Vegan Chocolate Chip Red Velvet for Valentines

Happy Valentines Day! I’m back with more Valentines Day treats! The Boyfriend is a cupcake fiend. Cookies are nice, he’ll eat my fresh baked scones but cupcakes are what he truly craves. Specifically cupcakes with buttercream icing. Red velvet cupcakes traditionally go with a cream cheese frosting but seeing as it his Valentines Day present I made them with a buttercream frosting. I will however include a cream cheese frosting recipe in case you prefer something more traditional!
You will also notice that my cupcakes are not the bright red of the store bought variety, if you add enough red food colouring you can easily obtain that colour. However, I grew up hearing about the horrors of red food dye from my parents so I use it very sparingly. If any of you out there know of a natural alternative to red food dye that won’t add unwanted flavour I would love to hear it!
It’s more of a pink velvet I would have to admit but I made up for it with red cupcake wrappers and red sprinkles!
The chocolate chips add another little kick of flavour. I’m pretty sure chocolate chips always improve things.
The cupcakes are easy to whip together. No need to get out your stand mixer, just a big mixing bowl and a whisk will do you just fine. As much as I love and adore my stand mixer (and I really do, I’ve named her and everything) it’s nice keeping things simple with just a whisk and a little bit of wrist work.
I hope that you all have a lovely Valentines Day with the ones that you love whether that be a significant other, a friend, family, a pet, or even just yourself! Take a day to indulge! We’re half way through February, spring is coming and you deserve a treat!
 
Chocolate Chip Red Velvet Cupcakes
(makes 18 cupcakes)
2 cups plus 3 tbl flour
1 cup plus 3 tbl sugar
1 tbl cocoa powder
2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup water
1/2 cup soy milk
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 tbl lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
Red food colouring to your desired colour
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup chocolate chips
Directions
Preheat oven to 350
Whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa powder and salt
In a small bowl or measuring cup whisk together the water, soy milk, canola oil, lemon juice, vanilla, food colouring and apple cider vinegar
Add the wet ingredients to the dry
Whisk together, do not overmix!
Fold in chocolate chips
Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full
Bake for 16-19min
Cream Cheese Frosting
1 cup shortening
12 oz vegan cream cheese
4 1/2  cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
1 tbl vanilla
Directions
Cream together the cream cheese and shortening
Add powdered sugar, vanilla and lemon juice and beat until smooth
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