Cupcakes in Review

Notes on the Vegan Chocolate Ginger Orange Cupcakes:

1. They rock!  Vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores alike enjoyed these delights.

2. They are rather on the crumbly side — cupcake liners are a must.

3. A single recipe would make about 1 1/2 dozen standard-sized cupcakes.  (I doubled it.  There was much cupcakery.)

4. Definitely use coffee instead of water.

5. If you share my aversion to using margarine, you can whip up a simple cream cheese icing instead:

– 8 oz. package of cream cheese (really, get the good stuff)

– 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted

– 1/2 cup or so of unsweetened cocoa powder (I’m not partial to measuring, most of the time)

– (optional) a tbsp of milk OR a tbsp or orange juice AND/OR a tsp of vanilla*

Whip it all together, one cup of powdered goods at a time.  (This makes up a fair bit of icing, and I reckon if you’re not heavy on icing, you could easily halve the recipe and have enough.  I set the icing on the side, and there was much left over, either because not everyone wanted icing, or because there was just too darn much.)

6. Note to self: In our oven, these had to bake for about 20 minutes at 375F.

No photos to share, as these were made late last night, and eaten up during school today. (sorry!)

*M tried the icing before I added the OJ and vanilla, and then again after.  He preferred it without the added juice and vanilla.  His reason?  He prefers the icing to be a bit of a contrast to the cake (good point).  I thought the vanilla posed a conflict of interest in the cocoa-ness of it all, and would skip it the next time ’round.


~ by ... on 19 March 2010.

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