Thursday, November 03, 2011

Vegan Vanilla and Agave Nectar Cupcakes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World

This Sunday was supposed to have been my very first vegan bake sale at a local fair called the Sunday Soul Sante. I kept putting off the registering because of sheer laziness and procrastination but then a fellow vegan who makes delicious cheezes out of nuts and tofu very kindly offered to split her stall with me. It was just the push I needed. But yesterday when I called her to confirm, she said that the Sante had been postponed because of the rains. The new date hasn't been fixed yet and it might be a couple of weeks at least before I know.

But in a way it's a good thing that it's not this weekend because now I can relax and prepare. Try a few new recipes, buy ingredients in bulk and get the packaging details organized. I know that cakes and cookies wrapped in cellophane with a little ribbon look adorable but I'm really looking for a more environmentally friendly option.

Since I was all agog with the idea of baking this week, I decided to go ahead and make something special yesterday. So I broke out my copy of Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World.

Vegan Vanilla and Agave Nectar Cupcakes

I bought this book over a year ago and have truly enjoyed reading it over and over again. The writing style is so amusing and the cupcake photos are TDF! However, I hadn't gotten around to baking anything from it because my older 12 cup nonstick pan doesn't fit into my current oven. But a few weeks ago I treated myself to a 9 cup pan (shiny aluminum, as recommended in the book) and had been really looking forward to taking it for a spin. And finally yesterday it happened. :) I decided to make the Simple Vanilla and Agave Nectar Cupcakes from page 44 of VCTOTW.

This is my first time baking cupcakes with a proper cupcake recipe. In the past I've just used plain yellow cake and brownie batter to make cupcakes. I must say that when using a proper cupcake recipe, the difference in texture is stark!! I was simply blown away by the sponginess and perfect crumb. I *finally* understand what the big deal is with cupcakes as compared to a slice of regular cake. LOL

Needless to say, my baking is going to involve only cupcakes for a while.

Vegan Vanilla and Agave Nectar Cupcakes

I frosted these cupcakes with Vegan Fluffy Buttercream Frosting from page 142. Thanks to a very generous friend of mine, I had some delicious vegan margarine from Australia in my fridge and I also had some non hydrogenated Earth Balance shortening remaining from last year's stock. So I used them and modified the recipe slightly by replacing the soymilk/creamer with cold espresso.

I sprinkled the frosting with dark chocolate shavings, instant coffee granules and drizzled on some liquified chocolate rum ganache. Finally I topped each cupcake with a dark chocolate chunk.

My very first cupcake decorating attempt and it was so much fun! :)

Something crazy happened too. I'd left the cupcake on the window sill and had stepped away for a moment but when I returned, the cupcake had disappeared. I checked the hidden camera and my jaw dropped as I watched the hijack!


  1. haha get ready to get addicted. I wanted to bake nothing but cupcakes when i got that book! Yours look fab.

  2. HAHA!! That video was soooo clever and cute! I love it. If you are now going to be making tons of cupcakes, might I suggest sharing them? Especially with me :) wink wink

  3. Yummmmmm. You did a beautiful job with the frosting! Those look so amazingly good.

    For six or seven months after I got VCTOTW, I would go to a friend's house once a week and bake cupcakes. It was a good time in all of our lives. A good, cupcakey time.

  4. They look absolutely gorgeous!

  5. The cupcakes look soooo yummy! Wish I could get my frosting to look that good. I love this cookbook! I've made several recipes and all are awesome- except for the chai latte. I've tried to make the chai latte cupcakes 3 times and all have failed- not sure why:( Otherwise, much recommended cookbook.

  6. love that hijack... i'd do the same thing if i was every close to one! there might be a big nasty fight between me..the cute mini monsters, and the crow on the window sill!!:))

    Richa @ Hobby And More Food Blog

  7. What luck that you happened to have your secret camera up to catch those cupcake robbers! Those cupcakes look amazing! I just received VCTOTW recently as a gift. I need to crack that book open and get started!

  8. Thanks for the heads up Sal. LOL

    Cara, come on over. What are cupcakes if not for sharing? :)

    Coldandsleepy, wow that sounds like so much fun!! I need to find a friend to do that with here.

    Thanks Emma. :)

    Hope, you're too kind. Compared to the amazing frosting art in the book mine is nothing.

    Richa, now I'd like to get a video of that! :D

    Cadry, what an awesome gift to get! Enjoy your cupcake-ing adventures. :)

  9. Oh man all my buddies are here at your house having a party...I'm sorry I'm late. I lovvve those agave cupcakes. Those are one of my faves from that terrific book. More claymation, More claymation. At least you got those thieves on tape.
    You are ridiculously talented.xo

  10. Oho! I should have known that they were YOUR minions hijacking my cupcake GiGi!!

  11. :) Actually I think they were Cara's.

  12. The cupcakes turned out so perfect looking! I could totally go for one of those right now. Mmmmm... :)

  13. GiGi, you're probably right that they're not your minions. Why would the baked goods queen of Veganville need to steal??! And they aren't Cara's guys either because she nicely asked for a share. So now the mystery is... whose minions are these guys?