I have had the honor of previewing the many dessert recipes from the upcoming cookbook, My Sweet Vegan. Of course, they must be trialed, and with a friend’s birthday approaching I knew some type of cake would be in order. While I was tempted by the “cheese” cake recipes in the book, we were meeting at a restaurant, so something more transportable was required. Since my friend is an avid sushi-goer, I lunged at the Wasabi Chocolate Cupcake recipe.
I had every ingredient on hand, so making them was a snap. Within 20 minutes the little pools of chocolate were in the oven. If only I had set it on the right temperature! Waiting the full 20 minutes before checking, I opened the oven and witnessed a rapid cupcake deflating. Still several minutes from completion, I took a peak at the guage and discovered that I had set the oven temperature to low! After turning the heat up, and another five minutes, the cupcakes were done, but not so pretty, considering the recipe called for a drizzling of wasabi glaze, not enough to cover up my concave results.
Thinking quickly, I jumped to another recipe in the cookbook and extracted the vanilla frosting recipe. Quickly whipping up a small batch, I mounded the frosting into the center, and smoothed it over the top. For a little extra visual insurance, I sprinkled the top with the mini-chocolate chips from Enjoy Life Foods (insanely allergen-free, even free of soy lecithin).
My husband graciously acted as the taste tester to ensure that they were still gift-worthy (since I was sugared-out from eating every list bit of the frosting, yum!), and he gave them a thumbs up. As for my friend’s response … “Mmm … good cupcake!” She just reported back that they also make a good breakfast, lol.
While my friend is completely omnivorous, with no known allergies or intolerances, it seems these vegan (dairy-free, egg-free), nut-free, soy-free (I used rice milk) cupcakes passed the test! I must agree, they were yummy… past tense of course.
If you do follow the recipe, using the right oven temp, your results should look more like this.