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Chocolate Liqueur Cupcakes

The frosting on these is rich enough that only a little pat is necessary, letting the cupcake stand up without being overpowered.

After making vegan banana muffins last month, it wasn’t much of a stretch to try out vegan baking again. After experiencing just how easy these rich chocolate cupcakes were, I’m happy to say that vegan baking no longer scares me. I doubt I’ll turn to it exclusively, but it will show up on Ovensports again from time to time!

I got the idea for a cupcake containing alcohol after seeing a recipe for Wine and Cheese Cupcakes. I didn’t have any wine or cheese, but I did have an underutilized bottle of chocolate liqueur, and a recently acquired vegan cookbook with a chocolate cupcake recipe!

The original recipe for these cupcakes is a Chocolate Cupcake recipe from “The Happy Herbivore.” I added chocolate liquor and made a few substitutions, including swapping some of the applesauce for canola oil. The cookbook’s author, Lindsay Nixon, does a great job of keeping her recipes as low-to-no-fat, but I don’t operate on a low-fat diet, hence the change.

The whole wheat flour does give these a slightly different taste than a standard chocolate cupcake, a tiny bit wheaty-er and ever-so-slightly heavier. The first bite also has a noticeable undercurrent of alcohol; if you don’t like the taste of alcohol, these may not be the cupcakes for you – unless you’re like me, and your love of chocolate means you’ll even do occasional shots of chocolate liqueur!

If you are a vegan or are feeding a vegan, please note that some types of chocolate liqueur may not be vegan. From my quick internet research, some are and some aren’t.

The flavor of the chocolate liqueur is bold enough that these cupcakes don’t need much fancying up to go far.

Chocolate Liqueur Cupcakes
Adapted from “The Happy Herbivore” cookbook by Lindsay S. Nixon
1/2 cup non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon unsweetened applesauce
1 tablespoon chocolate liqueur
1/4 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 small bar of vegan dark chocolate (I used half of a Trader Joe’s 1.65oz 72% dark chocolate bar)
2 teaspoons non-dairy milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, mix together the 1/2 cup milk, oil, applesauce, chocolate liqueur, and brown sugar. In a smaller bowl, stir together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Slowly stir the flour mixture into the wet ingredients, until evenly combined.

Pour the batter into silicone baking cups, paper baking cups, or a greased muffin pan. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Allow cupcakes to fully cool.

To make the frosting, heat the chocolate and the milk in a microwave safe container on high heat, stopping to stir every 10 seconds, just until the chocolate has melted and the milk has been mixed in. Spread on top of the cupcakes.

Makes six cupcakes.
Cost per cupcake: $0.37
Nutrition per cupcake: 143 calories, 2.5g fat, 1g sat fat, 23g carbs, 2.5g fiber, 2g protein

This recipe only makes six cupcakes so that you don’t need to feel bad when they don’t last long! 🙂

2 comments on “Chocolate Liqueur Cupcakes

  1. Susan
    July 8, 2012

    This sounds so delicious!!

    I recommend putting vegan in the title, even though there’s a risk it might turn some people away – it might help the vegans who might otherwise pass it over read it 🙂

    • Ovensports
      July 12, 2012

      Hi Susan, and thanks!

      That is a good point, and I’ve been going back and forth on whether to label things “Vegan” in the title as I do more vegan baking. On the one hand, I don’t want omnivores to see the “Vegan” label and be turned off, but I also don’t want vegans to pass over it, as you point out! Right now I’ve been compromising by putting it in the description sometimes. I’ll have to keep thinking about it, and thanks again for your input!

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