Maple Cupcakes with Maple Buttercream Frosting

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This vegan cupcake recipe comes from Ricki Heller, author of the blog Diet, Dessert and Dogs.

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Ingredients

Cupcakes:
1/2 cup plain or vanilla soymilk or almond milk
1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon finely ground flax seeds
1/2 cup pure maple syrup (preferably grade B)
1/3 cup sunflower or other light-tasting oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups light spelt flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
Buttercream Frosting:
2/3 cup organic refined (ie, unflavored) coconut oil, soft at room temperature (see note)
2/3 cup pure maple syrup (preferably grade B)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pinch of fine sea salt
1/3 cup soymilk powder
1 teaspoon finely ground chia seeds, optional (see instructions)

Instructions

For the cupcakes:
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.  Line 10 muffin cups (for large cupcakes) or 12 muffins cups (for small cupcakes) with paper liners, or spray with nonstick spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, vinegar, flax seeds, maple syrup, oil and vanilla until well combined.  Set aside while you measure the dry ingredients, or at least 2 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Pour the wet ingredients over the dry and whisk just until combined (do not overmix).
  4. Using a large ice cream scoop or 1/3 cup measuring cup, scoop the batter into the prepared muffin cups.  Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, until a tester inserted in one of the center cupcakes comes out clean.  Cool completely before frosting.  May be frozen.

For the buttercream frosting:

  1. In a deep bowl with electric beaters, beat the coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla and sea salt until combined.
  2. Slowly sift in the soymilk powder and blend on low speed to incorporate.  Then blend on high speed until the mixture becomes lighter–both in color and texture–and fluffy.  If it seems too soft to hold a peak, add the chia and beat to incorporate; let stand 2-5 minutes, then beat again before using.  Makes enough to frost 10-12 cupcakes. May be frozen; defrost in a covered container in the refrigerator overnight before using.

Note: You can certainly use unrefined oil for this frosting, but it will have a distinct coconut flavor.

This recipe comes from Ricki Heller, author of the blog Diet, Dessert and Dogs.

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