I created the best vegan cupcake I have ever baked. I won't say this is the best cupcake I have ever made because sometimes you just can't beat butter...
Well, maybe I will say this is the best cupcake I have ever made. Maybe I have been sleep deprived because of finals. Maybe it's been too long since I have had fully satisfying food made with the kind of lovin' that food should be made with.
Or maybe it was just a really awesome vegan cupcake.
To celebrate fall and winter foods, snow, and glowing fireplaces, I made these vegan apple-butter cupcakes with brown sugar frosting. The veganification was a last minute decision that I assumed would become another kitchen dud, but instead it created a deep apple flavor, a perfectly moist cake, and a not-too-sweet but just-sweet-enough frosting that is best spread thin. Want the recipe?
2 c flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 c sugar
4 tbsp Earth Balance, room temperature
1/2 c + 2-3 tbsp apple butter
2-4 tbsp almond milk
2 tsp vanilla
Preheat the oven to 350º F
-In a bowl, combine the first 7 ingredients (all dry ingredients except sugar)
-In a separate bowl, combine the sugar and Earth Balance, then mix in the apple butter, almond milk, and vanilla
-Add the dry ingredients and gently stir - do not over beat the batter
-Pour the batter into muffin tins and bake 10-15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
While the cupcakes are baking, make the Brown Sugar Frosting
1/2 c brown sugar
3 tbsp Earth Balance
1 tsp vanilla
3 tbsp almond milk
all- purpose flour
-Heat the brown sugar and Earth Balance in a small saucepan or pot over medium heat until the brown sugar is just dissolved, then remove from the heat
-Let the liquid cool slightly and mix in the vanilla and almond milk
-With a beater or mixer, slowly combine the liquid mixture with equal amounts of confectioner's sugar and flour, about 1/4 cup at a time to reach desired consistency and taste
-Adjust the levels of confectioner's sugar to flour to suit your tastes... I had to experiment with this a little to make sure it wasn't too sweet or bland
Assemble the cupcakes once they have cooled, and enjoy!