Friday, July 27, 2012

Vegan Ginger Orange Coconut Cupcakes

Mmmmhmmm. Bliss.
I don't eat oranges themselves, not a fan of peeling, of the rind and pulp, but I love a good cup of Tropicana in the morning. This idea stemmed from drinking that sweet morning sunshine and that long ago Thistle catered art event that featured delicious vegan orange bliss cupcakes that still tongue dance in dreams.
Of course, the thought of citrus happiness blended with spicy ginger and yummy coconut made my mouth water in anticipation.

Vegan Ginger Orange Coconut Cupcake Ingredients

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/2 cup plain soy milk
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup shredded coconut flakes
pinch of salt

Orange Glaze

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon ginger

additional coconut for topping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin tin with paper cups.

Blend ingredients well.
Add shredded coconut.
Pour batter into baking cups and bake for 20-25 minutes.
Mix the glaze ingredients while waiting.
All ready!
Ta da! Covered w/ glaze, coconut, and a smidgeon of ginger, this cupcake awaits!
A bit sticky, but I love it!
These cupcakes are very light, not too sweet, and moist, with the sugary glaze adding a slight crunch effect alongside the coconut texture and that doesn't make me regret not adding walnuts or almonds to the batter. Orange flavor is present, but may need to add more orange juice and less milk next time.
Overall, a good cake.
And funnily enough someone stole my homemade baked treats, leaving a most cryptic note,"yum! Took 2. Thanks."
Haha! The nerve of some people...
As I slowly appreciated and devoured cupcakes, (pinky swear only had 2), I couldn't help but think about doughnuts. With a little yeast, orange extract (or liquor), and zest, these yummy, scrumptious cupcakes can be transformed into the perfect orange doughnuts!
Plus, they taste amazing with or without the glaze- which be a little tooooooo sugary to some.
So I guess it's up to me to create these orange doughnuts, huh? ;)

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