Super-short post today, because I’m uber-tired (as usual) and my largely self-inflicted to-do list is growing longer as I type. (I really should be committing a few charts' worth of Latin pronouns to memory right now.) But arranging priorities has never been a strong point of mine, has it?
But it is all useful for something—now I know never to walk in a stream barefoot, having intimate knowledge of exactly what lurks under the rocks and in the sand beneath those murky waters.
On the bright side? It’s always fun when you accidentally catch some fish along with your standard plethora of vaguely disgusting spineless organisms, or maybe a salamander or two. Serves as a small reassurance that all underwater life isn’t butt-ugly.
|Maybe I am mistaken in that. source|
But enough about that. Let’s get to the point here and talk about these cupcakes.
|Much more attractive than crane fly larvae.|
The recipe is taken straight from the (totally awesome, you should get it) cookbook Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World; and believe me, I would have no problem with these cupcakes taking over the world. They’re wonderfully simple to make, so simple that I was able to whip them up on a weeknight before taking them to a party the next day. Sometimes, mix-and-bake recipes are just what you need. Now, the frosting is a standard buttercream, requiring you to grease up your stand mixer with butter and powdered sugar and use a piping bag or two, but it’s definitely worthwhile.
|Duh. Frosting is always worthwhile.|
And, you know, the original recipe called for making a simple glaze rather than the whipped affair you see above...but I’m not much of a glaze person. I’ll take a thick, fluffy buttercream over a runny waterfall of glaze-y sadness any day.
|Not hating, just stating the facts.|
The rose / pistachio flavor combo is perfect as well. Highly recommended. One might even say that they give these cupcakes a Middle Eastern flair (since rosewater and pistachio both have roots in the region), if cupcakes were a Middle Eastern thing. Which...probably not.
To paraphrase the cookbook from which this recipe is blatantly ripped—these would be the perfect finale to a Persian feast, if anyone ever invited me to one.
Here’s the recipe.
Pistachio rose cupcakes
Adapted from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World by Isa Chandra Moskowitz
Makes 24 cupcakes
225 grams • vanilla soy yogurt • 1 cup
325 grams • nondairy milk • 1 1/3 cups
140 grams • vegetable oil • 2/3 cup
350 grams • granulated sugar • 1 3/4 cups
24 grams • rosewater • 2 tablespoons
306 grams • all-purpose flour • 2 1/4 cups
32 grams • cornstarch • 1/4 cup
4 grams • baking powder • 1 teaspoon
4 grams • baking soda • 1 teaspoon
3 grams • salt • 1/2 teaspoon
0.5 grams • cardamom • 1/4 teaspoon
40 grams • chopped pistachios • 1/3 cup
224 grams • vegan butter, room temperature • 1 cup
360 grams • powdered sugar • 3 cups
4 grams • rosewater • 1 teaspoon
45 grams • nondairy milk • 3 tablespoons
Beet puree, for coloring (optional)
Pistachios, to taste
To make cupcakes, start by preheating oven to 350 degrees F. Grease or line with paper liners 24 muffin tins.
In a large bowl, combine yogurt, milk, oil, sugar, and rosewater and whisk until frothy. Sift in flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cardamom. Whisk until no lumps remain and batter is smooth. Fold in pistachios.
Fill each muffin tin up about 3/4 of the way. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool for 10 minutes in tins before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
To make frosting, place vegan butter in the bowl of an electric stand mixer and beat until smooth. With mixer on low speed, spoon in powdered sugar. Mix until incorporated. Add rosewater, milk, salt, and beet puree (if using) and increase speed to medium-high. Beat for 2 to 3 minutes, until light and fluffy.
Pipe frosting on cupcakes. Decorate with more pistachios. Munch.
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