Chocolate and amaretto go so well together.
Rich, dark, silky chocolate and sweet, smooth amaretto.
Vegan Chocolate Amaretto Cupcakes
Makes 18 cupcakes
3/4 cup non-dairy milk
1/4 cup amaretto (plus more for dipping)
1 cup natural cane sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp pure almond extract (optional, but awesome)
1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners. With an electric mixer, beat together the following ingredients in a large bowl: non-dairy milk, amaretto, oil, sugar, apple cider vinegar, vanilla, and almond extract. Beat on medium speed for a minute or two.
2. Now sift in the dry ingredients: flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix well, until the clumps are gone.
3. Spoon the batter into prepared cupcake pan, about two-thirds full for each. Bake for about 22 minutes at 350F, or until the cupcake slowly springs back when pressed with a finger. Allow to completely cool before dipping the cupcake tops into a small bowl of amaretto and frosting.
For a bit more boozy cupcakes, dip the cooked and cooled cupcake tops in a little bit of amaretto before frosting.
Vegan Chocolate Amaretto Frosting
Makes enough frosting to top 24 cupcakes
1 cup vegan margarine, room temperature
1/4 cup amaretto
4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1/2 cup coco powder
1/2 Tablespoon cornstarch, sifted
1/2 teaspoon salt
almond slivers to garnish
Beat the margarine using an electric mixer until fluffy.
Add the sugar, cornstarch and salt then beat for 3 minutes more.
Pour in the amaretto then beat for another 5 minutes or until the frosting is light and fluffy.
Pipe or spread the frosting on to your cakes as desired.
Perfect for birthdays, picnics and BBQs.
I hope everyone back home has had a great Memorial Day. I spent the morning at school then went out to lunch along the Rhine with a group of my girl friends. A lovely way to spend a hot, late spring day!
Tonight I’m going to a bar called Spleen to listen to Andrew Vladeck, a singer and songwriter from New York who’s stopping in Bonn on his European tour.
Should be a good night, I’ll tell you more tomorrow!