After going to the Cupcakes + Art event put on by Urban Food Crawl I thought that I wouldn’t eat a cupcake for MONTHS! Oh, how wrong I was. The next weekend I was back at it again, making cupcakes for my lovely friend Michelle’s birthday. I regret nothing! These turned out so good, the perfect mix of richness without going overboard.
If you’re spending time with family and friends for the holidays, do them a favor and make these cupcakes, they’ll love you forever! Okay, maybe not forever, but definitely as long as they take to eat the cupcake. 😉 With simple ingredients, anyone can make them and they don’t take very much time out of your day.
For the Cupcakes
3 Cups All Purpose Flour
1 3/4 Cups Sugar
3/4 Cup Cocoa Powder
2 Tbsp. Pumpkin Spice
2 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Sea Salt
1 Cup Unsweetened Pumpkin Puree
2 Tbsp. White Vinegar
2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
2 Cups Ice Cold Water
1/2 Cup Vegan Chocolate Chips
- Preheat oven to 350F, and line two 12-count cupcake pans with liners. In a large bowl whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, pumpkin spice and sea salt. In a medium bowl mix together pumpkin puree, vinegar, vanilla extract, and water. Then, mix the wet ingredients into the dry slowly (use a whisk for best results), and when it is mixed thoroughly add in chocolate chips.
- Pour batter into each liner until it is about 2/3 to 3/4 full, then bake in oven for approx. 18-22 minutes (21 worked for me).
The icing was just the perfect touch of richness without going overboard. I used the same recipe for these cupcakes as I did for the Halloween Sugar Cookies that I made in October. Just a quick dip in the warm icing and you let most of the excess icing drip off. Let the icing set and sprinkle some decorations on top.
I have to say that I really enjoyed this batch of cupcakes, they had the perfect balance of chocolate and spice. I brought them to the birthday dinner with me and everyone loved them, we even gave a couple of cupcakes to some of the people who work at the restaurant. They were gracious to say the least!