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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Vegan Orange - Chocolate Cupcakes

I stumbled upon this recipe when looking for any fruit and chocolate based cupcakes and oh boy, I am glad that I did. This is almost a 5 star recipe, in my opinion. I should however admit that in the middle of baking, my heart sank seeing the sinking tops of the cupcakes. I had zeroed in on this recipe and was in no mood for further recipe hunting. I gave up and thought that I may have to fall back on any standard banana chocolate one. However by the end of baking they rose again, leaving a big happy smile on face. And so if the cupcakes sink in the initial stages of baking following this recipe, I guess there is no need to worry.
The taste and the texture of the cupcakes are fabulous. You can also add a tsp. of orange zest to enhance the orange flavor. The recipe had nuts in them but instead I chose to go with chocolate chips as this was a chocolate based theme. This is basically a cake recipe and suggests to use a 8-inch square or 9-inch round baking pan. I decided to use a muffin pan instead since I was planning to bake cupcakes for the marathon.

Ingredients: (Yield 16 cupcakes)
1/2 cup soy milk at room temperature (or milk for a non vegan version)
2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 & 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup mixed chopped nuts (optional)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup orange juice
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips (or chopped nuts)
* Grease the cake tin / muffin pan you are going to use and keep it aside. Or liners can be used for the muffin pan. 
* Whisk milk and vinegar in a bowl and leave aside for 3 to 4 minutes.
* Preheat oven to 375 deg F / 190 deg C.
* Sift flour, baking soda and cocoa powder into a mixing bowl. Add sugar and mix well.
* Mix orange juice, oil and vanilla and add it to the vinegar mixture. Beat just to combine.
* Add the liquid ingredients to dry and whisk to combine forming a non lumpy batter.
* Bake for 25 - 30 minutes or a tooth pick inserted into the center comes out clean. I halved the original recipe to get 8 cupcakes and mine were done in about 25 minutes.
See how beautiful the texture is.
This is going to be a part of BM # 37 under the theme of "Chocolate Based Muffins / Cupcakes".


Manjula Bharath said...

wow wow super moist and addictive chocolate cupcakes :) looks fantastic dear !!

Pavani N said...

Yummy. Love the combination of orange and chocolate, they both complement each other very well. Muffins look so moist and delicious.

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Simply mouthwatering and delicious looking cupcakes.

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Delicious to look at cupcakes. Excellent preparation.

nandoos Kitchen said...

lovely cupcakes

Srivalli said...

I love the texture you showed Suma, beautiful recipe..even we love the orange chocolate combo..very nicely done!

Nalini's Kitchen said...

Super moist and cute looking vegan cup cakes...

The Pumpkin Farm said...

will try..have never made vegan cupcake and always thought it would be banana if i had to, nice pictrues

My attempt at The Julie/Julia project said...

Wow.. I love orange and chocolate combination.. its simply amazing... love ur pics.. I can see how moist and wonderful that cake is.
Just a suggestion, after baking you can put one more cupcake liner just for the pics :)

Jayashree said...

They've risen beautifully, Suma. Wouldn't have known they sank initially if you hadn't said so.

Varadas Kitchen said...

Nice and moist. They look lovely.

Usha said...

Love chocolate and orange combination. Cupcakes look very moist.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

Orange and chocolate is such a lovely combination and I can't believe how moist they are!

Harini-Jaya R said...

The texture looks super cool!

Chef Mireille said...

orange and chocolate always complement each other so well

Archana Potdar said...

Wow this looks so very beautiful. Can I have soem