Valentine’s Day Red Velvet Cupcakes

February 12, 2011

Red Velvet Crimson Velveteen Cupcake Iced

How about another colorful cupcake for Valentines Day?  By the way, have you made the Pomeranian Pomegranate Cupcakes that I talked about a few days ago?  If not, here’s option #2 for your Valentine’s Day, and it’s another vegan one!

These are actually called Crimson Velveteen Cupcakes (I love the name!) and they’re from Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s book Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World: 75 Dairy-Free Recipes for Cupcakes that Rule. I have several of Isa’s other cookbooks, but I just got this one and these cupcakes are the first thing I’ve baked from it.  This cute little cookbook was named the “Cookbook of the Year” by VegNews.

So, back to the baking.  There was nothing weird in this recipe that required an emergency trip to my favorite little hippie health food store (although that would be dandy with me since I love it there).  Just flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder and soda, soy milk (I used almond), canola oil and flavorings.  It was super easy to whip up, so the recipe wins kudos for that too.

Red Velvet Crimson Velveteen Cupcake Nekkid

I also made the icing recommended for this cupcake, Old Fashioned Velvet Icing.  I can’t say that I’m a fan of it though.  I thought I followed the instructions to the letter, but my icing came out grainy, and I hate to say, it was just a tad weird for me.  Sorry, Isa.  I only iced one cupcake for the photo, and just left the other eleven nekkid.  I’d rather have a nice traditional cream cheese icing on my red velvet cupcakes, so I’ll try that the next time I bake these.

And I will bake these again.  They were easy, inexpensive, pretty, and most important of all: delicious and moist!  Run out and buy Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, or use the Crimson Velveteen Cupcakes recipe I found online, but do make these cupcakes!

Red Velvet Crimson Velveteen Cupcake Bite

Happy Valentine’s Day!


~BigSis

4 Comments so far

  1. Posted by Mama Kelly aka Jia

    February 12, 201110:22 pm

    I just made my first batch of vegan cupcakes today and I am hooked. My reward for my kitchen labors is the VCTOTW book so I can make more varieties like the one you share here.

  2. Posted by BigSis

    February 13, 20119:35 am

    Congratulations, Mama Kelly! It’s a little intimidating at first to think of baking without eggs, but once you get going, it’s really easy. Thanks for your comment, and Happy Valentine’s Day!

  3. Posted by Kris Lecakes Haley

    March 14, 20114:59 am

    VCTOTW is THE BEST. This book answers the eternal question: “If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have ONE recipe book, which one would it be.”

    No-brainer. Hands down, Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World!

  4. Posted by BigSis

    March 14, 20118:04 pm

    Hi, Kris! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a comment! I love this cookbook and can’t wait to bake more from it. My co-workers sometimes turn their noses up at the *idea* of vegan baking, so these cupcakes lasted more than week, but they were delicious to the very last day. They were moist and tasty, and I will definitely bake them again!

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