Today I realized that I totally forgot about my blog birthday….though I guess it’s not one to mark down in the ol’ birthday calendar. Yes, way back in February of 2005 I started this little home o’ mine and four years later, I’m still here. It’s a comfortable space and it’s really brought a lot of joy into my life as strange as it sounds. I’m so appreciative of everyone who leaves comments, sends me emails or says hello to me on the street because they’ve read my blog. It’s really quite an exciting adventure and I’ve met so many wonderful people that I think I’ll stick around for a bit longer.
These cupcakes you see before you weren’t made for my blog birthday but for my friend’s real life birthday. I wanted something pretty and something quick to bake up and these cupcakes fit the bill perfectly. I used the same old, same old chocolate “wacky cake” recipe but decided to throw in a bit of bourbon cuz this was for a lil’ party afterall, and a bit of booze always makes things better.
My original plan was to create a raspberry frosting but somehow the addition of real raspberries to the earth balance margarine (my friend is vegan) for the buttercream created some weirdness. The buttercream kind of “broke” and it went all dotted and no amount of whipping could cure it. I wasn’t happy with it so I just made a decadent bittersweet ganache to top the cupcakes (kissed with more burbon, of course!). It was a good choice.
Cupcakes? Check out my archives:
vegan coconut cupcakes
red velvet cupcakes
limoncello & coconut cupcakes filled with lemon curd
spicy chocolate vegan cupcakes with peanut butter frosting
vegan chocolate cupcakes
Or visit Vancouver’s Coco Cake Cupcakes for tons of cupcake prettiness and inspiration!
vegan bittersweet ganache glazed bourbon cupcakes
1 1/2 c unbleached white flour
1/2 c unsweetened cocoa powder
1 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1 c sugar
1/2 c vegetable oil
3/4 c brewed coffee
1/4 c bourbon (Jack Daniels, Wild Turkey)
2 t pure vanilla extract
2 T vinegar
1/4 c almond milk (+ additional)
2 oz bittersweet chocolate (not more than 60% cacao if marked), finely chopped
1 t light corn syrup
2 T bourbon
pinch of kosher salt
1. Preheat the oven to 375-degrees. Whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt and sugar into a large bowl. In separate bowl, measure and mix the oil, coffee, bourbon, and vanilla. Slowly pour the liquid ingredients into the bowl and mix the batter with a whisk.
2. When the batter is smooth, add the vinegar and stir quickly. There will be pale swirls (and some bubbling) in the batter where the baking soda and vinegar are reacting. Stir just until the vinegar is evenly distributed throughout the batter (the color becomes more consistent throughout).
3. Pour batter into a lined muffin tin and bake for 25 minutes–testing with a toothpick. Remove and place to cool on a baking rack.
4. In a small sauce pan, heat up the milk and the chocolate. Stir often until melted. Add more milk if needed. Mix in the corn syrup, bourbon and salt and stir until blended and until the ganache reaches an almost spreadable consistency. Let cool. The ganache will thicken up slightly and spread on your cupcakes. Sprinkle with sprinkles.