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Topic: Mini Green Tea Vegan Cupcakes!  (Read 1849 times)
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« on: April 18, 2008 06:02:21 AM »

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My friend Dolly is a vegan. She is currently undergoing a lot of medical stuff because she has nasty ol' cancer. So I decided to make her some cupcakes...here's my first ever vegan cupcakes:

In my small town I could NOT find vegan margarine, so the ones dipped in sugar are totally vegan, while the frosted ones contain Smart Balance, which has a tiny bit of whey in them. I tried! I figure her husband can eat them.

I now need to send them 1000 miles away today. Good luck, little cupcakes!

The recipe is the Green Tea Cupcake from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. I added a bit more flour because I'm at 6100 feet above sea level. They are really good and I can't wait to make more. Plus, my toddler is now totally hooked on vanilla rice milk as a treat.

« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2008 07:38:47 AM »

thats really sweet! but i must ask how do you send them?

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« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2008 09:18:22 AM »

Hey! those look good.

You can make frosting without margarine, I have a friend with a dairy allergy and I made her Vegan chocolate cupcakes last year for her birthday.  I know that I didn't have to buy vegan margarine to make the frosting, all I really remember about making it was that I had to be super attentive cause I was cooking it up and all of a sudden it went from being a runny liquid to a thick frosting in a matter of seconds!  I'll see if I can find the recipe.  I'm not vegan, but those were good cupcakes... Cheesy

« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2008 11:39:38 AM »

Thanks! I froze them and packed them in smaller containers to ship overnight. I saw somewhere else where someone had done that with success.

Ooh! I'm intrigued by the recipe. I had a bad experience with veggie oil in frosting, so I was nervous to deviate. I'd be interested to see what goes in them.
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2008 01:02:04 AM »

Wow they sound reeeally good.
I have a wee obsession with green tea at the moment!
Do you think you could share the recipe, please?  Wink
Also, why do you add more flour because of the altitude? (It's probably a stupid question but I'm curious!)

« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2008 06:01:55 AM »

I always have a green tea obsession!

The recipe is from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. I got the book off Amazon for $10 and it's is FULL of great recipes!

This is from the Colorado State University Extension webpage:
At altitudes above 3,000 feet...

    ...preparation of food may require changes in time, temperature or recipe. The reason, lower atmosphere pressure due to thinner blanket of air above. At sea level, the presses on a square inch of surface with 14.7 pounds, at 5,000 feet with 12.3 pounds, and at 10,000 feet with only 10.2 pounds - a decrease of about 1/2 pound per 1,000 feet. This decreased pressure affects food preparation in two ways:

          1. Water and other liquids evaporate faster and boil at lower temperatures.
          2. Leavening gases in breads and cakes expand more. "

Basically, if I don't add some extra flour, everything puffs up and then falls making everything chewy and weird. They also tend to have to bake a little longer. Totally not a stupid question, because there are people who LIVE here who still haven't figured out why their cakes don't turn out  Smiley

« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2008 03:16:31 PM »

Ooh I just found it!
Cupcake city here I come  Tongue

And oh, thanks for that! I don't think we have anyone here living that high Huh But I know I'm pretty close to sea level hahah  Cheesy
« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2008 06:40:18 AM »

Our college sits at 7200 feet above sea level and for awhile the motto for marketing was "Come get high at the University of Wyoming."
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