Cupcake Surprise

Vegan baking isn’t as difficult as your would imagine. After you’ve discovered vegan replacements for eggs and dairy, everything else is pretty simple. Here’s an image that shows some great vegan replacements for baking. I found this on PETA’s website, which is a great resource if you’re considering becoming vegan or vegetarian. They also offer a free vegetarian starter kit that you can sign up for if you are interested.

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Here’s one of my favorite vegan baking recipes. I made these for my friends, and they had no idea that they were vegan (success!).

Red Velvet Vegan Cupcakes:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 2 tablespoons red food coloring
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract

1. Preheat the oven to 350° F 
2. Mix milk and vinegar, allow to curdle, and set aside. It takes about 5 minutes for curdling to occur.
3. In a separate bowl, mix flour, cocoa, baking power, baking soda, salt, and sugar.
4. In the milk mixture, add oil, food coloring, and extracts. 
5. Combine wet and dry ingredients
6. Bake 16-20 minutes

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11 comments

  1. Reblogged this on Honk If You're Vegan and commented:
    With the holidays coming up, I don’t know how many times I’ve been asked how I’m going bake vegan holiday goodies. My friends and family seem to think that vegan baking is really difficult. It’s not, of course, but I can’t seem to convince anyone of this. So when I stumbled upon this post, I had to share it. Vegan baking really is as easy as pie! 🙂

  2. This is a great resource, and the cupcakes look yummy too!! Celeste 🙂

  3. I absolutely LOVE this! I always use flax eggs but this chart is so pretty and helpful 🙂 Thanks!

  4. Thanks for sharing Celeste! And I’ve seen this ‘cheat sheet’ before. What puts people off the plant-based diet is the fact that they do not explore it, and as a result have no idea about the variety of foods available. People ask me all the time, what would you eat then if you don’t eat meat?
    In NZ, we’ve got this really cheap olive oil butter brand called ‘Olivani’ which I’m sure is better than hydrogenated margarine. Everyone uses this because it’s cheaper than butter, oh and also sunflower seeds butter ‘flora’ brand marketed for heart health. This is uplifting because our country is sooo dairy-based.
    How cheap is coconut oil over there?
    -Iz

    1. You’re so right! People need to be aware of their options. There are so many healthy alternatives available for cooking now, and we can help spread the word!
      I believe I paid around $6-7 at whole foods for my coconut oil.

      1. How much coconut oil did you get from that amount of money though? I remember seeing them selling a 1 kg bucket of coconut oil at a local greens’ grocers. If I remember correctly they were around $7-8 too. Crazy right!?

  5. Thanks for the tip sheet Cheleste this will help me a lot. I have already switched to the earth balance buttery spread, they sell it in the local grocery store. I do have a question about the recipe you posted, is there anyway around that cup of sugar I am also trying to get all of the sugar out of my foods.

  6. Mine came in a mason jar that was 14 fl oz.

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