The born again vegan: weekly tips and reviews of vegan recipes

By: Colleen Kirley

I have recently become a reluctant carnivore. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the taste of chicken as much as the next person. But after a traumatizing trip to a seedy butcher shop, I decided that it was time for me to start eating more ethically.

This weeks recipe is chocolate cupcakes! Make sure to try it out at home and leave comments to tell us how it worked out.


A step-by-step recipe:

Total Time: One hour(Makes 12 cupcakes).


1 cup of soy milk
1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
3/4 of a cup of granulated sugar
1/3 of a cup of canola oil
1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1 cup of all-purpose flour
1/3 of a cup of cocoa powder, Dutch-processed or regular
3/4 of a teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 of a teaspoon of baking powder
1/4 of a teaspoon of salt

Preheat oven to 350°F and line a muffin pan with paper or foil liners.

Whisk together the soy milk and vinegar in a large bowl, and set aside for a few minutes to curdle. This step scared me at first, but after looking it up, I found out that curdling milk has the same effect that buttermilk has on this recipe.
Add the sugar, oil, vanilla extract to the soy milk mixture and beat until foamy. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add in two batches to wet ingredients and beat until there are no “lumps” left.
Pour the mix into into liners, filling 3/4 of the way. Bake 18 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

After they cool completely, you can frost and decorate them any way you like.
Before I bought my frosting, I checked the PETA page, “I Can’t Believe It’s Vegan” to find what kind of frosting I could buy.

I ended up getting Duncan Hines Chocolate frosting, and I decorated the cupcakes with little orange bows.

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The review:
These cupcakes were a hit at our Halloween party this year – no one could tell they were vegan!
Although it was a bit more work than simply buying a mix, the rich taste of these cupcakes made it worth the work!

Also please make sure to leave suggestions about future recipes you would like to see on the website.


3 thoughts on “The born again vegan: weekly tips and reviews of vegan recipes

  1. I find I always have a problem with breakfast… there are no eggs and bacon for me, maybe something yummy to eat during breakfast would be a wicked recipe 🙂

  2. I was vegan over the summer and I had this delicious carrot cake with a coconut milk custard on top. It was delicious. Everyone is always surprised by how excellent vegan desserts are. Have you checked out the Rebar website? They’re a resto from Victoria. They sometimes post recipes on their site.

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