I know what you’re thinking: “Anita, that isn’t a picture of cupcakes. You do know what cupcakes are, don’t you?” Allow me to explain…
I baked this cake for my lovely sister’s birthday which we celebrated a couple of weekends ago. The recipe hails from my latest culinary obsession, Oh She Glows Every Day, the newest cook book from Angela Liddon. Funny story: my sis and I both bought each other this cook book for Christmas! We had a good laugh about that. ;-)
I’ve committed to trying out new recipes every week, especially for Sunday dinner. So far, I’ve tried recipes for Roasted Garlic Basil Pesto Potatoes with Arugula (brought this to a potluck and it was a crowd-pleaser), Shepherd’s pie with Cozy Gravy (the ultimate winter comfort dish), Metabolism-Revving Spicy Cabbage Soup (very tasty), Comforting Red Lentil and Chickpea Curry…and this cake!
In the cook book, this recipe is called “High Rise Pumpkin Cupcakes” but I divided the batter into two cake pans instead. The recipe called for spelt flour and raw cane sugar, but I didn’t have any on hand, so I used all-purpose and brown sugar. Hey, you do what you gotta do, right bakers?
Wow, what a delicious cake! For a pumpkin cake, it isn’t overly moist or dense. The spice blend gives it a pleasant warmth for this chilly time of year. The buttercream is the best I’ve ever tried, vegan or otherwise, and it compliments the cake perfectly. I cannot wait to bake this up again.
The cake went over well at the party and I was delighted to tell people: “It’s vegan!” (Apart from the handmade truffles that I added on top and the whipped cream I served on the side. No regrets.)
If you want to keep it vegan, you can easily make vegan truffles and Angela Liddon’s recipe for Coconut Whipped Cream (http://ohsheglows.com/2012/08/30/coconut-whipped-cream-a-step-by-step-photo-tutorial/).
All I can say is try these recipes! And thanks “Oh She Glows Everyday” for another tasty dessert. Do yourself a favour and pick up a copy of this book! For more vegan cooking inspiration, check out the Oh She Glows Blog: http://ohsheglows.com/.
See you soon,
Anita :-) xo
PS. Did you notice the new artwork on the blog?! HUGE thanks to the one and only DR.T. for honoring this blog with his original work. All I can say is, “Damn, Daniel!” You’re super talented.