09 October 2009

chocolate cupcakes

cupcakes on a platter

When I have a hankering for cupcakes, it's usually spur-of-the-moment and I want them rather quickly. I'm looking for a moist, tender crumb that can stand alone if I don't feel like icing it with anything, something flavorful and not requiring epic steps to produce.

chocolate cupcake with vanilla buttercream

My go-to recipe is the Baisc (Vegan) Chocolate Cupcake recipe from Chow.com. Making just a dozen and mixing up in only two bowls and no beaters, it doesn't get any simpler than this and is just as fast as using a mix. I did adapt this to be a non-vegan recipe, replacing the soy milk-vinegar mixture with buttermilk, adding an egg, then I used half butter in the frosting recipe. Besides the almond extract, I added two teaspoons of instant coffee to the dry ingredients and you should, too.

so much frosting!

The frosting whips up into an airy and incredibly smooth mixture -- don't even think about not using the entire amount of milk called for as it's the reason the texture is so light. Using all the frosting divvied up gives you a generous mountain o' frosting for each cupcake, and brightened with some sprinkles it's impossible to resist. Simply impossible.

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  1. I'll take one for breakfast, thank you! ;-)

  2. These look amazing! I've been meaning to try vegan recipes...

  3. Mmmmm...looks so good. Surprisingly, they aren't all that bad for you. Thanks.

  4. They look incredible! I mean, I just want to take a big bite out of one. Love the coffee addition. We have coffee addictions.

  5. VeggieGirl ~ You can say that again =D

    Laurel ~ Can't think of a better way to start the day than with a cupcake.

    Rebecca ~ Hello, thanks for stopping by!
    Although I'm not a vegan, I like trying vegan recipes too because it tends to expand my repertoire and usually I come out with something tasty.

    Nooschi ~ I'm looking at the pics and remarking that they look good, too!

    Em ~ Hehe. It's not so much of a coffee addiction as being "faithfully committed". =D

    Maverick Malone ~ LOLOL, your comment made me burst out laughing! Thanks!


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