It has been quite a while since we featured desserts on the Book of Yum, and truth be told quite a while since I had any that were especially yummy. I take it back- I have made some excellent vegan chocolate chip sorghum cookies since becoming an allergen-free, Gluten-free Mama. But, the other night my sweet tooth kicked in and I was overcome by waves of a sugar craving. I love chocolate, but it tends to keep baby Yum up all night and a PhD-pursuing Mama needs her sleep. So, I started thinking of caffeine-free treats. I’ve never been crazy about cake, but somehow vanilla cake was speaking to me. I poked around online and found an intriguing recipe in a book I actually own but have misplaced- Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero’s Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World: 75 Dairy-Free Recipes for Cupcakes that Rule. This recipe was for what they called “Golden Vanilla Cupcakes,” and I thought that something like that would just hit the spot. I played around with flours to make a gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, and corn-free (except for the xanthan gum) vegan vanilla cupcake of my own. When I mixed it up the batter was so thin I had serious doubts, but I had faith (and xanthan gum). After I added the last minute xanthan gum, I poured the batter in and crossed my fingers. The heavenly scent of vanilla filled the house, and when I looked in the oven, it seemed like they had magically transformed into real, live cupcakes. I took them out of the oven and knew I had a winning recipe. After they cooled I frosted them with some impromptu frosting and bit into a real live piece of sugary, vanilla heaven, and my sweet tooth has never been so happy. If cake was this tasty- I might have to call myself a cake girl after all! What I love about this recipe is that it doesn’t have any allergens in it, is completely vegan without specialty egg replacer and yet tastes like “real” dessert. In my opinion, this is a perfect special occasion recipe that I wouldn’t hesitate to serve to guests. In fact, I might just have to make this again for Baby Yum and my joint birthday party in July!
Gluten free vegan vanilla cupcake
1 cup hemp milk or other alternative milk
1 1/2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup sorghum flour
1/2 cup millet flour
1/4 cup arrowroot starch or tapioca starch
1 tsp. xanthan gum
2 Tbsp. arrowroot starch
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 cup canola oil
3/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 and line muffin pans with cupcake liners.
Whisk in your apple cider vinegar into your hemp milk and let sit for a few minutes. It won’t curdle much, if at all, but that is ok. If you use another milk like soy it will curdle more and you can use less vinegar.
Beat together your vinegar milk mixture with oil, sugar and extract. Sift in your flours, xanthan gum, arrowroot starch, baking powder, baking soda and salt and gently stir them in together.
Pour your batter into the cupcake liners and bake for 22 minutes. Cool on a cooling rack and frost right away! They will be more delicate the next day. Refrigerate or freeze if desired.
I frosted this with a combination of Earth Balance Soy-free margarine and sunflower-palm oil shortening whipped with vanilla and confectioner’s sugar.