Today was so exciting!! I went to the library and found Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World!
After reading such great reviews about the cupcakes and seeing pictures on blogs, I knew I had to try them. To be honest, I'm not much of a baker. I prefer to cook. I also make a HUGE mess when I bake, I don't what it is! But this was an event for me. I decided I would follow the recipes to the 'T' with ingredients and directions, so I had to do some shopping!
Also, I figured since Father's day was coming up, this would make a great gift for my step-dad (pretty much just another reason and excuse to spend $$ on expensive ingredients and eat dessert)!!
I purchased some cooling racks from the dollar store (booya) and cupcake liners (also towels and goggles for the pool, but that's another story).
We needed to make a special extra trip to Nature's Finest for some non-hydrogenated shortening since my stupid Publix only had the crap kind.
Although baking is a lot of time and effort, I like it! It is kind of therapeutic because it gets your mind off things while you're concentrating on the recipe.
I baked the "golden vanilla" and "your basic chocolate cupcake," both with the Vegan fluffy buttercream frosting. I had planned on the chocolate buttercream frosting too, but I was too exhausted by then!
In between cooling the cupcakes, we had to drive across town to pick up my suit from the dry cleaners. We got lunch:
And then we proceeded with the decorating!! Mirza's Mom bought me a pastry bag kit filled with a bunch of different shaped tips for Christmas, so I finally got a chance to use it. It was my first time doing ANYTHING like this. In fact, I think this was my first time baking cupcakes, except for the carrot cake cupcakes last fall. I need more practice!! Either way, it was a lot of fun...
Even Mirza helped!
(Those were the ones we put in a container for Jerry)
How did they taste??
Freakin' amazing! I was surpised by how moist they were on the inside, just great!! I really love them and I feel proud and accomplished that today I baked and decorated 24 desserts with no animal products. And it tastes so good!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We brought them over my mom's and found Minnie sound asleep:
And then we went out for some pizza!! Hey, it is okay to indulge after all that hard work, right? hehe.
The day ended with a night swim and pretty much how it began: with cupcakes!
Mirza: "Don't ever make that face again..." :)
Isn't anyone else as messy as me when it comes to baking?? It seems impossible not to be! I wonder if it is easier if you just buy a bunch of those little bowls and measure everything out before beginning...I don't know...any ideas?