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Vegan Cupcakes Take Over My House


This past weekend was Cupcake Weekend ’round our house, as I baked up two batches of goodies from Isa and Terry’s Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. I went with the Tiramsu Cupcakes and made the Green Tea Cupcakes with Green Tea Glaze for an office potluck. Both were simply excellent, and not terribly complicated. Mine definitely leaned towards hideous looking since I have zero cake decorating experience or equipment, but I was more concerned with taste for these first few recipes. The cakes were a nearly perfect texture and the frostings were equally as good. I’ve found that I really enjoy the process of making frosting, too. It’s like, you’ve got Earth Balance and confectioner’s sugar in a bowl and there you are beating it. It’s all lumps and you start thinking, “C’mon, there’s no way this is ever getting creamy” and then magically a minute or two in, it does.

Simple pleasures.

If you haven’t picked up the book, you really need to. Every single recipe in there made me say, “Wow, I’ve gotta try that.” I mean, seriously, lychee cupcakes? Oh hell yeah.


ArtivistJust a quick reminder that November 9-12 is the Artivist Film Festival being held in Hollywood at the historic Egyptian Theatre. Eric is a producer there this year and says that there’s a bunch of good animal advocacy stuff going on: “In addition to literature and vegan food sponsors, we have screenings of numerous shorts and features, including Mad Cowboy, followed by a forum I’m hosting on the cost of meat consumption and production. Howard Lyman will be there, as will Daryl Hannah, whom we’re honoring on Sunday the 12th along with Joaquin Phoenix, and other special guests…”

Good stuff. Be sure to check it out if you’re in the area.