Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World

July 12, 2007

Magnolia Bakery – Sprinkles or Mouse Droppings?

Filed under: Cupcakes in the News,Cupcakes NYC,Other People's Cupcakes — by isachandra @ 10:13 am

I know I shouldn’t write something so gross on a cupcake blog, but Magnolia Bakery bothers me. First of all, they use eggs and butter. It’s as if they don’t even realize that the vegan revolution is upon us. Second of all, I had a cupcake of theirs in my pregan days and it was dry. Not quite biscuit dry, but definitely dry. Third, it just annoys me in the way that designer jeans annoy me. Wait, do designer jeans still exist or is that strictly 80s? Whatever.

But they’ve been shut down by the health department, and although the owner is trying to focus the attention on the missing sink, read a little further and see that some mice are missing their droppings.

Sometimes I think people stand in line for them just to be standing in a line. This isn’t communist Russia. There are cupcakes everywhere, go celebrate your freedom. Preferably at Babycakes or ‘snice.

Babycakes cuppers, image stolen from cupcakeplanet at flickr. 

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May 19, 2007

The Joy of Vegan Baking

Filed under: Other Cookbooks,Other People's Cupcakes — by isachandra @ 12:16 pm

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau of Compassionate Cooks and the Vegetarian Food For Thought podcast has written a virtual bildungsroman of vegan baking – The Vegan Joy of Baking! I tried a few things last weekend and the coffee cake knocked my socks off, but who needs socks when we have vegan baking? You can try some recipes here and also preorder it on Amazon. It’ll be out in October this year. Congrats, Colleen!

May 15, 2007

Cupcake Activism

Filed under: Activism,Baking Porn,Other People's Cupcakes — by isachandra @ 8:54 am

I remember doing a demo against McDonald’s in the early nineties. We had the bright idea to not just protest but to bring food, too, that way we could offer people an alternative to a Big Mac. Genius, right? If only we had brought actual food that people wanted to eat. Instead it was, and the shame is with me to this day, Fantastic Food Falafel. Yes, falafel from a box. Now look at McDonalds, they’re even bigger, and it’s all our fault.

So it makes me happy to see these cupcakes from Sugar Crash Mobile Bakery’s debut, a benefit for Josh Harper. The revolution will be frosted.

> Sugar Crash myspace

> Sugar Crash Flickr photoset 

May 1, 2007

Wanna Taste My Cupcake

Filed under: Cupcakes In Pop Culture,Other People's Cupcakes — by isachandra @ 12:18 pm

I know that sounds perverted, don’t blame me, blame Bingo Hag and their song about vegan cupcakes!

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.

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Low-fat rosewater cardamom, from blushinmuffin

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

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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!

November 12, 2006

Screaming Cupcakes

Filed under: Cupcake Videos,Other People's Cupcakes — by isachandra @ 2:36 pm

If you are an idiot like me (and you are) maybe this will make you laugh reluctantly and then hate yourself for it.

November 1, 2006

What Would Your Superhero Power Be?

Filed under: Cupcake Videos,Other People's Cupcakes — by isachandra @ 12:55 pm


This would probably be mine.

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!

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

October 12, 2006

We Have Competition

Filed under: Baking Porn,Cookbook,Other People's Cupcakes — by isachandra @ 3:40 pm

Another vegan cupcake blog, but just for cupcakes from VCTOW. So we’re not too worried.

This is the Elvis.

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