Vegan vanilla cupcakes with raspberry icing

Vegan vanilla cupcakes

Makes 16 cupcakes

Ingredients:

For the Cake

250g plain flour
3tsp baking powder
200g sugar
75ml oil
250ml soya milk
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
3 tsp vanilla essence

For the icing

100g vegan margarine
150g icing sugar
1 handful of raspberries

Method:

For the cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 180c
  2. Pour the soya milk into a jug and add the cider vinegar, set aside to curdle
  3. Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl
  4. Add the sugar and mix well
  5. Put 16 cupcake cases in a muffin tray
  6. Pour the jug of milk/cider vinegar, the oil and vanilla essence into the flour and mix well until incorporated. Don’t overmix.
  7. Divide the mixture equally between the cupcake cases (they should be 3/4 full as they will rise)
  8. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes (the cupcakes will be ready when a toothpick comes out clean or when it springs back when touched)
  9. Take the cupcakes out of the tray and leave to cool for 30/40 minutes on a cooling rack before icing

For the icing

  1. In a blender, put the vegan margarine, icing sugar and a handful of raspberry (or you could use another berry) and blend until you have a thick paste
  2. Put the icing on the cupcakes, then eat and enjoy!

Engagement party

A few days ago I had an engagement party which I used as an excuse to try out new recipes on willing guinea pigs. Also I wanted a party.

Here are a few pictures of the yummy food I made (along with the help of my brilliant housemates):

Sweet treats

I made:
Chocolate cake
Apple crumble cake
Rocky road
Lemon biscuits
Banana muffins

Obviously the food was all vegan, and all yummy! I also made a loaf of white bread with thyme and lots and lots of falafel, recipes to follow soon, so keep an eye out for them!

White bread with thyme

Falafel

 

 

 

 

 

 

The food (especially the cakes) disappeared almost as quickly as the wine…..

Vegan apple crumble cake

Vegan apple crumble cake

Ingredients:

For the dough (and crumbles on top)

300g flour
100g sugar
200g margarine
1 small banana

For the filling

8 apples (preferably gala)
3 tbsp sugar
1/2 – 1 tsp cinnamon

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180c
  2. Take a 28cm/11″ round tin and grease it with vegan margarine
  3. Mash a banana in a little bowl (the banana shouldn’t be too ripe because it is used to bind the dough, so it shouldn’t taste too much like bananas)
  4. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, margarine and mashed banana until you have a firm dough
  5. Take 3/4 of the dough and line the baking tin with it, on the bottom and the sides (only half way up the sides)
  6. Using a fork, poke some holes in the dough, then bake the dough in the oven for 5 – 8 minutes
  7. Peel, core and slice the apples and put them into a saucepan, then add some water (enough to cover), 3 tbsp sugar and 1/2 – 1 tsp cinnamon (depending on taste)
  8. Stir it continuously until the apple rise top and the apples start to go a bit mushy
  9. Put the stewed apples onto the dough, spread it evenly, then use the rest of the dough to make crumbs, and spread them on top of the apples on the cake
  10. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes (until the crumbs and the sides are golden brown)
  11. Eat and enjoy!

The best vegan chocolate cake

Ultimate vegan chocolate cake

This is a big claim to make I know, but honestly, this cake is glorious. After numerous chocolate cake failures (see here) I have managed to make the most delicious chocolate cake ever. I made it for my engagement party (I’ll post more about that soon with pictures of the yummy things I baked) and everybody loved it. It’s quite sweet, so be warned, but its a great cake for parties (people will be very impressed when you tell them it’s vegan!)

Ingredients:

For the cake

250g/9oz plain flour
250g/9oz sugar
3tsp baking powder
75ml oil
75g/2.5oz cocoa powder
250ml soya milk
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
2 tsp vanilla essence

For the icing

100g/3.5oz vegan margarine
125g/4.5oz icing sugar
25g/1oz cocoa powder

Method:

For the cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 180c/350f
  2. Pour the soya milk into a jug and add the cider vinegar, set aside to curdle
  3. Sift the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder into a large bowl
  4. Add the sugar and mix well
  5. Line a 23cm/9′ tin (it will work with a slightly bigger tin but NOT with a smaller one as the middle will collapse
  6. Pour the jug of milk/cider vinegar/oil and vanilla essence into the flour and mix well until incorporated. Don’t overmix.
  7. Bake for 25 – 35 minutes (the cake will be ready when a toothpick comes out clean or when it springs back when touched)
  8. Let the cakes cool in the tin for 20 minutes before taking them out of the tin
  9. Leave to cool for another 30/40 minutes before icing

For the icing

  1. Combine the vegan margarine and icing sugar
  2. Add the cocoa powder and beat until smooth
  3. Put the icing on the cake, eat and enjoy!