We’ve been having a bake sale at work to raise money for Comic Relief. I made my vegan banana muffins last week but unfortunately, my bananas weren’t quite bake-ready (brown and squishy), so they weren’t as tasty as last time. Still good, just not epic. So, once my bananas had browned, I thought I would bake again to redeem myself. Cupcakes this time!
As I have been thoroughly converted to vegan baking, I treated myself to a cupcake cookbook by vegan superstars Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero.
I actually want to lick every page! The book is filled with scrumptious-sounding recipes and gorgeous photos of delightfully over-the-top cupcakes. There is your basic Chocolate Cupcakes and Vanilla Cupcakes but there is also plenty of more adventurous creations like Pistachio Rosewater Cupcakes, Mucho Margarita Cupcakes and Mexican Hot Chocolate Cupcakes. I really like that each cupcake recipe has several variations to try out and there are loads of different options for the icing and decoration.
Today I went for the Banana Split Cupcakes but I omitted the dark chocolate because I don’t like it and the pineapple preserves because I didn’t have any. Sieving the mashed banana was a chore (really need to invest in a hand blender!) but was definitely worth it for the smooth, moist result.
I topped my cupcakes with (a slight variation of) the Vegan Fluffy Buttercream Frosting. My frosting was a little runny as I couldn’t find shortening anywhere at my local shops but it was so very tasty! I may or may not have eaten the leftovers with a spoon…
The book contains not only recipes but ‘Part One’ includes useful sections such as an ingredients glossary, tools glossary and – my favourite section – ‘Troubleshooting: When Bad Things Happen to Good Cupcakes’. This is basically a help section for common cupcake mishaps – vegan or not. The book is written in a casual but charming manner, with short notes from the creators on each recipe. The only downfall is that there isn’t a picture for every single recipe and for food pervs like me, that’s a shame.
After my first attempt was a success, I’m dying to try out more recipes. Next on my list are the Chai Latte Cupcakes, Apple Cider Cupcakes and Cappucino Cupcakes filled with Espresso Crème. My mouth is watering just typing that!