Okay, now back to cupcakes. Yesterday was the first opportunity I've had to bake since I did the wedding cake in April. It's been almost a month and I was getting a little antsy. Since it was a Saturday, I knew I would be home alone with cupcakes until Monday; therefore I decided to make cupcakes that wouldn't do quite so much damage if I ate them. All. So here's the (totally subjective) low down on the cupcakes:
- With just 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, they have very little added sugar.
- There's no added fat - absolutely none.
- With raisins, carrots and whole wheat pastry flour, they're high in fiber.
- There are no eggs or dairy so they're vegan.
- they have very little added sugar
- there's no added fat
- they're high in fiber
- they're vegan
|Before. Need I say (show) more?|
Seriously, do not spend a lot of time analyzing the appearance of this batter or you may decide to just throw them out completely. They do look slightly better after baking.
This is a recipe I've been playing around with for awhile now. I think this is the fourth time I've made some sort of incarnation of it. My goal is to keep thefrom being nutritionally evil while still keeping them tasting like they're evil. I've not reached that goal yet.
For this go around I made half the recipe for 10 cupcakes. And I substituted most of the water with some flat Young's Double Chocolate Stout.
1¼ cups (½ + ¾)
10 fl oz (4 + 6)
boiling water, divided
2 ½ oz
natural cocoa powder
whole wheat pastry flour
finely grated carrot
8 fl oz
water, cool room temp
1 ½ tsp
Put the raisins in a small bowl with a lid and cover with ½ cup boiling water. Cover and set aside to steep for 20 minutes. In a large bowl, blend together the cocoa and ¾ cup boiling water. Stir until no lumps remain. Set cocoa aside to cool. Over a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and salt.
Heat oven to 350°F. Line muffin tins with foil cupcake liners.
Transfer raisins and water a food processor and puree. Add carrots and cool water to the raisins and puree until smooth. Dissolve the cornstarch in the apple juice.
Stir the raisin and carrot puree, dissolved cornstarch, sugar and vanilla into the cocoa mixture. Before proceeding, this mixture should be at room temperature.
Quickly whisk the dry ingredients into the cocoa mixture. Do not stir longer than needed, but do thoroughly mix the two. Use an ice cream scoop to portion batter into the cups. Bake for 15 – 17 minutes. Remove to a wire rack and cool completely.
Makes about 20 cupcakes.
|There would be more cupcake to eat if I had used foil liners.|
This stuff really sticks to the paper.
What will I do differently the next time?
For sweetness, maybe replace some of the water with unsweetened apple juice and swap the brown sugar for some agave nectar.
For texture, use a blend of whole wheat pastry flour and unbleached all-purpose flour and maybe add a tablespoon or two of olive oil or coconut oil.
Or maybe next time I'll just make lots of sugar, full fat, non-vegan cupcakes.