Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World

October 17, 2006

Autumn Yummies: Maple Cupcakes and Potato Candies

Filed under: Baking Porn,Non-Cupcake Objects — by isachandra @ 12:15 pm

Maple cupcakes with candied walnuts are perfect for fall. Here is mine all dolled up and ready to go to the New Jersey Vegtoberfest picnic. Does everyone have plates shaped like leaves? It seems like the entirety of the internet has the exact same plates as me.

Maple Cupcakes
While there I discovered a non-cupcake object (NCO) that was so luscious that I have to post about it. They’re called “Potato Candy” but really they taste just like macaroons, you would never guess that there was potato in it. They were brought by Debya who apparently got the recipe years ago from Emiko at Food Fight.

Potato Candy
Potato Candy

• 3/4 cup mashed potatoes — cold
• 4 cups confectioner’s sugar (make your own confectioner’s/powdered sugar: 1 cup raw sugar + ¼ cup cornstarch in yo’ food processor)
• 4 cups shredded, not sweetened coconut
• 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 4 squares baking chocolate (sweet or semisweet)

Mix potatoes and confectioner’s sugar. Stir in coconut, vanilla and salt. Blend well. Press into one large or two small pans, so candy will be 1/2 inch thick. Melt chocolate over hot water, do not let water boil. Pour chocolate on top of candy, cool and cut in squares. For variations, make haystacks by forming white mixture into cones 1 inch high. Allow to stand uncovered for 20 minutes. Dip base of each cone in melted chocolate. Place on waxed paper until chocolate hardens. Yields about 100 haystacks (I gave up after 60).

9 Comments »

  1. i don’t have those leaf plates (although i would love to have them. they’re adorable) but i do have a big plate that looks like leaves of iceberg lettuce. (and a little lettuce dip cup too.) i think it was hand-made.

    Comment by supercarrot — October 17, 2006 @ 2:16 pm |Reply

  2. What a neat idea! Looks like I have some catching up to do on posts! 😉

    Comment by Harmonia — October 18, 2006 @ 9:14 am |Reply

  3. Do you use leftover mashed potatoes that have soymilk, salt and earth balance in them or just completely plain mashed potatoes?

    Comment by Christina — October 18, 2006 @ 12:14 pm |Reply

  4. Christina, I would think it is just plain mashed potatoes.

    Comment by isachandra — October 18, 2006 @ 6:19 pm |Reply

  5. This candy is popular in Maine and is known as Irish Potato Candy. It is generally shaped into a flattened oblong, like a potato, and served on St. Patty’s Day! You can get it year ’round at some coffee shops and bakeries.

    In other places I’ve seen Irish Potato Candy made w/cream cheese or peanut butter, so check before you buy.

    Comment by Rosie — November 11, 2006 @ 1:31 pm |Reply

  6. […] It will be sad to see the last of these go with tomorrow’s lunch. I’ll still have lots of mashed potatoes though… maybe I’ll make up some samosas or potato candy. […]

    Pingback by VeganMoFo 13: Thanksgiving Leftovers « Leave it to Cleaver — October 15, 2008 @ 2:49 pm |Reply

  7. You are my GOD!/dess🙂 Is there a recipe for those maple cupcakes with candied walnuts in the Vegan Cupcakes take over the world book? I sure hope so. I just bought it from Amazon and am eagerly awaiting its arrival. Seriously, those cupcakes look out of this world and I want them in my life NOW.

    Comment by Bec — February 25, 2009 @ 10:20 pm |Reply

  8. Okay, I just did the ‘look at the table of contents’ thing in Amazon and the recipe IS in there😀 Phew. My life is complete now.

    Comment by Bec — February 25, 2009 @ 10:21 pm |Reply

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