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When the going gets tough, the tough get vegan

August 9, 2010 · 105 comments

I’m a believer in the Like Water For Chocolate phenomenon. By this, I mean that your mental state of mind when cooking can be carried through in the food you produce. Baking after your football team has just won and you’ve received a surprise package in the mail will produce a cake that is more enjoyable to eat than one you baked while thinking about your property manager as you spend a second day with no hot water and your multiple phone calls unanswered.

(Let’s for the moment gloss over the passionate quail dish that resulted in a scene in the novel that in turn resulted in a scene in our English Lit class of girls snickering into their books)

It is therefore quite remarkable that my latest cupcakes turned out at all, let alone turned my baking world upside down. You see, I had no faith in them. It didn’t matter that the recipe they are adapted from was spruiked by Mr. P of Delicious Delicious Delicious nor the recipe that he adapted his from was so well presented on Let Her Bake Cake. The recipe just didn’t make sense and seemed doomed to failure.

I mean, no butter? No eggs? No milk?

See? Not an egg to be found.

I can only think that my lack of faith was offset by my desire for these to work. The one-bowl-and-a-whisk method appealed to my inner sloth, and the el cheapo list of ingredients appealed to the sloth’s tightarseness.

It is thought that the original cake recipe comes from either the tough times of WWII or during the Great Depression when rationing or simply a lack of money meant butter, eggs and milk were luxury items. Whilst these days such items are readily found in most bakers’ kitchens, the recipe has found a new incarnation as a vegan cake recipe in addition to being a cake for tightarse sloths.

I tweaked Mr. P’s version of the recipe from spiced chocolate cupcakes to a choc-orange recipe. If you’d rather not have the orange component then simply omit the orange zest and use 300mL water instead of the water and juice. I think next time I make these I’ll up the cocoa content slightly so you may also want to do this. In fact, the recipe seems delightfully tweakable – add whatever spices or flavourings you like, and play around with the 300mL liquid.

No, I see no teethmarks

Mr. P served his spiced cupcakes with a spiced cream cheese frosting but I used the vegan alternative he suggested. At first I tried to make this using Nuttelex spread. Do not do this. Do not even entertain the thought. The resulting frosting had such a pervasive wrong taste to it that no amount of free pouring of vanilla extract or ground cinnamon could cut through. I then found some soy butter and tentatively tried again, this time with delicious results.

The cake itself is super moist and soft with a great crumb. The chocolate flavour was a little muted with the spiciness of the icing taking over a little, but the orange managed to bust through quite nicely. I’m seriously blown away by this recipe. I think it may even have become my go-to chocolate cake recipe, given the great results you can get from minimal outlay of money and energy.

One thing is for sure – these babies are definitely making an appearance at my Cupcake Day for the RSPCA sale next Monday. Yep, am pushing myself a little more this year and offering vegan and gluten-free options so really the only excuse you can have for not coming to indulge is if you have diabetes, in which case I’m terribly sorry for showing you these photos.

I’ll be selling my wares at UWA from 3pm Monday 16th, so if you’re interested in coming along just get in touch with me and I’ll give you more details. If you can’t get along, I strongly suggest you give this recipe a crack yourself. Just don’t go adding any passion inducing rose blossoms to the mix unless you’re in the mood for setting a shower block on fire and riding off naked into the sunset with a Mexican revolutionary soldier.

(P.S. – this recipe will forever be known as the one that finally inspired my housemate to comment on a post. Such is the power of these cupcakes)

Choc-orange Vegan Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 225 g plain flour
  • 150 g caster sugar
  • 35 g cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 75 ml vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar (I used apple cider vinegar)
  • zest of 1 orange
  • juice of the orange and then enough water to make up 300ml liquid (my juicy orange had around 150mL juice in his belly)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C and line a 12 hole cupcake tin with cupcake papers.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl using a whisk.
  3. Add everything else to the bowl and whisk to create a smooth batter. Do not over-work the mix.
  4. Fill the cupcake papers around 3/4 full with the mix. You may find it easier to do this by first pouring the mix into a jug.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes until a skewer inserted in the centre of a cupcake comes out clean.
  6. Immediately remove cupcakes from pan and cool on wire rack. Allow to cool completely before icing.

Impatiently cooling cupcakes await their icing coats

Dairy-free Spiced Icing

Ingredients

  • 100 g soy butter (I used Kingsland brand)
  • 250 g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp allspice

Method

  1. Mix everything together with a wooden spoon until smooth, then pipe or spread onto cupcakes. Super easy and delicious!

The icing makes me think of hair, but in a tasty way.

Step 7. Photograph a half-eaten one while eating another behind the camera

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Hannah August 9, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Oooh, me likey! (Apart from the orange part, but as you say I can do my own flavour twist with these.) I’m such a fan of simple-to-make, tasty-to-devour baked goods at the moment. And dairy-free – woot! Somehow, though, I can foresee myself lazily option out of the frosting and instead eating these spread with almond butter :)
Hannah´s last blog post ..Flint in the Vines at Shaw Valley Vineyards- or Celebrating My Grandma

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Conor August 9, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Hannah I was totally thinking of you when I made these. No, I don’t think this recipe is entirely suited to crazy girls who knock back shots of orange essential oil, but you should totally make a Hannah version. Seriously, this recipe is awesome.

Almond butter is a perfect idea! Peanut butter too. Or Nutella. OK will stop now..

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Hannah August 9, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Well, that just made my day, didn’t it? :D If only I hadn’t just baked 18 muffins this morning, 15 of which are taking up space in my freezer. (What happened to the other 3, you might ask? Erm. They got liberated from holding together molecularly.)

I’m thinking water/soy milk with chilli, cinnamon, mixed spice… or OMG, the normal batter with a dollop of dulce de leche in the middle…
Hannah´s last blog post ..Flint in the Vines at Shaw Valley Vineyards- or Celebrating My Grandma

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Conor August 9, 2010 at 3:29 pm

I’m glad I’m not the only one to have liberated three things (in my case, gluten-free carrot cupcakes) this morning. Should we make it four?

Yes yes yes! Do it!

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Ellie (Almost Bourdain) August 9, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Always love chocolate with orange! Your cupcakes look delicious!
Ellie (Almost Bourdain)´s last blog post ..Deep-Fried Dumplings – Wantons

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Conor August 9, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Thanks Ellie! Most people seem keen on this flavour combo (except people like Hannah who have murky childhood histories riddled with stories of skolling orange flavouring) so it seems like a real winner. It’s a winner for you and I in any case :D

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panamahat August 9, 2010 at 1:51 pm

ok, I admit, I am tempted. My one reservation is the 75ml of vegetable oil. I hate the taste of oil in a muffin/cake/cupcake and I can spot it a mile off. How does your recipe get around this??

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Conor August 9, 2010 at 2:17 pm

Ooh, I’m glad I’ve gotten far enough with this to tempt you. Let’s see if I can push you over the edge…

I didn’t have an issue with tasting the oil in this, but I tend not to taste vegetable oil (as opposed to some other oils). Have you tried using bran oil? I hear that is even milder. I think with this particular recipe, the orange flavour works well to mask any oily flavour anyway, but guess it’s hard to say how it would hold up against your mile-off sense of taste. Give it a try, it’s not like you’d be wasting much by way of ingredients!

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panamahat August 9, 2010 at 2:25 pm

LOL, you are right about having nothing to lose! I like the idea of bran oil, and will look into it. Thanks for the tip. :-)

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Conor August 9, 2010 at 3:30 pm

My pleasure :D

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penny aka jeroxie August 9, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Send some over to Melbourne please. I am making cupcakes for RSPCA too!! Hoot…
penny aka jeroxie´s last blog post ..Zappa- South Melbourne

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Conor August 9, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Hoot hoot! I think I’ll be making little owlies again this year (back by popular demand, hehe). I’ll send you some of these if you send me some of yours?

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Rose August 9, 2010 at 4:52 pm

I have all of the ingredients and make this RIGHT NOW except I have honeycombs that need eating. I’ve been toying with making vegan cupcakes for a while but don’t really trust a lot of the reviews (naturally suspicious personality), so good to know that it tastes awesome!

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Conor August 9, 2010 at 5:17 pm

I was super suspicious, but this just makes it even more exciting when they not only turn out to be edible, but enjoyably so. I wish I had honeycombs that needed eating.

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April @ My Food Trail August 9, 2010 at 6:22 pm

I would have had the same thought as you… No butter, milk or eggs doesn’t sound like a winning cake recipe! Glad that it worked out for you though! Good luck with your RSPCA cupcake baking! Can’t wait to see what you come up with.
April @ My Food Trail´s last blog post ..Win 1 of 5 double passes to Taste of Melbourne 2010

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Conor August 9, 2010 at 7:36 pm

Thanks April! Sunday is going to be busy.. I wonder if I’ll finally remember to wear sensible shoes (or shoes at all) while on an extended baking mission.

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Amy @ cookbookmaniac August 9, 2010 at 7:05 pm

I find that baking has the ability to change my mood. For eg, yesterday morning. I was up early and full of radiant energy. I suddenly decided to make muffins for brekkie and put a smile on the beautiful boys face… suffice to say, they overflowed and were underbaked. No fault of my own, I pinky swear! I was a damp mood for the rest of the day.
Amy @ cookbookmaniac´s last blog post ..Roast Chicken with Sumac- Za’atar and Lemon by Ottolenghi

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Conor August 9, 2010 at 7:38 pm

Oh Amy, what a buzzkill. Clearly the muffins were at fault in this situation.

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Agnes August 9, 2010 at 7:26 pm

Hey, that is pretty cool! Not that I’m ever without butter or eggs in my house, though I do have a tendency to run out of milk. And I’m with Hannah – I would definitely leave out the orange (ick ick ick).
Agnes´s last blog post ..Cookbook Challenge- Week 38- Spice

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Conor August 9, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Isn’t it! It’s like a magic trick, but tastier!

You and Hannah need to start up a support group. One day you’ll be eating Jaffas with the rest of us :D

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Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella August 9, 2010 at 7:27 pm

They look fantastic and just like non vegan ones! hehe I shall consider myself warned re the Nuttelex icing!
Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella´s last blog post ..Veal- Mustard &amp Pickle Toasties For Rainy Winter Nights In

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Conor August 9, 2010 at 7:41 pm

Thanks Lorraine!! Yes let my mistake be a lesson to all (well, unless you happen to love the taste of sweetened Nuttelex.. each to their own).

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The Housemate August 9, 2010 at 7:31 pm

It is with great pleasure that I introduce myself to Conor’s world of bloggers as the trusty British housemate who is often first in line when there’s something new to be tasted. OK, I may have been slack in the past by not putting in my two cents worth and instead simply sitting underneath the studious blogger’s mezzanine floor drooling over the latest master piece to emerge from the kitchen.

This latest recipe, however, has me baffled. A vegan cup cake? That tastes this good…? Seriously, what the…? I’m possibly the least vegan person you may ever meet, but you know that day almost every kid has when someone brings a dog into school and its, like, the best day ever? This is better. Make the cup cakes. Then send some round to me.

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Conor August 9, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Oh my god. I had hoped this day would someday come, but I dared not hope too much. I’m not sure what is a bigger endorsement of these cupcakes – your doggy visit analogy or the fact that these inspired you to actually comment on here. I am equally excited by both, although quite taken by the dog image. You don’t get enough random dog visits as an adult – they seem to be replaced by people bringing their new babies into work to show them off. More dogs, less babies, say I!

Now look what you’ve done. Gone and got me all rambly… think I need to make a little postscript on my post to mark this momentous occasion.

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The Housemate August 10, 2010 at 3:34 pm

Well, it was probably about time.

See, its happened already – live in the same house and now communicating via your blog.

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Conor August 10, 2010 at 5:44 pm

What if you don’t really exist? Have I just invented you in my mind to explain all the cupcakes that get eaten in this house?

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The Housemate August 12, 2010 at 1:36 pm

whoa, that’s a scary thought after watching Inception last night…

Trix August 9, 2010 at 8:20 pm

These cupcakes do seem to work against all the odds, and I love them for that! Good for you for doing an RSPCA bake sale – I wish I could come!

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Conor August 9, 2010 at 10:12 pm

They’re the little Aussie battler of the cupcake world. Thanks, wish you could too!

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OohLookBel August 9, 2010 at 9:14 pm

My, those are seriously goodlooking cupcakes. Especially the moist innards shot. And the one of them un-iced. And the iced ones. Just goes to show what can be accomplished with a little faith. (Must try and practice what I preach!).
OohLookBel´s last blog post ..Baked chocolate creams and ginger pears

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Conor August 9, 2010 at 10:14 pm

Thanks Bel! I am afraid what may happen next time I make them though, seeing as they turned out so nicely when I least expected it. Will I be cocky and whisk too vigorously? Only time will tell. Stay tuned for the next thrilling installment of the cupcake diaries…..dun dun dun!

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mademoiselle délicieuse August 9, 2010 at 9:29 pm

This appeals to my obvious Asian-ness where I don’t tend to have milk in my fridge all the time. Or sometimes butter suitable for baking with, for that matter. I’ve definitely made cakes not requiring either, but no eggs is definitely a new concept for me!
mademoiselle délicieuse´s last blog post ..Encasa- Feb &amp April 2010

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Conor August 9, 2010 at 10:15 pm

Ahh, brilliant! Not only are these great for vegans and slothish tightarses but they’re also handy for Asians! Hooray! If you happen to be a vegan slothish tightarse Asian then you might just explode with joy at these.

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5 Star Foodie August 9, 2010 at 11:40 pm

How cool that these delicious cupcakes are completely vegan, even the frosting! I like the addition of orange flavor!
5 Star Foodie´s last blog post ..5 Star Makeover- Chicken with Sweet Corn Sauce

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Conor August 10, 2010 at 8:57 am

My favourite part is that you can make them totally vegan without having to buy any ‘weird’ ingredients apart from the soy butter for the frosting. Love choc orange too :)

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Mr. P August 10, 2010 at 12:01 am

I try my best.

Warnings: it doesn’t work with espresso unless you cool the coffee first, and lemon may create big failure. Keep the cocoa, and we can keep the faith.

They rose perfectly. You are gifted!
Mr. P´s last blog post ..Cooking Fears- Genoise Cake and Swiss Meringue Buttercream

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Conor August 10, 2010 at 8:59 am

Mr. P, I already thought you rocked but this confirms your rockish status. Thank you again, and many more thanks for the warnings. Mocha flavour would be fantastic and I’m terribly impatient so it’s lucky you should say this, and am sure I’d be tempted to go the lemon route once friends are again foisting bags of lemons upon me. Your cocoa mantra shall be running through my head next time I try these babies – I’ll try to just say it in my head in case my housemate feels the need to say more things about me.
Thank you, you’re too kind! :D

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Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite August 10, 2010 at 12:08 am

The “against all odds” cupcakes – I love Trix’s thought! And kudos to you for your RSPCA bake sale – wish I could be there to snap up a while bunch of these. Think they need some quality control!
Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite´s last blog post ..California Road Trip 2010- Joshua Tree

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Conor August 10, 2010 at 9:01 am

Oh yes, little Aussie battlers. Today Tonight or A Current Affair will be knocking on my door any day now to do a story on them, I’m sure. Thanks lovely, would be great to have you there to test for poison!

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tasteofbeirut August 10, 2010 at 1:20 am

I am very interested in this vegan version; for one thing it is lighter and also it is very moist. Will try them this weekend with my little niece who loves to bake.

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Conor August 10, 2010 at 9:02 am

Lighter, yes. They’re practically health food! Brilliant, I hope they work out well for you and your niece (love to hear about kids who are into baking!).

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MaryMoh August 10, 2010 at 1:36 am

Wow…that looks very moist and delicious even without butter and eggs! I’m amazed :D Love it…mmm
MaryMoh´s last blog post ..Double Chocolate Cookies

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Conor August 10, 2010 at 9:03 am

Thanks Mary! I think we’re all a bit amazed :)

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Simply Life August 10, 2010 at 3:11 am

Wow! I am definitely impressed by this – looks great!

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Conor August 10, 2010 at 9:03 am

Thank you!

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Alta August 10, 2010 at 4:26 am

Wow, tasty! I love that you made them vegan. Eggs are my only hangup on vegan baking – it seems in most cases that those “replacers” don’t work quite the same.
Alta´s last blog post ..Kids In The Kitchen- Vanilla and Chocolate Cupcakes

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Conor August 10, 2010 at 9:04 am

Thanks Alta! Yes, I’ve seen some vegan recipes with lots of ingredients that were totally foreign to me, so I love how this one uses plain old staple pantry items with such good results.

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Cakelaw August 10, 2010 at 6:09 am

These are a super idea – all the times that I don’t have eggs, or butter or milk, and it is so annoying because you think you can’t make a cake – now I know that I can!! Thanks for sharing this recipe.
Cakelaw´s last blog post ..TWD – Chocolate ganache icecream

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Conor August 10, 2010 at 9:05 am

I know, it’s so annoying when you feel like having a lazy baking session and have everything except a crucial element (or multiple crucial elements) and really can’t be arsed getting to the shop. Very glad to share this recipe!

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Patty Price August 10, 2010 at 7:00 am

These vegan cupcakes are a miracle! How do you get results like this in the cake department without eggs?? Then there’s the icing, I have a better understanding of why that is so yummy and successful but I’m struggling with the cake part of it! All your ingredients sound normal and good, I guess I’ll have to break down and try this recipe, the first time I made vegan cupcakes (and only time) they were like little lead bombs in greasy paper cups, not so good:-)

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Conor August 10, 2010 at 9:10 am

Miracle cupcakes indeed, Patty! I really don’t understand how they work, although the scientist in me would like to nut it out. The ‘normalness’ of the ingredients is what makes these so great, I think, and yet also so confusing. As good as little lead bombs in greasy paper cups sounds, I hope you give these a try :)

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Jenn @ Chinese Baba August 10, 2010 at 7:12 am

WOW!! If this recipe has the power to get your housemate to comment, these HAVE to be amazing. *bookmarks*.
And I am in complete awe that it is vegan. (You and I both know that vegan can be amazing and delicious, yet recipes that come up constantly surprise me. I think that’s always a good thing). ;) Brilliant Conor! xoxo
Jenn @ Chinese Baba´s last blog post ..Radioheads Creep- a cover

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Conor August 10, 2010 at 9:12 am

Yay! Bookmarked! Yes, I’ve been having my vegan horizons extended lately and agree there is a lot of deliciousness to be had, but I still had no faith in vegan baking until now. Let’s hope they weren’t a one hit wonder. Thanks Jenn, I hope you give ‘em a try! :)

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Steph August 10, 2010 at 7:52 am

I’ve never been able to bring myself to try a vegan recipe, but this might change my mind. The cakes look so beautifully moist and crumbly! They look perfect for Cupcake Day…I’m still trying to think up a good idea for mine!

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Conor August 10, 2010 at 9:14 am

Thanks Steph! I’d definitely recommend giving these a go to break through your suspicion. I think mine is now truly broken. Good luck with your thinking.. I feel like my brain has been full of cupcakes for weeks now. Almost figured out all the ones I’m going to make. Next step: shopping list. Eek.

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Iron Chef Shellie August 10, 2010 at 9:11 am

Awesome stuff! I don’t think I have any vegan friends at the moment… but should any of them turn vegan or go to vegan academy (watch Scott Pilgrim then you will understand this joke) I’ll be making this recipe!
Iron Chef Shellie´s last blog post ..Product Review- Chai Mamma

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Conor August 10, 2010 at 9:17 am

Cheers Shellie! OK, putting Scott Pilgrim on my ‘to watch’ list (it’s a horrifyingly long list). Just read some synopses of the graphic novels and am dismayed to find that as a non-vegan I am only using 10% of my brain! The rest is curds and whey! No wonder I’m still trying to finish my PhD.

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Evelyne@CheapEthnicEatz August 10, 2010 at 10:50 am

Well you caught running out the door just before I set a shower block on fire and riding off naked into the sunset with a Mexican revolutionary soldier. So I will comment before I am off. YUMMY muffins. Confusing a bit indeed… but it know the secret: it is the baking soda and vinegar. Soy butter? Never if that.
Evelyne@CheapEthnicEatz´s last blog post ..Agedashi Tofu

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Conor August 10, 2010 at 4:33 pm

Are Mexican revolutionary soldiers on horseback easy to come across in Montreal? I don’t recall seeing any when I was there but I was probably looking in the wrong places. If you know the secrets of the cupcakes then it is no surprise you also know the revolutionary secrets..

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Betty @ The Hungry Girl August 10, 2010 at 11:40 am

I’m always a little bit skeptical when cakes have no butter or eggs or milk! But this sounds great, and I mean, it must be great if it got your housemate to comment! I’m going to have to try making these :D
Betty @ The Hungry Girl´s last blog post ..Dolcetta Cafe Providore- Potts Point

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Conor August 10, 2010 at 4:35 pm

Us bakers are a big pile of skeptics, that’s for sure. Perhaps due to the scientific nature of baking. Please give them a try Betty! :)

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Tracey@Tangled Noodle August 10, 2010 at 12:20 pm

I will happily consider myself a tightarse sloth if it means I get to make these cupcakes! Chocolate-y, moist and inspirational? Sounds like a perfect treat!
Tracey@Tangled Noodle´s last blog post ..Fork in the Road- Flagstaff Frybread

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Conor August 10, 2010 at 4:36 pm

Welcome to the tightarse sloth club Tracey! Forgive us for not rushing up to greet you, we’re too lazy to move.

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Andrea@High/Low August 10, 2010 at 12:45 pm

Your first cupcake photo made me hungry at 1AM NYC time…and the fact that I think I have all of the ingredients is tempting me to start baking right now…
Andrea@High/Low´s last blog post ..Red- red wine

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Conor August 10, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Oh dear Andrea, I’m all too familiar with that feeling. I hope you’re safely tucked up in bed by now (with or without a belly full of cupcakes).

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jess August 10, 2010 at 3:02 pm

I am loving that there dairy free – they look amazing!
jess´s last blog post ..Freddy

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Conor August 10, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Thanks Jess! I’m loving it too :)

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pierre August 10, 2010 at 11:03 pm

conor this is revolution in the Pastry world !!!
Pierre
pierre´s last blog post ..Quenelle glacée à la vanille sur biscuit citron et tuile carambar

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Conor August 11, 2010 at 6:26 pm

Thanks Pierre! Maybe I should ride off with that Mexican revolutionary after all. Bit cold to be riding off naked at the moment though.

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Juliana August 11, 2010 at 5:50 am

Wow, this is amazing…these cupcakes look so “normal” that I’d not guessed that they do not contain eggs and/or milk…they look delicious…great, great pictures :-)

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Conor August 11, 2010 at 6:31 pm

Thanks very much Juliana! So normal in fact that you wouldn’t suspect a thing…

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cheffresco August 11, 2010 at 8:29 am

Nice vegan creation! I must say, it is crazy to think that it is winter over there when it’s blazing hot over here!

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Conor August 11, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Thanks! It’s hard not to be fully aware of your summer right now as we lust over all your summery dishes :)
Brrrrrrrrrrrr….

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the Success Ladder August 11, 2010 at 4:26 pm

Thank you very much for sharing this. I have subscribed to your RSS feed. Please keep up the good work.

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Conor August 11, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Thanks!!

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Nancy/SpicieFoodie August 12, 2010 at 6:41 am

Oh I’m so happy that you mention one of my favorite books ever. And I totally believe that, with proof I may add. I can’t believe how great your cupcakes look. I love great tasting treats with lower calories , like your recipe. Would love to try these soon. I am sure you will sell out in a matter of minutes.
Nancy/SpicieFoodie´s last blog post ..Zanahorias en Escabeche or Mexican Spicy Pickled Carrots

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Conor August 12, 2010 at 8:55 am

Glad to find a fellow LWFC lover Nancy :)
Thanks so much!! Lower calories, yes! It’s practically a health food. Thanks, am hoping to sell out quickly too. Seems like I’ll have a good turnout so fingers crossed :)

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Magic of Spice August 12, 2010 at 1:33 pm

Great cupcakes…love chocolate and orange :)

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Conor August 18, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Thank you! Me too :)

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Garcon de Croissant August 12, 2010 at 2:46 pm

These vegan cupcakes look just like regular ones. I can’t believe there’s no egg or egg replacement!
Garcon de Croissant´s last blog post ..Pike Place Market

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Conor August 18, 2010 at 6:01 pm

The disbelief continues when you eat them!

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Kitchen Butterfly August 13, 2010 at 3:35 am

Conor………they look gorgeous. I love chocolate orange cakes! I find that oil bakes a soft crumble cake. If I want somewhat stronger edges, I sprinkle some almond meal round the pan. Love the frosting too

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Conor August 18, 2010 at 6:02 pm

Thank you Oz! That’s a really good idea about the almond meal, thanks :) Hard to resist a stronger edge, especially when combined with soft innards!

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Trissa August 14, 2010 at 1:38 pm

I too would have been an unbeliever had I seen the recipe in a book or somewhere else – but reading it here makes me think I should be giving it a chance…the look like regular cupcakes… regular delicious cupcakes that is!

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Conor August 18, 2010 at 6:02 pm

Thanks Trissa! I’m a double believer now that I’ve made them twice. Not just a fluke :)

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denise @ quickies on the dinner table August 14, 2010 at 9:18 pm

As a rabid chocolate orange combo lover, all I can say is ab fab, dahling!!!!!
denise @ quickies on the dinner table´s last blog post ..Just Pointing in the General Direction

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Conor August 18, 2010 at 6:03 pm

Why thank you, Denise! Just watch where you point those rabid teeth ;)

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Laetitia August 15, 2010 at 4:19 pm

well done for those delicious vegan cupcakes! you cooked them perfectly and I love their flavors!

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Conor August 18, 2010 at 6:03 pm

Thanks Laetitia! I can’t recommend them enough :)

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bunkycooks August 15, 2010 at 10:26 pm

Shhh…don’t tell! I would totally not have known by looking at them they are vegan. They are so moist…yum! :)
bunkycooks´s last blog post ..From the Boardroom to the Barn at River Road Farms! and a recipe for Summer Berry and Peach Crisp

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Conor August 18, 2010 at 6:04 pm

I know, you could definitely keep this a secret and no one would know. It’s hard not to blurt it out though, to see the looks of incredulity :)

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Bryt August 16, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Ohh they sound delicious! I’ve never tried ‘vegan’ before, but would definitely give this a go.

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Conor August 18, 2010 at 6:05 pm

Thanks Bryt! Please do, they really are great. And super cheap too!

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Karen Harris August 16, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Ok Conor, you’ve convinced me! I’m sending this recipe to my daughter at uni who seems to never have anything dairy in the fridge. I’ll let you know how hers turn out.

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Conor August 18, 2010 at 6:06 pm

Karen, thank you for showing us another demographic that this recipe is perfect for – lazy shoppers. The list is growing by the day.
Please do! I hope she likes them as much as my friends and I :)

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Forager @ The Gourmet Forager August 17, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Yum. A vegan dish I’m actually likely to voluntarily buy! We had a massive bakeoff yesterday for the RSPCA sale too. So much sugar overload. I swear I was oozing sugar and icing out of my pores..
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Conor August 18, 2010 at 6:08 pm

Thanks! I think that if you could collect all the sugar oozing from pores all over the country you would have.. uh, a lot of really gross oozy sugar. Piles of it. Big stinky piles!

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Hannah August 30, 2010 at 11:53 pm

Nice one, Conor! I am so impressed at your ingenuity on this recipe, and for proving that it’s just not that hard to create something sweet and tasty for vegans.

Vegan desserts? A piece of cake!

H :)
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Conor September 12, 2010 at 10:09 pm

Thanks Hannah! I’m so impressed with this recipe and so glad to share it! :D

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Brittany September 12, 2010 at 8:42 pm

I’m trying these tomorrow, minus the orange inclusion. I love vegan cupcakes and for some reason chocolate vegan cakes are 99% of the time better than regular.
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Conor September 12, 2010 at 10:12 pm

Excellent Brittany, please let me know how you go! I’ve made these again since this post and had great results again so I’m really happy with the recipe, and hope it’s a winner for you too :)

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