Vegan Agave Cupcakes Take Over The World

October 11, 2010 by Keri

During my second weekend of meal planning, I realized the plan needs to be flexible.  I usually have a little more kitchen time over the weekend, but sometimes weekend adventures happen, leading to other adventures, and leaving far less cooking time than planned.  Actually, I only made one recipe all weekend, despite having seven planned! Whoops!  Oh well, it was an amazing weekend and completely worth missing a few homemade meals.  But what do I do about those ingredients I purchased in plans to make recipes?  Luckily, I only have to worry about the fresh produce recipes, and since I keep lunches extremely simple during the week, many of those are “pantry meals” I can simply replace with one the forlorn weekend recipes.  Problem solved and no fresh produce gone to waste!

Saturday, we celebrated my father-in-law’s 52nd birthday.  We started at a pumpkin patch turned harvest festival, the perfect place to be on a gorgeous October day!  There was music, pumpkins, face painting, pumpkins, a hay slide, pumpkins, a playground, pumpkins… My little man had so much fun, but I enjoyed it even more.  He picked a pumpkin, tore up the dance floor, rode a little train, went down the hay slide, and got his face painted like a kitty cat, meowing and crawling over haystacks setup for the kids to climb.

When a happy, exhausted little man could take no more, we went on to a vegan-friendly pizza place for dinner.  The three of us shared a taco pizza with black bean dip, salsa, onions, and cilantro, and for dessert, I made everyone Simple Vanilla And Agave Nectar Cupcakes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World (page 44) topped with the simple Fluffy Buttercream Frosting (page 142).  It was my first time making this recipe, and I’m not sure what I was expecting, but they were amazing!  This is replacing the Golden Vanilla as my new go-to cupcake recipe.  They were fluffy and slightly denser than the regular vanilla, with a fantastic buttery agave flavor.  Unfortunately, the frosting got a little melted while they waited in the car, but at least I got photos first!

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Sunday, my dad came to visit and we did a little shopping.   Since it’s that time of year, we went Halloween costume hunting!  The little man originally wanted to be Elmo, but when he saw the Cat in the Hat costume he immediately changed his mind.  It’s so adorable on him; I can’t wait to share Halloween photos!   I really want to be Snow White this year, but the only costume I found was way out of our price range.  Dad suggested Chris and I be Thing 1 and Thing 2 for a family costume theme, which would be pretty hilarious.  We’ll see!

I hope you had a great weekend!

Do you still dress up for Halloween?  If so, what are you going to be this year?

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  1. Jess - The Domestic Vegan says:

    Aw, I bet your little man will be adorable as the Cat in the Hat! Your weekend sounds so fun (and delicious)! I don’t think I’ve made that cupcake recipe yet, surprisingly! I’ll have to the next time I have an excuse to make cupcakes. 😉 Oh, and what you wrote about is exactly why I don’t meal plan for the weekends. 🙂 It never works out! Haha.

    I absolutely LOVE Halloween, but I don’t think I’m dressing up this year. The past few years, I’ve gone to costume parties or out downtown, which is really fun – but it always ends up being a hassle at the end of the night trying to get a cab home when EVERYONE else in the city is fighting for one, too… So I’m just going to be a fuddy duddy & stay home to pass out candy. 🙂

    • Keri says:

      Yeah, it all makes sense to me now.. I guess I’m going to have to plan grab and go type lunches for our trips to the museum and such because the cafeterias never have anything vegan unless you’re willing to pick the cheese shreds off an $8 chunk of iceberg lettuce (I’m not.) 😛
      You definitely need to make these cupcakes soon. They’re so gooood. The agave flavor is a little less sweet but more buttery. Mmm…
      Halloween is never a traffic nightmare around here… I’m excited to move to some place more hoppin’ next year though! 😀

  2. I love the shape of your cupcakes- they’re adorable!

  3. cleaninggirl says:

    Sounds like a fun weekend Keri 😉

    I haven’t dressed up for about 10 years *tragic* I think if I had kids I would just to take part with them.

  4. Noelle says:

    Yummy cupcakes! I stopped celebrating Halloween when I was 10 years old.

  5. cleaninggirl says:

    Oh totally forgot about the cupcakes they look totally amazing I actually had to stop myself from licking the screen 😉

    • Keri says:

      Haha! They don’t make scratch and sniff (and lick?!) screens yet, but when they do that will be a real boost for my site!

  6. Laura Jill says:

    I will never ever stop celebrating Halloween!!!! This year, I’m going to be a Zombie School Girl. LOL!

    Those cupcakes look delish…very tempting……


  7. Jaime says:

    I dress up now. Didn’t used to. Then I realized how much FUN it is to make costumes. I almost don’t even care if I have a party to go to or if anyone sees me in costume. Almost.

  8. Mandee says:

    I love the agave cupcakes in VCTOTW! And that is the cutest kitty face ever!

  9. James says:

    Those look incred.

  10. Haha. You always seem to take such adorable pictures of LM! Cute!

    As for Halloween, i might dress up as something a bit on the scary side. Or maybe i could go as jack from the nightmare before christmas (my girlfriend wants to be sally)

  11. Amy says:

    These cupcakes sound heavenly! I love that they contain agave nectar! I will have to look for this cookbook!