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Spicy Chocolate Cupcakes with Chili Chocolate Ganache

Published March 19, 2014 by Vegan Derby Cat Party
Spicy Chocolate Cupcakes with Chili Chocolate Ganache

Spicy Chocolate Cupcakes with Chili Chocolate Ganache

Tonight was a pretty inspired evening! I came home craving cake and chocolate. Not too much of a mystery why, since everyone at work got to eat from a very nice looking cake today. Truly, two of the girls tried to pick me up a vegan cupcake this morning, so they at least they did try to include me, but man, that cake did look good!

A quick text to Thomas determined that he’d take me up on the offer of doing my laundry if I made cupcakes. (Score!) So I got to spend tonight doing all kinds of non-derby things like shaving my legs (they were completely grown out! at over 2 months, it was a new record for me), doing my toenails, putting away laundry, and baking! Woo! Grooming, accomplishments, AND delicious goodies!

I made these using Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. Just a few of shakes of cayenne pepper into the chocolate cupcake batter, and half a recipe of chocolate ganache made with half a bar of Green & Black’s Spiced Chilli dark chocolate. Wow, ganache is simple to make, and way easier than going the frosting route! It was my first time and it only had 3 ingredients: soy milk, chocolate, and maple syrup, which I just stirred until smooth over low heat. Easy!

If you like spiced chocolate, I highly recommend trying this or a similar variation. The cupcakes came out perfectly moist and rich! Mmm!


And here are the boys being adorable while the cupcakes were cooling. It was a lovely, productive evening at home. ❤

Vegan Brownies using Brown Rice Flour and Syrup

Published February 15, 2011 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

I have been wanting brownies since last week. I’m normally not the type, but I am the craving type. I’ve been looking at a lot of recipes since last week, raw, and not raw, healthier vegan, and junkier vegan. The recipe below is what I came up with. It’s an adaptation from VCIYCJ. I really wanted to dry out my dates and make date sugar, but it was getting late. So instead I used brown rice syrup for half of the sugar. I also broke up the cup of flour into a mix of unbleached all-purpose, whole wheat pastry and brown rice flour. I figured the brown rice flour would suck up some of the extra moisture from the syrup. I would probably have subbed some of the oil for applesauce if I had thought of it, but oh well! I also added some decaf instant coffee for a richer taste. The results were bittersweet chocolatey brownies with a nice fudgey middle that were absolutely perfect still warm and topped with coconut milk vanilla bean ice-cream! Yummy!


1/4 package of firm silken tofu
1/4 c. of non-dairy milk (I used almond)
1/2 c. of canola oil

1/2 c. of sugar (I used evaporated cane)
1/2 c. of brown rice syrup
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tbsp. of decaf instant coffee

1/2 c. of unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 c. of brown rice flour
1/4 c. of whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 c. of unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt


1. Preheat oven to 325*F and grease an 8×8 pan.

2. Whip up tofu, nondairy milk and oil in a food processor. Transfer to mixing bowl and add sugar, brown rice syrup, vanilla and instant coffee, stirring until well combined.

3. Sift flours, cocoa powder, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt, and add to wet ingredients. Use a spatula to gently combine the ingredients.

4. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes and serve!

Whipped up tofu mixture

with the sifted ingredients added

I almost forgot to take a picture of the result!

Too busy eating this yumminess! Not the prettiest pic, but it sure tasted good! : )

mocha choca lotta cupcakes

Published March 23, 2010 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

these are from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. it’s the cappuccino cupcake recipe with coffee buttercream frosting.

the hardest part was not licking the rest of the frosting out of the bowl. if you’re astute, you may have noticed there are only 11 cupcakes here for roll call. that’s because kassidy, my vegan downstairs neighbor has been helping me by taste testing today’s items : )

i use a mesh strainer for sifting

and my kitchen aid for mixing

2/3 full


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