Vegan Gingerbread Cupcakes Take Over The World

November 10, 2010 by Keri

I had big plans for Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World‘s Gingerbread Cupcakes (page 53).  I chopped a little extra crystallized ginger to decorate my Lemony Buttercream (page 96) topped cakes, but when I looked back over at the pile, I could have sworn it was getting smaller.   Knowing I must be crazy, I went back to preparing the batter.  And then, I turned back just in time to catch a little hand blindingly reaching up onto the counter and grabbing at my pile of decorative crystallized ginger.  Ah ha!  Caught red handed!  That is exactly why I must be so careful about where the appliances, knives, cutting boards, and apparently now ginger, are located on the counter; the little man is willing to roll the dice on it being something tasty his little fingers grasp, rather than something dangerous!  I honestly can’t even believe how much he liked the stuff; crystallized ginger has such a very strong, spicy flavor that I would have bet money he’d have spit it out and madly wiped at his tongue in an attempt to rid his tongue of the flavor.  I was wrong; I guess ginger is his flavor!

Vegan Cupcake Recipes

Vegan Cupcake Recipes

Vegan Cupcake Recipes

The cupcakes turned out delicious, even if their intended decorations went to a cuter cause.  They weren’t meant to be quite so dark, but since I didn’t have light molasses, I just went ahead and used regular.  My cupcake’s centers sunk slightly, perhaps because of the heavier molasses, but I used the opportunity to “fill” the centers with lemony buttercream frosting.  The cake was moist and fluffy with bursts of crystallized ginger flavor in each bite.  I love the ginger and lemon flavor combination.  If you have Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World, here’s a great recipe to get that great ginger flavor without cutting out and piping buttons onto dozens of tiny faceless men!

Vegan Cupcake Recipes

Do you have any funny “missing food/ingredient” stories?  Who was the culprit? Kids? Pets?

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  1. LOL. That is absolutely adorable. Your little man seems to have a more adventurous palette than I do..I have yet to try a gingerbread cookie.

  2. Awww, how cute!!

    I can’t remember if I’ve made these cupcakes yet! I know I’ve made a ton of recipes from this book, but I’m not sure on these… They look awesome! I’m getting together with some friends tonight, so perhaps I should bring these cupcakes with me… 😉

  3. Michelle says:

    Haha, I’m glad it was only ginger! Too funny that he chows down on crystallized ginger! I loooove those cupcakes. Bring on the gingerbread season!

  4. Leinana says:

    These look so tasty! And hooray for ginger lovers! 🙂
    I do have VCTOTW, but I can’t believe I haven’t tried this recipe yet. Definitely on my list now!

    • Keri says:

      I couldn’t believe I hadn’t made it either. I think I was hoarding that crystalized ginger for something else, but gave in to these cupcakes!

  5. That is one of my favorite cupcake recipes. They are always good.

  6. Luciana says:

    These are adorable, and the little guy has impeccable taste! Ginger and lemon is one of my favorite combos. The cupcakes look great!

    • Keri says:

      The lemon frosting was perfect! I’m so glad the book recommended it because I probably would have chosen plain ol’ vanilla.

  7. Dianne says:

    Wow, I’m surprised he liked the ginger! I can’t stand that stuff straight up!

    A few years ago, I had asked my mom to leave two sticks of butter out on the counter so I could bake cookies when I got home. When I arrived, all I saw was a piece of wrapper on the floor…turns out our dog had nabbed them! His poor tummy was NOT happy later 🙁