Friday, June 29, 2012

LINKY PARTY via Foodie Friends Friday!

My pals at Foodie Friends Friday and I are having a party! Won't you join us? In honor of this day and of the day my little brother gets himself wedded in September, I made you a cupcake.

It's a chocolatey, rich and yummy cupcake with coffee in the batter and a swirl of cocoa frosting on top. What does this have to do with September weddings and Foodie Friends, you say? Well, this little cupcake just happens to be vegan! Just like the bride and groom, who are anxious to share the deliciousness of a plant-based way of life. So this Friday, I'm spreading the animal-free love.

If you're curious about baking without butter and eggs and all the usual suspects, give this recipe a try. Then give a cupcake to someone, let them ooh and aah over its gorgeous texture and flavor, then watch when you tell them it's vegan. "No way!" they'll say.

Read on for the recipe, which is courtesy of Chef Chloe, the vegan baker whose Ginger Nutmeg Spice recipe won Cupcake Wars.

Chocolate Cupcakes:

1-1/2 C all purpose flour
1 C sugar
1/3 C cocoa powder
1 t baking soda
1/2 t salt

1 C cold coffee or water
1/2 C canola oil
2 T white or cider vinegar
2 t vanilla extract

In large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients. In separate bowl, whisk together wet ingredients. Pour wet mixture into dry and whisk until just combined. Chloe admonishes not to overmix!

Fill cupcake liners two-thirds full and bake 16 to 18 minutes at 350. Cool completely and frost.

I used this Simple Vegan Icing from and added 1/3 cup of cocoa.

1/2 C vegetable shortening
4 C confectioner's sugar
1/3 C cocoa
5 T soy milk
1/4 t vanilla

Beat shortening, sugar and cocoa until incorporated and clumpy. Add soy milk and vanilla, beat until smooth.

Pipe or spread onto cooled cupcakes, share, and voila, someone is likely to fall madly in love with you!

Now for more kitchen inspiration, please pay a visit to the following Foodie Friends and see what they're cooking up this happy Friday!

Robyn's View
A Lil' Country Sugar
Saucy Girls Kitchen
Passione Per Cucina
Everything In The Kitchen Sink
What's Cooking In The Burbs
Busy Vegetarian Mom
From Calculus To Cupcakes
This And That
Cookies, Cakes And Bakes
Cupcakes And Kale Chips
Wife Of The Colonel
Chef Picky Kid
Family Food Finds
Bringing Pleasure To The Kitchen
Cindy's Recipes And Writings
DJ's Sugar Shack

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