Vegan Cupcakes to Take Over the World
Before we start on the vegan cupcakes, let’s just take a look at the lifestyle into which they fit.
Adopting a vegan lifestyle is definitely more of a lifestyle choice and a philosophy, than it is a diet plan. A person can choose the vegan lifestyle out of his beliefs about animal rights, environmental factors and health. Hmmm I wonder if people decide to become vegan solely on the the change in meals?
So what do vegans eat? It’s all about learning and adjusting to new ingredients
Those of us who made the transition from omnivores to strict vegans, have learned how to live with our decision. And when I say learn, I really mean it.
Learn how to cook, learn where you can find the optimal ingredients, learn the best vegan recipes, etc. The learning curve is steep, but it’s fun and an interesting process.
Cooking is awesome, once you acquire the basic skill set. Imagine waking up in the morning, full of energy, wanting to fix yourself a nice vegan breakfast. What could be a better start of the day, than banana and blueberry vegan French toast, coupled with light and zesty, raw vegan cucumber gazpacho. Most vegan meal plans involve vegetables that you can find in any supermarket around you, as well as few vegan essentials, available in specialized stores. Think soy milk, almond milk, cashew milk, vegan cheese, jack fruit, seitan, tofu, nutritional yeast, etc.
So, you had your breakfast, went to work and back, and now it’s time for a healthy and nutritious lunch. Let’s go Italian, and make a tasty vegan pizza with vegan cheese or no cheese.
Choose a topping that suits your mood. If playful, try making a fresh summer vegan pesto pizza, toped with zucchini, onions, olives, nuts, and basil leaves. For those following a raw vegan diet, try recreating another classic Italian dish, spaghetti bolognese, but with a twist, simply replace the spaghetti with zucchini slices and the beef in the bolognese with cauliflower and mushrooms or maybe meatless meatballs made from plant protein.
There are always options. I like to say, “What you can eat, I can make vegan!”
You just had the perfect lunch and it’s time for that tasty vegan desert. For those of you having a sweet tooth, let me introduce my favorite of all, a truly vegan essential, dark chocolate, vegan cupcake with chocolate buttercream and salted caramel. A delicious treat tasting even better than the regular omni thing.
Making vegan cupcakes does require some ingenuity. Eggs and butter are the heart of almost all baked goods. They keep the cupcake intact, adding volume and texture, keeping them moist and so on. How could you possibly replace these ingredients and come up with an attractive-looking, delicious cupcake?
It’s very simple once you do the math: Baking soda and vinegar can help the cake rise, and vegan margarine keeps it moist. With the right amount of organic cane sugar and flavoring, they taste even better than the old lifestyle version.
Choosing the right ingredients can make or break a recipe. You can try and memorize every part of the process, but if something fails, you end up with a grainy textured, sandy tasting thing that you can’t even call a cupcake. Having a good cookbook to remind you of vegan essentials in your kitchen is a must.
Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World…
A great addition to your cookbook collection, is Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s and Terry Hope Romero’s “Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World”.
Here you can find delicious looking cupcakes, iced with vegan buttercream frosting, dark chocolate shavings or ripe berries. Most of them look very fancy, with themed decorations, but don’t be intimidated. If you’re just starting out with baking, this is the book for you, with exhaustive explanation of the baking process, ingredients, appliances needed, as well as a trouble shooting section for all of you who just can’t get their cupcakes right, the very first time.
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