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Buckwheat and butternut cupcakes with tahini maple icing

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Makes 10
Dietary Vegetarian
These vegan cupcakes are deliciously moist, thanks to their secret ingredient: butternut squash. Each cupcake provides 234 kcal, 2g protein, 21g carbohydrate (of which 7.5g sugars), 16g fat (of which 12g saturates), 1.5g fibre and 0.1g salt.


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4. Line a 12-hole cupcake tray with paper cases.

  2. Blend all of the cupcakes ingredients and 3 tablespoons water together in a food processor until smooth and well combined.

  3. Divide the batter equally among the cupcake cases (about 3 tablespoons per paper case). Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cupcakes comes out clean. Remove the cupcakes from the tin and set aside to cool on a wire rack until completely cold.

  4. Meanwhile, whip the icing ingredients together with an electric whisk until light and fluffy. Chill in the fridge until the cupcakes have cooled, then whip again.

  5. Transfer the tahini maple icing to a piping bag and ice the cupcakes. Sprinkle with the rose petals or grated vegan chocolate and serve.


For the cupcakes

  • 300g/10½oz cooked butternut squash
  • 140g/4¾oz buckwheat flour
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

For the tahini maple icing

  • 1½ tbsp maple syrup
  • 130g/4½oz coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • dried edible rose petals or grated vegan chocolate, to decorate

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