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So I think I have a problem.

Oh, but first, I'd just like to put this out there:

On Notice: Massachusetts. (At least you voted for Mitt Romney so I can't write you off completely. *snickers at silly Commonwealth's waste of delegates*)

Dead To Me: California.

Yeah, so, anyway... I think I've been using making cupcakes as an excuse to not... I don't know what. But I don't think it's normal for someone to have made four batches of cupcakes, from scratch, in a matter of less than a week without some sort of excuse to feed lots of people or a bake sale or such. I don't think I've ever put a cookbook to such good use as I have Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World. So, my latest creations:

Cashew Butter & Cardamom Cupcakes with Cashew Butter Frosting

The book describes these as a "breakfast cupcake" and I have to agree. I thought they were good, but just not really my taste. A few people at work who had them raved about them, though. I didn't really like working with the cashew butter... it was gross and oily.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Cinnamon Icing

I told roommate to pick out a cupcake from the book which she'd like for her birthday which is Friday. I think they're quite delicious though no one else has tried them yet. I'm pretty sure I could just eat a bowl of the icing though and be happy with that. These were pretty easy to make. They look more like muffins than cupcakes, but cupcakes are way more fun.

Obama Cupcakes (Chocolate with Fluffy Vegan Buttercream Frosting)

This recipe was more difficult than I would've thought, but still not difficult. They taste great, especially the frosting. In fact I feel a little bit sick now because I've eaten so much damn frosting. I don't think my piping came out too bad either considering that was the first time I've ever used a pastry bag.

Yeah, anyway, so it's 3AM and I'm not tired. Probably the sugar high. Awesome. Going to go try to fall asleep and not think about what other cupcakes I should make because I should probably STOP MAKING CUPCAKES. And sleep. Or something.

Oh, but before I go... Jen had her baby!
Ellie Grace Kirk! Mom & baby are happy and healthy from what I hear! :D

Okay, work in like 5 hours, ugh. Later, skaterz.


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Feb. 6th, 2008 08:56 am (UTC)
haha perfect icon! And yes, anytime! If you ever came over I would totally make you cupcakes. I wish they were easier to ship.
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Feb. 6th, 2008 02:42 pm (UTC)
There is a recipe in my cookbook for low-fat vanilla cupcakes. They have a more exciting name than that, but they look really delicious.
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Feb. 7th, 2008 07:53 am (UTC)
Sexy Low-Fat Vanilla Cupcakes
1/2 cup vanilla soy yogurt
2/3 cup plain or vanilla soy milk
1/4 cup applesauce
3 Tbsp canola oil
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp cornstarch
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

1 cup confectioners sugar, sifted
1-3 tsp soy milk OR 1 Tbsp flavored syrup (like that used to flavor lattes and Italian sodas)
1/2 cup seedless, smooth spreadable fruit or other preserves
1 cup fresh fruit or berries, washed, patted dry and thinly sliced if necessary

To make cupcakes:
1. Preheat oven at 350F and line muffin pan with cupcake liners.
2. In a large bowl whisk together yogurt, soy milk, applesauce, oil, sugar, and vanilla. Sift in flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, and mix.
3. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full. Bake 22-24 minutes until a knife or toothpick inserted through the center comes out clean. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

To make icing:
Mix confectioners sugar with soy milk or syrup, either with a fork or small whisk. Mixture will resemble a very thick paste or batter. Carefully dribble in remaining soy milk, one teaspoon at a time, till mixture resembles a thin cake batter, adjusting additional soy milk by either less or more teaspoons till desired consistency is reached. If too watery, add in more confectioners sugar by the tablespoon.

To assemble:
Spread top of cupcake with a few thin layers of spreadable fruit at room temperature. Neatly and evenly spread the layers for the most attractive appearance. Spoon a small circle of Icing on top of jam, decorate with fresh fruit, and carefully drizzle tops of berries with more icing.
Feb. 6th, 2008 10:48 am (UTC)
you would totally own the world if you opened a vegan cupcake store. niche places like that make a killing and you would end up on Oprah telling the world how it all started...did I mention that I LOVE cupcakes? :D
Feb. 6th, 2008 02:41 pm (UTC)
Next time you're down I'll have you pick out a recipe and I'll make you some. :)
Feb. 6th, 2008 11:43 am (UTC)
Oh that's what the frosting's about. I stared at them for awhile this morning. Also, great name for the baby, nice and classic.
Feb. 6th, 2008 02:40 pm (UTC)
Haha yeah, it doesn't really jump out at you I don't think, but I did what I could.

Am sad though... I brought them to work and as I was getting out of the car they toppled all over the place. :(
Feb. 6th, 2008 12:12 pm (UTC)
I really want some good, homemade cupcakes now. =(
All I can get are he crap Dining Hall ones.

PS- The Obama ones basically made my day.
Feb. 6th, 2008 02:39 pm (UTC)
I would totally make you some if they weren't such a bitch to ship.

I'm glad they made your day. :) I think Obama should give cupcakes to everyone who would vote for him. I bet a lot of people would sell their votes for cupcakes, don't you think? Really good cupcakes? If I was leaning between two candidates I think a cupcake would easily sway me one way or another. I would slave over a hot oven, turning out millions of cupcakes between now and November if that's what it would take to get this guy elected. :)
Feb. 6th, 2008 04:49 pm (UTC)
Wow. We could totally take over the world with your master plan of buying votes with cupcakes. I definitely believe it would work.
Bittner-Gallagher in 2012!!

I seriously have to keep resisting the urge to lick the computer screen everytime I open up my friends page. Not that I'm complaining or anything. =)
Feb. 7th, 2008 08:47 pm (UTC)
Let's do it! Hey, the name of the cookbook I've been using is "Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World"... world domination through cupcakes!!!
Feb. 6th, 2008 12:49 pm (UTC)
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Cinnamon Icing. WANT.

What makes those other cupcakes "Obama" cupcakes?
Feb. 6th, 2008 02:36 pm (UTC)
Feb. 6th, 2008 01:33 pm (UTC)
Aww, what a cute kid :)
Feb. 6th, 2008 02:37 pm (UTC)
She's adorable. Even with her screamy face. :)
Feb. 6th, 2008 02:39 pm (UTC)
Pumpkin chocolate chip cupcakes with cinnamon icing? Dear lord, those look incredible. There have been few times in my life when I've actually wished I lived inside my computer. This is one of them.
Feb. 6th, 2008 02:43 pm (UTC)
lol! :D
Feb. 6th, 2008 03:50 pm (UTC)
1. I love your icon. I'M ON SPEEEEEEED!!

2. Those Obama cupcakes look omnomtastic, as my friend Bethany always says. I kind of want one.
Feb. 6th, 2008 05:58 pm (UTC)
Wilson on speed = Love

Wish I could send you one! They went fast here at the office today.
Feb. 6th, 2008 04:10 pm (UTC)
wow, you've been busy xD
that reminds me... I wanted to bake some more this week again... maybe cookies this time ^^
Feb. 6th, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
Can never go wrong with cookies!
Feb. 6th, 2008 10:39 pm (UTC)
I've been MIA for awhile but I'm back and trying to catch with everyone I've missed so much.

On behalf of Massachusetts. I apologize. Some serious lapses in judgement all around.

And everything looks delicious. In fact, you've inspired me to go bake, and then eat.
Feb. 7th, 2008 07:41 am (UTC)
Perhaps Vermont, Maine, and Rhode Island can redeem the rest of the Northeast.

Yay for baking!

Also, glad you're back! :D
Feb. 7th, 2008 05:59 am (UTC)
I so wish we lived closer together so I could taste test all these yummy looking creations. Damn the chocolate allergy, 'cause those pumpkin ones sound so awesome. But I'm no fun when I'm dying of a migraine.

Also, I know how you feel when it comes to election resluts and thinking people are insane. The last two federal elections I've watched a guy I basically loathe become Prime Minster, and it looks like there's CHANCE Canada could be at the polls for the third time in 6 years before you guys even have the big vote if things go badly over Afgahnistan. I might have to disown my country if the government falls on a non-confidence vote and the same guy ends up leading for a third election. Seriously. There's been times myself and others have refered to him as Mini-Bush, Bush Jr, etc... He's making our environmental record mud and I want him gone *cries*
Feb. 7th, 2008 07:40 am (UTC)
I need to find a good way to ship cupcakes where they won't get destroyed, because I really wish I could share with everyone.

Isn't politics frustrating sometimes? *sigh*
Feb. 7th, 2008 08:18 am (UTC)
Yeah... remember_nomore sent me a birthday cake one year... the icing got a little smooshed, so I couldn't read what she'd written (in my fave colour no less) but it was still yummy. There's got to be a better system. And also some 'creative' omisions on customs forms, since I don't think we're allowed to send non-storebought food across the border... not that it's ever stopped Nora. lol

Very. But I make a point of voting unlike some people, because I've been of the firm belief since well before I was old enough that if you have the right to and choose not to vote, you forefit the right to bitch. Even if it is like chosing the lesser evil at times, it's an attempt to make things better, right?

Also, LOVE the icon.
Feb. 7th, 2008 02:29 pm (UTC)
I'll have to contemplate this.

Exactly, you need to vote. Even if you hate the system, hate the candidates because right now it's all we got. If people don't use the political rights they're given, and just become apathetic to the whole thing, nothing's ever going to change.

I love the icon, too. :D <3 Jewel
Feb. 8th, 2008 08:21 pm (UTC)
lol... I wish I had suggestions. Grandma's got cookies down to a science, but she never sends smooshy things short of fruitcake.

That's exactly it. And for anyone that says things can't change? My riding was Conservative/Alliance for decades... the last two elections it's been NDP, which on the federal level's basically as far left as you can get (given that Green Party has not yet managed to get anyone in to Parliment and the Liberals are the centre party) At least my card-carrying Conservative (AKA supporting the guy I can't stand) brother won't be living in the basement this time... there will be no signs on the front lawn, and no party policy books left on my pillow. I got babbly there, sorry.

Jewel is awesome!
Feb. 9th, 2008 01:44 am (UTC)
Love the Obama cupcakes! :)
Feb. 12th, 2008 05:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :D
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