Tuesday, October 29, 2013

EAT: EASY-CRAZY-SCARY VEGAN CUPCAKES


MAKES 12 MUFFIN SIZED CUPCAKES | PREP 5 MINS | COOKING 15-35 MINS | DAIRY FREE, EGG FREE, VEGAN, LUNCHBOX FRIENDLY

You know what I find hard? Baking for my son's class when there's a class party. Or making a cake for my husband's birthday. The list of allergies and deathlike reactions by so many people these days makes it hard to just bake whatever your whim. Besides, the last thing I want is to be responsible for is anyone needing their epi-pen (my worst nightmare!).

So, stepping in to save the day is this amazing crazy cake recipe. It's dairy free, egg free, nut free, and delicious! It tastes like real cake. Oh wait, it IS real cake! In fact, since discovering this recipe, I've converted it to ginger cinnamon spice (Gingamon - according to my friend Dannii), and my favourite flavour in the whole world, chai vanilla spice (I plan to share these recipes also). But the best bits about these cupcakes is that they are really delicious, you have all the ingredients in the cupboard, and it take zilch time to prepare. You can even make this recipe into a big cake and mix it in the cake tin - no bowl required!

INGREDIENTS
1 1/2 cups plain flour
3 tbsp cocoa
1 cup sugar (I use Stevia)
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp white vinegar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
5 tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup water

Creamy Vanilla Icing
Mix together 7 tbsp icing sugar, 1 tbsp non-dairy margarine, 2 tsp pure vanilla extract, 1 tbsp hot water until creamy.

METHOD
1 Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius / 350 degrees farenheit.
2 Mix the first 5 dry ingredients in a mixing bowl with a whisk. Make three depressions in dry ingredients - two small, one large (like a happy face!).
3 Pour vinegar in one depression, vanilla in the other and the vegetable oil in third larger depression. Pour water over all. Mix with a whisk or wooden spoon until smooth.
4 Divide mixture into a greased 12 muffin tray or place inside muffin cases (like these cute Halloween ones). Bake muffins on middle rack for 15 minutes (or 35 minutes if you're making a cake). Cool. Ice and add cute toppers. Now you're ready for two more sleeps. Enjoy!

The original recipe was found here