Pretty 2012 Red Velvet Vegan Cupcakes

18 Jan

Is it too late to talk about the cupcakes I made for New Year’s Eve? I hope not because that is the topic of today’s late post (I usually blog on the weekends).

I spent New Year’s Eve with family. It was a lovely evening full of food, baking, board games, and hot tubbing. I’m not a huge fan of New Year’s Eve and was very pleased to have a low-key, quiet evening.

To celebrate the beginning of 2012 my cousin and I made Red Velvet Vegan Cupcakes (found on Bon Appétempt). I’ve never attempted vegan baking before and was so pleased with how our cupcakes turned out. As Amelia said, “Nevermind that they are vegan, these cupcakes are delicious. Period.” Agreed – I would definitely make this recipe again. And because these cupcakes are vegan I feel like I can justify eating more of them (vegan = healthy, right?).

Red Velvet Vegan Cupcakes via Bon Appétempt
Cake
–  2 cups soy milk
–  2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
–  2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
–  2 cups sugar
–  4 tablespoons cocoa powder
–  1 teaspoon baking powder
–  1 teaspoon baking soda
–  1 teaspoon salt
–  2/3 cup vegetable oil (I used a little less and they were still really moist/delicious.)
–  2 ounces red food coloring
–  4 teaspoons vanilla extract

Add vinegar to soy milk, and set aside to curdle.
Sift flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
Add vegetable oil, food coloring, and vanilla extract to the curdled soy milk, and mix.
Pour liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients, and mix.
Fill cupcake liners ¾ full.
Bake in a preheated 350° oven for 20 minutes or until done.

Frosting
–  ½ cup margarine, room temperature
–  ½ cup Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese, room temperature
–  2 teaspoons vanilla extract
–  4 cups confectioners sugar

Cream margarine, cream cheese, and vanilla extract.

We cut out stencils for 2012 and an exploding star from a piece of paper and sifted cocoa power over the stencil to decorate the top of our vegan cupcakes. For the party-goers that do not like icing we sifted icing sugar on top of the cupcakes sans-icing to add a little fanciness.

Our cupcakes are so cute – I just wanna eat them all up!  ;-)

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