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5.27.2012

The Perfect Vegan Cupcake ~Sundays With Joy~


First off I want to start off by apologizing and explaining something....

I had reader get a little upset because she wanted a recipe that I had yet to post on the blog...I understand if you see something and want to make it for your BBQ or what not this weekend. I'm sure that can be frustrating.

Please understand I won't email you a recipe that has not been published on my blog yet. Reason being.... If I do this... anyone and their sister could take credit for it. If it's not published here first I can't prove it's mine.

Not to sound all possessive and stuff... but I work hard on these recipes especially the ones that are Carrie originals.

I stink at being consistent... I will post a new recipe 6 times a week most weeks then I slack off and only post 1 or 2 in a week. I am sorry to those who like to read posts on a regular bases.

This week I had cupcake madness prep where I made 96 cupcakes for my son's Preschool Graduation.The cakes alone took 2 days to bake and decorate, not to mention I had rehearsal stuff to bring my son to as well as the actual graduation... so graduation and cupcake madness ate up 4 of my days this week


How cute is the little graduate?!?!?!!?!?!


I think the cupcakes were a hit with the kids!!


I also had a party to to attend in MA with family this took up one day...


 Mads and I chilling out outside at our family party... on a 90 day in Mass! YIKES.

These things left  me with 2 free days to blog... in which I posted recipes to share.

The thing is.... I do have a life... this is not my job. Though many people do blog as their "job" but for now... My blog isn't to that point.... yet.  I do make a very very very very small income from it... and occasionally get a free product here and there. What I made doesn't even begin to cover the costs of ingredients I use to bake and cook, the cost of my dslr (which I use almost solely for blogging!) not to mention the time I put into it.

But rest assured when I am not posting.... I am still baking and cooking up yummy things.... and sometimes I'll even take a pretty photo of it. When I do I'll share the photo with my facebook/twitter followers.

It's a sneak peek.... a teaser... for recipes to come in the following weeks and days.

As much as I do love to share the recipes with everyone... there are just times that I don't feel like blogging. Or I'm to busy to blog.

For those of you who don't write a blog... this takes allot of time. On an average day I probably put 4-5 hrs into my blog. That includes.... developing/writing a recipe, baking, taking photos, writing the blog post, editing photos, responding to emails and comments, and self promotion through social media sites such as... facebook, twitter, google +, Tasty Kitchen, FoodGawker, Pinterest.... and I'm sure a missed a few other ones! For a hobby.... it's very time consuming.

How many of you have hobbies that you put 5 hrs a day into 6 days a week?

But please know that I really really do love doing it, sharing with everyone, the friends I've made along the way, not to mention eating the lovely food I just made!

One of the other pet projects I started with my blog a month ago was Sundays With Joy... as most of you know... Sundays with Joy is a group of bloggers and non bloggers who love Joy the Baker and her new book, Joy the Baker Cookbook: 100 Simple and Comforting Recipes.

Our group headed up by me and my new co-admin Ellen from Indigo Scones, bakes it's way through the cookbook. This week we all did Joy's Avocado Chocolate Cupcakes with Vegan Chocolate Frosting.

These cupcakes will blow your mind. Don't be scared.... the Avocado in the cake is not strange or gross. You would never know it was there in fact...

I made 2 dozen of them as part of the Graduation Cupcake Madness... one mom asked.... What did you use to make them vegan? Answer... Avocado.

Avocado is a great way to replace fat in baking. It's creamy and has lots of healthy fat. Much better for you compared to butter or oil.

This week I stuck right to the recipe.... with 3 small minor changes....In the cake I used olive oil in place of the vegetable oil.... that was all I had on hand!

Then in the frosting, I didn't want to purchase soy milk just for a couple tablespoons of milk... so I used canned coconut milk that I had in the cupboards. I also used a bit more powdered sugar because I wanted a frosting that would hold up to piping.

The cake was chocolatey, so moist and the chocolate frosting was perfect!

To try this recipe...





Your going to need to get your own copy of the book! ;)





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33 comments:

  1. love your pictures, blogs and recipies!!! keep up the good work....you inspire the rest of us to keep working on our hobbies :)

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    1. Thanks Melanie that means allot! XOXO

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  2. I love your cupcakes! Do what you feel and be yourself.... On my way through life I've learn to listen, respect, evaluate and do what I want! Good job Carrie!

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  3. Carrie, I read your post nodding my head the whole time. You probably know that my husband created Easy Recipe wordpress plugin for me because I wanted something easy. We put it on wordpress in case other people might like to use it. We get requests nearly every day from people wanting us to make adjustments to the plugin to suit their theme, add features just for their blog or tweak it in other ways.

    When I told one guy that it just wasn't possible to do that sort of thing. It was free and that didn't leave a lot to pay for development. He abused me and accused me of "teasing the public" with a plugin that didn't suit everyone.

    I was so upset I wanted to pull the darned thing down. Reliable John didn't even flinch. He said, "Maureen, if it wasn't good, he wouldn't be raising hell." He'd used a free theme and the plugin just wouldn't work with the crap coding in the theme. He wanted John to rewrite his theme so Easy Recipe would work.

    Do the right thing - for yourself. You blog frequently, your food is fantastic, you're sweet and kind to everyone and we love you. Nobody should ever be in distress about a recipe she's never tasted. :)

    Love this cupcake!

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  4. Carrie, I have no idea how you manage to juggle all of the balls of motherhood that you do, let alone create, photograph, and blog so beautifully!
    My feelings and opinions are very much like yours. I truly wish that I could afford to pump up my SEO and gain a large enough audience to truly make an income from my blogging, but as it stands right now, that's not possible.... ESPECIALLY with a POS camera!

    In the meantime, just continue to fulfill your hobby needs and desires. Blog with your heart... because it is INCREDIBLY lovely! <3

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  5. AMEN amen amen. Blogging is so not willy-nilly, and we are definitely not wasting our time doing it. Mother bloggers especially amaze me, you're wonderful Carrie, and your cupcakes look gorgeous!
    P.S. I really love the plate!

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    1. Thanks!! I love this plate as well... TJ Maxx!!

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  6. Carrie, I totally hear you on this post. I, too, spend that much time doing this blogging thing, a thing that I love. Sometimes life does get in the way, after all, real life is a little more important, right? And for someone who wants a recipe NOW, well, too bad. These recipes are YOURS and you can do what you wish with them. I take instagram photos all the time of what I'm making. I share with friends. I may not post something for months. It's the way the life of a blogger is. I don't think people who don't blog understand all that goes into it. I mean, if we didn't spend those hours every day no one would read. And, um, that's kind of the point, right? I love all your recipes. And I love Sundays with Joy. Again, I NEED THAT BOOK. My husband has asked for a book for Father's Day. If I spend $25 on amazon I get free shipping. Hmmm...maybe I'll get "him" two books. :)

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    1. Thank you! You should get the book and join our facebook group! You'd love every recipe!

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  7. I had that happen once... put up pictures of an experience in cooking and I was all proud and the first comment I got was, "I hate this post. You made me all excited and then left me hanging." Grr! No need to apologize, you do your way because this is, afterall, YOUR blog.

    Your little man is quite handsome, by the way ;)

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    1. That makes me angry when people comment like that! Seriously.... And why thank you... I think he is rather handsome ;)

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  8. To whomever is stalking you for a recipe, may I suggest that he or she:

    A. Get a life, immediately.
    And
    B. Make the s'mores brownies that you posted this week.

    Take Care! :)

    Aimee

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    1. LOL! I laughed at the fact they took the time to send me an actual email about it... jeez patience people!

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  9. I totally feel you on these sentiments. It's a chore to keep up with sometimes and if it weren't for the love of cooking and the community in the "blogosphere" it would be tough to keep going. Don't be sorry about not posting when life is too busy, nothing to be sorry about at all. I have a firm stance that my blog will never stress me out and that it will never come before the people that I love so sometimes it (and my Twitter friends) have to take a backseat to life, and I don't think that there is anything wrong with you taking a (much deserved!!) break, especially for a Preschool graduation!! Oh my goodness, he is such a sweetheart. And you are a rockstar for making 90 cupcakes!!

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    1. Thanks Cassie! He is a sweetheart... I have the best kids! <3

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  10. I am right there with you...lots of hours go into this fun blogging hobby!!! Not everything I make goes up right away, but I still like to do teaser instagram pics too. You have plenty of other yummy recipes on your site that someone can make if they really want to...no need to leave "mean" messages!!! Life does need to come first and I love hearing that you are putting that first!!! Just keep being you cause you are such a sweetie!!!

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    1. Awww thanks Jocelyn! There are always a few rude people impatient people out there. I just need to learn to brush them off!

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  11. Until I started my blog I really didn't appreciate how much time was involved. People don't get it. I think your blogs great and don't orry about those who complain.

    Your photos of the cupcakes were great, as well as the ones of your family

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    1. Same here I had no idea how much time I would spend posting before I started my blog last year. Thanks so much for your kind words Lucy! XOXO

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  12. Carrie, it is so true what you say. Sometimes I am amazed at the messages I get. I am happy though that the far majority is positive and encouraging. Keep up the great work!

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    1. Your right the majority are very positive! There will always be a few grumps amongst them... just need to brush them off and move on!

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  13. Those cupcakes are looking amazing...the frosting looks great. You have a wonderful blog and it truly shows the amount of time and hard work you put into it. Continue doing your great job Carrie.

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  14. Congrats to your son's preschool graduation! He is absolutely darling! And seriously, it's amazing that you get to post as often as you do with your hectic schedule. I commend you for it, really, and I can't believe people have the nerve to say otherwise.

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    1. Thanks! He was quite proud of him self... graduating preschool... such an accomplishment ;) LOL

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  15. Yay, congrats to your sweet son, he is adorable! You were busy, but your cupcakes look fantastic:-) I love your vegan cupcakes, I love baking vegan treats:-) I need to learn how to do the rose on the frosting, just saw a demo the other day. Looks gorgeous darling!!! Hugs, Terra

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    1. Thanks lady! My roses need some work... but they are getting a bit better... I'm frosting challenged!

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  16. What a tease :) And I'm so with you on the blogging! It takes SO much more time and effort than anyone who doesn't do it would ever guess. Keep up the great work lady, You make me want s a cupcake!

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  17. Aw... he's adorable! Congratulations, Carrie! xo

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  18. Congrats to your son for graduating...adorable! Love these cupcakes and love using avocado in baking :)

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