confused reality (confusedreality) wrote in vegancooking,
confused reality

Kinda failed chocolate cupcakes from VwaV - Help!

I baked the Fauxstess Cupcakes from VwaV last week, recipe as follows.

1/2 cup unbleached all purpose flour
7 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup soy milk
3 tablespoons oil
1/2 cups pure maple syrup - which I subbed with agave
4 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 F / 180 C, line 12 muffin tins with cupcake liners, spray the liners with canola cooking spray.

In a medium sized mixing bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powders, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

In a large mixing bowl combine all the wet ingredients plus the sugar and beat on medium with an electric mixer for a good 2 minutes.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet in 2 batches, mixing as you go. Beat for about a minute more.

Use a wet ice cream scoop to fill the cupcake liner ¾ of the way full. Bake for about 28 minutes, until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer to a cooling rack.

There were three problems:
1 They were kinda rubbery
2 I had to bake them much longer than the recipe states, because everytime I put my knitting needle in, it didn't come out clean
3 They're too dense

The only thing I changed was the agave nectar instead of maple syrup, but that can't be it, I think.
My theory: 1 is caused by 2, and 2 has something to do with 3. The baking powder is 2 months over its due date, so is prob less strong (I read entries here about that). Do you think this could have caused the cupcakes to not puff up as much as they should (3), hence not cook as easily (2) and that's why they were rubbery (1)? 
What do you guys think?
Tags: -failed-recipes&disasters, desserts-cupcakes
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