There is nothing better than a delicious cupcake, especially when the frosting makes the cupcake twice as tall. Oh yes – I’m a frosting girl.
Mile high frosting!
So when I was really craving cupcakes, I set off to find a deliciously sweet, yet relatively healthy, cupcake recipe. And what I found did NOT disappoint.
Vegan Mint Chocolate Cupcakes (lightly adapted from http://www.savvyvegetarian.com )
For the Frosting:
Directions: Make your frosting first. Start by melting the chocolate chips. Pour the chocolate into a mixing bowl….
Give me a straw. I'll totally drink this.
…and add the agave nectar, tofu, margarine, mint extract, and coconut oil. Using a mixer, beat on high speed until the mixture is creamy. Gradually beat in the cocoa powder until you reach desired stiffness.
The upside down spoon test
Chill the frosting in the refrigerator while you make your cupcakes. Preheat your oven to 350 and line your muffin tins with foil cupcake liners, or lightly grease the muffin cups. Melt the chocolate chips and set aside. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a blender or food processor, add the melted chocolate, tofu, cocoa powder, agave, vanilla, and mint extract and process until smooth.
Pour the chocolate mixture into the flour mixture and mix into a stiff batter. Spoon the mixture into your cupcake liners, about 1/2 to 3/4 full.
Ready for the oven
Bake for about 15-20 minutes (mine took 17 minutes), or JUST until a knife inserted comes out clean. **Don’t overcook or they will be dry.***
Remove and allow them to cool completely before adding the frosting.
Waiting to be frosted
If your frosting is too thick, add almond milk, 1 T at a time, to thin it out a bit. You want it to be thick but spreadable. I put the frosting into a ziploc bag, cut the corner off, and piped it onto my cupcakes. Then, of course, I topped them with sprinkles.
All dressed up!
Because what is a cupcake without sprinkles?
Sprinkled with love
Even Carter wanted in on the cupcake love-fest.
I don’t usually give him chocolate. But he saw the sprinkles. And just like any child (and his Mommy), he is crazy for sprinkles. Plus, could you say NO to this face?
Nope. Can’t say no to that.
P.S. – Please don’t tell the Hubs that there is tofu in these cupcakes.
Until next time,