. (pluvka) wrote in vegancooking,

'charming chocolate cupcakes' from how it all vegan

the other day, i was craving something sweet and decided to try the 'charming chocolate cupcakes' from how it all vegan.

and whoa, a number of things are wrong with the recipe...

1. the batter barely rose at all. i assume this is because the only rising agent is baking soda, but there is no vinegar in the recipe.

2. any recipe calling for 4 cups of liquid and 2 cups of flour is not going to yield 6 of anything. i actually got 18! if the batter had risen, i would have gotten even more. because it didn't (and i figured it wouldn't) i had to fill up the muffin cups right to the top.

3. they're actually nothing like cupcakes... cupcake-shaped brownies would be a better description.
they're incredibly heavy, rich, moist, dense and fudgey... like the perfect brownie. they taste, feel and look like brownies. (ironically enough, these are much more like brownies than any brownie recipe in HIAV... which all resemble cake.)

4. i used carob instead of chocolate. the recipe says substituting carob is okay - but as someone who bakes with carob all the time, i can tell you that carob is not always a good replacement for chocolate. it tastes completely different than chocolate, and i've had entire batches of things ruined because i used carob. for example, while maple syrup + chocolate results in a flavorful and rich dessert, maple syrup + carob equals... something really quite nasty that tastes like maple and carob. ew. anyway, i don't know if chocolate is stronger than molasses, but carob isn't, so each bite of these 'cupcakes' either tastes of molasses or of carob and molasses, which might be good for someone who likes molasses.. but i am not that person.

i love brownies, though, so i'm still eating these, but wow, stuff like this seems to happen a lot with 'how it all vegan' and 'garden of vegan', especially the desserts. i can't help but wonder if they even bothered to test half these recipes!
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