04 June 2011

vanilla cupcakes

a friend of mine asked if i would bake cupcakes for a shower she's throwing today - so of course i said yes!  i love baking cupcakes and it doesn't take much of an occasion for me to whip up a batch.  i love the look on someone's face as they're about to dig into that first, sweet bite.  we decided to keep things simple and stick with a classic vanilla.
{cupcake love}

vegan vanilla cupcakes slightly tweaked from VCTOTW

makes one dozen

1 cup almond milk
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup sunflower or canola oil
3/4 cup organic cane sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/3 cup organic all purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

pre heat your oven to 350'F.  mix together the almond milk and cider vinegar in a large bowl and set aside to curdle a few minutes.  add in the oil, sugar and canola and mix until well combined.  into a separate bowl sift and combine the dry ingredients.  mix until smooth.

spoon the batter into a cupcake tin filled with liners and bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.  allow the cupcakes to cool completely before icing with vegan vanilla buttercream.

vegan vanilla buttercream
1/2 cup earth balance vegan margerine
3 cups icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp almond milk (more or less as required)

whip the earth balance and incorporate the vanilla.  add in the sugar and almond milk a bit at a time, mixing as you go along until you reach a consistency and flavour you're happy with.  i never actually measure when i make my icing, so you'll have to play around (and don't forget to sample often!) to find what works for you.

{vegan vanilla}

do you think she'd notice if one was missing from the delivery? .....


  1. Everyone RAVED about these cupcakes!!! Seriously, the looks on their faces were priceless! "Who made these?!" "What's in these vanilla ones? THey are so much better than vanilla usually tastes!" And so on. I watched out of the corner of my eye as the ladies came in for seconds (some before others even had their first...) they were precious commodities! Thank you so much!!! xoxox

  2. hurray!! i'm so glad they were enjoyed! and i hope it was a lovely afternoon of celebration!

  3. Yum! Thanks for this recipe :) I just tried to make them and the cupcakes came out great! I started making the frosting but then I thought it would be a good idea to add in some strawberries, and I think it could've worked but I definitely messed it up and made it too liquidy. It still tastes good though :) hehe

  4. thanks gemma! yum to your strawberries & cream - maybe next time i'll turn them into strawberry shortcakes...

  5. I just made these for a potluck and mixed some lavender flowers into the buttercream - yum! What do you use to colour your icing? I found my cupcakes came out a wee bit dense... I wonder if I did something wrong? Perhaps I overmixed! Anyway, they taste great - thanks!


  6. hi jocelyne! sorry to hear yours were a bit dense - perhaps you mixed a bit much or used a heavier flour? glad the flavour was there though!

    for these ones i used a drop of cake colouring for the icing (to match the brides colours), but usually i use fruits or spices to colour icing (turmeric, beets, blueberries, etc). my lavender just bloomed out back - am looking forward to baking with it too!

  7. just home now - the cupcakes were a hit! i made two batches - one was probably just overmixed because the other was perfect! :)

  8. Mine turned out dense too! I think it was the heaviness of the flour. Still tasty though.