Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World

September 17, 2007

Pumpkin Pie Brownie

Filed under: Baking Porn,Holiday Cupcakes,Non-Cupcake Objects,Recipes — by isachandra @ 12:10 pm

Thank Zod for autumn. I have 6 cans of pumpkin in my pantry that need to get outta’ there and make room for something else. I don’t even know where they came from, it’s possible that I just kept forgetting if I had any canned pumpkin and my collection grew and grew, or it could be the canned pumpkin fairy. And I can’t eat pumpkin in warm weather, it throws off my equilibrium.

Last night I made these Pumpkin Pie Brownies. It’s a brownie base with pumpkin in the batter and then pumpkin pie filling is poured on top and they bake together in perfect harmony. Obviously, these would be like gold at any Halloween event.

Recipe has been added, just click “more.”



April 22, 2007

On Earthday Cupcakes, Grandmas and Napkins

Filed under: Baking Porn,Decorating,Holiday Cupcakes,Musings,Other People's Cupcakes — by isachandra @ 12:49 pm

Earthday cupcakes

Earthday cupcakes from Madness Rivera in the Vegan Cupcake Pool

On Earth Day 1990 I awoke to my best friend telling me that my grandmother had just died. The day before my cat had died and my boyfriend had cheated on me with a green haired girl who was always at every punk show.

But Earth Day that year was a big deal. It was the 20th anniversary of the holiday, and although the day wasn’t really on the radar in the 20 years since 1970, the 80s were over and I suppose people were thinking that it was as good a time as any to stop snorting cocaine and go green again. So I went to Central Park with my anarchist youth collective as I had planned, there was no point sitting around in Brooklyn crying when I could be in the park with my friends. Crying.

One of our first orders of business once on the Upper East Side was to go cardboard box surfing. That is, you flatten out a cardboard box on the sidewalk, run towards it as fast as you can, jump on it and see how far you can slide. Depending on the sidewalk and the slipperiness of the box it was usually only a few feet, maybe 10 if you were really little and really lucky.

A woman with an expensive baby stroller and big sunglasses shouted at us, “You are doing this on Earth Day?” Of course, these boxes were destined for the garbage dump, any amount of surfing on them wasn’t going to make the environmental situation any worse. In fact, kudos to us for finding fun with garbage instead of sitting home, playing video games and using electricity.

Once in the park, a comfortable distance from where the B-52s were playing, we lay in the grass and did whatever teenagers do on the grass. I rolled over onto my back, away from my friends and looked up to the sky through my purple tinted sunglasses (can anyone but a teenager appreciate the world through colored lenses?). I thought about my grandma and my cat. Since that time, my first instinct whenever a loved one dies is to look up at the sky and wonder “Where the fuck did you go?”

The last time I had spoken to my grandma she had asked me to bring her mirror and make-up to the hospital. I thought of how she wasn’t just able to say that she wanted to see me one last time. I felt guilty because I never did bring her make-up and mirror and how I should have known that what she really meant was that she loved me, even if I did paint my face white and dye my hair purple. I thought about how I don’t want to grow old that way – afraid to tell people I love them.

Garbage was accumulating all around us, and it wasn’t ours. Hoards of people were making their way through the park, dropping McDonald’s wrappers and Budweiser empties and whatever else they didn’t want to deal with. I picked up a McDonald’s Earthday napkin and read the missive on it. It talked about how McDonald’s was committed to the environment and how the napkin was whatever percentage recycled material.

Did you ever make a promise to yourself that you will never forget? I can remember a few. For some reason when I was walking up my elementary school stairs in second grade I stopped, looked at the building and thought, “Never forget this day.” And I haven’t, it was March 9th. I have no idea why I wanted to remember it, other than that I was catching on to the fleetingness of life. But on Earth Day, April 22nd 1990, in the grass in Central Park, I thought it again and this time I do remember what I was thinking.

Don’t believe the lies that napkins tell you, don’t grow old and afraid of love, don’t ever stop looking up at the sky and wondering.

I had some sense at the time how hard these things would be, but 17 years later- exactly 2 times the age I was then- I’m trying to get back on track. I don’t want to disappoint that 17 year old because I feel like she’s the wisest person I know. Also, she might kick my ass if I don’t follow through.

February 16, 2007

Valentines Wrap-Up

Filed under: Baking Porn,Holiday Cupcakes,Other People's Cupcakes — by isachandra @ 2:47 am

I haven’t been able to post because my laptop is in repairs. I swear I didn’t spill anything on it! But my password was on there and, oh, it’s a long story. I will just make with the cupcakes.


Low-fat rosewater cardamom, from blushinmuffin


I’m not sure what the hearts are made out of. My money is on marzipan. From way opening


Crimson velveteen, from littlepretty

I didn’t make cupcakes, I made galettes. But I wrote about those on my other blog. I’m torn between two blogs!

December 18, 2006

Snowman Cupcake

Filed under: Baking Porn,Holiday Cupcakes — by isachandra @ 11:48 pm

A dancing snowman on top of a blue cupcake. Well, in my mind he’s dancing, he could be reading poetry, too. Read QuintanaRoo’s saga here, she mentions Dresden Dolls and David Lynch in one parenthetical sentence.

Snowman Cupcake

Christmas Stollen

Filed under: Holiday Cupcakes,Non-Cupcake Objects — by isachandra @ 11:42 pm

I didn’t make this because I’m Jewish, but look how cool it. Usually on the ppk message boards we just talk about sex and tv, but once in awhile advice gets given and things get baked, and that’s refreshing.stollen

October 30, 2006

Cupcake Mascot

Filed under: Cupcake Costumes,Holiday Cupcakes — by isachandra @ 7:32 pm

When vegan cupcakes take over the world Deirdre Jean will most certainly be our leader. She made the costume herself and everything.
Cupcake Costume

October 23, 2006

Diwali Chai Ribbons: DIY Pastry Bag Style

Filed under: Baking Porn,Holiday Cupcakes — by isachandra @ 12:27 pm

BrasilVeg created these Chai Tea Cupcakes with a buttercream ribbon using only a pastry bag with a slit cut into it. The occasion was to celebrate Diwali, a Hindu Holiday that involves lots of pretty candles.


October 19, 2006

Halloween Cupcake Ideas From Colorado

Filed under: Cupcake Tips,Holiday Cupcakes,Other People's Cupcakes — by isachandra @ 3:27 pm

Here are some really great Halloween cupcake decorating instructions, a zombie zoo!

Marzipan is a delicious and vegan way to dress up cupcakes, and it goes well with either chocolate or vanilla.

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