#MeatlessMondays – Vegan passionfruit cupcakes with lucuma frosting by The House of V

Today is not just #MeatlessMonday here at Peru Delights. Today we raise the bar even higher and go all the way to vegan, courtesy of the lovely and talented Valentina Cordero, owner and chef of The House of V bakery, in Miami, Florida.  I met Valentina a few years ago when she was living in LA, and had just finished a gig working in Napa Valley at Chef Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery. Since then she has embraced a vegan lifestyle, and has adapted her French cuisine training to vegan ingredients “that are both healthier and better for the planet,” as she describes it. In her bakery only all-natural and organic ingredients are used, and they also cater to special needs such as gluten free, nut free and wheat free.

As soon as I saw her scrumptious works of art on Facebook, I asked Valentina if she would create something for our readers. And it turned out being my lucky day, as she had just purchased a bag of lucuma flour and was wondering what to do with it. Thus, these cute karma-free cupcakes were created.

For those of you who don’t know, Lucuma is a sweet creamy fruit from Peru that is used to prepare many desserts. Its flavor is the favorite of many when it comes to ice creams, cheesecakes, mousses, and even dulce de leche. I used to make a lucuma tres leches that was to die for, and my friend Andrea sent me a picture of a lucuma suspiro a la limena last night that looked insanely tempting, and almost made me lick the screen. Peruvians (including moi) just can’t get enough of the unique earthy flavor of this fruit.

Living in the States, however, it’s very hard to find a fresh sample of this delicious ingredient. I have seen lucuma powder in many health stores, and it was quite a surprise to read the labels for the first time and realize it actually has a lot of powerful health benefits too. The truth is, Peruvians eat lucuma for its taste, not for its status as a superfood. I wish everyone could learn to enjoy it the way we do, and not just blindly add the lucuma powder to a morning shake hoping to boost it up with antioxidants and vitamins. Hopefully, after trying this recipe, more people will understand our love for it. I myself CANNOT wait to try them!


Vegan passionfruit cupcakes with lucuma frosting
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 24 cupcakes
  • Cupcakes:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1¾ cup non dairy milk
  • ½ cup unsweetened passion fruit juice
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup non dairy butter
  • 1½ teaspoon Ener-G egg replacer
  • 1½ cup granulated vegan sugar
  • 2½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Frosting:
  • 1 cup lucuma flour
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1½ cup vegan butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  1. Turn the oven to 350-375 F.
  2. Mix the flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. Beat the egg replacer with the water, and add milk and passionfruit, stirring well.
  4. In a mixer, beat the sugar and butter until creamy. Then add the milk and flour in small portions, alternating until you've added all.
  5. Add vanilla at the end, and bake for 15-20 minutes.
  6. *The baking time can vary from oven to oven, so check the cupcakes after 10 minutes. If a knife comes out clean after you stick it in one of the cupcakes, it means they are ready. If not, keep baking, and check every 5 minutes until done.
  7. For the frosting:
  8. Mix the vegan butter in a mixer, until creamy, and start adding lucuma flour and sugar little by little. Add the vanilla and mix well to incorporate.
*Other good combinations with the lucuma frosting are chocolate or vanilla cupcakes.



  1. Any thing cupcakes SIGN ME UP they look delicious never have had vegan cupcakes but i sure have had cookies and they were just as delicious. Thanks for sharing

  2. These look delectable! I know exactly where to find Lucuma! I’m excited to try to make these! Thank you!

  3. I WANT ONEEEEE!!!!!

  4. Seriously, I want one! Yum!

  5. Yummy cupcakes!!

  6. I had the pleasure of trying one last night and they are even more delicious that why you expect!

  7. yummy! I love passionfruit !! thanks for sharing !

  8. Oh yum! I love passionfruit.

  9. Amazon sells Lucuma Flour….This recipe sounds so delish…cant wait to try it!!! Im so glad you posted this….been loving all these vegetarian/vegan Peruvian recipes. My Irish husband loves Peruvian food and since I became a vegetarian, he only gets Peruvian food on holidays or for his birthday.

    • Hahaha. Well, now he can get Peruvian food everyday! 😉 I’ve been a vegetarian all my life, and don’t miss out on any of my country’s delicious food. Glad you like our recipes 🙂

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