Wonder Woman Egg Free Red Velvet Cupcakes

A rich egg free red velvet cupcake with a sweet cream cheese butter cream and Wonder Woman gum paste topper.

Wonder Woman Egg Free Red Velvet Cupcakes

Wonder Woman

When I hear “Wonder Woman” I can not help but think of my mother. I specifically think of her pre-marital years when she would win costume contests dressed as the Lynda Carter Wonder Woman with her long raven locks and star spangled bathing suit. I envision a young woman full of determination and willing to take on any challenge in order to achieve her clearly defined goals. Wonder Woman represents strength and power, justice and beauty.

Perhaps, that is my definition of every Wonder Woman: A woman full of determination and willing to take on any challenge in order to achieve her clearly defined goals. With the latest release of the Wonder Woman movie, how could young girls not look to Diana (Wonder Woman’s alter ego) as a role model?

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This week’s cupcake was specially created just for one of these young girls.

When I first began communicating with Ashley Spang from GrowingSpangs, I had not yet fully connected all of the dots. One look at her About the Author page and I knew we were two peas from a similar pod. She has a beautiful daughter, Olivia, who will be turning two in September. We wanted to make a cupcake that incorporated her interests and available for Mom to make in time for the big day. The Wonder Woman Egg Free Red Velvet Cupcake is Olivia’s cupcake. It is developed for her and the Wonder Woman I know she will become.

As for connecting the dots, my mother, the Wonder Woman mentioned above, and another close relative (who coincidentally is also named Olivia and a Wonder Woman in her own right) are both celebrating their birthdays this month. This Wonder Woman Red Velvet cupcake can celebrate all of the strong and powerful women we have working every day to achieve their goals.

On With the Cake

One of the specifications for Olivia’s cupcake was that it must be egg free. For this recipe, I easily substituted a half cup of applesauce in place of what would normally be two eggs. This leaves the batter looking a little wet but after baking, the cake is just as moist and delicious as always.

I particularly love this recipe because it is so easy to remember. The steps are simple: cream, paste, add and fold.

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Cream

In your favorite electric mixer, cream the butter, sugar, and applesauce. The applesauce makes this step a little less creamy but the process is the same.

Paste

In a separate bowl, we are going to create a paste of the food coloring, salt, and cocoa. This sounds easy enough but I’m telling you now food coloring and cocoa do not like to turn to paste easily. The food coloring, especially liquid drops, like to bead up and roll off the cocoa.

The best way to really make the paste is to take the back of a spoon and press the color droplets into the cocoa firmly and smear it across the bottom of the bowl. Just keep at it until the cocoa is well coated in food coloring.

Add

Adding the flour and buttermilk to the mixture thickens up the batter. Alternate between adding the flour and baking soda mixture and the buttermilk, mixing thoroughly after each addition.

Fold

This is where the chemistry happens. Fold in the vinegar and the vanilla extract. Be mindful not to over mix the batter. You just want to fold it in enough to allow the vinegar to interact with the baking soda.

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Bake

How simple was that? I love recipes that are easy to remember because it ensures I keep coming back to them. Throw those beautiful blood red cakes in the oven and bake for about twenty-five minutes at 350 degrees.

Inspiration

While you are waiting on those beautiful cupcakes to bake up, head over to GrowingSpangs for some daily inspiration. I love how Ashley thoughtfully and eloquently writes about her family, her faith and what every mom needs: a little encouragement.

Wonder Woman Egg Free Red Velvet Cupcakes

Icing on the Cake

The only real way to eat a red velvet cupcake is to have it paired with cream cheese icing. This Cream Cheese Butter Cream is sweet and creamy and the perfect topping.

The key to this icing is making sure your cream cheese and butter are both softened before creaming them together. No one wants a chunk of butter in their icing. Not just for eating but when you go to decorate the cupcakes, the chunks can get stuck in your decorating tips and make decorating more difficult than it should be.

Decorations

The decorations are really what make this cupcake a Wonder Woman cupcake, right? Exactly! There are plenty of ways you can choose to decorate for a Wonder Woman or superhero themed party. A nice and easy way is to find rings or figures to place on top. I found this great miniature Wonder Woman at the Dollar Tree. Ordering online allows you to order a case for all your cupcakes or party guests without having to travel to different stores and hunt them down.

I used the Cosmos ® 10 Pieces Multicolor DIY Cake Fondant&gumpaste Decorating Modeling Tools Set to cut out the Wonder Woman symbol from rolled gum paste. Unless you are an artist, this can be fairly time-consuming especially if making a lot of cupcakes.

Diana just isn’t Wonder Woman without a little shimmer and pizazz. A brushed coating of Wilton Pearl Dust, Gold-0.05 Ounce (1,4g) adds just the right amount of shimmer to make the symbol sparkle.

Wonder Woman Egg Free Red Velvet Cupcakes

Only Love Can Truly Save the World

The above quote is from the newly released Wonder Woman movie but let it also be a compass for us to direct our young girls.

I hope Olivia enjoys her Wonder Woman cupcakes and has a blast at her September birthday party. I also hope that we acknowledge the other wonder women in our lives and celebrate them as well.

Who is the Wonder Woman in your life? What other favorite super heroes would you like me to create a cupcake for? Let me know in the comments below.
Wonder Woman Egg Free Red Velvet Cupcakes
Wonder Woman Egg Free Red Velvet Cupcakes
Print Recipe
A rich egg free red velvet cupcake with a sweet cream cheese butter cream
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Wonder Woman Egg Free Red Velvet Cupcakes
Wonder Woman Egg Free Red Velvet Cupcakes
Print Recipe
A rich egg free red velvet cupcake with a sweet cream cheese butter cream
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Ingredients
Egg Free Red Velvet Cupcakes
Cream Cheese Butter Cream
Servings: cupcakes
Instructions
Egg Free Red Velvet Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cupcake tin with 24 liners
  2. In a large mixing bowl, using the paddle attachment of an electric mixer, cream the butter, applesauce, and sugar together.
  3. In a small bowl, use a spoon to mix food coloring, salt, and cocoa into a paste. Wet food coloring will want to bead up. Press spoon firmly against the bottom of the bowl to press coloring into cocoa. Keep blending until a paste-like consistency is formed. This may mean adding a bit more coloring as needed.
  4. Add colored cocoa to the sugar mixture. Mix on medium speed until well blended.
  5. In a separate mixing bowl whisk together flour and baking soda.
  6. Add flour mixture a little at a time to the sugar mixture, alternating with the addition of the buttermilk. Mix on medium speed until well blended.
  7. Fold in vinegar and vanilla extract using a spatula. Do not over mix.
  8. Fill each cupcake tin 2/3 full and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool on rack before icing.
Cream Cheese Butter Cream
  1. In a large mixing bowl of an electric mixer with the whisk attachment, beat cream cheese and cutter until soft and smooth.
  2. Add powdered sugar to the cream cheese mixture one cup at a time, mixing thoroughly after each addition.
  3. Add salt and vanilla extract and mix on medium high speed until well blended and icing is fluffy.
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Bold and Free Vegan Avocado Chocolate Cupcakes

Vegan Avocado Chocolate Cupcake

A Vegan Avocado Chocolate Cupcake topped with a Vegan Avocado Chocolate “butter cream” icing to satisfy one of the most stringent diets and the familiar chocoholic.

Hey, Guys!

Today is Friday and you know what that means: Cupcake time!

It is also the day that Aimee from Be Bold and Free goes live on her Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Who is Aimee and what is Be Bold and Free?

Aimee is the inspirational author of the blog Be Bold and Free. Though she documents her journey with health and maintaining a plant-based diet, her site is really more about taking risks and finding new adventures.  In many ways, I feel like her message of “be bold to live free” goes hand in hand with my message to make life taste sweeter.

In the spirit of Aimee’s message of taking chances and exploring life outside of my comfort zone, I decided to experiment with my first intentionally vegan recipe. Aimee has removed meat from her diet and found that her health and mood have both drastically improved. Keeping meat out of a cupcake may sound like a pretty easy feat for some folks but that isn’t so easy for the creator of the Almost Legendary Apple Bacon Cupcakes.

The other challenge with veganism is also abstaining from animal byproducts like eggs, milk and even honey. That part is a little more difficult but certainly not impossible.

Why Avocados?

Do vegan chocolate cupcakes have to be made with avocados? Absolutely not! The avocados were just an extra challenge.

Captain Cupcakeasaurus hates avocados. He will not touch the guacamole or the chunky Mexican shrimp cocktail. Making a dessert that I know he would not be able to resist like a chocolate cupcake and then filling it with his least favorite food was both torturous for him and hilarious for me. I knew he wouldn’t be able to resist and would end up loving these Vegan Avocado Chocolate Cupcakes.

Avocados Are Cool

They are also an awesome fruit with twenty or so essential vitamins and minerals.  Some people even call them a super food because of all of their healthful benefits.

Avocados are sometimes called Alligator pears. How appropriate is that name for this Floridian baking endeavor? They are green and pear shaped and often have a scaly outer skin. My Florida avocados were quite large and actually had a smoother skin than their Mexican counterparts.

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A Chocolate Cupcake is a Chocolate Cupcake

To be completely honest, these chocolate cupcakes are just regular chocolate cupcakes with a few substitutions. If you are really that scared of using an avocado in your chocolate cupcakes, you could easily use an oil equivalent. I’m telling you though, these cupcakes are perfect just the way they are.

If you are looking for another chocolatey vegan cupcake recipe, you can always try Black Bean Chocolate Cupcakes with Date Syrup. Just remember to use agave instead of honey for that recipe.

Bold and Free Vegan Avocado Chocolate Cupcakes
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A chewy vegan chocolate cupcake made with Florida avocados and topped with a vegan avocado "butter cream" icing
Servings Prep Time
12 cupcakes 20 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 cupcakes 20 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Bold and Free Vegan Avocado Chocolate Cupcakes
Print Recipe
A chewy vegan chocolate cupcake made with Florida avocados and topped with a vegan avocado "butter cream" icing
Servings Prep Time
12 cupcakes 20 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 cupcakes 20 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Ingredients
Vegan Avocado Chocolate Cupcakes
Vegan Avocado Chocolate "Butter Cream" Icing
Servings: cupcakes
Instructions
Vegan Avocado Chocolate Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake tin with twelve liners.
  2. In a small bowl of measuring cup stir together almond milk and apple cider vinegar. Let sit while preparing other ingredients.
  3. Brew coffee and let cool to room temperature.
  4. In a large bowl whisk together dry ingredients of flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  5. In a large mixing bowl with a paddle attachment, mix together the sugar, avocado puree, applesauce and both vanilla and maple extracts. Mix on medium speed until well blended.
  6. Add almond milk mixture and brewed coffee to the avocado mixture. Batter will be very wet.
  7. Add dry ingredients into avocado mixture a little at a time mixing thoroughly between each addition.
  8. Spoon batter into cupcake liners 3/4 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from tin and let cool on rack.
Vegan Avocado Chocolate "Butter Cream" Icing
  1. In a large mixing bowl with the whisk attachment, mix the avocado puree, coconut spread, cocoa powder and salt on medium to high speed until well blended.
  2. Add confectioner's sugar one cup at a time, mixing thoroughly between each addition.
  3. Icing will be a bit wetter than most; refrigerate until ready for use. Ice cooled cupcakes and enjoy.
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The cupcake batter may seem a bit wet when you are spooning it into the cupcake tin but I promise it works out just fine out of the oven. Sometimes when I bake, I have a couple cupcakes that want to swell more than others and create that dreaded muffin top. This batter stays put and all the cupcakes come out even and beautiful. They are chewy and moist like every favorite chocolate cake you’ve ever eaten.

A vegan cupcake was not so difficult. A vegan icing on the other hand proved to be a bit more challenging. You try making a delicious icing that doesn’t use milk, butter or cheese!

Originally I was going to just make an avocado “butter cream” but frankly the color put me off enough that I decided to make it chocolate icing instead. I can’t ruin a beautiful chocolate cupcake by putting an avocado green icing on top.

I used a little bit of a coconut spread to help the “butter cream” hold together. If you have a vegan butter on hand, it would probably work as good if not better.

Today we made life taste sweeter with vegan sugar.

Just remember when you are making a recipe that has strict dietary restrictions make sure to read all of the labels. Even ingredients that you would not expect, like sugar, might have animal products or by products included. Typically, if a product is vegan it will be labeled as such. Reading the ingredient list on the packaging is helpful too.

Everyone Needs a Chocolate Cupcake Sometimes

It is even better when you are also receiving healthful nutrients from avocados. I definitely stepped out of my comfort zone to create this Vegan Avocado Chocolate Cupcake. I hope you are also inspired by Aimee’s message and take a risk by giving them a shot.

Let me know in the comments what you think of these vegan alligator pear chocolate cupcakes. Then head over to Be Bold and Free and let Aimee know how much you loved her custom cupcake.

 

Sweet Potato Casserole Cupcakes

Hey Guys!

Thanksgiving

It is the week before Thanksgiving and we are all getting ready for our family and friends and good eating. Besides all the pumpkin we’ve been making with Pumpkin Cupcakes with Pecan Praline and Pumpkin Pie Inside Snickerdoodle Cupcakes, the next family favorite is always the Sweet Potato Casserole. Who doesn’t love the sweet crunchy goodness of brown sugar and nuts over sweet potatoes and my personal favorite the gooey toasted marshmallows? Yum!

Sweet Potato Casserole Cupcakes

 

Well, I say family. Little Cupcakeasaurus Rex swears up and down that he hates sweet potatoes. After these cupcakes, he is going to have a hard time getting away with that again. He ate it so fast he barely chewed and then wanted to argue with me when I told him the ingredients. Little Stinker! Suffice it to say, I think the boy likes sweet potatoes.

Sweet Potato or Pumpkin?

In many ways I treat sweet potatoes like pumpkin. I mean think about it, they are similar in color and once cooked pretty similar in texture. Their flavors are similar in many ways especially when you spice them up with things like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves,  and allspice. In fact, unless they are side by side, bite for bite, I think sweet potato pie can easily pass as pumpkin pie.

Sweet_Potato_Casserole_CupcakesI like to do this recipe in one consecutive baking session. Sometimes I will bake the cakes, then do a topping and then come back to frost them. This recipe is just much easier all at once.  First preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Even though they won’t be needed until later, I went ahead and placed my pecans on a little baking sheet to toast.

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While those are becoming nice and toasty, I then start on the sweet potato purée.  Cut the sweet potatoes into about one inch cubes. I think the smaller pieces make them easier to mash but don’t stress on exactness here. Then just barely cover the potatoes in cold water and place on high heat. Similar to making regular mashed potatoes, just let them boil and get real tender. I used my wooden spoon to mash them into a purée but a fork or potato masher would work fine too. I felt like I was making homemade baby food or something while mashing these sweet potatoes.

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The next step is to mix up the Pecan Topping. Mmmmm. There is quite the debate on whether this is the best part or the marshmallow is the best. I’ll let you decide. Mix together the Pecan Topping ingredients and just set to the side. It will be crumbly but that is the way we want it.

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All In the Mix

Like many of my recipes, I whisk together the dry ingredients in a medium-sized bowl which is later added to the wet ingredients. In a large mixing bowl, the sugar, butter and lemon zest will be creamed together. Add in the applesauce a little at a time. For conversion sake, if you are planning on making a cake and want to take the eggs out of it (or you ran out of eggs like a silly baking goose), then 1/4 cup applesauce is equal to one egg. However, you’ll want to add a bit more baking powder to balance it out. I would estimate about an 1/8 of a teaspoon of baking powder per egg being replaced. It is a fairly handy trick when you don’t have eggs or have a vegan in the house.

Add in the sweet potato purée and mix well. It is almost time for those dry ingredients to start making this batter look more like batter and less like sweet potato pudding.

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Alternate adding the dry ingredients in with adding in the milk. I usually add in a third of the flour mixture and then half of the milk. Then, I will repeat that cycle by adding in another third of the flour mixture and the rest of the milk. The last third of the flour mixture you will want to fold in manually with a rubber spatula so as not to over mix the batter.

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Fill the liners 3/4 of the way full of batter and then spoon the Pecan topping on top. Do not worry if the topping domes over the top of the cupcakes, just lightly press it down so that it really seeps in to the cupcake. Bake those for about 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean with just a few clinging crumbs.

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Now, the original idea behind these cupcakes was to take the traditional Sweet Potato Casserole and turn it into an easy to eat delectable treat. However, at some point during the planning process, I overlooked the fact I was missing a baking essential! I didn’t have eggs! This did not pose a problem for the Sweet Potato Casserole cupcakes. In fact, by using applesauce instead of eggs, I feel like it really enhanced the flavor of the spices in the cake.

Sweet Potato Casserole Cupcakes

The problem really arose when I went to make the Whipped Marshmallow Frosting. Here is my disclaimer: The toasted marshmallow fluff in the picture is not the recipe posted below. Why? Well, here comes the embarrassing part. So, I get the bright idea to make Whipped Marshmallow Frosting. I have never made it before. Without reading a recipe (NOTE TO SELF: READ THE RECIPE), I began whipping up what I believed to be marshmallow fluff.  Did I start with sugar or gelatin or marshmallow spread? Of course not. I started with a bag full of marshmallows. I have my off days guys. I’m allowed. 🙂

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Anyway, as I’m mixing away at my bag of marshmallows, I finally decide to pull up a few recipes on how to make Marshmallow Frosting. Low and behold, that is when I see that I may need eggs for this project and now what is a girl to do? As a baker, I have powdered meringue on hand for just such occasions when I need egg whites and I don’t have them. So then I kind of try to follow the recipe but still including my original bag of marshmallows.  None of it was really working. So I decided to save you the trouble of making my mistake so you can have beautiful tasty cupcakes instead of the mess I created.

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Oh, you think that doesn’t sound all that bad? You haven’t heard the half of it. Since I did not follow directions, or started following them too late, or whatever, my marshmallow fluff was way wetter than it should’ve been. Even though I piped it onto the tops of the cupcakes, they quickly dispersed and spread across the tops of the cakes and down the sides of my tins.

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I also learned a handy lesson about broiling during this endeavor. Marshmallows only take a few seconds to toast. If you walk away for even just a minute, they could catch on fire like campfire marshmallows and you’ll have an oven full of fire and a smoke detector going off and trying to explain to your Fire Captain fiancé how you almost burnt the house down. That’s all speculation of course. But, please learn from my mistakes and lightly toast your marshmallows instead of torching them.

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Thankfully, my friends are those funny people who like the more blackened pieces of the campfire marshmallows and they actually loved the taste of the Sweet Potato Casserole Cupcakes with the added charred marshmallow topping. But, if you’d rather not explain that your cupcakes are just charred and not chocolate, then I suggest a light toasting doing the trick.

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Maybe this year, instead of pulling out the casserole dish, pull out the cupcake tins instead and enjoy the traditional family favorite of Sweet Potato Casserole Cupcakes with all the sweet delicious flavor and the added benefit of easy individual servings.

Enjoy the time with your family folks. I know I will be. Make life taste sweeter by sharing this recipe with the ones you love.

Sweet Potato Casserole Cupcakes
Print Recipe
Spiced Sweet Potato Cupcake with toasted pecan topping and whipped marshmallow frosting.
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Sweet Potato Casserole Cupcakes
Print Recipe
Spiced Sweet Potato Cupcake with toasted pecan topping and whipped marshmallow frosting.
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Sweet Potato Casserole Cupcakes
Pecan Topping
Whipped Marshmallow Frosting
Servings: cupcakes
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place pecans on cookie sheet and put in oven to toast while preparing batter.
  2. Peel and cut sweet potatoes into one inch cubes. Cover in pot with cold water, just enough to top sweet potatoes, and boil on high until sweet potatoes are soft. You can blend them or mash them with a fork once tender. They are so soft it really doesn't take much to mash into a puree.
  3. If pecans are toasted, pull out of oven. Leave at 350 degrees. Line cupcake tin with 24 liners. Mix Pecan Topping ingredients in a medium bowl. They will be crumbly. Set to the side.
  4. In a separate medium mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients of flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and the rest of the spices. Whisk together and set aside.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, beat light brown sugar and granulated sugar with the melted butter and lemon zest. Mix well. The mixture will become thick after 3-4 minutes. Add in a applesauce a 1/4 at a time. Mixing well between each addition.
  6. Add in sweet potato puree and vanilla extract until batter is creamy.
  7. Take dry ingredients and alternately add them to the mixing bowl with the milk. Add a third of the flour mix, then 1/2 of the milk, etc. The last 1/3 of the flour mix you'll want to hand fold in with a spatula so as not to over mix the batter.
  8. Fill liners 3/4 full with batter. Spoon Pecan topping on top of each cupcake and press down slightly to really get the topping down into the cupcake. Bake 15-20 at 350 degrees. A toothpick should come out clean with maybe just a few crumbs.
Whipped Marshmallow Frosting
  1. Place egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar in a heatproof mixing bowl. Set over a saucepan with boiling water and whisk ingredients until sugar is completely dissolved.
  2. Move mixing bowl to electric mixer. Add in vanilla extract and cinnamon. Mix starting at low and gradually moving to high speed until stiff peaks form.
  3. The frosting is very sticky. Using a piping bag, pipe a dollop of Whipped Marshmallow Frosting on the top of each cupcake. Put in oven on high broiler for just a few seconds to toast marshmallow. You can also do this manually with a kitchen torch if one is available.
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