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Vegan Soda Cupcake Recipe

By on Friday, April 17th, 2009


ATC Reader Ami sent us this photo and recipe…

a soda cupcake recipe:

1 c soda (root beer, orange cream, black cherry, vanilla cream, etc.)
1/3 oil (you can sub applesauce for a lower fat version)
1 1/2 t vanilla extract (if you have other flavors that will work with your soda flavor, use 1 t of that flavor and a 1/2 t of vanilla)

1 1/4 c all purpose flour
1/2 c sugar
3/4 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1/4 t salt

Preheat oven to 350. Mix wet and dry in separate bowls. Mix wet into dry. Don’t over mix! The batter should be bubbly from the vinegar and baking soda reaction and the soda itself! Fill 2/3 full into muffin pan with cupcake liners. It will make a dozen cupcakes. Bake for 18-22 minutes (depending on your oven), and check with a toothpick, it will come out clean when finished.

Chocolate Ganache

Depending on your soda flavor, chocolate ganache might be a great addition.

2/3 c chocolate chips
2 T soy milk

Heat up the soy milk on the stove or in the microwave if you’re really lazy. Mix in the chocolate chips when soy milk is just about to boil. The chips will melt when stirred. After fully melted, let it sit for a few minutes and drizzle over the cupcakes with a spoon or squeeze bottle.

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Can’t go wrong.

1/4 c shortening (or use all shortening)
1/4 c butter (or use all butter)
1 1/2 c confectioners sugar
1 T soy milk
1 t vanilla extract

Cream shortening and butter. Add sugar 1/2 c at a time. Slowly add milk, a little bit at a time. You may have to add a little bit more. Add vanilla last when frosting is at the desired consistency. Note: if you’re kitchen is ridiculously hot like mine at times, stick the frosting in the fridge right after you make it so it can set up a little bit. Add the frosting when the cupcakes have completely cooled.

Thanks for sharing Ami! It sounds amazing!

Vegan Iced Tea Cupcakes

By on Thursday, April 16th, 2009

I originally posted this recipe over at my blog, Bake and Destroy. As the story goes, my mother in law Jo is obsessed with powdered ice tea. She simply cannot get enough of it. I wanted to make frosting with the iced tea powder she loves, but couldn’t bring myself to do it. So instead, I made her these dairy-free tea cupcakes with vegan lemon buttercream. They’re perfect for a spring cook out, which is exactly how we’re celebrating her birthday this week end! So enjoy the cupcakes, and happy birthday, Jo! We love you!

For the cupcakes you will need:

  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 4-6 iced tea teabags*
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup soy yogurt (plain or vanilla)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract**
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon zest
  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour***
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

*Use 4 bags if you just want to say they’re iced tea cupcakes, use 6 or more bags if you want to know it.
** Replace up to 1/2 tsp of this measurement with a flavor complimentary to ice tea- lemon, orange, mint, etc. I’d recommend 1/4 tsp if you’re using something as strong as mint or citrus oil.
***These are very moist cakes. Not fall-apart moist, but they stay squishy for a long time. If you want something a little more firm to the touch up this measurement to 1 1/2 cups of flour.

Then you:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line tin with cupcake liners. In a small saucepan heat soymilk till almost boiling, add tea bags, cover and remove from heat. Let sit for 10 minutes. When ready to use stir teabags and thoroughly squeeze to insure as much tea is dissolved in milk as possible.

In a large bowl whisk together oil, yogurt, sugar, vanilla, lemon oil, zest and tea mixture until all yogurt lumps disappear. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add to wet ingredients and mix until large lumps disappear; some small lumps are okay. Fill tins full and bake about 20 to 22 minutes until a sharp knife inserted comes out clean.

For the lemon buttercream you will need:

  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup margarine, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 Tbs fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp fresh grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract

Then you:

In a small bowl, cream the shortening and margarine until well combined. Add the sugar in 1/2 cup additions. After each addition add a splash of lemon juice and beat well with a handheld mixer. Add vanilla and beat for another 3-5 minutes until smooth, creamy and fluffy. I stuck cut-off straws in some of these and topped the rest with a sprig of organic mint.

Cookbooks with Vegan Cupcake Recipes

By on Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Here is a list I have compiled of cookbooks that have vegan cupcake recipes…

1. Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World: 75 Dairy-Free Recipes for Cupcakes that Rule by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

2. Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

3. Vegan with a Vengeance : Over 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-Free Recipes That Rock by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

4.  The Joy of Vegan Baking: The Compassi… by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

5.  My Sweet Vegan: passionate about dessert by Hannah Kaminsky

6.  Sinfully Vegan: Over 140 Decadent Desserts to Satisfy Every Vegan’s Sweet Tooth by Lois Dieterly

7.  Simple Treats: A Wheat-Free, Dairy-Free Guide to Scrumptious Baked Goods by Ellen Abraham

8.  Crazy About Cupcakes By Krystina Castella

If you know of any others please leave a comment with the name of the cookbook you know of that has vegan cupcake recipes and I will add it.

Chocolate Mint Cupcake Dishtowel

By on Thursday, April 16th, 2009


Chocolate Mint Cupcake Dishtowel $6.00

At “Sew Jennie” only materials that are vegan friendly are used. That means no fur, leather, wool, silk, shells, or any other material that comes from our fellow animals will ever be found in her designs. She believes in compassion for all living things and is proud to have purses, blythe doll clothes, etc. that reflect her beliefs. Cruelty Free is the way to be!

She also trys to send all orders in recycled packaging, so that there is less going into the landfills.

Chocolate coloured cupcakes with minty (or is it pistachio?) “icing” dance across the bottom of this cute four sack dishtowel. Hand embroidered by me! Perfect for cupcake lovers, green kitchen, retro, modern..heck who doesn’t like cupcakes?

Available at Sew Jennie!

Viva la Vegan Cupcakes with The Urban Housewife!

By on Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

One simply cannot speak of vegan cupcakes without a solid reference to The Urban Housewife. Known as Melisser to her nearest and dearest, The Urban Housewife has been changing the way we think of vegan baked goods since 2007. With each post to her Veg Bloggy Award-winning site, thousands of fans tune in to see where she’s been and what she ate. From Berlin to New York to Stockholm, she’s been everywhere, eaten every vegan thing and lived to blog about it.

I asked Melisser to give our readers a sampling of some of her tastiest vegan cupcake adventures and she put together a list of 10 fab places to snag a vegan cupcake. The list, she stresses, is in no particular order.

Oh, and she was too humble to mention it, but one place you’re sure to find a delicious vegan treat is Melisser’s own commercial kitchen- Sugar Beat Sweets. If you’re in the San Francisco area be sure to hit her up for some Snickerdoodle cupcakes!

Ten places you might just spot Melisser eating vegan cupcakes:

1. Vegan Treats, Bethlehem, PA & throughout the East Coast
Known throughout the vegan land for their Peanut Butter Bombs, Vegan Treats also serves up a selection of other fine pastries. After years of wholesale throughout the East Coast, owner Danielle Konya opened a retail store where you can get your cupcake on.

2. Sweet Avenue Bake Shop, Rutherford, NJ

Cupcakes are the heart of this shop where you’ll find everything from Fleur de Sel Caramel cupcakes to Bacon Maple Walnut cupcakes, all vegan of course!

The Bleeding Heart Bakery, Chicago

The Bleeding Heart Bakery, Chicago

3. The Bleeding Heart Bakery, Chicago, IL

While not everything in the packed pastry cases is vegan, a hearty selection of cupcakes await you at this all organic, 100% punk rock bakery!

4. Cupcake, Berlin, Germany
If you find yourself in Berlin, don’t forget to stop in Germany’s 1st cupcake shop where you’ll be transported back to the 50’s in this retro shop where vegan options are available daily.
5. S’nice, Brooklyn & Manhattan, NY

Whether you’re looking for a cosy place to chill, a delicious sandwich, or a sweet treat, S’nice delivers with their cupcake, baked in house & available daily.

6. Babycakes, New York City, NY & West Hollywood, CA

Not your traditional cupcake, Babycakes spelt or gluten free cupcakes caters to those with allergies or looking for a wholesome cupcake.

7. Sticky Fingers Bakery, Washington DC

Sticky Fingers may be better known for their massive cinnamon rolls, but the cupcake selection won’t disappoint at this bakery churning out a full selection of cruelty free confections!

Cupcake, Berlin; Berlin

Cupcake, Berlin, Germany

8. Pattycake Bakery, Columbus, OH
Pattycake started out making cookies for a local co-op, but now has a full selection of vegan treats, including cupcakes, that you can snag from their storefront or the upcoming online ordering system!

9. Watercourse Bakery, Denver, CO
Not only Ho Ho Cupcakes should tempt you to try this all vegan bakery, as a full selection of sweets are available. For those with allergies, they specialize in gluten free options.

10. Golden Mean Vegan Cafe, Santa Monica, CA

The food may not blow you away at this vegan eatery with a LA hippie vibe, but the desserts are no crunchy granola & their decadence will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth!

Cupcake Sugar Cookies – One Dozen

By on Wednesday, April 15th, 2009


Cupcake Sugar Cookies – One Dozen $28.00

These yummy lemon-vanilla sugar cookies are frosted with your choice of either lemon-vanilla, chocolate or strawberry royal icing and decorated with all-natural sprinkles. Please specify your icing flavor choice in the message to seller. These sugar cookies contain no eggs, dairy or animal-derived ingredients, and they’re always extra thick and perfectly soft.

You’ll receive a box of twelve 3″-3.5″ cupcake-shaped cookies, wrapped on a cake round and cushioned with shredded paper and/or bubble wrap. The box is tied with a bow, but additional gift wrapping is available.

You’re welcome to order more than a dozen, of course. Just convo the seller and let them know what you need.

Although these cookies do not contain any nuts, they are baked in a kitchen where they are used. They do use soy products. Please let them know ahead of time if you have any food allergies.

Available at Cream Bakery Vegan Sweets!

Post Punk Vegan Cupcake Goddess Apron

By on Tuesday, April 14th, 2009


Post Punk Vegan Cupcake Goddess Apron $16.99

Product Details

Great in the kitchen or at the grill, this mid-length apron provides great coverage to help keep spills and splatters off your clothes. Makes a great gift for gourmets or grill-masters. Ties at neck and waist. Two center-stitched bottom compartment pouches for keeping tools and recipes handy. 35% Cotton / 65% polyester blend, twill fabric. Machine washable and guaranteed.

From the Designer

The apron for the egg-free dairy-free vegan baker.