...this is a story of possibility... (evilmannequine) wrote in vegancooking,
...this is a story of possibility...

cupcake odyssey!

So I've been totally wanting to bake cupcakes lately (I've been on quite the epic baking spree) and I finally bought muffin tins. I am also going to be getting the awesome book vegan cupcakes take over the world book verrrrrry verrrrrrrrrrrry soon.

Anyway, I tried two recipes for vegan red velvet, and one of them was way better. and I'm going to post both of them.

also, I was SUPER impressed with the buttercream icing.

Cupcakes #1 from http://veganica.com/bb/viewtopic.php?p=428&

2-1/2 cups unbleached flour
1-1/2 cups turbinado or other natural vegan sugar
1/2 cup of softened magarine
1 cup soymilk
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoon cocoa powder unsweetened
1-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vinegar
2 ounces red food coloring (or beet juice)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a cup pour the soymilk and add the lemon juice. Let sit while preparing the next dew ingredients. This makes "buttermilk". Cream together the margarine and sugar and then add the applesauce.

In a small bowl mix together cocoa and food coloring to form a slight paste. Add it to the creamed mixture. Mix the salt and flour together and add it to the batter alterately with the 'buttermilk' in three batches mixing after each addition. Add vanilla extract. Mix in baking soda and vinegar. Pour bater into pans and bake until done (it said 40 minutes, but it was def. not that long, it was closer to 15)

So the downlow-
I used rice milk instead of soy, and used beet juice.
If you make these, do not be tempted to eat them while they are hot unless you're interested in ass flavored cupcakes. However, they are MUCH better when they are cooled. they are even kind of good once they have icing on them, as long as you don't eat more than one in a sitting. towards the end of cupcake #1 you're kind of like 'hmm, that cupcake tastes a little funny' and then on cupcake #2 you're like, 'damn, thats a strange ass-tastin cupcake!' I mean, it isn't going to stop people from eating them, but they wern't great.


the beet juice didn't work.

(for the frosting, I just used some store bought plastic tasting crap)

Cupcakes #2
Crimson Velveteen from the vegan cupcakes take over the world book
1c soy milk
1tsp apple cider vinegar
1 1/2c flour
1c sugar
2tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/3c canola oil
2tbsp colorant (I used beetjuice again, but this time I cooked it way down and it was actually opaque red)
2 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
(the book calls for chocolate extract, but tells you that if you don't have it to adjust the others, which is how I wrote it down, so its all you get)

first things first, mix the vinegar and milk (I used rice milk again) and let it sit. preheat the oven to 350
sift all your dry ingredients together, then mix your wet ingredients to your vinegar and milk mixture, then add them together, adding a little bit at a time and beating it a bit.
pour into liners and bake for 18-20 minutes (I didn't think it took that long, but I didn't time it)

These have a great texture and a great taste. Just delicious. However, they wern't red. Next time I'm just going to use comerical foodcolor, because I really do want the nuclear hued red velvet, like at my favorite bakery in Portland, http://www.saintcupcake.com/

Usually I would be more into cream cheese frosting for these (I'm going to try the uncheese cookbook cream cheese soon to make that actually) But this buttercream ROCKED

Buttercream frosting

1/2c shortning (I used crisco! this ain't health food)
1/2c margerine
3 1/2c powdered sugar (which I was surprised is more than a pound of sugar)
1 1/2tsp vanilla
1/4c soy milk (I, of course, used rice milk)

beat it all together in your food processor or with electric beaters (which I hear is important for consistancy)

This was best ever and my friend Lisa and I gave some to random cool people we saw around today. It was awesome
Tags: desserts-cakes-frostings, desserts-cupcakes
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