"vegan cupcakes" news and stories
Last week, Scott and I filmed the first episode of Fork You Live. Half cooking class and half show, it was an opportunity to talk about food for nearly an hour in front of a live audience in the gorgeous demonstration kitchen at Foster's Homewares. A bunch of our friends came out, as well as some folks that had heard about the filming on the interwebs.
I did my best to to talk with most of the folks who came to watch us and one of the people I met was Diana Harman, who is a Philly baker who specializes in vegan cupcakes. We talked for a bit before we started filming and afterwards she waved goodbye and she and her friend were leaving. After she got home, she was inspired enough by my recipe for fruit salad with a coconut, lime and honey dressing that she created a vegan cupcake with similar flavors. I haven't tried them yet, but any cupcake with coconut milk, lime and banana has got to be good.
At one point I was going to actually do a little experiment and actually eat all of the foods on each day of these national food days and write about my eating. But I'm trying to eat better and exercise these days, so events like today's National Chocolate Cupcake Day would just destroy me.
But you're more than happy to go crazy! Here's a recipe from CupCakeRecipes.com, and here's one from CDKitchen. FoodAndWine.com has one for Chocolate Cheesecake Cupcakes, while RecipeZaar has one for Dark Chocolate Cupcakes.
And let's not forget a recipe for the Vegans out there.
After making margarita cupcakes, I started to wonder what other cocktails would transfer well into cupcake form. The tequila/citrus combination worked so well in the first batch that I decided to try for another, similar drink: Tequila Sunrise. A tequila sunrise is typically made with orange juice, tequila and a splash of grenadine and was easy to adapt to my recipe.
The results were great. The cupcake was moist and lightly orange flavored with a small hint of tequila. These cakes are not particularly sweet, but the icing is, so while it is a good idea to keep the layer of frosting on the thin side, you really need it to make the cocktail-cakes work. Both the orange and the tequila flavors are brighter in the frosting and you can really taste the small splash of grenadine, which I kept to a minimal amount to avoid a pink-colored frosting, that brings the cupcake and the cocktail together.
This is a great cupcake recipe for a party, like New Year's Eve, and can even be brought out for a brunch if you have no objection to cupcakes in the morning.