September 21, 2014 by Angie
It’s pumpkin season! I saw this recipe on Pinterest, I think, last year. You buy a box of spice cake mix (I used Duncan Hines, it’s vegan) and a 15-16 oz can of plain pumpkin. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and place 12 adorable Halloween cupcake liners in a cupcake pan. Pour the entire box of cake mix into a large bowl. Pour the entire can of pumpkin into the bowl. Stir until there are no more lumps. Divvy the batter up amongst the 12 cupcake liners. Bake for about 20 minutes. Most of the recipes I saw called for less time but my oven is not very good so I did the toothpick test and they were ready at about 22 minutes.
A dozen pumpkiny Fall muffins in a hurry.
Robbie and I both enjoyed these. I think they could use a little more of the pumpkin spices. He suggests adding chocolate chips. It’s such a fast recipe that I probably will make them again with those changes. However, I do prefer the two more labor-intensive pumpkin treats I make several times per year, both by Isa Chandra Moskowitz: pumpkin crumb cake with cashew streusel from Veganomicon and pumpkin chocolate chip cupcakes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World.
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November 7, 2012 by Angie
Week 45 of Reddit’s 52 Weeks of Baking is chocolate. I’ve made a lot of chocolatey things this year but I’m always happy to make another. I baked these mocha chip muffins from the Post Punk Kitchen website.
The taste is great. They remind me of the beloved chocolate chocolate chip muffins my friend and I used to get at the little cafe inside the Vero Beach Book Center 10+ years ago. We had friends over for a small elections results watching party last night (Woooooo! Go Obama!) and there are only three of the twelve muffins left so I’ll take that as a good sign.
I’d had my eye on this recipe for a while but plain soy yogurt is difficult to come by in my neck of the woods. The recipe is very simple and doesn’t require a hand mixer or food processor so the cleanup isn’t bad either. Win-win all around.
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October 16, 2012 by Angie
Week 41 of Reddit’s 52 Weeks of Baking Challenge is pumpkin. I made a fall favorite from Veganomicon. It’s pumpkin crumb cake with cashew streusel and I love it very much. I made this last fall as well and I’ve been craving it ever since. I’m so glad it’s pumpkin season again!
A kind Internet person has typed out the recipe for you here but I really do encourage everyone to buy the cookbook because there’s a lot more greatness where this came from. The original calls for chopped pecans but I switched it to cashews because I’m not allergic to those. I used a smaller loaf pan than recommended so I got five muffins out of this recipe as well but had to bake a little longer.
First step is making the cashew (or pecan) streusel.
Step two is get all of the cake ingredients out and ready.
I mixed the wet ingredients by hand.
Then carefully mixed in the dry ingredients and poured most of the batter into the loaf pan.
And finally I spread an even layer of cashew streusel on top and baked at 350 for about 50 minutes.
Here’s a closeup of the star of the post: the sweet, nutty, streuselly goodness.
This is a five star recipe in my opinion. Several of our friends have tried it and really love it. It might be my favorite recipe from 52 Weeks of Baking.
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May 16, 2012 by Angie
This week’s Reddit’s 52 Weeks of Baking Challenge is citrus. I made these orange cranberry muffins by following a recipe from the Post Punk Kitchen. These were really easy to make. The only thing that was kind of a bummer was zesting an entire orange and squeezing the juice by hand but that’s mainly because I don’t have the right tools.
Ingredients including orange zest and fresh-squeezed orange juice
I was a little skeptical about orangey muffins but these are so good. The sugar and fresh-squeezed orange juice make them a little sweet and the cranberries add pops of tartness. Our apartment smells heavenly. It’s taking quite a bit of willpower to not eat a second one.
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April 5, 2012 by Angie
I used up the rest of my bananas on this recipe from the Post Punk Kitchen.
It calls for a 8″x4″ loaf pan. Mine is 9″x5″. I had a problem previously with my quick breads not baking all the way through in the middle. I wasn’t willing to risk these precious bananas on the wrong size pan so I made muffins.
I followed the directions exactly except I only had to bake for about 20 minutes at 350 for the muffins. They are delicious.
Cute Husband took them to work where I hear they are are hit!
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March 15, 2012 by Angie
This week’s challenge from Reddit’s 52 Weeks of Baking is to bake with a savory ingredient. Vegan cornbread muffins it is!
I used Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s recipe from the Post Punk Kitchen. Reading the comments I saw that she cautions against using a glass pan to bake the cornbread. The pans I own in that size range are glass so that’s why I made muffins.
They turned out great in the muffin pan. True to Isa’s description, this cornbread is of the dense, sturdy variety. If sweet, cakey cornbread is your style, I would go with a different recipe.
We ate these along side vegan slow-cooked chili. A hearty and delicious meal!
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February 5, 2012 by Angie
I made these vegan blueberry muffins on Wednesday for Reddit’s 52 Weeks of Baking Week 5 Challenge: Breakfast. I slightly changed the recipe from The Joy of Vegan Baking – a fine cookbook. I enjoyed a copy from my public library but the recipe can be found online here. I skipped the lemon zest and lemon extract and added an extra 1/2 cup of fresh blueberries and a teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Cute Husband took most of them to work where I was happy to hear they were eaten right up!
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