Aug 20, 2010

Red Velvet Cupcakes Take Over My Kitchen

Made some vegan red velvet cupcakes for my dragon boat team one night, unfortunately it was topped with non-vegan buttcream and caramel drizzle but still tasted amazing!

Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes
Adapted recipe from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World

1 cup soy milk
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 1/4 cups gluten-free flour mix
1 cup organic granulated sugar
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup canola oil
1-2 tbsp red food coloring, or 10-12 drops of a concentrated food coloring like AmeriColor
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp coconut extract

1. Preheat oven to 350 F and line 1-2 muffin tins with cupcake liners.
2. Whisk together the soy milk and vinegar and set aside to curdle.
3. Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl and mix.
4. Add the oil, food coloring, vanilla extract and coconut extract to the curdled soy milk. Whisk well to combine.
5. Gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, mixing well.
6. Fill each cupcake about 3/4 of the way full.
7. Bake for about 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out dry.

Topping: Vanilla buttercream icing (nope, it wasn't vegan, just had to use up what I had around the house) and caramel drizzled on top.

Where is the World is Sarah-Lyn?...

Right about now I am probably about to board my flight to Mozambique where I will be working as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, building houses alongside people who need a decent, affordable place to live.

As many of my good friends and family know I will be away from August 20th to September 2nd volunteering in Africa and sooooooooooo excited to have this experience again.  This will be my second Habitat trip.  In 2008 I traveled to Honduras to build with a team and it was just amazing.  I highly recommend an experience like this for anyone who can do it, do it!

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  1. Yummm. My school took us dragon boating once for gym class...the thunderstorm started right as we got out on the river =P

  2. These look fab vegan or not I love Red Velvet x

  3. You are sooo lucky to do this!! Maybe i will be a volunteer in Madagascar next summer but i don't know... i'm afraid to do this with nobody i know. None of my friends are really intrested in spending the summer to build a school or something... (i'm sorry for my english but i'm swiss. plus it's pretty late here in switzerland :) ) i have to say that i love your blog and i find your cupcakes amazing! So beautiful! Mine always have the top too round (like a muffin) so it's difficult to top them....Thank you for all these recipes =)

  4. Thank you so much Julie for the comments!

    You can totally do Habitat, anyone can, as long as you can find the time and money ... it's an amazing experience that I highly recommend to try!

    I always sign up alone but you join a group when you arrive to the country of your choice and you meet others like you, some amazing people who you can build long lasting friendships with around the world!

    Hope that helps :)