It’s My Birthday and I’ll Eat Vegan Marble Cupcakes If I Want To

I’ve been trying to eat healthy lately which has resulted in a steady decline of cupcake consumption per capita. However, today is my birthday. So I’m eating whatever I want and simultaneously ignoring any signs of cupcake recession in my oven’s economic forecast. Today I want chocolate and vanilla marble cupcakes with an orange glaze. These are delicious with hints of almond, chocolate, vanilla and orange. I finally got my hands on a copy of Vegan Cupcakes Takeover the World and this is what happened. Enough said.

Ingredients for vanilla-chocolate marble cupcakes:

  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup Earth Balance, softened
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp plus 1 tsp cocoa powder

Directions for cupcakes:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin baking pan with cupcake liners.

2. Mix together the apple cider vinegar and soymilk in a small bowl. Allow it to sit for a couple minutes.

3. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl.

4. In a medium bowl, cream the Earth Balance and sugar together. When the ingredients are well-blended and fluffy, mix in the vanilla, almond extract, and cornstarch. Slowly add in the milk mixture and flour mixture to the medium bowl alternating between the two mixtures until everything is together in one bowl. Mix until smooth.

5. Add 1 inch of water to a small sauce pan and bring to a boil. Place the cocoa powder in a small bowl. Add three Tbsps of the water in with the cocoa powder and whisk together. Remove one cup of the batter and add it in with the cocoa powder mixture. Blend it together thoroughly.

6. Add one large spoonful of each batter to the cupcake liners. I suggest putting each spoonful side-by-side in the liners. Blend them together in a swirl using a toothpick. It doesn’t have to be perfect – get comfortable with the fact that each one will be different!

7. Bake for 24-26 minutes and transfer to a cooling rack. Allow cupcakes to fully cool before adding the glaze.

Ingredients for orange glaze:

  • 1/2 cup Earth Balance, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp orange juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions for glaze:

1. Add the Earth Balance to a bowl and slowly add in 1/2 portions of the powdered sugar. Add a small amount of orange juice with each addition of the powdered sugar. Beat the ingredients together. Add vanilla and beat for another 3-5 minutes until fluffy.

Slightly adapted from: Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World

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14 thoughts on “It’s My Birthday and I’ll Eat Vegan Marble Cupcakes If I Want To

  1. happy happy birthday, Vanessa. You are a dear soul and an amazing young woman. Of course I have to blame your parents for that. My birthday is Sunday so we are both Leo s and that explains a lot! have a great celebration

  2. Happy belated Birthday, dear Vanessa! Yeah to you! 🙂

    Your vegan chocolate cupcakes with the frosting look amazing & mighty cute & pretty too! A must try!

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