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Happy Birthday!

Today is (was?) my Dad's birthday, as well as Bill Mumy's birthday, so I thought I would make cupcakes.

From scratch. And they're vegan.

They're green tea cupcakes!

They were surprisingly easy to make, even the little marzipan flowers weren't that difficult. The hardest part was getting the ingredients. I had to go to an Asian grocery to get matcha green tea powder, which was sort of scary and kind of in not the best neighborhood. But it was an adventure and I think worth it. I haven't tried an actual cupcake yet, but the batter was quite tasty! Best part about vegan cupcakes is that you don't need to worry about salmonella when you're licking the spoon! (Not that any of us did anyway...) I want to make more fancy cupcakes and take pictures of them. I feel like I need a better camera. Or better lighting in my apartment. Or both. Anyway, it's way past my bedtime and as agonizingly true as it is, tomorrow is Friday and not Saturday. Ugh. Later, skaterz. (Happy birthday, Bill! Happy birthday, Dad!)

PS - I totally remember why watching Lost live sucks. I HAVE TO WAIT A WHOLE WEEK BEFORE THE NEXT EPISODE?! GAH! But seriously, this is the first time I've been really upset about the writers strike. HOW CAN YOU ONLY GIVE ME HALF A SEASON OF LOST! I HATE YOU! I NEED ANSWERS!! But, the fact that they're using viral marketing again? WIN! Is it Thursday yet?!!?


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Feb. 1st, 2008 07:53 am (UTC)
the cupcakes look verrry good! i bet they taste even better :)

Feb. 1st, 2008 02:45 pm (UTC)
OMG THEY'RE SO GOOD! I just had one for breakfast. I will definitely be making them again.
Feb. 1st, 2008 11:17 am (UTC)
Those cupcakes look explicitly good. I've never had a vegan cupcake, though, so I wonder about the taste. Vegan cookies I've enjoyed tons, but does the fluffiness translate well?
Feb. 1st, 2008 03:04 pm (UTC)
They're really moist, but still fluffy. Other than the moistness (which I actually think is a plus) the texture is just like that of any other cupcake. And they're DELICIOUS! I had one for breakfast.
Feb. 1st, 2008 01:28 pm (UTC)
I was staring at them this morning. The fact that they are green amuses me. Is the frosting green tea too?

Also. If you get a new camera, I'd be glad to inherit your current one. ;-)
Feb. 1st, 2008 03:02 pm (UTC)
The frosting is also green tea.

When I get a new camera it'll be a digital SLR so I'll still be keeping this one. Not to get your hopes up or anything. :)
Feb. 1st, 2008 03:07 pm (UTC)
Damn, well can't blame the camera-less for trying. That icon still makes me smile haha. <3 Atlantis.
Feb. 1st, 2008 02:13 pm (UTC)
Did not watch Lost yet, very excited though!

Those cupcakes look amazing. Actually, all of your cupcakes are amazing. Can you please open up a cupcake bakery??
Feb. 1st, 2008 02:47 pm (UTC)
Only if clarkdreams and nyrclooch contribute to it as well.

It can be our fall back/side business for the wedding planning. How sweet (no pun intended) would it be to own a bakery?
Feb. 1st, 2008 03:28 pm (UTC)
Hee, your cat really wants to eat one of the cupcakes.
Feb. 1st, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
And she was thisclose to taking a chuck out of one of them but I shooed her away in time! My cat is a carb fiend.
Feb. 1st, 2008 04:49 pm (UTC)
aww they look totally cute ^^
does your cat really have a blue and a green eye?
Feb. 1st, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)

And yes, one of her eyes is amber and the other is blue. When I saw her on PetFinder I knew I had to have her. :)

I love your icon, btw!
Feb. 1st, 2008 05:27 pm (UTC)
different-colored eyes have always fascinated me xD

thanks ^^
Feb. 1st, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
They look amazing - I love the colour! Do you have a recipie? My frind if Vegan is always looking for new stuff to do.
Feb. 1st, 2008 05:48 pm (UTC)
The recipe is from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World, which I totally recommend for your friend. This was one of the "fancy" recipes, but it was still totally easy and they're delicious!

1/2 cup soy yogurt (I used vanilla, couldn't find plain, and a 6 oz pkg will do)
2/3 cup rice milk
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup canola oil
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
3-4 tsp Matcha tea powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup sugar

Whisk yogurt, rice milk, vanilla, oil and almond extract. Sift in flour, baking powder, baking soda, matcha powder, salt and sugar. Bake at 350F for 20 min or until toothpick comes out clean. (For me it was exactly 20 minutes!)

Green Tea Glaze:
2 Tbsp margarine
1 cup confectioners sugar
1/8 - 1/4 tsp matcha tea powder
1 - 2 Tbsp rice milk

Beat the margarine with a fork until fluffy. Add confectioners sugar and matcha tea powder and beat until crumbly. Slowly add the rice milk until glaze is a good consistency. When cupcakes are cool spoon small amount onto the top of each cupcake and spread with the back of a spoon. It's nice to let the green cupcake show around the edge.

Marzipan flowers
1/4 cup marzipan (totally didn't need this much!)
1-2 drops red food coloring

Knead the marzipan and the red food coloring together until the color spreads throughout. Sprinkle confectioners sugar on a surface and press the marzipan flat. (It gets sticky!) I used a fondant flower cutout to make the shapes, but they also said you could use a sharp knife to cut petals and press them together. I used a toothpick to make lines in the petal. They said to use those little silver balls in the middle, but I didn't see any at the store. My advice is to put them on the glaze pretty soon after you put the glaze on because it looks prettier if you don't have to disturb the glaze once it's hardened.

Edited at 2008-02-01 05:49 pm (UTC)
Feb. 1st, 2008 05:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks! That book sounds so awesome!
Feb. 2nd, 2008 06:09 am (UTC)
So I tried to remember the glaze from memory today, and apparently I left out a drop of vanilla extract and a 1/4 tsp almond extract. Yeah, I totally didn't put those in and the glaze last night and it came out okay, but yeah.
Feb. 1st, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC)
Those look delicious. :D ♥
Feb. 1st, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC)
OMG THEY ARE!! I wish I could give one to everyone on my flist to eat. Technology needs to catch up! Why can't we send actual cupcakes over the internets yet?!
Feb. 1st, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
Oh man those look amazing. I may have to make green tea cupcakes at some point (although maybe of the nonvegan variety as it'd be silly to buy rice milk when that's the only thing I'm going to use it for) because green tea can make anything better. Tru fax.
Feb. 2nd, 2008 06:10 am (UTC)
Rice milk is a lot sweeter than regular milk so just keep that in mind.

<3 green tea
Feb. 2nd, 2008 04:31 am (UTC)
They look so cute!

I made blueberry muffins (with organic blueberries!) and they were very tasty. I think next I'm gonna try ricotta cheesecake cupcakes, which were yesterday's recipe.
Feb. 2nd, 2008 06:12 am (UTC)

Mmmm, sound yummy. Muffins are almost as good as cupcakes. Next I'm looking at a recipe for what they refer to as a "breakfast cupcake"... Cashew Butter Cardamom Cupcakes
Feb. 2nd, 2008 06:12 am (UTC)
ive never had vegan cupcakes.. or cookies i dont think.. im interested to see if that book has the nutritional info as well?

they look yummy and by your reactions to everyone saying that, i feel like they REALLY REALLY ARE! haha

p.s. to whoever is above me.. ricotta cheesecake cupcakes sound soooooo good even tho theyre not vegan (which i'm not either so i'd sooo have to try those too!)

ok this is making me too hungry now
Feb. 2nd, 2008 06:17 am (UTC)
No, no nutritional information unfortuntely.

6/7 people who tried my cupcakes so far thought they were delicious! :D
Feb. 2nd, 2008 01:16 pm (UTC)
Mmm cupcakes. We should hammer out details of our business over the road trip, what else are we going to do during our 18-hour a day car rides? :)
Oh - and if you're looking for a not-so-sketchy Asian grocery in the future, there's one in Vernon in that little plaza across from Vernon Circle. It's in the plaza with Carvel, Between Rounds, and the gigantic Bank of America!

Can we make a dinner-party date in the VERY near future, btw? :)
Feb. 2nd, 2008 03:01 pm (UTC)
That's what I thought, but I tried calling them and first they didn't answer and then when someone did, it sounded like I was calling someone's house who doesn't speak English.

As long as by "very near future" you mean March. lol
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