Perfect Vegan Combo — Chocolate Cupcakes with Coffee Icing!

Perfect Vegan Combo — Chocolate Cupcakes with Coffee Icing!

Most of you probably agree…this recipe is a winner. The recipe’s creator, Karina Allrich, says that you can use any flavor icing you like, but chocolate and coffee together has to be double the pleasure, double the fun for a whole lot of us., Karina’s website, is gluten free with vegan and vegetarian recipes. She became gluten free when her illness turned out to be celiac disease. She has raised two sons, is an artist, and now lives with her husband in Redondo Beach, California. Her website is filled with sage tips on living vegan, living gluten free, and on living in general…lots of good insights based on a life fully lived. Here’s her recipe.

Chocolate Cupcakes with Coffee Icing

Gluten-free chocolate cupcake heaven. Yep. And if you don’t care for the taste of coffee, use rice milk or coconut milk in the batter in place of the coffee and make a vanilla, coconut, or chocolate flavored icing.

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a 12-cup cupcake pan with parchment or paper liners.

Whisk together the dry ingredients:
3/4 rounded cup sorghum flour
3/4 rounded cup potato starch , cornstarch or tapioca starch
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup organic cane sugar
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon xanthan gum

Add in and beat till smooth:
1 cup warm coffee (not too hot or it will make the potato starch gluey)
1 tablespoon Ener-G Egg Replacer beaten with 1/4 cup warm water
3 tablespoons light olive oil
2 teaspoons bourbon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon light tasting rice vinegar

Beat the batter for a full two to three minutes until all the ingredients are incorporated and the batter is smooth.
Using an ice cream scoop, plop the batter into the cups and smooth the tops.
Bake in the center of a preheated oven till done- about 20 minutes or so.
Cool the cupcakes on a wire rack (don’t let them sit in the baking pan too long or they’ll get soggy).
Frost when completely cooled. See recipe for coffee flavored icing below.

Karina’s Notes on gluten-free vegan batter:
Gluten-free vegan batters are a tad different than wheat and white flour batters. They are stiffer at first, then stretch and get sticky as the xanthan gum and egg replacer do their thing.

If the batter “climbs” the beaters, slow down the speed and slightly lift the beaters to encourage the batter to move back down into the bowl. Move your beater around the bowl in figure eights, at a slight angle. Practice your technique- soon you’ll be winging around gluten-free vegan baking like a pro.

Vegan Coffee Icing Recipe
2 cups confectioner’s (powdered) sugar
2-3 tablespoons Spectrum Organic Shortening or vegan margarine
2-4 ounces cold coffee, as needed
1 teaspoon bourbon vanilla

Starting with the least amount of liquid, beat the sugar to incorporate the shortening, coffee and vanilla. if you need more liquid, add a small amount at a time. beat for two minutes or so until smooth.
If you need to stiffen the frosting, add a little more confectioner’s sugar.
Chill the frosting before using it. I chill it, covered, for roughly an hour.
Frost the cupcakes. Cover in an air-tight container until serving. best eaten the first day. If making ahead of time, chill frosted cakes briefly in the freezer before wrapping individually and freezing.

Cook time: 1 hour, total
Yield: Serves 12

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