Thursday, October 10, 2013

Peanut Butter Chocolate Heaven Vegan Cupcakes

I asked myself... are vegan cupcakes tasty without any eggs, milk and any dairy products?

Mummy, this cupcake tastes like Reese! - It is true! Eating these peanut butter chocolate heaven vegan cupcakes are like eating Reese's Peanut Butter Cups Chocolate but interestingly, in the form of chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting. Being a vegetarian-wannabe-me, I'm happy that these peanut butter chocolate cupcakes with no use of any animal products are actually tasty to eat! I'm happy too that both my never-becoming vegan husband and son were enjoying these animal-friendly cupcakes too. However, I must admit that the taste and texture of these cupcakes are never the same as those with butter, milk, cream and eggs.

These chocolate cupcake bases are very moist and chocolat-y but somehow I can detect a subtle soy milk taste in them. Without cream or butter, they are not very rich in their chocolate flavours and texture but nice being light and fluffy. To make these cupcakes extra heavenly, this recipe suggest serving these chocolate cupcakes with chocolate ganache and peanut butter cream.

With no butter, how am I going to make vegan buttercream? The book suggested shortening! - Yucks! Being shortening-defying me, I thought that substituting shortening with extra peanut butter in this buttercream recipe might works but yielded an ugly-looking oily buttercream instead. - YUCKS...again! For shortcut, I have decided to use only peanut butter itself as frosting instead...

Are chocolates vegan-friendly? Not all but only those being dairy-free... Being chocoholic, I'm fussy buying the chocolates that we eat and refuse to buy any dairy-free chocolate for all reasons. Thus, based on the chocolate ganache recipe in this book, I have made a modified version. Comparing the usual non-vegan chocolate ganache, this one is not the usual creamy and luxurious kind but I must admit it is good enough being vegan chocolate ganache.

Chocolate cupcakes + chocolate ganache + peanut buttercream = heavenly? Yes to certain extent but only for the initial bites of these cupcakes. I must have been overwhelmed with these peanut butter frosting resulting the last few bites of these cupcakes being too rich to finish. I reckon these cupcakes will be nearer to heaven with lesser peanut butter or fluffier peanut butter buttercream...

Peanut Butter Chocolate Vegan Cupcakes
This is how soy milk becomes buttermilk!
Making these cupcakes is very easy! Just mix...
... and bake!
I didn't have dairy-free chocolate to make vegan chocolate ganache and so made this instead.
Chocolate cupcake + chocolate-maple sauce = Near heaven... almost!
I can't make any better vegan peanut butter frosting and this is all I have.
Now... the final heavenly touch!
Heavenly... only for the first few bites! :p

Here are the recipes from the book, Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero
(with my modification and notes in blue)

Basic Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

Make 12 cupcakes
1 cup soy milk
l tsp apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
(used 1/2 cup raw caster sugar)
1/3 cup canola oil
(used rice bran oil for butter-like taste and texture)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract, chocolate extract, or more vanilla extract
(used vanilla extract)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder, Dutch-processed or regular
(I used Callebaut Dutch-processed ones)
3/4 tsp baking soda
(replaced with baking powder)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350°F (or 160°C fan forced) and line muffin pan with paper or foil liners.

Whisk together the soy milk and vinegar in a large bowl, and set aside for a few minutes to curdle. Add the sugar, oil, and vanilla extract, and other extract, if using, to the soy milk mixture and beat till foamy. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add in two batches to wet ingredients and beat till no large lumps remain (a few tiny lumps are okay).

Pour into liners, filling three-quarters of the way. Bake 18 to 20 mins (I baked mine for 20 mins), until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Transfer to cooling rack and let cool completely.

My Vegan Chocolate Ganache

Place 3 tbsp of cocoa powder in a bowl. Add maple syrup gradually into the cocoa powder and stir as you add the syrup. Stop adding the syrup when the required smooth consistency is achieved which requires about 4-5 tbsp of syrup. This amount is enough to top 12 cupcakes.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Heaven Cake

Fill piping bag with peanut buttercream frosting (or only peanut butter), and top the chocolate cupcakes with chocolate ganache topping. Pipe a swirl of frosting on top of glazed cupcakes (and shape frosting with a spatula if you are using just peanut butter).

Happy Baking
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  1. Oh's always your choice to eat meat or not :) I have a vegan friend and I can tell you that it's really too extreme, you have to be very attentive and have a very good knowledge if you don't want to damage your health.. :)
    Anyway, these cupcakes would be a really great treat for my friend :D

  2. That is delicious treat for kids Zoe, Love peanut butter and eggless chocolate sauce. I am leaving my new website link here. Please visit my new website: Zesty South Indian Kitchen

  3. I like to sink my teeth into one of these.... Peanut butter and chocolate cupcakes are never easy to resist!

  4. Hi Zoe! I've made vegan chocolate cupcakes before and I must agree...they are so good! Yours look so rich and moist. Perfect! Thank you for sharing them! Glad I found your blog!

  5. Hi Zoe!

    I must admit, those Chocolate Vegan Cupcakes of yours sure look delicious! I often think that I may want to try and be more animal friendly also but I have such a difficult time adjusting to some of the ingredients required in lieu of those I am so use to. You, however, have done a great job of combining your likes and dislikes quite nicely while still remaining true to the recipe. Kudos to you!

    Of course, I would love to try one of those cupcakes right now but...

    Thank you so much for sharing, Zoe...

  6. This is so beautiful, Zoe. I find myself baking more and more after following your blog ^.^

  7. yummy!! either way vegan or not vegan works for me... :)

    that peanut butter swirl you make is so pretty... I can never do a good swirl like yours...

  8. Your soy milk based cupcakes look moist and delicious! Those chocolate ganache and peanut butter frosting lift up your cupcakes to another level!

  9. Hi, Zoe...thanks for sharing this recipe..i will definately try anything that taste like Reese's Peanut Buttercup LOL :P

  10. Hi Zoe, I am also a vegetarian wanna be, but find it hard to give up baked good with butter and eggs! I have tried a few vegan bakes but cannot compete with those made with butter and eggs... sigh... Your cupcakes look really good! It's good your hubby and son liked them. My kids are also fine with vegan bakes, so I shall do that more often :)

  11. chocolate + peanut, a good combination! We can't be vegan unless we don't bake anymore and stop eating eggs!

  12. Hi Zoe,
    Lovely cupcakes!
    I never thought of going totally vegan! I do love my veggies, a lot, but I can never go without meat! Maybe cut down on the intake, but not totally no meat at all! Haha!

  13. These cupcakes look amazing Zoe! Always love the combo of peanut butter and chocolate together:) You did a fantastic job keeping these vegan and they look so moist and delicious! Yum!

  14. This sound special. cant imagine the taste, but i think this is more healthy.

  15. Reeze can be too sweet at times, so it's nice to use it in our own baking so we can control the overall sweetness of our desserts. Love peanut butter!

  16. I know a bunch of people who are vegetarian, but cook meat for their non-vegetarian families.

  17. Peanut butter, one of my daughter's favorite. She would happily eat these for you :)

  18. Zoe , the cupcakes look heavenly for sure but yeah , too much peanut butter as a topping is too much :D The ingredients for vegan chocolate cupcake looks ordinary to me , I'm expecting a more exotic ingredients lol

  19. Hi Zoe , boy the cupcakes are yummy , a must try , I found that baking calms the nerves thanks for sharing:)

  20. do you offer free sample? heee..heee...

  21. Oh these look absolutely yummy. I don't mind being a vegan with such tempting looking cupcakes.

  22. Such yummy looking irresistible cup pies. I am drooling over these

  23. Being a vegan would be difficult (for the reasons you mention; I don't think I could live without butter or cheese), but I could easily be a vegetarian - so many of the dishes we make are vegetarian (and a lot are vegan) and it's totally by chance - we're not trying to avoid meat. Anyway, these cupcakes look like, well, heaven. ;-) Really good stuff - thanks so much.

  24. Cupcakes looks absolutely divine and peanut butter frosting is just breathtaking.

  25. Zoe, what a dilemma! But as long as your vegan peanut butter cupcakes was enjoyable, that's all that matters :)

  26. wah looks so delicious, Zoe *drool*

  27. Hi Zoe,
    This is simply can't resist :p
    I love chocolate and peanuts butter!