This cupcake was a bit frustrating. Mostly because it ends up that mine isn’t completely vegan. Cupcake vegan. Buttercream not…just barely. It turns out if I had bought the unsalted version of the margarin I used, it would be all good. Whatever, I don’t get it. That is why I am NOT a vegan. The thing that really chaps my hide is that I could have used Crisco (not healthy but vegan) that I already had at home. I even use vegan margarine as a spread at home (who knew?) but it is in the tub and wouldn’t hold together for the buttercream (I figured that one out the hard way).
Whatever, my vegan friends. I gave it my best effort. I know LOTS more for next time. I also wanted to give it my best effort because I have a couple of acquaintances that I see twice a week that are doing a 30 day vegan cleanse. I would’ve liked to have been able to offer them a treat or two. I have made Joy’s Vegan Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies and I really, really LOVED them and no one knew they were vegan until I told them so that is why I didn’t want to cheat and add any butter or eggs or anything to any part of the recipe.
First off, the cupcake itself was fantastic. I don’t know if the avocado was calling to the Mexican in me but I have never wanted to add cinnamon to a cupcake so much as I did during this recipe. I was seriously restraining myself. Maybe next time. And there WILL be a next time. I have chocolate cake recipes that I use for cupcakes that are great cakes but leave the cupcakes flat and kind of sad. These puffed up all pretty, just waiting to be eaten. They tasted great too! I know the magic Joy can work and she certainly did it here.
On to my failure of a vegan buttercream…
So I did first try it with my vegan spread but once I added my almond milk (instead of soy as in the original recipe), it all fell apart. I really should have just left it out and I do think it would have worked. I don’t know. With the margarine, it was simple and foolproof. It tasted fantastic too. I dare say the flavor profile is that of her Best Chocolate Buttercream Frosting. One thing that is missing though, is a pinch of salt. I didn’t add it to my second attempt because I had bought the “original” salted margarine and I thought I wouldn’t need it. I don’t want to say I was wrong because some people don’t like it but I like salt in all of my sweets and particularly chocolate. A pinch would have been perfect.
To end on a good note, the kids couldn’t tell the difference and my son stuffed two down his throat in less than 15 minutes. I would say that was a success! And as per usual with this series, if you want the recipe, buy the book!
I do have a GeekyLink this week that I think is pretty awesome. Space is friggin awesome. Space travel is even more awesome and now it might be easier (eventually)!