March 16, 2010
Happy St Patrick’s Day! LilSis and I are only 1/4 Irish at the most, so we can’t really claim this holiday as our own, but it’s a pretty fun little holiday anyway! There are no responsibilities or expectations; it’s just about the wearing o’ the green, eating food you probably wouldn’t eat every day like corned beef and cabbage (I’ll pass), and having fun. Oh, and green beer works its way into the celebration more often than not! And do you remember when McDonald’s used to have green vanilla milkshakes on St Patrick’s Day?
I’m determined to find a delicious way to bake without using eggs and dairy, and I’m encouraged by my success so far with my favorite Pumpkin Bread and the Banana-Wheat Germ Muffins I made recently. Getting braver, I decided it was time to be a big vegan girl and try something a little trickier…cake! With St Patrick’s Day coming up, I had the perfect excuse to bake!
I found this recipe for vanilla cupcakes on VegNews.com and was intrigued! The amount of lemon juice and apple cider vinegar sounded very acidic, and I wasn’t sure about 100% whole wheat pastry flour in cake. My rule for a brand new recipe is always to follow it precisely the first go-round though, so that’s what I did.
How’d the cupcakes come out? My first thought was that they could benefit from a bit less sugar, and perhaps 25% to 50% all purpose flour in place of some of the whole wheat pastry flour. They were pretty coarse in texture, and maybe a bit more like dense muffins than cake.
I took these to my test subjects at the office, and got a variety of reactions:
- A laugh and a shake of the head followed by a brisk/frantic walk away from the untouched cupcakes.
- Silence after eating one. Dead silence. Still silent.
- “It’s really good, but I like things that taste like they’re healthy”.
- ” That cake will take some getting used to but I like the frosting”.
- “Well, they look good.”
I’m convinced that there is a tasty vegan cake recipe out there; actually, I’m sure there are several. Is this cupcake one of them? Mmmm, nah. But it’s not bad. And when you’re vegan, maybe “not bad cake” is better than no cake at all?