Happy Herbivore Blog

December 17, 2010

Fat-Free (Chocolate) Holiday Cupcakes (Vegan)

Hi Herbies! Thanks so much for all the support and congratulations yesterday! I was touched by all of the comments left on this blog, facebook--and that were sent in through twitter. It really does mean the world to me to have your love and support!

In case you missed the update: The Director of Food & Beverage, the Executive Chef and the Sous Chef all really enjoyed the food I provided and approved my menus!!

Now--on to the cupcakes!

These cupcakes come from my cookbook and I just love making them around the Holidays. Since they're chocolate cupcakes, they're a natural crowd pleaser, despite being a healthy option. 

That's right my friends! These cupcakes have no added fat--and they're whole wheat!

I had hoped to make some yesterday myself--but I ran out of time (they're on the agenda for today, though!) so I snatched some pictures from Google Images. Do a search for "Christmas Cupcakes" and be inspired by gorgeous cupcake artwork! 

Me? I usually make mine look like this: 

Low Fat Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

1/4 c. unsweetened applesauce
1/2 c. raw sugar
1 c. chocolate nondairy milk (or plain)
1 tsp mint extract (or vanilla)
1 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 c. unsweetened cocoa
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips

Directions: Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease muffin tin or spray paper liners with cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine applesauce, sugar, nondairy milk and extract. In another bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt together. Add flour mixture to wet mixture in 3 to 4 batches, until almost combined. Add chips and stir until just combined. Spoon batter into cups 3/4 full and bake 15-25 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the icing. Combine 1 cup confectioners sugar with a few drops of food coloring, 1/4 tsp vanilla or mint extract and a splash of plain nondairy milk or water, and mix until a nice paste-like icing results. (Add more sugar for thickness, more liquid to thin it out) Adjust food coloring. Once cupcakes are cool, slather icing and garnish with holiday candy.

[Images from Bakerella and The Cake List]

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