black lotus cupcake


For the cupcakes:

  • 250g all-purpose flour
  • 100g cocoa powder
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp baking soda
  • 2.5g salt
  • 300g granulated sugar
  • 240g black cherry puree (from
  • fresh or frozen pitted cherries)
  • 240ml almond milk
  • 120ml vegetable oil
  • 5ml vanilla extract
  • 8g jasmine tea leaves (finely ground)

For the Saffron Frosting:

  • 225g vegan butter, softened
  • 375g powdered sugar
  • A pinch of saffron threads
  • 5ml vanilla extract

Optional Garnish:

  • Fresh black cherries
  • Grated dark chocolate

*You will need a muffin tray & cupcake cases



1. Preheat the Oven:

  • Preheat your oven to 180°C. Line a cupcake tin with paper liners.

2. Prepare the Black Cherry Puree:

  • If using fresh cherries, pit them and blend in a food processor to create a smooth puree.

3. Make the Cupcake Batter:

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • In another bowl, whisk together the sugar, black cherry puree, almond milk, vegetable oil, vanilla extract, and ground jasmine tea leaves.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.

4. Fill Cupcake Liners:

  • Spoon the cupcake batter into the prepared liners, filling each about two-thirds full.

5. Bake the Cupcakes:

  • Bake for 18-22 minutes.
  • Allow the cupcakes to completely cool on a wire rack.

6. Prepare the Saffron Frosting:

  • In a small bowl, infuse the saffron threads in hot water and let it cool.
  • In a large bowl, beat the softened vegan butter until creamy.
  • Gradually add the powdered sugar, saffron infusion, and vanilla extract. Beat until smooth and fluffy.

7. Frost the Cupcakes:

  • Once the cupcakes are completely cooled, use a piping bag or a spatula to frost each cupcake with the saffron frosting.

8. Garnish and Serve:

  • Garnish each cupcake with a fresh black cherry and a sprinkle of grated dark chocolate.


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