, these are beautiful! Happy Baby Shower Ella!

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    Winnie — May 7, 2014 @ 11:59 am

    Thanks Georgie! xoxo

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    Cara — May 7, 2014 @ 11:55 am

    Well done Winnie with the gluten-free vegan cupcake! They are not an easy thing to accomplish AND make look beautiful. I tip my hat to you, lady :) I am loving the lavender too. Simple and all-around perfect.

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    Winnie — May 7, 2014 @ 12:01 pm

    Thanks Cara! It was really fun to make these and I really loved how they turned out!

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    Gina @ So Let's Hang Out — May 7, 2014 @ 12:27 pm

    Oh, Winnie! These look so beautiful. Nicely done. xox

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    Winnie — May 7, 2014 @ 1:50 pm

    Thanks, G!

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    Ashley — May 7, 2014 @ 1:37 pm

    These look so beautiful, Winnie! :) I love the idea of using candied violets!

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    Winnie — May 8, 2014 @ 2:47 pm

    Thank you Ashley!

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    rika@vm — May 7, 2014 @ 1:45 pm

    These floral vanilla cupcakes look beautiful, awesome that you and Cara did vegan/gf cupcakes! Thank you for sharing this dish for Ella’s Virtual Baby Shower, it’s so great to meet new bloggers! ;)

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    Winnie — May 8, 2014 @ 2:47 pm

    Thank you so much Rika :)

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    Emma — May 7, 2014 @ 3:23 pm

    I love love love the simple presentation with the little lavender flowers! Too pretty to eat (almost!)
    So nice to “meet” you through the baby shower.

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    Winnie — May 8, 2014 @ 2:48 pm

    Thanks and nice to meet you too, Emma!

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    Gabby @ the veggie nook — May 7, 2014 @ 4:02 pm

    These cupcakes suit Ella so perfectly! I love the single violet on top. Simple, understated, but gorgeous. I would have to snap tons of pictures before even eating them! But they sound delicious to so inevitably I would eat it, despite it being such a shame to destroy something so pretty ;)

    So happy to have discovered your blog! I’ll be back!

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    Winnie — May 8, 2014 @ 2:49 pm

    Thanks so much Gabby!

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    Beth @ Tasty Yummies — May 7, 2014 @ 5:01 pm

    Oh my – these are just beautiful, Winnie!! I am with you, I like simple with the frosting on my cupcakes – mostly because I cannot EVER get the piping bag to cooperate with me. Seriously though, these are just gorgeous and I am so happy that you joined all of us for this little virtual party!

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    Winnie — May 8, 2014 @ 2:50 pm

    Haha Beth,
    Yeah the piping bag and I don’t exactly get along either. Yay for virtual parties!

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    Min — May 7, 2014 @ 7:47 pm

    Aww..congratulations to your friend! I’m not allergic to dairy, but I would LOVE to make this walnut milk! Sounds easy enough ;). These cupcakes sound delicious and look exquisite with candied violets! Gorgeous!

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    Winnie — May 8, 2014 @ 2:51 pm

    Thanks Min!

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    Sylvie | Gourmande in the Kitchen — May 7, 2014 @ 9:25 pm

    The walnut milk sounds like a wonderful substitute for milk and the candied violet on top is the perfect finish!

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    Winnie — May 8, 2014 @ 2:51 pm

    Thanks Sylvie!

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    Kristin — May 8, 2014 @ 12:03 pm

    Wow! I love these cupcakes- absolutely beautiful. I think I’ll try making them for Mother’s Day.

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    Winnie — May 8, 2014 @ 2:51 pm

    Let me know if you do, Kristin!

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    Richa {VeganRicha.com} — May 9, 2014 @ 3:03 pm

    so pretty! i love simple desserts anytime. great to meet you this baby shower!

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    Sherrie | With Food + Love — May 12, 2014 @ 8:56 pm

    These little cuppies are like a little slice of spring perfection Winnie :)

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    Winnie — May 14, 2014 @ 8:15 pm

    They really are, Sherrie!

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    Frankie — May 18, 2014 @ 7:24 am

    These look absolutely stunning! I came across the baby shower blog post today and feel like I have hit gold. Such a beautiful selection of blogs! I am so happy to have discovered you today, and I’m looking forward to reading a lot more of your blog.

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — May 25, 2014 @ 12:19 pm

    What a lovely baby shower! And walnut milk?! That sounds so interesting.

    I find GF + vegan baking so difficult so awesome job on these! :)

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    Winnie — June 3, 2014 @ 12:01 pm

    I don’t do gf or vegan baking much these days but I was happy with how these turned out!

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