My Cupcakes, and Why You Should Be Glad I Like to Share.

Readers, you would have read this last night, but sadly I hate to write a midterm. It was about American literature between 1890 and 1920, involved a lot of race and gender inequities, and left me feeling dirty afterwards. Had we any muffins left (Olive…) I’d have reached for one as solace. Sadly, we had nothing left but cupcakes.

Well, I guess I’ll eat one, if I have to.

Double Chocolate Cupcakes
2 cups white whole wheat flour
1 tbs baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup vegan semisweet chips (Ghirardelli’s are vegan, and very yummy!)
1 Recipe “Vegan Frosting of Joy”

Preheat oven to 350F.

As per usual, you’re going to want to mix the dry ingredients together. This still includes the sugar. In fact, you’ll find this recipe is a lot like the muffin recipe. Higher ratios of the good stuff (fat, sugar) is what differentiates quick bread from cakes. That’s boring. Let’s mix some applesauce with oil!

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Whisk the applesauce and oil together till emulsified. This will be trickier than with muffins, because there is much more oil. Do the best you can. After that, stir in the milk. Gently add the wet to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Do this in as few strokes as possible.

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You can leave this next part out, but I wouldn’t.

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Gently fold in chocolate chips.

Pour batter into muffin cups and bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick (who am I kidding, fork) comes out clean. You can make mini muffins, too, just bake them for ten minutes instead. They are an amazing bite sized treat! If you want to make this as an actual cake, that’s fine, too. This will fill one standard, round cake pan–double the recipe if you want a layer cake. Bake it for 30-40 minutes, or until a fork comes out clean, then bring me a piece. Please.

Let cool completely before frosting.

Oh, did you WANT frosting?

Vegan Frosting of Joy
1/4 cup vegan margarine (like Earth Balance) or coconut oil (if you can afford that stuff)
3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1-3 tbs unsweetened almond milk

This is actually really simple. First, with an electric hand mixer, or really, really great biceps, beat the margarine till soft.

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From this…
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…to this.

Then, add vanilla, powdered sugar, and 1 tablespoon of the milk. Beat until the consistency is fluffy and dreamy, adding additional milk as necessary. It will look like this:

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Whatever you do, do not skip this next step!

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Mike wanted one, but I growled at him when he reached for it.

This is actually firm enough a frosting that if you wanted to pipe it onto your cupcakes or make semi-fancy designs, you could. Unfortunately, I didn’t let my cupcakes cool enough, so that lovely piping melted. Still tasted good, though.

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These cupcakes are NOT health food, but they are better for you than anything you’ll buy at your grocery store bakery, and definitely better than anything you’d get out of the box. You’re getting whole grains and considerably less fat and sugar than any commercially made product. At that, you can pronounce the names of the ingredients, which is a definite plus. They’re extremely easy, as well. Plus, the ingredients are fairly inexpensive. Also, did I mention that these are some of the richest cupcakes I’ve ever eaten? They’re absolutely to die for, and Mike, his coworkers, Olive, and my bandmates ate these like it was their last meal.

Make these. They’re amazing.

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12 responses »

  1. Does the applesauce mixed with the oil replace the egg? For Alex’s birthday I have a couple of us who can’t have dairy/soy/wheat and one girl who can’t have egg, but I don’t want to go out and get the fake egg replacer (expensive + weird chemicals). So I’m kind of making it up as I go along. 🙂

    • Yep! The applesauce replaces the egg and distributes the fat evenly. That’s why you’ll want to mix those two things together as well as you can. Feel free to use this recipe as a base and make whatever flavor you like. It’s pretty versatile. And is he already one? Good lord, your baby is getting too big!

  2. So, I have ideological issues with margarine. For the frosting, would something like vegetable shortening be acceptable? Though not being vegan, if I were making these for my people, I *could* just use butter if I wanted . . . .

    • Veggie shortening totally works. I reccomend coconut oil pretty highly though, if we’re trying to stay away from earth balance. Yes, butter will work. If you’re going to use butter, use the best damn butter you can get. You could also buy frosting, but I wouldn’t.

      • Dude, I haven’t bought frosting since I made my first buttercream. So easy, and it doesn’t taste like the inside of a plastic tub. That sh*t is miraculous. But it’s good to know that, were I to make these for, say, you or SRody as a birthday gift of awesome sometime, I wouldn’t have to compromise my feelings on crappy fake butter.

  3. The boy was craving cake this evening, so I made these. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the chocolate chips, so they probably weren’t as good as yours. We found them a little heavy on the nutmeg, however, maybe the chocolate chips would have balanced it out a bit more. Overall, they came out really moist and yummy. Thanks for the recipe!

  4. The boy was craving cake this evening, so I made these. Unfortunately, we didn’t have chocolate chips, and without them, I think the flavor was a bit nutmeg-heavy. More chocolate would probably have balanced it out. Overall, though, they were moist and very yummy. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Thanks! It took me a second to realize this was Emily. The name gave it away. 🙂

      Anyway, you can always skip the nutmeg. I really, really like nutmeg, so I can sometimes forget that other people aren’t the biggest fans of eating pounds of it. Feel free to adjust spices and flavorings as necessary. The chocolate chips really just added some extra sweetness (I ❤ chocolate). I'm super glad you made them and liked them, though! And thanks for letting me know you made them and they came out ok!

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