Okkkk yes yes I have a delicious vegan cupcake recipe that will knock your socks off and make you totally forget about your old bff’s butter and buttermilk…
Do any of you happen to recognize this little culinary queen in the pic below?
If you’re a little confused its probably because you’re used to seeing her in HD on the Food Network and not pixelated on my iPhone but yes ladies and gents that is Giada!!
I went to my first ever book signing at Williams-Sonoma last Monday for Giada’s new cookbook, Weeknights with Giada! And just to reiterate – this was my first book signing…meaning I didn’t realize people show up to these things like 12 hours in advance to get in line?? Giada’s signing started at 1 pm so naturally I thought “Perfect! That means lunch at noon, maybe have a couple cocktails.. then a leisure walk over to Williams and Sonoma…”
I was so wrong. Leisure lunch = 2 hours standing in line. Oops. It was like standing in line for Backstreet Boys tickets in the 90s.
But it all worked out! It was a gorgeous day and some Williams-Sonoma employees walked around handing out free samples of some of the dishes from her cookbook. And by the way they were all super yummy!
Ok so here’s the next picture. Get ready to laugh…Please notice the totally confident “Please hire me for a job, Giada” look on my face..
I totally blanked when I met her! You have about .02 seconds to hand her your book and not say something dumb so naturally I don’t say anything and throw my mom this ‘holy sh** its Giada’ look, grab my signed books and run away!
O wait, I totally take that back, I said “I like your bracelet”. Verbatim. That is the best I could come up with face to face with a Food Network Star!
But she spelled my name right and gave me a smile so it couldn’t have been that awful.. right??
All in all it was so fun to meet her! She is GORGEOUS. However gorgeous you may think she is on TV multiply that by like 100 in person. I seriously don’t know where all of that pasta goes.
Ok so here’s something I’m totally confident in! These Very Vanilla Vegan Cupcakes kick butt. And don’t stick to your butt :)
I just bought Chloe Cascarelli’s new vegan cookbook, Chloe’s Kitchen and have been eating my way through every recipe! There’s this avocado pesto pasta that just changed my life (I’m posting it soon!). I messed around with a couple of her recipes to come up with these simple Vanilla Vegan Cupcakes and then I also added a Strawberry Frosting variation for those of you that want a bit more flavor! Sometimes I swear the best desserts are those that are just simple. I don’t always want a double fudge peanut butter brownie dipped in chocolate and covered in sprinkles…I just want a simple vanilla cake with a simple vanilla frosting :) Yum!
- 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup unsweetened plain soy milk
- ½ cup canola oil
- 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon white or apple cider vinegar
For the Vanilla Frosting
- 1/2 cup nonhydrogenated vegetable shortening
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1-3 tablespoons unsweetened plain soy milk
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 (12-cup) cupcake pans with 14 cupcake liners or 2 (24-cup) mini cupcake pans.
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together soy milk, oil, vanilla, and vinegar. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and whisk until just combined. Do not over mix.
- Fill the cupcake liners about two-thirds full with batter. Bake standard sized cupcakes for 15 to 18 minutes (or mini cupcakes for 8-10 minutes), or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcake comes out clean with a few crumbs clinging to it. Cool the cupcakes completely before frosting.
- Using a handheld or stand mixer, beat the vegetable shortening until smooth.
- With the mixer running on low, add powdered sugar, vanilla, and 1 tablespoon soy milk at a time, as needed, until frosting reaches a spreadable consistency.
- Beat on high for another 2 minutes until light and fluffy.