Light and fluffy chocolate sponge cakes topped with dairy-free peppermint buttercream.
Preheat your oven to 180°C / 350°F (160°C/325°F if using a fan or convection oven) and prepare a cupcake tin with 12 paper cases.
Mix the soy milk and the apple cider vinegar together and set it aside for 5 minutes to thicken a little. This will be your vegan buttermilk.
In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, cocoa powder and sugar.
Now add in your vegan buttermilk along with the oil, vanilla extract and peppermint extract. Mix together until smooth.
Spoon the cake batter evenly into your cases and bake for 18-20 minutes. Check that they're cooked all the way through by inserting a toothpick through the centre of the cakes. If it comes out dry- they're done.
Allow the cakes to cool while you prepare your buttercream.
Add the powdered sugar, vegan butter and plant-based milk to a large bowl and mix together using a wooden spoon or electric mixer until you have a smooth and fluffy buttercream. Start off gentle and gradually increase the speed to avoid getting powdered sugar everywhere!
Add in your peppermint extract to your preferred taste.
Spoon half of the buttercream into a separate bowl and add your food colouring so you have 1 bowl of white buttercream and 1 bowl of pink/red. Transfer the buttercream into a dual piping bag with a large star nozzle.
Pipe the frosting onto your cooled cupcakes and decorate with crushed candy cane pieces!