Sunday, February 12, 2012

Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes with Fresh Strawberry Frosting

A friend of mine gave me some Valentine's Day themed cupcake liners recently, so what better incentive is there to make pink frosted goodies to celebrate the upcoming holiday? My sister was coming for dinner over the weekend and, being lactose intolerant, she doesn't often get to indulge in the sweets we like serve. Instead of just making the cupcakes lactose free I decided to make them fully vegan to try something new.

The result? 

Tada! Pretty cute, don't you think? 

I adapted the recipe slightly from here, so I'm posting the ingredients/methods I used.


1cup vanilla soy milk
1tsp. apple cider vinegar
cups all-purpose flour
2Tbsp. cornstarch
¾tsp. baking powder
½tsp. baking soda
¼tsp. salt (increase salt to ½ teaspoon if you’re using oil instead of margarine)
½cup non-hydrogenated margarine, softened
¾cup sugar
 tsp. vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin pan with cupcake liners.
  2. Whisk the soy milk and vinegar in a measuring cup and set aside for a few minutes to get good and curdled.
  3. Sift the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl and mix.
  4. In a separate large bowl, use a handheld mixer at medium speed to cream the margarine and sugar for about 2 minutes until light and fluffy. (Don’t beat past 2 minutes.) Beat in the vanilla then alternate beating in the soy milk mixture and dry ingredients, stopping to scrape the sides of the bowl a few times.
  5. Fill cupcake liners two-thirds of the way and bake for 20 to 22 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack, and let cool completely before frosting.
I meant to grab a photo, and I thought I had, but the cupcakes actually collapsed after I took them out of the oven. I'm not sure what the reason was, but it didn't make a huge difference. The overall texture and flavour was incredible, and the scoop in the center just left room for more icing! 

I actually used vanilla that I made at home from scratch. Kinda cool, huh? All you do is take 2 vanilla beans, split them down the middle and soak them in a jar with some vodka for 2 months, shaking weekly. Make sure it's an airtight container and kept somewhere dark.

Anyway, frosting! Check this beauty out:


I'm simply going to link the recipe for this, as I followed it fairly closely. They only thing I didn't do according to recipe is let the reduction cool be before moving on to the cornstarch and salt step. I'm not sure how that would have impacted the recipe but it definitely shaved off some time. 
If you're going to be making this frosting I recommend trying to make the strawberry reduction the night before, it will make things feel like they're moving much faster. The original recipe calls for 1/2lb of strawberries but  I recommend going for 3/4-1lb just to be safe. After reducing it I didn't have quite what was needed, which I'm sure would have been quite lovely. 

Party time! 

1 comment:

  1. Oh my goodness, oh my dear, those look scrumptious!!


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