green velvet cupcakes.

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A few weeks ago I took my son to see green day, so that called for some GREEN VELVET CUPCAKES!

Basically to make these, take your favorite red velvet cupcakes, and swap out the red food coloring for green!

Make sure to top with cream cheese frosting! 

 

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funfetti cupcakes.

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Nothing says happy birthday like funfetti cupcakes, am I right?? Tomorrow is my birthday, so I thought this recipe was fitting. I actually made these for my co workers birthday last week and they were a hit.
These just might be the most perfect vegan vanilla cake! you can find the recipe over here, these did NOT dissapoint!

I topped mine with vegan cream cheese frosting because its the best!
1/4 cup vegan creme cheese
1/4 cup earth balance
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tpsn vanilla extract

Beat all ingredients with a mixer for a few minutes until light and fluffy.

pumpkin molasses sandwich cookies.

pumpkinPumpkin. Molasses. Cream cheese frosting.
I have died and went to autumn heaven.

2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice (i used a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger)
8 tablespoons earth balance, room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup molasses
2/3 cup pure pumpkin puree
1 liquid egg replacer
1/2 cup granulated sugar, for rolling

For the Filling

1/4 cup tofutti cream cheese
1/4 cup earth balance
3 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions:

For the Cookies

1. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice.

2. Working with a stand mixer, or a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the earth balance on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Add the brown sugar, molasses, and pumpkin puree and beat for 2 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the egg replacer and beat for 1 minute more.

3. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the dry ingredients, mixing until the flour and spices disappear. If flour remains in the bottom of the bowl, mix the last of the dry ingredients by hand to avoid over beating. You will have a very soft dough.

5. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

6. Put the sugar in a small bowl. Working with one packet of dough at a time, divide it into 24 pieces (or use a small cookie scoop), and roll each piece into a ball. Roll the balls in the sugar, then place dough balls on prepared cookie sheets and use a the bottom of a glass to ever-so-gently press down on the cookies. Do not over crowd.

7. Bake the cookies one sheet at a time for 7-9 minutes, or until the top feels set to the touch. Remove baking sheets from the oven. Let cookies cool 5 minutes on the sheets before transferring them to a cooling rack.

8. Repeat with second batch of dough.

For the Filling

1. In a medium bowl with an electric mixer, combine tofutti and earth balance and confectioners’ sugar. Mix on low speed until the sugar is incorporated, increase speed to medium-high and mix for about one minute. Add in vanilla and continue mixing on low speed until vanilla in fully incorporated.

2. To assemble the cookies, pipe or spread the filling on the bottom of one cookie. Top with another cookie and press together gently to create a sandwich cookie. Repeat with remaining cookies.

ginger cookie sandwiches.

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Ginger cookies. yum. One of my favorites for sure, and my love of ginger -baked goods has definitely grown this winter. So when I saw a recipe that turned them into sandwich cookies I knew I was game. Two cookies sandwiched between orange cream cheese frosting; sign me up!

The recipe is adapted from here .These were easily made vegan by subbing earth balance for the butter, and using an egg replacer for the egg. I prefer a cream cheese frosting, so I went that route.

Now, to not eat this whole batch….These did NOT dissapoint. Even the dog wanted in on the action. Found him on top of the kitchen table (all four legs, standing ON TOP of the kitchen table) helping himself to one….

mickey cakes.

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I made these mickey cakes as a surprise for my best friend who will be running the disney marathon next week! She happens to really love mickey, (make sure to click on her link above!) have a birthday this month, and told me yesterday  in a text ” i really love cake.” So here you go!

I also have two toddlers running around my house, so I thought these would impress them as well 🙂

This actually worked out great because I had some leftover frosting from a cake I made recently. It called for more than double the amount of frosting than the actual cake needed. I hate when that happens! The frosting is cream cheese frosting – SO its not necessarily the color of mickey – BUT I happen to have a husband who always buys trader joe-joes, then eats about four of them, leaving an entire box just sitting there.  Soooo, trader joe-joes to the rescue!

I made my usual vegan chocolate cupcake recipe. I just got red and white polka dot cupcake liners from the christmas clearance section at target. I knew these would come in handy! I melted chocolate to dip the “ears” into, for added deliciousness. I scraped the cream out of the joe joes and put them in the vitamix to grind into find crumbs. I frosted each cupcake, dipped it in the cookie crumbs, then stuck the two chocolate covered cookie ears into the cake.

348. gingerbread cupcakes.

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These are my go-to favorite holiday cupcakes! I’m kind of crazy for anything ginger-bread, and these are topped with a fluffly light lemony cream cheese frosting.

The recipe is adapted from vegan cupcakes take over the world.

1 1/4 cups flour (we use half white and half whole wheat)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup molasses
1/2 cup  maple syrup
1/4 cup non-dairy milk
1 tspn ginger
2 Tablespoons soy yogurt

1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk together your dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Set aside.

2) In a large bowl, whisk together the oil, molasses, maple syrup, non-dairy milk, and yogurt, until everything is well blended. Sift in your dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until your batter comes together and is smooth.

3) Divide your batter among your 12 cupcake liners. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until your cake tester comes out clean.

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
1/4 cup tofutti cream cheese
1/4 cup earth balance margarine
2 cups powdered sugarzest from one lemon
squirt of lemon juice
1 tspn vanilla

Beat cream cheese and earth balance together with electric mixer; zest, lemon juice and vanilla; add powdered sugar slowly and mix for about 4-5 minutes until light and fluffy.

158. grasshopper cake.

Happy birthday to my husband today! He requested a grasshopper cake, so here it is!

I used the chocolate cake recipe again, from vegan cupcakes take over the world; this time making it two tiers.
Then I made a double batch of the cream cheese frosting from the same book, adding 1 T of peppermint extract and some green food coloring. I put a bunch of trader joe-joes in the vitamix and made cookie crumbs and put them on the edges. Can’t wait to dig in! Who wants to help us eat this all?

49. cupcakes.

Cupcakes. 4 dozen. all vegan.

chocolate mint, peanut butter and jelly (my favorite!), banana with cream cheese frosting and chocolate with cream cheese frosting,

I make sure my friends have their options.

halloween cupcakes.

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The last of the halloween posts!
Just wanted to share these fun cupcakes I made.

I used the chocolate recipe from vegan cupcakes take over the world, but can also be found here, along with some vegan creme cheese frosting. I decorated with gummy worms, oreos and skittles! (you can uses m&ms or reeses if you arent vegan)

Since you need the filling on the both sides for the owl eyes, thats where the dirt cupcakes came in.
On the left over side that didnt have the filling, i put these in a blender and made “dirt” then dipped the tops of the frosted cupcakes into the oreos – then crammed some gummy worms in there. These were of course, the first cupcakes the kids went to! They love their gummies.

The owl cupcakes, i just split the oreos, placed some skittles for the beak and eyes, (I used frosting to “glue” the eyes down) and spiked up the frosting at the top for ears.

oatmeal chocolate chip cake.

oatmealChocChipCakeOh my goodness. This cake. All I ever want is this cake. Its like an oatmeal creme pie – in cake form. Do I need to say anymore.

The original recipe for this cake came from Tracy, over at shutterbean.com, so I knew it was going to be a good one. I took a stab at veganizing it, and it turned out fantastic!

This is definitely my new go-to dessert! The ladies at book club loved it!

  • 8 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 stick earth balance, cubed-at room temperature
  • egg replacer powder, mixed with water, equivalent to two eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon

for the frosting:

  • 4 tablespoons earth balance, at room temperature
  • 6 oz. tofutti cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375°. Grease a 9″x13″ baking pan.

Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of flour over chocolate chips in a bowl and toss until coated. Set aside.

Heat 1 & 1/4 cups water to boiling. Place the oats and earth balance in a large bowl. Pour boiling water over oat mixture. Wait 30 seconds, then stir to moisten oats and melt the butter. Set aside for 25-30 minutes.

Whisk “eggs”, sugars, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon. Fold in oatmeal, stirring until well combined. Fold in remaining flour, and then stir in chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared pan.

Bake 30 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 30 minutes.

To make the frosting:

Beat earth balance until smooth. Add tofuffti cream cheese and beat until combined. Beat in confectioners’ sugar and vanilla extract until smooth (about 1 minute). Cover bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Spread a thin layer of frosting over cake. Chill for 15 minutes before serving.

Store covered cake in refrigerator for up to 3 days.