Whip it Up #8: Vegan Jelly Donut Cupcakes

I’m a little sad that Whip It Up is ending.  I’ve had a great time finding new vegan recipes, cooking them, photographing them, and then running to the coffee shop to post the results.  And eating them hasn’t been bad, either.  Also, there’s nothing like knowing I have at least one post a week that’s a no-brainer!

The last challenge was dessert, and I want to thank you all who made suggestions in the comments of the last post.  Specifically, thanks Mrs. Twink who saw this recipe on justJenn who got the recipe from Veganomicon.  This recipe has been around the block.  And guess what?  It’s really really good.

Vegan Jelly Donut Cupcakes

Serves a cast of 12.  (Wait for it, that will make sense later.)

My first recipe with no fresh fruit, vegetables or nuts. It's weird.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1-1/2 cups 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour <– my final mix was a little too watery, so I added some more flour at the end.
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg <– every time I see “nutmeg” I think “Not Meg,” as in every person in the world other than Meg.
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon <– not in the original recipe, added by justJenn
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup grape jelly
  • confectioner’s sugar

METHOD:

Query: does anyone preheat their oven at the beginning?  On a hot summer day, I wait until the last possible moment, even if it means the ingredients are ready before the oven.  With that in mind: preheat your oven to 350º when it feels right for you.  At some point, also place twelve cupcake wrappers in a cupcake tin.

Add the soy milk, cornstarch and vinegar to a small cup or bowl and mix until the cornstarch is dissolved and the mixture gets bubbly.  Then, in another bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, not Meg and salt.  Create a little dent in the middle of the dry ingredients.  Remix the soy milk mixture, and add it to the dent in the flour mix.  Then fold it all together.  I used a spatula to do this.  It was brilliant.

When that’s mixed to a nice consistency (I still had some flour lumps, like I always do), add the oil, sugar, and vanilla.  NOTE – the recipe on justJenn never mentions when to add the cinnamon, so I did it at this point. Mix everything together with your spatula.

Then, carefully, carefully now, fill those cupcake liners 3/4ths of the way with the mixture.  Drop spoonfuls of jelly in the middle.  justJenn suggests using the cheapest jelly you can find, so I went with Stop & Shop brand Concord Grape.  I also bought Strawberry, but I didn’t get to use it because I for some reason I thought I was going to get more than 12 cupcakes out of this recipe.  I didn’t.  Anyway, it looks like this if you’re messy like I am:

When you’re done with that, top off the cupcakes with the remaining batter.  Then put it in your oven for 21-23 minutes.  Twenty-one was fine for me.  You can’t really do a toothpick test because, hello?  They’re filled with jelly.  Afterward, you’ll get this:

Cupcakes with severe splotch problems!  In hindsight, I could have squeezed out 14 cupcakes and made use of my other tin.  But who doesn’t love a big cupcake?  I let them cool in the tin for about 10 minutes, and on a wire rack for an hour or so while I gathered my friends for the meal.  (The original recipe suggests letting them cool in a very cool place (like a basement, not a refrigerator) for 24 hours so they get crispy.)  When ready, use the sifter to dust them with powdered sugar.  It looks like this:

YUM!  But because no woman should eat 12 cupcakes on her own, no matter how much she wants to because it’s that time of the month, and she’s really annoyed that so-and-so did not call her back, but that’s fine, she has no problem being single for the rest of her life, because who needs other people when you can have cats?  And even though warm, gooey, sugary desserts fill that gaping hole in your soul, it’s only momentary, and a cupcake can’t go on a long walk on the beach with you or even help you pay your rent.  When you’re done, you’re going to regret eating all those cupcakes, even though it felt so good at the time, and the resulting fat that you might develop is really never going to bring the boys to the yard.  And where was I going?

Yes, cupcakes are meant to be shared.  So that’s why I invited over the entire cast of The Ruins.  We split a twelve-pack of Milwaukee’s Best (aka The Beast) because it is the crappiest of the crap beers and it reminds me of college, a time when eating an entire batch of cupcakes or an entire pint of Ben & Jerry’s didn’t seem so out of the ordinary.

The woman at the beer store didn't even believe that I wanted to buy The Beast. I told her it was just for prop use, and bought a sixer of Guinness to save my reputation. Little did she know, I actually drank The Beast. But not as much as the Hula monkey, he's a fiend.

And that is the end of that. I’ll answer your damn questions one last time and then I’m leaving until after Labor Day.

Was the recipe easy to follow?
Yes, but… some small things were lost in translation. I had to improvised a little, but there wasn’t much more to the recipe than “add this, add that.”  I went to a national retail chain corporation that sells books (aka Smorders, which cannot legally (in my mind) be called a bookstore) and found a copy of Veganomicon to double-check the original recipe.  Then I put the book back in the wrong place.  Take that you enemy of indie bookstores!  But I digress.  The point here is that both the original recipe and the one I used were easy to follow.

Did the dish taste good?
I don’t know. I ate the cupcake, not the dish.

Would you make the dish again?
Yes. In fact maybe even again this week and try it with the strawberry jelly. I think I would also cut back on the not Meg. It’s a little overpowering. There was one disappointment, though. I thought the jelly would be more like donut jelly, oozy and separate from the cupcake. But when you bake them all together, the jelly sort of just blends in. It wasn’t bad, mind you, but if you want jelly to remain jelly, you have to add it after the fact via a hole in the pastry. In real life, dollar store dolls cannot eat cupcakes, so I brought the dozen to our Thursday night barbecue, and they were a big hit.  Tucker kept the three left over and said he would eat them for breakfast.  So, like this entire Whip It Up project, this recipe was a success!

Before I go, I want to give a special thanks to RA and Nic who put this whole shebang together, and are whizzes with the organizing.  Even if I don’t win the grand prize, you two and everyone else who finished the challenge are winners in my mind!

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11 responses to this post.

  1. I’ll miss your Whip It Up posts too. There’s nothing to stop you from implementing your own New Recipe Mondays or something. Before my sporting activities got out of control, I always had Risotto Wednesdays and Try Something New Saturdays. Will have to get back into it this winter.

  2. My taste buds are lusting after those.

    I have to say you took WIU to the next level with your beer recommendations.

  3. Posted by Sarah on August 29, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    I am a huge fan of vegan cupcakes, and those look great.

    In junior high, my friend Tiff and I mused about how fun it would be it to have a friend named Meg, so we could say “You’re such a nut, Meg!” Then, in high school, we did find a friend named Meg. But I don’t think we ever called her a nut. meg.

  4. I’m glad to see the cast of The Ruins made an encore appearance. It makes Chatie happy.

  5. Those are tempting! I’m going to miss WIU too, it’s been fun seeing what everyone creates and how things turn out.

  6. Do I have to change the name if I put a big ol’ blob of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream on top?

  7. You invited the cast of The Ruins over for cupcakes. Noelle, you do make me laugh. 🙂

  8. It is common knowledge that The Beast is the perfect complement to delicious looking vegan cupcakes!

    Hope you enjoyed your holiday.

  9. I did not see that photo coming.

    an unrelated point:

    I think your cupcakes CAN bring the boys to the yard.

  10. Posted by lizgwiz on September 2, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    What, YOUR dollar store dolls don’t eat cupcakes? Then who’s been eating the cookies and ice cream at MY house? Couldn’t have been me.

    Ahh…the Beast. I remember it well. Sadly.

  11. Wow, those look scrumptious!!

    I’m off to try the recipe myself…

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