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White Cupcake with Chocolate Icing

Vegan White Cupcake with Chocolate Icing - Classic Birthday Cupcake

I'm just now getting around to posting the other cupcake I had the honor of making for my friend Shaun's Birthday Party. When he said he wanted the classic white cake with chocolate icing for his Birthday I got a little nervous. Vegan White Cake has always been a challenge for me to find the perfect recipe, but I didn't want to let him down.

I started scouring through my cookbooks and found a recipe that I had modified that works for cupcakes only, not for an actual cake. So, please be sure to only use this cake recipe for cupcakes.

The sponge is a little dense, but with the right icing ratio, the moistness and flavor of the cake makes up for the density.

Cupcake Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour

1 1/3 cups white sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup canola oil

1 cup soy milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

Cupcake Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin tins with cupcake liners.

2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix with a large spoon. Mix until all the ingredients are combined and there are few lumps. If need be, you can use a whisk to get the lumps out.

3. Fill the liners till they are 2/3 full. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean.

4. Let them cool for a few minutes in the pans, and then remove them and place on cooling racks to cool off completely.

Icing Ingredients:

1/4 cup margarine, softened

1/4 cup shortening

1/2 cup unsweetened coca powder (sifted if there are clumps)

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted

3 tablespoons soymilk

1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Icing Directions:

1. Cream together the margarine and the shortening until well combined. Add the cocoa powder and incorporate well. Add the confectioners sugar in about 1/2 cup batched and beat well, adding a little splash of soymilk after each addition. When all ingredients have been well incorporated, add the vanilla and beat until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes with a stand mixer, 7 minutes if mixing with a fork)

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