Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Carrot Pineapple Cupcakes with Coconut Maple Icing

When I first read Dr. Stonielove's Nonfat Carrot Cupcakes recipe, I thought I had everything I needed to make these beauties. Then half way into reading the recipe more thoroughly, I discovered I didn't have maple extract and didn't have enough maple syrup for the sweetener part of the cake recipe. I also don't care for raisins so I decided to go on with the "skeleton" recipe and improvise with what I had and liked. Instead of maple extract, I used vanilla extract. and instead of using 1/2 cup of maple syrup, I used about 2 tablespoons of unbleached granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons of maple syrup and 1/4 cup of brown sugar. I also added the juice of one 8 oz can of crushed pineapple, which yielded about 1/2 cup of juice and I used orange juice for the remaining 1/2 cup of liquid. I also added the drained crushed pineapple to the recipe. These turned out remarkably well considering I made a lot of changes. My tongue could tell there wasn't any fat in the cupcake recipe but luckily, the icing made up for it. For the icing, which is NOT nonfat, I only had to substitute the maple extract with vanilla extract and added a tablespoon or so of pure maple syrup. I kinda wished the icing had a bit of Tofutti cream cheeze in it to cut the sweetness down a bit, but I didn't have any to add.
All and all, this was a success. Even though I changed a few things, Dr. Stonielove gets the credit for these half healthy, half decadent cupcake treats! You rock Dr. Stonielove!
Just iced and dusted with cinnamon!
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About to be devoured!
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Oh, yeah! As the big bite shows, these rocked!
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24 comments:

Romina said...

As soon as I saw these on her blog I knew I had to make them. I can't wait!!! They look fantastical.

Jennifer said...

As soon as I saw the title to this post, I knew I was going to be drooling. I saw Dr. Stonielove's carrot cupcakes too! Now I'm really going to have to try them! How creative, figuring out how to make a delicious treat when you don't have all the right ingredients.

Those cupcakes are gorgeous! I am jealous! Yum!

chow vegan said...

Wow, those look great!

Happy Herbivore! said...

thats it. I'm making my carrot cake messy muffins today. I have a craving and I'm giving in!

Sam said...

Carrot pineapple cupcakes. I'm in heaven. And since they have carrots in them, that makes them healthy... Right? They look great!!!

Melody Polakow said...

Yum! Nonfat cuppers topped with fat filled frosting is a great compromise..

Billy said...

Carrot, pineapple, and coconut: three things I love! These look really good.

Leigh said...

Look at that icing! Yummy.

Veggie said...

Those look amazing!

missblueberry said...

And again...you have inspired me!! Jennifer and Dr. Stonielove had me commited to making these bad boys tonight, but the coconut idea is EXCELLENT.

You rock! And way to have IBS too! Isn't it fun. Damn belly. Damn belly.

Vegan_Noodle said...

Oh yum. I need cupcakes now. For some reason I can't see the photo... but i"m imagining them in my mind...

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

I'm glad you liked 'em, because I have that recipe bookmarked too! I'm planning to make them for Easter.

Ashley Nicole said...

Ohhh man, those look good!! I love the combo of carrot, pineapple, coconut and maple for the whole thing. Yum!

vegan addict said...

those look lovely! and you are so good at improvising your ingredients! i like to bake that way too...a bit of this, and a bit more of that...little of this...

Happy Herbivore! said...

you are one of the reasons I had to make and eat all those cupcakes!

muahaha... LOVE LOVE LOVE your new photo! can i eat it?

Rural Vegan said...

I love the changes you made - pineapple, carrots, and coconut are an amazing combination, much less when you put them in cupcake form and add icing! They look incredible!

Wheeler's Frozen Dessert said...

You're very creative! The cupcakes look really tasty ... I need to try making these some night! :)

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Ooh, they look so cute!

stonielove said...

mmm! yours look great :) what a talented baker you are to modify so much and created beautiful baked goodies like those! i like the cinnamon powder on the frosting. what a nice touch!

bazu said...

Ok, those cupcakes are making me very very hungry. They're gorgeous!

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