Mini Cupcakes

Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World is a must buy. It’s fun to whip up a batch of cupcakes and this book makes it very easy.

I made “Your Basic Chocolate Cupcake.” I must not be very generous or maybe overly cautious; the book says the recipe makes 12 cupcakes, but I can always make way more.

I filled up one mini cupcake pan, then I added half a cup of chopped Mint Newman-Os to the remaining batter and filled up another mini cupcake pan. So 48 mini cupcakes in total.

I went the mini cupcake route so there would be more to share. If you make minis, be sure to cut the bake time by half. I’d start checking them after 10 mins.

For the icing, I made a half batch of the “Chocolate Buttercream Frosting” for the first cupcakes. With the little left over, I added in another fourth portion of the icing ingredients and the centers of the Mint Newman-Os.

Make sure to soften the shortening and margarine.

A piping bag makes a world of difference. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy or expensive; I picked up a cheap set on clearance at A.C. Moore. If you’re making the cookies and cream variety and plan to use a piping bag, make sure you follow the icing instructions and mash finely.

Topped the Almond Cupcakes with Chocolate Covered Almonds and the Mint Cookies ‘N Cream Cupcakes with cookie pieces.

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