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A Cheat's Guide to Making Vegan* Cupcakes

* See ingredient footnotes

First I am going to apologize, I didn't take any photographs. This was a mistake. But you can assume that they look like any other cupcakes.

A couple of weeks ago I brought in two cupcakes to work that my wife had made1 and put them on my desk. One of my colleagues handed me a knife and suggested I cut it up to share with the rest of the team. In an attempt to put them off, I said that they wouldn't want to eat it, it is vegan. This just intrigued them further. I did manage to eat my cakes myself2 but decided to bring in a full batch of cupcakes to share with the team.

The thing is, it wasn’t hard to do. In fact, it was almost like cheating. To make these delicious cakes, we need only three ‘ingredients’:

And for the icing:

Seriously, that was it.

You are supposed to add an egg and some oil to the cake mix, but someone noticed that most of a can of coke will also do the job5. Simply stir the cake mix and cola together, then put into cupcake cases (it also works for full size cakes), put in the oven and you have the cupcakes. Then just put on the pre-made icing and there you have it.

The team seemed happy enough with them and didn’t complain.

Notes

  1. She had made a batch of 12, I was getting the two that were left after her, her friends and the kids had eaten the rest.
  2. Over two days, the second one was locked in a drawer overnight!
  3. Cake mix is not strictly vegan. The list of ingredients don’t specify any explicit non vegan ingredients but do warn that “may contain milk egg and soy ingredients”
  4. Icing is not strictly vegan. The list of ingredients don’t specify any explicit non vegan ingredients but do warn that “may contain milk ingredients”
  5. I have no idea why someone thought that it might have been a good idea to try this in the first place.
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