Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Brooklyn vs. Boston Creme Cupcakes

Tonight the boys and I made cupcakes. (Mom, if you are reading this, we are holiday baking/class party mode. We usually don't make this many desserts) I have wanted to make these cupcakes since I got Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World but have never been able to find the agar powder the recipe calls for. And the chances of finding it here in northern Ontario are pretty much nil. So, I improvised. I substituted 1 tbsp of cornstarch for the agar (and still kept the arrowroot powder), and used firm tofu. I blended everything in a saucepan with an immersion blender, then whisked it over medium heat until it thickened. Once cooled, I piped it into the cupcakes as directed. I am not sure what the real version is supposed to be like, but this was pretty tasty.

8 comments:

Katie said...

those look awesome - I have wanted to try them for forever.

Anonymous said...

Oooooh!!! Those look yummy!
Mom

Dawn said...

I love that you made a disclaimer for your mom!

These are beautiful. I bet the boys love them.

SaraJane said...

Great picture! I have been wanting to make those for ages, too. I can get agar powder here for only a buck a package. And the packages are really full. I'd be happy to send you some if you like.

I've never made any of the filled cupcakes. Did you find it difficult at all to get the filling in?

Neil said...

I made these first off when I got the book - hooray - I made them in mini cupcake form - my fave for kids coz they are bite sized & adorable PLUS added bonus - the creamy middle is proportionately larger in a teeny cake!! Look in a chinese food store for agar agar - it is much cheaper there than health store
from Vancouver Island BC

Vegan Dad said...

SaraJane: Filled cupcakes are a snap. You create a hole by poking the top of the cupcake with your finger, fill by piping in the filling with an icing bag, then top with icing to cover the hole. Thanks for the offer of agar--I am sure I can get some next time I am in Toronto.

Neil: If you can believe it, there are exactly zero ethnic markets here. Not even one.

VeggieGirl said...

FABULOUS cupcakes - they're so perfectly crafted, with the 'cream'-filling!!

Alisa said...

Nice improv! They sure look creamy.