Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Fall Chimera Cupcakes

Look so Happy
So the lovely vegan peoples over at reddit posted a link to cupcakes with a mini pumpkin pie heart.  They cried out to veganize the recipe.  Well the sympathetic yet evil mad scientist in me couldn't resist the urge to Frankenstein some pastry, so I took my vegan stab at it and put on my own twist.  I decided to go with a Chai Latte Cupcake from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World (Pardon my shameless advertising). Its a cheap cookbook, its an awesome cookbook, you should already have it.

It was fairly straight forward, start off with a batch of "Basic Single Pastry (page 262)" in the Veganomicon.  Roll it out, cut out small circles (I used a small glass) and press them into a mini muffin pan.  Preserve the extra pastry, and use it to make some ramekin pumpkin pies.  Mix up a batch of your fav vegan pumpkin pie base, I like this one here.  I baked the mini pies for 30 minutes at 350, and left my 4 ramekin pies in the oven for a total of 55.  Let the little pies cool, and move on to your cupcakes.

I just followed the recipe from VCTOtW for the Chai Latte Cupcakes.  I thought this would accent the flavor of the pumpkin pie nicely and add a nice spice.  Personally I think I was right.  I put a heaping tablespoon (I used a .75oz Disher if I recall), filled the bottom of the cupcake liners, and then set in my little pumpkin pie tarts. Then I topped them off so that overall it was about 5/6's full (They don't rise as much due to the heavier cake batter and the pumpkin core)  Baked 24 min at the recommended temp, which is just a few longer than the recipe calls for, trust me they are plenty moist.

Let them cool down, and then top with a Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting. I made mine:

  • 8oz Vegan Cream Cheese
  • 1/4c Vegan Butter
  • 1tsp Vanilla
  • 1.5tsp Cinnamon
  • 2c Powder Sugar

  1. With a mixer, combine the Cream Cheese and Butter. 
  2. Add the Vanilla and Cinnamon and mix till combined.  
  3. In 3-4 batches, sift in the Powder Sugar, and mix.  

I put the Frosting in a pastry bag, and let it chill with the cupcakes in the fridge overnight.

Once everything is nice and cold, top the suckers off and enjoy.



  1. I think you just made my life complete. Definitely going to make these ASAP!

  2. I was just working on a plan to veganize those tasty looking suckers from Bake it in a Cake, and here you are with a delightful looking version of your own! Cheers!