No-Butter Strawberry Cupcake Recipe

An addictive cupcake recipe that won't add too much to your calorie count!

A lip-smacking cupcake recipe that’s perfect for vegans and the health-conscious!

no-butter cupcake

Cupcake ingredients:

  • 200g self-rising flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp fine salt
  • 30g cocoa powder
  • ¾ cup soft brown sugar
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 2 tsp coffee granules
  • ¾ tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 tsp vanilla essence
  • 6 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Coloured sugar
  • Fresh strawberries

For the frosting

  • 250g low-fat cream
    cheese, room temperature
  • 120g icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla essence
  • 2 tbsp low-fat milk


  1. Preheat oven to 160°C.
  2. Line patty tins with paper casing.
  3. Sift dry ingredients together into a mixing bowl. Add in sugar and mix well.
  4. In a separate bowl, dissolve coffee granules in warm water. Add in eggs, vanilla essence and oil.
  5. Pour wet mixture into flour mixture and, using a whisk, mix till smooth.
  6. Spoon mixture into tin till two-thirds full.
  7. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Remove cupcakes to cool on a rack.
  8. Combine all ingredients for cream cheese frosting and mix till smooth. Top cupcakes with frosting, sugar and strawberries