Sunday, August 17, 2008

vegan cupcakes

This was my first shot at a vegan recipe. Are you surprised that it's a cupcake? I'm not! I figured if I'm going to start doing this more than just as a hobby, I need to expand my horizons.

I found the recipe HERE.

I left out the chocolate ganache swirl because I didn't have any dark chocolate in the house, but next time I'll make sure I get some.

But, anyway ..... introducing ..... the root beer float cupcake! I made two dozen mini ones and had enough batter left for 6 full size ones. They have a vanilla "buttercream" icing (made with shortening, not butter). I wouldn't normally put that amount of frosting on a cupcake but I loved how it looked like a scoop of ice cream for the photo.

vegan root beer float cupcakes

Now, who wants one? *grins*

mmm Sunday breakfast

We've been watching seasons of America's Test Kitchen that we got out of the library and man, that show makes me so hungry. I decided this morning that I would surprise everyone and make the cinnamon rolls from the Quick Breads episode. Even I ate one of them and they are hands down, the best cinnamon rolls I've ever had. The taste was spot on and they were tender and delicious but my technique will definitely need some work. My kitchen looked like a cinnamon tornado hit it after I surveyed the damage as I popped them in the oven.

homemade cinnamon rolls

a hefty dollop of icing

homemade cinnamon rolls

homemade cinnamon rolls

I will definitely be keeping that recipe!

Next up on my baking list: another batch of the pink lemonade cupcakes for a meeting Tuesday and a new recipe for root beer float cupcakes (the root beer recipe is a vegan one).