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December 13, 2007

suzanne’s vegan cupcakes
posted by soe 4:01 am

Last Friday, our office held a belated shower and vegan potluck lunch to celebrate my friend Suzanne‘s recent wedding. My friend Sarah and I had oohed and aahed over the knitting-themed cupcakes that made the rounds of the blogosphere over the summer and decided this was a perfect chance for us to try them out.

I admit, I totally had the easy end of things: I was in charge of making the cupcakes and the frosting. Sarah is artsy and has delicate hands and she offered to play with the marzipan. All in all, we estimated that it probably took us about the same amount of time to complete our tasks.

My first challenge ended up being the easier of the two. What recipe did I want to use for the cupcakes. We were limited by the fact that I didn’t start the process until after midnight, so it was definitely preferable that I have all ingredients on hand. And I knew I wanted chocolate. Finally, after an exhaustive web search, I decided on Joss’ Vegan Cupcakes, which I tripled. The batter tasted good and I felt very optimistic for the next day. I finished baking the last batch and let them cool overnight.

In the morning, I still needed to find a frosting. I wasn’t thrilled with any that I found, but eventually started to run out of time and opted for Very Chocolatey Frosting. The problem? When I mixed it all up, it dripped from the beaters. Clearly that wasn’t going to work.

Now, I admit, I don’t usually make chocolate frosting. In fact, I really only use Mum’s buttercream recipe. So I wasn’t positive what I should add to fix the problem. Clearly solids. But which ones? First I tried a tablespoon or so of powdered sugar. Not enough. But I feared making it too sweet, especially since Earth Balance shortening already has a tendency to make baked goods taste negatively sweet. So I poured in more cocoa. And I kept pouring. By the time the frosting reached a consistency I was happy with, it was probably nearly 3/4 cup more. This allowed me to frost the cake, but did add a granular texture to the frosting that I wasn’t thrilled with. But it was fine, so I was happy enough.

Sarah decorates the cupcakesI took them into the office, where Sarah performed her magic, adding tiny marzipan scarves (both finished and in progress) and yarn balls to the baked goods. WIPs were on tiny toothpick needles. Some of the scarves were multi-colored.

Sarah had spent hours the night before playing with almond paste and food coloring, rolling and notching and arranging. You could see immediately how lovely and delicate the decorations were — and people flipped over them. Really they were magnificent.

Here is a closer look at Sarah’s handicraft:

knit cupcakes

(All photography is Suzanne’s. After all that work and that little sleep, I forgot my camera at home…)

Category: life -- uncategorized. There is/are 6 Comments.

brilliant! sarah’s work is amazing, and your cupcakes look delicious. i’m so jealous of suzanne.

Comment by jen 12.13.07 @ 4:53 am

They look awesome!! Yum, cupcakes!

I really rec this cupcake cookbook if you ever think you’ll need to make vegan cupcakes again – Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World – SO GOOD!

Comment by Jenn 12.13.07 @ 6:16 am

I don’t think I could eat cupcakes that are so pretty. Looks like you both did a great job!

Comment by Sarah 12.13.07 @ 8:15 am

They look fantastic. Did they taste as good as they look?

You might want to try and pick up a copy of the Joy of Vegan Baking. I am still working my way through it. And there is the Vegan Cupcake Book which is fantastic.

Comment by Mia 12.13.07 @ 1:27 pm

They were amazing!! Thank you for the yummy knitting goodness.

Comment by suzanne 12.14.07 @ 12:43 pm

in a word: wow.

Comment by ejbro 12.16.07 @ 1:46 pm