Saturday, January 9, 2010
Sexy Cupcake Saturday!!
*Note: Please excuse the absolutely horrific quality of my camera. It is blurry... very blurry. It's like looking at images through broken beer goggles. You know what I mean... when you have a few beers and things start to look *ok* but they're not totally hot, only sort of hot. So you *think* maybe if you have another beer they'll be even hotter, so you drink another one, and then you're sorely disappointed because, no, things are not only *not* hotter, they're even more blurry. Got it?
I'm getting a new camera some time next week, so hopefully my pictures will be better soon.
Who has two thumbs, wants to lose weight, and has an uhealthy obsession with cupcakes?
I'm on a mission to lose some weight, and so are a lot of you.
It's *really* hard to do that when you're making delicious cupcakes with lots of fat and sugar. Last week, due to some unforseen circumstances, I was unable to post Sexy Cupcake Saturday and I... didn't... eat... a cupcake :::::GASP:::::.
This week, I wanted to eat a cupcake. I wanted to eat a cupcake SO BADLY.
A thought finally occured to me. "Why am I torturing myself?!" I looked in my kitchen and realized that I had 3 bananas and a bag of coconut I had to use pretty soon or they were going to go bad (I HATE wasting food, so I was determined to do *something*). Bananas are good for you, and the bag of coconut was unsweetened and specifically labeled as "coconut for baking," and that word (baking) is pretty much all my brain needs to register before that little voice in my head starts screaming "CUPCAKE!!!!!"
I did some research online and found a way to make vegan coconut cupcakes w/ vegan banana frosting.
Now, I normally hate the assumption that just because something is vegan it's healthier. Not true, people. All it means is that there are no animal products. You can have a cupcake with no animal products and enough sugar to kill a large rhino.
These babies have *a lot* less sugar (and most of it is brown sugar, SCORE) than your normal cupcake.
To my surprise, they actually came out REALLY GOOD. Maybe that's because I've been somewhat depriving myself of copious amounts of sugar, but I'd like to give myself *a little* credit for possibly doing something right in the kitchen.
I will say, they are not incredibly sexy, but sexiness is really in the eyes of the cupcake holder and these babies look sexy to ME because they are a lot healthier than a normal cupcake. I'm pretty sure that healthy + cupcake = TOTALLY sexy.
You can find the banana frosting recipe HERE.
Here is the recipe for the coconut cupcakes:
1 1/2 c ap flour
1 c white sugar
1/2 c flaked coconut
1 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1 cup coconut milk
1/3 c canola oil
1 t vanilla extract
1 t white vinegar
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, coconut, baking soda, and salt. Add in the rest of the ingredients, adding the vinegar last. Stir until well combined.
2. Pour into cupcake liners and bake 30 minutes or until centers come clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
3. Frost with your favorite vegan buttercream frosting. Decorate with freshly toasted coconut.
Here are my Sexy (Vegan) Cupcakes!!
I hope you all have a great weekend!