Vegan Sticky Ginger Cupcakes

22 May 2016

So generally speaking, my keeping up with having meat free days since veganuary has gone pretty well, but vegan ones, well they've been a bit non-existent. Even though it's not something I feel I can fully commit to at the moment, I still want to explore veganism more, the meat and dairy free options now are so much better than when I was vegetarian as a teenager and I'm working hard to try and get more of them into my diet. One of my biggest disappointments during Veganuary though was vegan desserts - I tried a few different recipes for vegan cakes and other sweet treats and they ranged from underwhelming to total disasters. I didn't want to give up on them completely though, since so many people have had success (or at least claimed to) in feeding their sweet tooth while staying cruelty free.

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.

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