Sunday is my niece’s seventh birthday. And according to tradition I’m baking the cake. Its my gift for everyone in my family that I make them the sweet side of their day. The little miss wanted a princess cake. Unfortunately I’m not a fan of my mom’s idea of baking a bundt and shoving a Barbie in the middle. So I convinced C that she wanted a castle cake. I doubled the vanilla cupcake recipe from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World and baked it in a half sheet pan. The frosting is the fluffy buttercream from the same book. The frosting is my go-to for anything cake related. 

I know I could have thrown myself into this project and really wowed. But in the scheme of things a bunch of seven year old girls don’t care if I spent 3 hours or 3 days. Its sugary and pink and honestly isn’t that what matters at that age?


The Mango Tango Revolution

The cupcakes were a huge success at the birthday. The best compliments I get are from middle-aged omnivore ladies. And they loved them as much as the rest of us. Since I had some leftover mango pudding I made more today. My mom was really bummed that she didn’t get one so I made mini mango tangos today. Along with some carrot muffins from Veganomicon. 

Yeah I burned the coconut a little. Doing too many things as once. But damn they are good.

And since there was leftover batter of both I made mini cakes. They’re chilling in the freezer for the weekend and I’ll frost them next week. The reason they aren’t being consumer right now is I’m going out of town for my mom’s families’ annual girls’ weekend. All the women 18 and over hang out all weekend eating, chatting, being bums. Its great. Except the food. This will the first time I’ve been since becoming vegan. Hence the plethora of baked goods coming with. This should be an experience.

Cupcakes, Oh My

So today is my friend’s 23rd birthday. And living up to my role as baker extraordinaire I made the sweet treats. My first year at ISU we invented the infamous mango tangos. A mix of coconut rum and Naked mango juice (because its healthy you know). So I invented the mango tango cupcake. 

The recipe is a modified margarita cupcake recipe from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World.

1/4 c. pureed mango (pureed with just enough water to whir)

1 c. coconut milk

1/4 c. oil

2 tbsp. rum

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

3/4 c. granulated sugar

1 1/3 c. flour

1/4 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin pan with awesome liners, plain will do if you must. Whisk mango through sugar in a large bowl. Sift in remaining ingredients and whisk until combined until batter is smooth. Fill liners and bake for 20-22 minutes. Or until toothpick comes out clean. These little beauties were filled with mango pudding and topped with a half batch of vegan fluffy buttercream that was mixed with 1/3 c. mango pudding. And toasted coconut, decorative and tasty.


The mango tangos are filling with a mango pudding concoction too. See…

Basically it was the left over mango puree(approx. 1 1/2 c.) mixed with about 1/3 c. sugar, 2 tbsp. cornstarch, and maybe 1 tsp. lemon juice. Cooked in the microwave for two minutes or until thickened. Pop it in the fridge to cool and set and them stuff those little suckers. 


Because 12 cupcakes just doesn’t feed very many, and because my friend is known for her love of cupcakes, I also made chocolate cupcakes stuffed with peanut buttercream. Again I turned to my culinary heroes, Isa and Terry, for ideas. Just the basic chocolate cupcakes with dutch process cocoa. And the other half of the buttercream mixed with 1/3 c. peanut butter.