Monday, October 01, 2012

MOFO 2012, Day 1!


My actual mofo theme/idea is to show my meals as I ease away from the vegan junk I've been eating and move towards eating real whole foods.

Now I know that I need a great first post to reel people in. Last year I had smoothies and juices - this year? This year I have cupcakes.

Here are some lemon cupcakes with lemon frosting and blueberry filling:



Here are some orange cupcakes with orange frosting and a vanilla center:


Here are some vanilla cupcakes with chocolate frosting I made for my dad's birthday:


Here are some red velvets I made for a school bake sale:


and here are some vanilla cupcakes with vanilla frosting (the sprinkles inside aren't vegan but I'm pretty sure I'm the only vegan who would be shopping at the school bake sale):


Here are some marble cupcakes I frosted with leftover frosting in vanilla, chocolate, and orange:


Mostly they are gluten-y cupcakes, but I went through VCTOTW and took a few favorite recipes and I divided them into quarters so I could make only 3 cupcakes at a time - that way if I freak out and eat a whole batch, the whole batch is only 3 cupcakes. It's a start, right? Not only did I divide them into quarters, but I made the crimson velveteen cupcakes (red velvet) into gluten free cupcakes! With permission from Isa and Terry I am posting their original recipe with the modifications I made to it.

Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World

Crimson Velveteen Cupcakes 
(makes 3 cupcakes)

1/4 cup milk + 1/4 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tbsp canola oil
1/2 tbsp red dye
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/16 tsp almond extract

1 tbsp tapioca flour
2 tbsp chickpea flour
2 tbsp brown rice flour
1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
1/8 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 tsp xanthum gum

Directions, the quick version :) Preheat oven to 350ยบ. Mix the vinegar into the milk and set aside for a few minutes to let it curdle. Combine the sugar, oil, red dye, and extracts into a bowl and then add the milk/vinegar mixture. Sift in the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Bake for 20 minutes and check for doneness (you can put a fork or a toothpick in and see if it comes out clean, but I find you can tell by touching the top). Let cool and frost as desired. 

Here are 3 gluten free red velvet cupcakes and 3 gluten free gingerbread cupcakes. I made the same flour substitutions for both, but for the gingerbread I added the xanthum gum earlier and let the whole thing sit longer before I baked it - the batter was noticeably thicker when I put it in the liners. They seemed too thick but they were actually still pretty great, though they were denser than the red velvets.



Lauren said...


Ruskin Days downunder said...

Wow, you did that 'cupcake centre' thing! That's too high tech for me, but looks damn impressive!

Sarah said...

Ruskin it's really pretty easy! Isa and Terry say to just stick your finger in the middle of the cake and drop stuff in. My new way is to use a wilton decorating bag ( and a filling tip (#230

Sarah said...

Okay, that wasn't too helpful - I'll go work on a new post.

Kelly said...

Cupcakes!! Those lemon blueberry ones look amazing.

Carrie said...


You have such pretty piping skills!

Kittee Bee Berns said...

I feel cheap cuz the whole cupake thing totally worked on me.



P.S. Ditch the captcha during mofo and you'll get more comments!

Sarah said...

Thanks everyone!

Kittee - Vegans are easy, it's okay! xoxo and thanks! I sort of forgot it was on - I think I turned it off now . . .

Dawn said...

Yum!! I want velveteen cupcakes. I could make them from your recipe, but you could make them for me ;)

Sarah said...

I could make them for you but I'd eat them first ;) Also, my house is totally soy-tainted. Mmm, soy.

Emily said...

This is basically frosting porn. Mmmmm frosting.

Sarah said...

Mmm indeed! Tubs of frosting are partly why I was a fat kid. Chocolate frosting is my crack.

Monique a.k.a. Mo said...

These look so freaking good, Sarah! I think a large part of the reason I don't bake as much anymore is because I have no way of disposing of the stuff. So, I essentially end up eating most of it. Haha.

xvavaveganx said...

OMG your cupcakes are so beautiful!! You definitely caught me, that's for sure! I like your method of only baking 3 at a time... I usually just bake and give it away :)