August 2nd, 2007

Chocolate cupcakes with lime frosting

No recipe (just your basic vegan chocolate cake, in cupcake cases) and the icing was made from vegan margarine, icing powder, a little soy milk and a teensy drop of green colouring. I just whipped the hell out of it until it was thick and creamy.

Mainly I just wanted to show them off, because they look the best of any cupcakes I've ever made!

By the way, I have tagged this post, but I don't seem to see the tags coming up! Wierd.

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bittersweet chocolate-orange cupcakes

To celebrate our anniversary this week, I made chocolate-orange cupcakes for myself and my husband. I used the Basic Chocolate Cupcake recipe from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World by Moskowitz and Romero. A real orange enthusiast could include 1/2 to 1 1/2 tsp orange extract. I substituted 2/3 c brown sugar for the 3/4 c granulated sugar to make a less sweet cupcake.

I filled them with Simply Fruit orange marmalade (after poking the center of each with a finger). Then I toppped them with a version of the Rich Chocolate Ganache topping from VCTOTW modified for a 3.5 oz chocolate bar: 3 1/2 tbsp soymilk, boiled, with a bar of Green&Black's Maya Gold chocolate chopped and whisked in with 2 tbsp maple syrup.

They're delicious! The orange flavor and spices in this particular chocolate adds a lot, and I definitely recommend going with a good natural marmalade to avoid that corn syrup aftertaste. The maple syrup made a soft ganache, very drippy in warm weather! Using a bit less syrup would have been a good idea - I forgot.

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