Since you’ve already seen that I am not a vegan (via macarons), you’re probably wondering why I bother trying so hard to replace “normal” baking recipes with vegan ones.Well, I am a new vegetarian. It wasn’t an extremely difficult transition… I never ate much meat, and so far I don’t miss it at all. Part of this vegetarian adoption was due to a lot of reading and research, but an equally important part was spending so much time around other vegetarians. No, don’t worry, I’m not a preacher, so you don’t have to skip the next few lines… but it was interesting to see how these people so easily adapted their lives to their (healthy) diets and beliefs. Now… vegetarian doesn’t mean vegan. Vegetarian = no meat, Vegan = no animal products at all (dairy, eggs, etc.).
This is where a pretty boy comes into the story. I bake for boys. It’s kind of my thing. My friends hate it, because they insist that silly boys don’t deserve my baking. But, it is my way of showing someone that I’m interested in my affection. This also extends to my friends and family… but I make the extra effort when a pretty and nice boy is involved. And, yes, this boy was vegan. Sigh. He will never taste my macarons.
Well, I failed at my first… five? vegan desserts. So bleak. I typically make delicious treats, and all this boy was getting were burnt black bean brownie bites. Very sexy? Probably. Anyway, I like a challenge, HATE failing, and I realized that a lot of vegans out there want fun and tasty ideas for desserts! Thus, my new mission was to find, adapt, and create vegan sweets.
My first big “win” in the vegan baking department was something I created out of about a dozen vegan birthday cake recipes. I made it for my birthday, and subsequently made it for my friend’s birthday as well! Thus, the ultimate vegan birthday cake recipe was born. This time I made cupcakes for a friend’s housewarming party… so below I will make sure you get the baking times for both!
Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes – What you need:
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup apple sauce
- ¼ cup water
- 1/3 cup oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 teaspoons white vinegar
Vegan Birthday Cake – What you do:
Preheat the oven to 180c. Line a cupcake tray. (If you’re making a cake, grease a cake pan with vegan margarine and dust with flour.)
Combine all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl (flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder). Combine all of the wet ingredients in another large bowl (applesauce, water, vanilla, vinegar, and oil).
Combine the dry mixture into the wet mixture in three additions, stirring well after each time.
Fill up the cupcake tins halfway. Bake at 180c for 25 to 30 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. (If making a cake, 20 to 25 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.)
This makes 12 cupcakes!
Vegan vanilla coconut frosting – what you need:
- 2 cups confectioners sugar
- ½ cup (vegan) margarine, softened
- 2-3 tablespoons coconut milk
Vegan vanilla coconut frosting – what you do:
With an electric mixer (or extremely strong arm) beat the margarine until light and fluffy. Slowly add the confectioners sugar to the margarine, while beating consistently. It will become harder and harder to mix the sugar and margarine together around the second cup of confectioners sugar. At this time, slowly add in the coconut milk. You may need a touch more coconut milk, depending on the desired consistency. In this recipe I used two tablespoons. Blend well until thick and smooth.
As I mentioned previously, I also made this cake for a friend’s birthday. He’s a rad dude, totally obsessed with autobots (roll out!). He works for Fry’s Vegetarian Foods… and this is his blog, with a special mention to my cake!
Shameless promotion: Fry’s food is ABSOLUTELY delicious, so if you’re lucky enough to live in a country where they sell it (WHY FRANCE, why?!)… check it out. Also on the blog and Fry’s website are recipe ideas. Mmm mmm good. Happy browsing : D.
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