|Strawberry Celebration Cupcakes|
My daughter's Name Day usually lands during Lent, so we wanted a special but vegan dessert for her. And, of course, it had to be pink. And Strawberry : )
These cupcakes are very easy, as you make them from your own homemade mix, and the cake is made all in one bowl. And since Strawberries are seasonal in Springtime, this is a perfect Springtime treat.
And, once you have the mix made, it's ready to go so you can make 7 different Vegan Cookies with no hassle (Scroll down for more details on that).
Strawberry Celebration Cupcakes
Prepare 1/2 cup finely minced Fresh Strawberries (I hull them and pulse them in the food processor)
2 1/2 cups Stuffed Veggies' Vegan Cookie Mix *
1 Tablespoon Tapioca Starch (Arrowroot Powder is also good, Cornstarch acceptable substitute)
Then add all of the following, and stir till all the lumps are gone
1 cup Water
1/3 Cup Light Flavoured Oil (I use Sunflower)
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract (that's not a typo)
1/2 cup minced strawberries, above
Fill 12 muffin cups (paper liners are nice, but unnecessary). I use about 1/4 cup batter per cupcake.
Bake at 350degrees Fahrenheit, for 35 to 40 minutes, till light golden brown, and a toothpick comes out clean.
Cool Completely before Frosting
Strawberry Celebration Frosting
Using a hand mixer, blend
1/4 cup Vegan Margarine such as Earth Balance (or your other favorite fat that is solid at room temp.)
1/4 cup pureed Fresh Strawberries (I do this in the food processor)
Gradually mix in, 1/2 cup at a time, until frosting-like
2 to 3 cups powdered sugar
(If you find you've added too much sugar, a little more Strawberry Puree or nondairy milk may be used to thin it back down)
Frost Cupcakes when they're cool.
If you use a slice of strawberry to garnish (as I did) serve them immediately, or the strawberry will begin to weep juices on top of the cupcake (ask me how I know!). You could of course use other garnishes such as Jordan Almonds or Jellybeans, etc.
I got a pastry bag with tips from the dollar store to make the fancy swirl design.
* This mix also makes all of the following - which also might add to your celebration:
From Vegan Cookie Mix
Vegan Brownie Snowball Cookies
Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
Vegan Gingerbread Crunch Cookies
Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies
Vegan Russian Teacakes ( Vegan Mexican Wedding Cakes )
Vegan Slice and Bake Sugar Cookies
Vegan Thumbprint Cookies
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