Vegan Chocolate Coffee Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting and Ganache

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Cupcakes, Recipes, Sweets | March 13, 2016 | By

I am shocked it took me this long to write another cupcake recipe. After all, I am the self-proclaimed king of cupcakes! What flavor pairings do I crave? What kind of frosting would I want? How do Dark Chocolate Coffee Cupcakes sound!? (Now I just have to figure out how to stop myself from eating them all!)

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Serving Baked Goodness (with Chocolate Cupcake Recipe!)

Cupcakes, Recipes, Sweets | October 18, 2015 | By

IMG_20151011_153610editBaking had always been a huge creative outlet for myself, but as I found myself more and more wrapped up in the “real world”, I lost touch with the majority of my former passions.

Amplifying the problem was a dwindling feeling of satisfaction when I did cook or bake. I had been following the same, basic recipes for so long that I grew uninterested.. I fit nicely in my box and was fearful to venture outside. Especially with something I held so dearly!

I knew that I needed to change. Why not be adventurous with my cooking? What could I lose!? (Other than 5 cups of flour..) Chronicling my experiments along the way could very well be the final push I need to fall back in love with the art of cooking.

 


 

Presenting the only Chocolate Cupcake Recipe you will ever need!!
Moist, fluffy, light, and… most importantly, chocolately deliciousness. I’m talkin’ Chocoholics Anonymous here. This is on account of adding a bit more Chocolate Extract in place of Vanilla and it delivers big time.
*(Don’t stress if you don’t have chocolate extract! Vanilla will work fine, but the all-natural, real stuff is well worth the effort to find)


I also replaced half of the all-purpose flour with pastry flour, which definitely adds a lighter texture to the cupcake. In further efforts to play with the recipe, I sifted the flour using a small mesh strainer. You could see the difference it made with the dry ingredients! Perfectly blended and light, it incorporated effortlessly with the wet, resulting in an even softer final product.

Lastly, you may notice the faint tint of pink on the tip of the frosted cupcakes.. I tried dying the frosting with strawberry purée, with semi-successful results. Next time I would completely replace the milk with the preserves, as it was too runny with both.
(Variation not noted in recipe)

 

Yields 12 Cupcakes

Decadent Chocolate Cupcakes with Creamy Buttercream Frosting

Chocolately Perfection with a light, creamy buttercream frosting!

42 minPrep Time

18 minCook Time

1 hrTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
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  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp chocolate extract (or more vanilla)
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  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup pastry flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
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  • For the Frosting
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup earth balance butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp soy milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° and line your cupcake tin
  2. Whisk the milk and the ACV together and set aside to make a quick buttermilk
  3. Add the sugar, oil, and vanilla to the mixture and beat until foamy
  4. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt
  5. Slowly incorporate the wet ingredients into the dry and beat until no large lumps remain
  6. Fill liners 3/4 of the way (I've learned that using an ice-cream scoop insures size consistency!)
  7. Bake for 18-20 minutes
  8. Let cool completely before attempting to frost
  9. To Make Frosting
  10. Cream the shortening and butter together until fluffy
  11. Incorporate vanilla
  12. Thoroughly mix in powdered sugar one cup at a time, scraping the sides of the bowl often
  13. After insuring sugar is fully dispersed, slowly add milk and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy
  14. For a creamier frosting, add more milk 1 Tbsp at a time

Notes

Based off traditional recipes, veganized by me and tailored for chocolate lovers for easy, decadent cupcakes everyone will enjoy

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