Vanilla Hemp Heart Cupcakes with Strawberries and Cream

Makes 10-12 cupcakes

Prep time: 10 minutes | Cooking time: 25 minutes | Total time: 35 minutes

Cupcake Ingredients:

  • ½ cup + 2 Tbs Hemp Hearts
  • 1 cup 1-to-1 gluten-free flour
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup vegan butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 flax eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup vanilla oat milk, at room temperature
  • ¼ tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 10-12 fresh strawberries, washed


  1. Preheat oven at 335 degrees F and line a cupcake tray with cupcake liners.
  2. Place ½ cup hemp hearts in a blender or grinder and pulse/grind for 10-20 seconds, until the texture resembles coarse flour.
  3. In a bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and hemp heart flour. Set aside.
  4. In a separate large bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Once well combined, add flax eggs, vanilla extract, vanilla oat milk and apple cider vinegar.
  5. Add dry ingredients to the bowl of wet ingredients and mix well. Be careful not to overmix. The mixing components of steps 3 and 4 together, shouldn’t take more than 90 seconds, whether using a stand mixer, hand mixer or a wooden spoon/spatula.
  6. Fold in remaining 2 Tbs of hemp hearts (5-10 seconds). Fill 70% of each cupcake liner with the batter and bake for 25 minutes or until it passes the toothpick test.
  7. Allow cupcakes to cool down to room temperature and generously ice each cupcake and place a fresh strawberry on top.

Coconut Cream Icing Ingredients:

  • 1 cup heavy coconut cream or coconut whipped cream or vegan cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp coconut extract (or vanilla extract. Use 1 tsp vanilla extract if using cream cheese)
  • 2 Tbs desiccated coconut (optional)
  • Combine all ingredients together and refrigerate for minimum 30 minutes before icing the cupcakes.

Cooking Notes:

  • Can substitute coconut cream icing with 1 cup of any other icing of choice.
  • Prepare icing and refrigerate while cupcakes are baking.