Quick Weekday Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes

My sweet tooth was acting up the other night. It was well after dinner and I didn’t want to make anything too labour intensive. I was thumbing through my various recipe books deciding on what cookies I was going to bake when the Boyfriend casually mentioned that cupcakes would be delicious. I started thinking big. I started thinking caramel cupcakes, chocolate fudge cupcakes, or a lemonade cupcake . . . but the Boyfriend was thinking simple. He was thinking vanilla cupcakes and you can’t really argue with simple at 9:00 at night on a Tuesday. So I agreed to make a plain batch of vanilla cupcakes.
They do look awfully appetizing fresh out of the oven, all golden and fluffy! And I do love the simplicity of a recipe that calls for just the basics. Sometimes it is good to get back to basics in our over complicated world!
A bouquet of simple yellow flowers, that’s basic but it’s beautiful. Doesn’t take much more then a vase full of flowers and a bit of sunshine to make your day better. I always think better, work better and feel better when my surroundings are beautiful and sunlight and flowers work wonders in that regard.
I didn’t take time with these cupcakes to fill a frosting bag and pipe the frosting on all pretty, I just took my favourite silicone spatula and painted the frosting on haphazardly. Threw some sprinkles on top and voila, delicious in about an hour!
Recipe (Vanilla Cupcakes)
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup soy milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tbl apple cider vinegar
1 tbl pure vanilla extract
Pre-heat oven to 350
In a large bowl mix together the dry ingredients
In a separate bowl mix together the wet ingredients
Add the wet to dry and incorporate, do not overmix!
Bake in pre-heated oven for 18min or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of the cupcakes comes out clean.
Recipe (Vanilla Frosting)
1/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup margarine
1 1/2-2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1-3 tbl soy milk (add as needed for the desired consistency)
Cream together the margarine and shortening
Slowly add the powdered sugar and vanilla (if using a stand mixer turn the speed to low to add)
Add the soy milk a tbl at a time until you have reached the desired consistency

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