Crimson Velveteen Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World

April 14, 2010 by Keri

Last night, I made my first batch of cupcakes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World.  It was a tough decision, but I decided to start with the Crimson Velveteen Cupcakes (page 55) because while I’ve had a few bad ones, I love a good red velvet cupcake. They turned out a beautiful chocolaty red shade, visibly fluffy and moist.  To top these red velvet gems, I chose to make the Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting (page 158).  Wow, that stuff is good.  I probably could have sat down with the bowl of frosting and a spoon, but that would have resulted in one mega intense tummy ache!

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Alright, so from this slapped-on frosting job you’d never guess I used to work in a bakery and decoratively frost hundreds of cupcakes a day, but it was getting late, I didn’t feel like washing my pastry bag, and admittedly, I was getting anxious to eat one!  So since they were for our own personal consumption, I decided to use the good ol’ plop it on with a spatula method of frosting. Finally, time to inhale sample the goods!  These cupcakes are absolutely amazing.  The cake is so moist and fluffy, and the frosting so rich and creamy.  I can’t wait to impress the nonvegans in my life with these!  Now the only question is, which cupcake recipe should I try next?

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  1. Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope says:

    mmmmm so good!! I made some of those cupcakes last June, and I must say, they were better than any other “traditional” cupcake i’ve had in the past.

  2. Danielle (Coffee Run) says:

    Now you’re making me want to buy that cookbook! The frosting does look good 😀 (that’s why I mostly like cake…it only serves as a medium for the frosting!)

    • Keri says:

      I think I agree. I’ve never been much of a cake person, but I love frosting. Soft, thick frosted cookies are my faaaavorite.

  3. Andria @ Veg is Sexy says:

    Ahhh those look awesome! That really is the best cookbook ever created. I love the pumpkin chocolate chip cupcakes, and I’ve also made them subbed with sweet potato! They are awesome. One of my first blog posts AND my standard VIS photo!

    • Keri says:

      Aww, I love that pic!! Those do sound really good, but can I find pumpkin this time of year?

  4. Michal says:

    Yum yum yum those look awesome! You know I love that book to pieces 🙂

    • Keri says:

      Thank you! This and the Vegan Cookies Take Over Your Cookie Jar are my favorites. I’m going to be gifting them a lot this year!

  5. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) says:

    Nice. Work. OMG.
    “I used to work in a bakery and decoratively frost hundreds of cupcakes a day,”

    no way!! that’s pretty cool! do you ever tire of eating sweets and smelling frosting and delish food all day? I would surmise: NO! Well, I wouldnt 🙂

    • Keri says:

      We weren’t actually allowed to eat the stuff unless we went to one of the stores and bought it- go figure. Haha. The place smelled amazing and you could tell what time it was by the scents- doughnuts, bagels, breads, cakes, cookies. The only downsides were I had to be there at 3am and it was a 45 min drive (my shift was 3am-3pm or 4am-4pm depending on the holidays, etc.), and my hand and wrists would hurt really bad by the end of the day from working the pastry bag. Oh! And I worked there summers during college and with all those ovens going it would get so HOT!

      • Monica says:

        That’s awesome that you worked in a bakery! I just found your blog so I don’t know if you are a baker of sorts already, but did you already have experience before you worked there? I’m 15 and I’ve been really interested in everything baking for the past few months and I want to see if I can make up a few recipes and maybe start some kind of a home ‘catering’ business (not too serious though – something more like a job like doing a paper route or babysitting).
        I still have to bake out of my copy of VCTOTW. My birthday’s coming up though so I may just have to crack it open soon!

        • Keri says:

          No, I didn’t really have any experience before I worked there other than baking with my mom. That’s awesome that you want to get into monetizing your love of baking! I much prefer home baking to mass baking. When your ingredients come in buckets it loses something for me- haha! I still love baking and decorating cakes, cupcakes and cookies for events/parties. 🙂

  6. Lazaro says:

    Those cupcakes look fantastic. Great job.

  7. Run Sarah says:

    Those look SO good! I havent found a great vegan cupcake recipe yet, I’l have to check out that book.

  8. vegmom says:

    I have that cookbook and love love love everything in it.. haven’t tried the velvet though:-) My friend got it for me as a gift. She and I both had made several different flavors and not dissapointed once. Pumpkin Spice was Awesome in the fall.

    BUT alas, I’m eating more Raw now, so I don’t bake like I used to. When I need cupcakes though, those red velvet ones will be my friend.

    • Keri says:

      I definitely can’t wait to try more of the recipes, but I’m trying to space them out so that I don’t just binge on sugar for a month. 😛 Pumpkin sounds divine though!

  9. These look so good! I tried the red velvet recipe from Babycakes and I have to say I was disappointed. I have this recipe too but was too scared to try it after the Babycakes disaster. Maybe I should reconsider….;)

    • Keri says:

      You should! 🙂 I was worried my husband wouldn’t like them because he’s not a chocolate cake fan and red velvet has a chocolate flavor, but he loved them!

  10. Amanda says:

    Wow!! These look amazing – I hadn’t tried this recipe yet but it is giving me the cupcake urge. Personally, I love the cookies & cream 🙂

    • Keri says:

      Thank you- I’ll have to try the cookies and cream! I’m hoping there is a lemon one in there too.. that sounds pretty good…. 😀

  11. Liam says:

    They look so amazingly yum! I made the pineapple cupcakes, they were SO GOOD! And to say they were the first cupcakes I made from the book, things can only get better :’)

    • Keri says:

      Yum! I didn’t even see the pineapple recipe- I’m going to have to try that! Thanks! 🙂