17 Mar 2012

water fast: day 1 & cupcakes for st. pattie's!

Wow. I slept for about 15 hours. I am a sleep-o-holic anyway, but I could have easily slept more. The only reason I actually got up was to say hi to my friends who came over, and give them some of these:

They're Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes with Maple Whiskey Vanilla Frosting. Everyone is saying they're delicious so I advise you to make them TODAY. It is Saint Patrick's Day =)

Obviously I didn't eat any today, but I did have one yesterday and can tell you they're awesome. Super moist,  chocolaty with just a HINT of excellent beer. Guinness is a family favourite here.

I've seen this recipe a lot for St. Pattie's, but never a vegan one. So here ya go! Enjoy.

Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Whiskey Frosting: makes about 20 cupcakes 

1 bottle of Guinness Extra Stout (other kinds are NOT vegan)
2 sticks vegan butter
3/4 cup cocoa 
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups raw sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cayenne
1 tsp instant coffee powder
1 tsp salt
2 Tb ground flax mixed with 4 Tb water 
1/2 cup vegan yogurt (or use non-dairy milk)

1/2 package tofu
1/2 cup vegan butter
1/2 cup raw powdered sugar
1 cup non-dairy milk
Vanilla seeds from 1 pod
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup agave/honey/maple syrup (if desired)
1/4 cup whiskey 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift all dry ingredients together, set aside. Melt butter and beer together, then stir in the rest of the wet ingredients. Mix the dry and wet ingredients together until just combined and pour into cupcakes molds, or a cupcake pan lined with papers/vegetable oil. Bake for about 20 minutes. 

While they're baking, make the frosting: blend all ingredients together in blender until smooth and thick. I fiddled with mine a lot and so ended up with a lot extra. If your frosting is too thick - add more whiskey, non-dairy milk, or liquid sweetener. If it's too thick, add more powdered sugar, tofu or vegan butter. Keep in fridge until the cupcakes are ready to decorate. 

Pipe the frosting onto each cupcake and decorate with green sparkles for St. Pattie's! =)

Now, you probably care a lot more about Chocolate Beer Cupcakes than hearing about my water fast; but I'll talk more anyway. Today is good so far, it's the first day so nothing much happens in terms of detox. I feel a bit hungry but not uncomfortably so. I've dranken a quart of water, I'll probably drink another before I go to sleep. Actually, now that I'm typing this, I realize I'm thirsty!


cookingwithlysa said...

Guiness is the only beer I like. Stout beers are my favorite. Guiness cupcakes must be amazing, I love the idea.

Emily von Euw said...

=) Best Beer + Chocolate + Cupcake = yes.

Anonymous said...

Just make sure you're using the right Guinness, because most Guinness beers are NOT vegan friendly.


Sorry to bring the bad news =( Cupcakes look delicious though!

Emily von Euw said...

Woah, thank you & thank you! I figured all good quality beer was vegan. =( C'mon Guinness...

Anonymous said...

Guiness is NOT vegan.
Only Guiness extra stout is.

Emily von Euw said...

I know =(

Anonymous said...

Glad you said "raw sugar" because regular white sugar is NOT vegan either. IT's whitened with animal bone ash. Who'da thought...?

Emily von Euw said...

I know right - bluh!! -___-

Erin Pope said...

Hi there, first - your blog is amazing! Thanks so much for all of the incredible recipes. Second, does it have to be instant coffee powder? Do you think very-finely-ground coffee beans would work?

Emily von Euw said...

Hi, Erin. Thank you! Nope, finely ground beans would just fine, and taste better =)

Anonymous said...

Hi, I'd love to try this recipe but I'm a little unsure of a couple of things. What size bottle of Guinness are you using and what weight is half a pack of tofu? I've never made vegan cupcakes before and was also wondering what the significance of the ground flax is. Thanks

Emily von Euw said...

I used 330 ml bottle of beer and and 210 grams of tofu :)

Anonymous said...

Guinness beer isn't vegan, I don't know if the kind you're using is any different

Lori Holland said...

Hello! I am having problems with the frosting. It's just liquid, not setting up at all, I'm very frustrated. I am wondering what kind of tofu you used and the exact measurement? I keep adding powdered sugar and it's still soup. Making for my vegan hubby and I'm very sad it's not working... Help?

Emily von Euw said...

Uh oh! I suggest adding some melted coconut oil, then putting it in the fridge - the coconut oil will harden it up.

Sorry :S

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