Monday, July 11, 2011

Vanilla Cupcakes with Bittersweet Chocolate

A while back we were invited to a birthday party. In preparation, the host sent me the recipe for the cake she was making for the party so I could bring a vegan version. The cake was fairly standard (an old family recipe), but the icing was a bit different because it had two eggs yolks. What caught my eye, though, was the addition of grated bittersweet chocolate to the batter. This is a fantastic way to make a cake that is somewhere in between chocolate and vanilla, but with a more sophisticated look and flavour than a marble cake. Rather than make it in a bundt pan (as the original recipe called for), I opted for cupcakes. I used Isa and Terry's vanilla cupcake recipe and folded 4 oz of grated bittersweet chocolate into the batter. The icing is a standard buttercream with a tinge of yellow colouring to match the colour of the egg yolks in the original, and the drizzle on top is a slightly thinned ganache. In the end, it looked almost identical to the original and was incredibly tasty.

13 comments:

VegWhoHatesTofu said...

These look tasty! Love the idea of grated chocolate in the batter. Yum :)

Miss Hamish V Jones said...

They look amazing! I've been looking for something new to bake, it might have to be these :)

CH said...

What a great idea! I love that cupcake recipe and now I really have to try it with chocolate in the batter.

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

Very nice cupcake,luks delicious...

nothanksimavegan.com said...

What a brilliant idea, I'm going to try this soon :)

Katrina said...

Oh boy. I'm getting a cupcake craving ...

Karen's Vegan Kitchen said...

What a great idea! I love the look of it too. I'm going to try it out the next time I make vanilla cupcakes.

vegan.in.brighton said...

Yum! I love stirring chocolate into my vanilla cupcakes.

lifeisgoodwithfood said...

Hi! I stumbled upon your blog when I was googling for homemade vegan pasta. Your pasta recipe looked delicious, and so do these cupcakes! I love the idea of using bittersweet chocolate in the icing. :)

Kelly M. Preston said...

MMM, always on the hunt for a delicious vegan cupcake. Love vanilla ones. Classic.

Lisa said...

Those cupcakes look wonderful! I think those are a great idea for my upcoming birthday! Woo!

MalayaBee said...

I've made the bundt cake version of this... My family calls it "moss cake"... Probably because a slice of the finished product sort of looks mossy. :)

I'm not vegan, but I'm definitely tempted to make these cupcakes!

Emanuelle said...

That's great the host let you know in advance so that your son wasn't left out. I always wondered what I would do when I have kids and am in that situation. Very good to know! Thanks!
-Emanuelle
www.emanuellefrancesca.com