Easy, Moist (Vegan) Chocolate Cupcakes

Easy, Moist (Vegan) Chocolate Cupcakes

I am not a vegan and the fact that these cupcakes is purely coincidence. But it's definitely a happy coincidence for those of you who are vegans 'cause these suckers are GOOD!I was looking for an easy, moist, not too intensely chocolatey cupcake recipe to make for my son's fourth birthday last week. I read a lot of different recipes before I hit on this one from Simply Recipes. It sounded perfect - simple, moist, and not too rich for my little guy's young taste buds.This recipe reminds me of the first cake I ever baked as a kid (of course it was chocolate.) I must have been about nine or ten and I remember it because the cake recipe in my kids' cookbook called for vinegar which struck me as odd even then. But it totally works!It's no accident that this type of recipe was in a kids baking cookbook - the recipe is so simple and easy that a child can make it. No eggs to crack and beat, no butter to soften or melt - all you need to do is measure and mix!I think the coffee in the recipe is essential to the flavor so don't skip it although you can use decaf if you're worried about the caffeine (I really would not worry about it unless you know from past experience that you're extremely sensitive to caffeine in baked goods.)I've included links to some frosting recipes (including a vegan option) below but . I would include my own frosting recipe but I don't use an actual recipe - I usually just melt chocolate chips, butter, a little heavy cream, confectioners sugar and vanilla extract  in a double boiler and whisk until it's smooth, adding what always feels like a shocking amount of powdered sugar throughout the process. One note on the yield, Elise's recipe says it makes 12 cupcakes but I've made it twice now (it's that good!) and I feel that 12 is a little optimistic unless you want pretty small cupcakes. Ten is more realistic if you're shooting for a normal-sized cupcake.But I've nattered on quite long enough. Without further ado, I give you the world's simplest, moistest chocolate cupcake recipe. And vegan to boot!

Ingredients

  • Vegan Coconut Icing
  • Vegan Chocolate Glaze
  • Vanilla Frosting With a Whipped Cream-Like Consistency
  • Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Buttercream Frosting (though I have to warn you that I practically had a heart attack just looking at the ingredients - it calls for 4 sticks of butter and 2 lbs of sugar just to frost 24 cupcakes or one 9-inch cake)
Read the whole recipe on The Garden of Eating