So one of my friends, Camille, turned 18 on Tuesday and my other friend Marisa and I made her cupcakes. Camille is a vegan, so I found a recipe that would be both animal friendly and also promised to be “better than any regular cupcake that I have ever tasted” as one commenter put it. I decided to quickly make the cupcakes before Marisa came over so that they would have enough to cool so we could decorate them together. I was super surprised at how fast they were to make that I totally forgot to take pictures of the process.
I’m still amazed that it only took me five minutes to make the batter. I just used a bowl and a wooden spoon to mix it, and after I filled the paper liners I was able to hand-wash everything since I didn’t have to worry about raw eggs. Not only did these cupcakes keep my kitchen clean and took no time whatsoever, they tasted amazing. They were light and fluffy like a box-mix but super yummy like homemade. Oh, and the coolest part? When you add in the vinegar it reacts to the baking soda and changes the colour of the batter. That’s right, you get to have a mini science experiment with your cupcakes that results in a slightly red colouring that’s really pretty.
I was able to make 12 regular cupcakes and 6 minis (or babies as we dubbed them). I ended up using the last of the cupcakes liners I got for my 17th birthday from Bake It Pretty. I definitely need to buy some more, their colours stayed bright after baking which made me happy. 🙂
Here’s the link to the green ones: http://www.bakeitpretty.com/item_14/Carnival-Stripe-Baking-Cups.htm
I don’t think Bake It Pretty sells the gold minis anymore, but I found them here: http://www.globalsugarart.com/product.php?id=22339&name=Assorted%20Mini%20Gold%20Spiral%20Baking%20Cupcake%20Liner%20(Pkg/120)
So I had to try one of the cupcakes so I broke it in half and saw the pretty reddish tint on the inside.
Anyway, Marisa arrived and we got to work frosting and sprinkling (yes, sprinkling) the cupcakes. I found out from Peta’s “accidentally Vegan” list that Duncan Hine’s Homestyle frosting is totally vegan. I was so glad I didn’t need to bother with making frosting!
This is seriously fool-proof and very rewarding so you should go make some before you go to bed. Or while sleepwalking. Or quickly before school. Whatever suits you!
Here’s the recipe:
I added in the vinegar last because I wanted to see the reaction, and plus I had horrible images of it bubbling over.