Vegan Clementine Cupcakes

The Winter Solstice falls on December 21st. This is a very special day in our home as we celebrate the seasonal shift and look forward to spring and a new growing season. I always like to celebrate with citrus-flavored treats – maybe it’s because they add a pop of color and sunshine to the shortest day of the year? 

It just so happens that clementines are plentiful and affordable in December, so the next time you grab a crate to snack on, try these bright beauties for breakfast. They’re kind of like a cupcake, kind of like a muffin…and all kinds of delicious. :)

*A note about sugar: Depending on how you practice veganism, you may wish to choose raw sugar that has not been processed for this recipe. If you choose not to eat confectioner’s sugar, these cupcakes can stand on their own without frosting, or you might want to try a simple drizzle out of melted vegan chocolate chips. Fabulous!

Clementine Cupcakes


Vegan Clementine Cupcakes

This is a King Arthur Flour recipe, slightly adapted.


  • 2 1/4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup sugar (raw, if desired)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons Cake Enhancer, optional, for moist texture (I omitted this)
  • 1 cup peeled, diced seedless clementines or tangerines
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or 1/4 teaspoon Fiori di Sicilia
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup orange juice or tangerine juice

frosting (if desired)

  • 2 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • pinch of salt (I omitted this)
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons orange juice

 1) Preheat the oven to 400°F. Lightly grease and flour the wells of a muffin pan; or line the pan with paper liners, and grease the liners.

2) To make the cupcakes: Whisk together all the dry ingredients, then stir in clementines or tangerines.

3) In a separate bowl, whisk together the vanilla or Fiori, vegetable oil, and orange juice.

4) Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients; don’t over-mix, stir just until everything is moistened.

5) Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling each nearly full.

6) If you’re NOT planning on using frosting, sprinkle the tops with coarse white sparkling sugar. (Or, you could just leave them plain, but the sugar is a nice finishing touch.)

7) Bake the cupcakes for 15 to 18 minutes, until they’ve domed nicely.  To test for doneness, stick a toothpick into the center of one of the cupcakes in the middle of the pan; if it comes out free of moist crumbs, the cupcakes are done.

8) Remove the cupcakes from the oven, and after 5 minutes transfer them to a rack to cool.

9) To make frosting: Whisk all of the ingredients together, adding 3 tablespoons orange juice to start. Dribble in more, a bit at a time, until the frosting is as soft as you like it. Drizzle and spread the frosting over the cooled cupcakes.

Yield: 12 cupcakes.

Do you celebrate the Winter Solstice? 




  1. I have never tried clementine cupcakes before, but these look amazing! I love the melty, drippy frosting, too.
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  2. I pinned your recipe…the cupcakes look delicious!

  3. Oh my word! They look so refreshing and delicious! An orange creamsicle cupcake is one of my favorite recipes so I bet I would adore this! I’m going to give it a try!
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  4. i was JUST thinking about clementines and what to do with them for crafts or recipes, wendy! these look delish!
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  5. Whoa! These sound really good! I love clementines and never imagined them in cupcakes!
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  6. These look tasty, I like muffins but never had this flavor. Thank you for the recipe. I don’t celebrate winter solstice but I think it is cool that you do and maybe I will next year : )
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  7. Wow, I never would have thought to use clementines in a cupcake batter. That’s such a great idea! While I’m not a vegan, I have some friends who follow the lifestyle. I always try to scour out fun new recipes they can enjoy when they visit, so I’m excited to try this one out on them! :)
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  8. I absolutely love clementines and have never seen a recipe like this. Looks fabulous!
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  9. I don’t do any official celebrating, but I’m always happy it means the days will start to get longer again! Your recipe looks outstanding!~
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  10. Those look really yummy! I love cupcakes!
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  11. These look yummy and would be wonderful for breakfast, or any time of the day!
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  12. This looks so yummy. I saw it on pinterest and commented on how I love how the icing drips off the edge.
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  13. I really live Christmas time because I can eat tons of clementines then! Have toc check out your recipe! Thanks for sharing!
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  14. I love citrus flavored treats too! I will definitely be bookmarking these, and giving them a go. Thank you!
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  15. These look so yummy. I never tried clementine muffins. Thank you for the recipe.
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  16. This looks like something my husband would love. He is a huge fan of clementines.

  17. Yum! Vegan food gets a bad rap from people who don’t understand it, but these cupcakes would prove them wrong!
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  18. We love clementines and I know my whole family would love these. I have never really cooked vegan, but think I will give this recipe a try.
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  19. Just pinned, these look so delicious!! I can imagine what they would taste like!

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  20. These look amazing!
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  21. Mmm this sound yummy!

  22. These cupcakes look absolutely delicious. I would like to try this recipe because my children really like Clementines.
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  23. Wow…those look amazing. I love the fact that they are vegan too.
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  24. Sending to my sister :) She is a vegan and will LOVE these! Thanks!
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  25. These look so tasty! I want them now!

  26. What a wonderful recipe.. I love Clementines and never thought about using them in a cake/cupcake.. LOVE it,..thanks for sharing
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  27. I love all baked good with citrus flair! These look spectacular!
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  28. These clementine cupcakes sounds pretty amazing, looks delightful too!
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  29. Looks yummy! I would love to try this recipe

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