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Vegan chocolate cupcakes

Now and again, we crave chocolate. Sometimes multiple. Times. A. Day. Hour. Minute. In some form.

I can hold in check. Unless it’s these vegan chocolate cupcakes. I won’t describe the intense moistness, thickly flavored yet subtle chocolate and vanilla and almond essences. Or the sinfully creamy icing that entices even more when you crush vegan Oreo cookies into it. You’ll just have to try them yourself. Since this recipe takes minutes to mouth-watering decadence, and chocolate is actually good for you, do it soon!

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

Makes: 12 cupcakes

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a muffin pan with paper or foil liners.
  2. Whisk together the soy milk and vinegar in a large bowl, and set aside for a few minutes to curdle. Add the sugar, oil, vanilla extract, and other extract, if using, to the soy milk mixture and beat until foamy. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add in two batches to wet ingredients and beat until no large lumps remain (a few tiny lumps are OK).
  3. Pour into liners, filling 3/4 of the way. Bake 18 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Transfer to a cooling rack and let cool completely.

Variation: Cookies ‘n’ Cream Cupcakes (pictured): Mix into cupcake batter 1 cup (about 10 cookies; chop first, then measure) of coarsely chopped vegan chocolate cream-filled sandwich cookies, like Newman-O’s. Bake as directed.

Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World , by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero

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