Cook's Hideout: Basic Vegan Vanilla Cupcake

October 13, 2013

Basic Vegan Vanilla Cupcake

Today's post is for 'Cooking from Cookbook Challenge', an event started by Valli @ Cooking4allSeasons. This basic vegan cupcake is my go-to recipe and I was surprised that I haven't posted it here yet. I have made these a number of times and they have never failed me. Recipe is from 'Vegan Cupcakes take over the World' by Isa Chandra & Terry Hope.
Basic Vegan Vanilla Cupcake
I made these recently for my son's birthday and took pictures to post them. This is a multipurpose, no-nonsense cupcake that is great to bake for birthdays, bake sales and baby showers.
Basic Vegan Vanilla Cupcake
Ingredients: (Makes 12 cupcakes)
All purpose Flour - 1¼cups
Cornstarch - 2tbsp
Baking Powder - ¾tsp
Baking Soda - ½tsp
Salt - ½tsp
Soy Milk - 1cup
Apple cider Vinegar - 1tsp
Canola Oil - 1/3 cup
Sugar - ¾cup
Vanilla extract - 2tsp
Basic Vegan Vanilla Cupcake
Method:
  • Preheat oven to 350°F and line muffin pan with cupcake liners.
  • Whisk soy milk and vinegar in a measuring cup and set aside for a few minutes to curdle.
  • Beat together the soy milk mixture, oil, sugar, vanilla in a large bowl. Sift in the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda and salt and mix until no big lumps remain.
  • Fill cupcake liners 2/3rds of the way full and bake for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Transfer to a cooling rack and let them cool completely before frosting.
Basic Vegan Vanilla Cupcake
For Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting: Recipe adapted from Glorious Eats. What I liked about this recipe is it uses cold cream cheese and almost cold butter that is set outside only for 10 minutes. I think room temperature cream cheese and butter get very soft and the frosting doesn't hold shape unless a lot of powdered sugar is added. So cold works best here. Also don't forget to sift the powdered sugar. It makes a world of difference -- unsifted sugar leads to lumps and not-appealing frosting.
This recipe makes more than enough frosting for 24 cupcakes, so halve the recipe if making for only 12 cupcakes.

Ingredients:
Cream cheese - 1 8oz. package, straight from the fridge
Butter - 1 stick, ½cup, set outside for 10 minutes
Unsweetened Cocoa powder - ½cup, sifted
Confectioners Sugar - 3~4cups, sifted
Vanilla Extract - 1tsp
Milk/ HeavyCream/ Half-n-Half/ Light cream - 1~4tbsp

Method:
  • In a stand mixer or using a hand mixer, beat butter until smooth. Next add cream cheese and beat until combined.
  • Next add the sifted cocoa powder and beat until combined.
  • Add vanilla extract and 3 cups of powdered sugar; beat the mixture until light and fluffy. Add milk or other liquid of choice to get the desired consistency for the frosting. 
  • Use the frosting right away or refrigerate it for later use (frosting can be stored in the fridge for 2~3 days, but may need to be beaten again to get the desired consistency).
Basic Vegan Vanilla Cupcake
Sending these cupcakes over to Valli for her Kid's Delight Party.
Update December 2013: Sending these cupcakes over to Valli's Cake Mela.
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13 comments:

  1. wonderful cupies. such fluffy moist texture. awesome.

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  2. Wow absolutely stunning. .love the mild colour ..very neat.

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  3. Wow Pavani, those cupcakes are real stunners! I guess most of us assume we would have shared our frequently made dishes right..so good that you finally did..:)..Recipe sounds so good..and love that frosting on top..that's such an icing really..:)

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  4. Cupcake looks so cute and wonderful vegan recipe. Bookmarked.....

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  5. Spongy and very cute vegan cupcakes, thanks for this interesting recipe.. Prefectly done.

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  6. I have always been scared to try vegan baking. I have tried eggless and I just like the comfort of knowing there is diary and eggs in my cakes. But I might just take your recommendation and try this cupcake. Looks simple enough. Have you tried substituting apple cider vinegar with plain vinegar? Does it work?

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  7. Awesome cupcakes Pavani..The frosting looks very tempting though I stay away from all kinds of frosting :)

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  8. Awww!!! Cute Cupcakes!!!Loving that icing on top!!! :)

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  9. very veyr spongy and moist cake looks super yumm dear :) love this vegan way !!

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  10. Awesome recipe Pavani and the cakes look really yummy! love the frosting and the little sprinkles you have on the cupcakes.

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  11. Hi
    Do u have a pininterest icon for me to save this ?
    Thanks

    - Rupa

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  12. Hi
    Do u have a pin interest icon for me to save this recipe
    Thanks

    - Rupa

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