Hello! How was your Father's Day weekend? I hope it was wonderful!
We had a little shindig involving cornhole (holeyboard) and Todd and I made some pretty awesome German Chocolate Cupcakes. Oh, there's one here!
I did a pen and ink of a Chickadee for my dad on his very special day. He says he's been asking for a piece for a lifetime. I cannot recall such beseeching, but regardless...he has one now! It's come to my attention that I tend to be especially and excessively desirous of possessing all works of art I produce. It's just so difficult to give them away. I'm like Gollum. My preciousss. Just look at me below. "Fight me for it, Dad!" Just kidding, that didn't happen.
Never have I sold any of my work, though I had a follower ask about such an arrangement and I might actually try it! For a long time I've had a kind of soaring of my imagination to have my work in one of our local coffee shops, Vagabond Blues, where different artists are showcased. Alas, I've never inquired about it. I do acrylics and watercolor too.
I didn't actually take a photo of it on the big ol' camera, but I did take one with my phone. Check Produce On Parade out on social media to see more!
Okay, now onto these unbelieveable cupcakes. My dad's favorite cake is German chocolate. Always with the German chocolate cake. Every daughter, wife, grandma, aunt, sister, and girlfriend of any directly related family member knows how to make this cake. It's also my Grandpa and my brother's must have dessert for any special occasion. It gets made a lot 'round these parts.
So, for Father's Day, there was clearly no choice in the matter. Because there are so many different women who know how to make said cake, the duty kind of rotates every few years. This year though, instead of a cake, I thought I would seriously mix things up and go with cupcakes. Super ballsy of me, I know. It was a real curveball. But guess what else? They had to be vegan, of course! But guess what else?? I stuffed them with the frosting! Oh yes, my friends. Tradition breaker over here!
These little dudes are so easy to make and they will seriously impress. The cake is completely scrumptious all on it's own as evidenced by my little brother who just dumped off the frosting and ate the chocolate cupcake plain. Thanks, Frosting-Hater. But really, the cake is one of the best around and the frosting is well...packed full of shredded coconut and crunchy pecans! These are loved by one who is ridiculously overenthusiastic about German chocolate cake, so you know they're the real deal.
If you don't want to fill them with the frosting you don't have to, that's up to you!
German Chocolate Cupcakes
Notes: If not filling the the cupcakes, cut the frosting recipe in half. Adapted from PetitChef.
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup vegan sugar
- heaping 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted (unrefined or refined)
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. white vinegar
- 1 cup room-temperature coffee (or water)
- 1 1/3 cups soy or coconut milk
- 1 1/4 cups vegan sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. coconut extract (optional)
- 1/3 cup cornstarch
- 1/4 cup cold water
- 2 cups shredded coconut
- 1 cup pecans, chopped finely
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour through to and including the salt. In a small mixing bowl or blender, whisk together the remaining, wet batter ingredients.
Slowing stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until the batter is smooth and shiny.
Preheat the oven to 350 F and arrange a cupcake pan with 12 cupcake liners. Evenly distribute the batter into the liners. Don't worry if they seem a bit full, they won't expand too much I promise! Bake at 350 F for about 25 minutes until fragrant and the tops bounce back when lightly pressed.
Remove from pan and allow to rest on a wire cooling rack.
While the cupcakes bake, in a medium saucepan over medium high combine the milk, sugar, and vanilla. Heat until almost boiling, whisking frequently.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the cold water and cornstarch. Slowly whisk the cornstarch liquid into the milk and sugar mixture. Continue to whisk until very thick and difficult to stir.
Remove from heat and stir in the coconut and pecans. Allow to cool for about 30 minutes before spreading onto the cupcakes.
To Fill With Frosting
If you want to add a bit of awesomeness to these cupcakes, feel free to stuff them with the frosting! If you've never done it before, never fear, it's super easy. Here's how. With photos to boot!
When the cupcakes have cooled, cut a square into the top of the cupcake down to the bottom with a paring knife. Wiggle out the square with the knife blade and fill the hole with frosting. Cut off the top of the square and push it back into place, covering the frosting cave. Then, spread more frosting all over the top of the cupcake. Voila! Eat the little bits of leftover cake.
And there you have it. Amazing German chocolate cupcakes, vegan-style!
I know you love little informative infographics so here's one on how to fill a cupcake. Yay!
German Word of The Day
Chocolate cake --> Schokoladenkuchen (shockolaaden-koohen)
Good Deed of The Day
Am I the only person who is completely shocked that pets are still sold in stores? It's pretty f-ed up with happens to them. Let's put an end to it, eh? Please help stop the grisly pet trade. It only takes five seconds!