Then Mrs O's Fuss Free Mixes* offered to let me try one of their dairy free packet mixes and all my prayers were answered. I'm normally a bit of a snob when it comes to cake mixes but I felt like with vegan cakes I could use all the help I could get.
The mix I chose was for a sticky ginger cake, which I decided to make into cupcakes instead because I'm not going to let a packet mix tell me what to do. I tried them in a mini bundt tin first but the cake was so crumbly it just fell to bits (so maybe I should have just followed the instructions) but as cupcakes they turned out really well. They had tons of flavour and were really moist although still not very solid. I topped them off with some dairy free buttercream. It didn't hold quite as well as real butter would, and ended up a bit sweeter but I thought it worked really nicely with the rich ginger cake. I'm definitely counting these as my first successful vegan cake, despite the dodgy piping work.