11 February 2011

How NOT to Bake Valentine's Cupcakes! (Vegan)


Finally, here it is...my VEGAN Valentine's Cupcake! 
(WATCH THE VIDEO HERE!) 

Yesterday I filmed my first ever cooking/baking vlog and holy moly was it tough!  I don't know how the professionals do it...what if something goes wrong?!  I guess that's why they prepare things in advance!!  This was the first time I attempted this particular recipe, as it's dairy-free and egg-free.  I am not vegan and I still do have some dairy but my fiancé has an intolerance to butter and I wanted to try something new!   


These actually do taste delicious, and are much lighter and better for you than the traditional cupcake however there were a few slip-ups along the way!  (In case you couldn't already tell from the runny frosting...hahaha!)  So here it is folks:

What NOT to do when baking Valentine's Cupcakes:

Open the baking soda so ferociously that you almost spill the entire contents everywhere.

Add salt from a shaker...seriously...this was really dumb!

Let your doggy sniff them (hahaha, greedy little Sina!)

Bake 12 instead of the instructed 18, so that they become impossible to take out of the tin and lose all their little "hats" in the process!

Spill the expensive vanilla extract you bought all over the stove...

Add soy milk to the frosting mix (actually this was the recipe's fault...it makes the frosting too runny!)

Proceed to eat them in the process of frosting them..

What TO do when baking Valentine's Cupcakes:

Use super cute Valentine cases!

Use heart measuring cups and spoons :) 

When spooning mixture, alternate between two spoons letting them stand in a cup full of hot water.
(This ensures it doesn't stick to the spoon!)

Decorate with pink Barbie heart sprinkles :) 

And there you go, that is how you make Vegan Valentine's Cupcakes the Anna Saccone way! :)  It doesn't matter if you make mistakes...in fact it's better if you do because you learn from them!  Also, these cupcakes only have 152 calories (without frosting) each so they really aren't as sinful as regular ones, yippee!  And they taste just as good...I couldn't tell the difference.  Except for the fact that the frosting was runny, the actual cupcakes were moist and springy...and tasted delicious!  Here is the exact recipe I used: 

(Cupcakes)

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 and 1/2 cups almond milk
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar (I used caster sugar)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup coconut oil, warmed until liquid (I used walnut oil)
1 and 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract

1. Preheat the oven to 350 F or 175 C.  Line 2 muffin tins with 18 cupcake cases.
2. In a smaller bowl, measure the apple cider and almond milk into it and leave it to curdle for about 5 minutes.  In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  In the separate smaller bowl, whisk together the almond milk mixture, coconut oil and vanilla.  Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix together until blended.  Spoon evenly into the prepared cases.
3. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the tops spring back when lightly pressed.  Cool in the pan before setting on a wire rack.  When cool, arrange the cupcakes on a serving platter and frost with desired frosting.

(Frosting)

Ingredients:
1 cup soya butter
3 and 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup soy milk (in my opinion this is NOT needed! It will make it too runny!)

Beat everything together until well-combined and fluffy.

Let me know if you try this recipe, and if you do let me know what you think!  Also, if you want to check out the "behind the scenes" of this video and Jonathan's reaction to tasting my cupcakes, click here!

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY! <3

xoxo

24 comments:

  1. mhhh sembrano buonissimi!
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  2. haha I love this! I made Chocolate Brownies yesterday and stuck to the recipe and they are leaking butter still!! Waaay too much butter in them, looks like I need to buy a cupcake recipe book :)! <3

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  3. they look amazing!! so hungry now hahah... im about to go attempt my shortbread cookie recipe for the first time :P i hope i wont have too many mishaps!! will definitely try this next time :)

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  4. I'm gonna try this recipe tomorrow :)
    I'm so glad you posted this even if it didn't turn out to be perfect. Looking at the pictures and reading your comments made me smile,cos it was all so spontaneous! :)
    I wish more people would be like that and focus on being genuine, rather than perfect...which is completely utopic anyway...in my opinion.
    Congratulations on your first cooking/baking video!! :)

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  5. This is awesome!!! BEST BLOG EVER!! I suck at baking :P although I'm a good cook (self-proclaimed) hahaha but baking is a whole different story! You & Jofus are the best & how can i not mention Albi & Sina hugs & kisses x.x.x

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  6. This post is so cute and funny!
    Made my smile :)
    Hope you have a lovely weekend Anna xoxo Roz

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  7. That looks so sweet and yum yum!!
    You are really funny! :D
    Have a great weekend!

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  8. :o))))))))) Great Post.
    <3 <3 <3

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  9. Adorable post, Anna :) They actually turned out looking deliciously yummy! I'll definitely give the vegan recipe a try, as I am not a big fan of regular cupcakes :)

    xx
    Tamuna

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  10. Aww I love this post! They look so yummy, I might have to give this recipe a go one day. I don't think I've ever tried vegan cupcakes before! xo

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  11. aww they look good Anna! Sound good too. I just ordered coconut oil yesterday and tried almond milk for the first time this week. I may have to try these! Can't wait to see the video, you are too funny.

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  12. definitely going to give this a try! I think they look haphazardly cute with the frosting running, perfect's boring! Going to go watch the video for some laughs though after your "DON'Ts" pictures here :)

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  13. lol, so funny! And you look so cute while baking :-)

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  14. che delizia!!! I'm going to this tomorrow for sure!!!

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  15. You are just too cute!!! Your photos are great and the video is fab! Hope you do cooking videos in the future :)

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  16. I can't wait to make these! Thank you for
    showing how! :)

    X

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  17. looks like u had heaps of fun making these!:)

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  18. Excellent post Anna. Loved the vid. Thanks for hosting another blogtv. CHEERS!

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  19. you are too funny! your cupcakes still turned out beautiful! that's really heartbreaking that your fiance has an intolerance to butter! i'm all about paula deen's philosophy - the more butter, the better. good thing for your fiance, is that he has you trying recipes that suit him better

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  20. yummy ! ;)

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  21. aw you're so cute anna! These look delicious :) happy valentine's day!!

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  22. Hi Anna,

    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I made these for my family last night for Valentines Day (using a different icing) and they were a huge success. Everyone, even the non-vegans, loved them.

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