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Canada Day Maple Cupcakes

Canada Day is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate it than with these fun maple pecan cupcakes? The vegan twist is a nice option for this recipe, but if you’re not vegan, don’t worry, you can modify (but honestly you won’t be able to tell these cupcakes are vegan – promise!).

Make these a day in advance so you can relax and enjoy your Canada Day at the beach, cottage, or at a community gathering.

The most important ingredient! Be sure your maple syrup has “Sweet Ontario” on the bottle to keep it local and support Ontario maple syrup producers.
Maple Cupcake Ingredients:

Makes 12 cupcakes

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp soy milk (or regular milk for non-vegan)
  • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar (white vinegar can do in a pinch)
  • 1/2 cup Sweet Ontario maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup pecans, toasted and chopped (can also substitute for walnuts, if preferred)


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Lightly toast pecans until golden and aromatic.
  3. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  4. Whisk together milk/non-milk and vinegar and set aside to make your buttermilk.
  5. Add maple syrup, vegetable oil, brown sugar and vanilla to the curdled milk.
  6. Add dry mixture to the wet ingredients a little at a time.
  7. Fold in nuts.
  8. Scoop into muffin tin and bake for 16 to 18 minutes or until done. Makes 12 cupcakes.
Maple Icing Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup vegan butter (or regular butter for non-vegan recipe)
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp maple flavouring (optional)
  • 3 and 1/2 cups icing sugar (or amount needed to achieve desired consistency)


  1. In an electric mixer, blend the butter, brown sugar and maple syrup.
  2. Add icing sugar a little at a time while blending until desired consistency is achieved.
  3. Chill before frosting cupcakes (this icing can be a little temperamental, especially if using vegan butter but chilling will help to firm it up a little more).
  4. Add sprinkles or any other decoration to create a unique, Canada Day dessert!


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