White Russian Cupcakes

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What a relaxing weekend! I hope everyone had as great weather as we did. After more than a week of rainy and cloudy weather, we were blessed with sunshine and cool winds. Who could ask for anything more?

On Friday we had company over. I was really blessed to have Ryan offer to make dinner because it is a treat. I mostly hog the kitchen and do not give him opportunity to try out dishes he has been wanting to make. He usually likes to cook Italian, so he set his eyes on making lasagna. No arguments there, right? I was only in charge of making dessert, which were the cupcakes I will be sharing with you later.

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After Ryan spent nearly the whole Friday cooking and preparing for the lasagna, I thought I wold leave him alone at home so he could work on his dissertation research and more. I left home at 9:30am and came back home at 6pm! I cannot believe I was out all day and pretty much busy running errands.

What all did I get done? I got a haircut; found some baby stuff at garage sales; developed some photos; had brunch with a newspaper gal; went to the library; shopping; vacuumed and washed my car; bought MI strawberries; craft shopping; and comforter washing.

Whew! I had so much energy but I knew by the time I was finished I knew Ryan would be ready to leave the house. Luckily I did not have to do too much when I got home because we decided to go out for dinner and a movie, all on leftover giftcard money. I like when we have a nice surprise like that!

Dinner was at a local pub where I enjoyed a non-alcoholic beer, since I missed Germany already, and the fresh air of eating outdoors. Has anyone seen Super 8? Man, was it super loud in the theater. I screamed several times and I really thought I scared my little baby too!
Sunday was, of course, a day of rest and worshipping with our friends at church and then enjoying a picnic with them afterwards. What a way to spend a weekend right?

What fun things did you do?

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So back to the dessert I made Friday. I had alerted you in my last post that I was intrigued by Midwest Vegan’s post about these great cupcakes called White Russian Cupcakes.  Anyone ever had a White Russian before? It consists of Kahlua, Vodka, and half & half over some ice. It actually is a nice drink and one of Ryan’s favorite cocktails, but who is talking about my drinking this? Heck no!

Yes, maybe I miss a cocktail or two, but I am glad to withhold because I am having a beautiful healthy baby!!Well, anyway, who said I could not have it in dessert form? Yeah, no one said I could not!  hee hee

I have to say that this is probably the best cupcake icing I have ever eaten. It really was the only thing I wanted to eat, even though there was cake underneath that icing. Make this recipe! It is so delicious! Midwest Vegan adds some instant espresso powder to the icing so I agreed with her and added it to my recipe too! Thanks girl!!  Have it with some coffee or if you feel adventurous, have a cupcake with an actual White Russian.


The original recipe at Baked Perfection is not vegan so feel free to refer to that recipe. My recipe is all vegan and hard to believe. Make it….make it….you have to make it!

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White Russian Cupcakes

makes 12 cupcakes
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
6 tablespoons Earth Balance margarine, softened
2 flax seed “eggs” (2 Tbsp ground flaxseeds + 6 Tbsp warm water)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup So Delicious Original Coconut Milk
1/8 cup Vodka
1/4 cup Kahlua, divided
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a cupcake pan with paper liners.
 
 
In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. In a separate bowl or in a stand mixer, beat together the sugar and margarine until combined. Add flax “eggs”, one at a time. Then add the vanilla, Vodka, and Kahlua. Gradually add the flour mixture in three additions, alternating with the coconut milk in two additions, ending with the flour mixture.
 
 
Bake 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a cupcakes comes out clean. While the cupcakes are still warm, brush the tops with the remaining 1/8 cup Kahlua. Remove from pan and cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.
Kahlua Buttercream
1 stick Earth Balance margarine, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon instant espresso granules
3 – 4 Tablespoons Kahlua
Beat margarine until creamy. Add salt. Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, beating until combined. Add Kahlua 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach desired consistency. Lastly add the espresso granules and combine well.
Ice each cupcake and sprinkle with chocolate shavings and decorate with coffee beans. Enjoy!

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11751332126011127621 Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    I LOVE sweets modeled after [non-fruity] cocktails, these look AMAZING!

  • http://keepitsweetblog.com/ Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    We also had great weather this weekend and it was wonderful:-) These cupcakes look terrific!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11506367824992805317 Kris

    You are definitely keeping busy and keeping happy! Brava. I tried my best to keep track of your travels and adventures in Germany while I was in Italy. I knew you were super busy but I wanted so badly to invite you to where I was staying to meet and perform with the artists with whom I lived. In the future, maybe?

    Holy shnikeys, though! Those cupcakes look FABULOUS. I’ve never had a White Russian before, but this looks like something my mum would love, and I am open to *any* variety of cupcake. Thanks for sharing this magnificent recipe.

    Cheers to you, to your love, and to growing baby :)

  • Heather

    I’ve never used flax “eggs.” Is the amount (2T + 6 T water) you give for one egg or two?

    Thanks! these look delicious!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17579815484543487415 Noelle

    Hi @Heather! The original recipe called for 1 egg and 1 egg white, but I just used the amount for 2 eggs using flaxseed meal. 1 Tbsp +3 Tbsp water =1 egg.

    Thanks for asking!

  • http://acquiredlife.com/ Rochelle

    You really do keep busy! I don’t know how you do it, but hopefully you’re not having the heat wave we are (in the 90-105F all this last weekend, yuck!).

    I can see these gorgeous cupcakes being worth the heat in the kitchen to make and enjoy though! I’m trying not to drool over the though of the creamy Kahlua frosting :D

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10953934856050968428 Vegiegail

    You’re killing me with these! They’re gorgeous! Please tell me you saved me one.

  • http://midwestveg.com/ Lisa Marie

    Yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed them. When I saw the original recipe I couldn’t wait to try it. I just knew I had to share it. And now I want to make more. *sigh*

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08873080530639686787 HiHoRosie

    Busy busy girlie! That’s great – keep staying active (as long as you rest too). :) Those cupcakes look super good! Nice work!

  • http://flourtrader.blogspot.com/ Tina @flourtrader

    Noelle-when I saw the name of these I was thinking that they would would be quite different than these. I was pleasantly surprised at how unique the recipe was and the lovely appearance a white cupcake. So glad I stopped in-Great post1

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11195737115432451006 Amy

    Noelle these are beautiful! White Russians are delicious, but I have a feeling these cupcakes are even better!

  • http://www.dairyfreebetty.com/ Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty

    You sold me at kaluha I LOVE that stuff – even though I don’t drink often, sometimes I have a little of this in my almond milk… mmmm

    These are beautiful!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03266656770558847026 Ann

    They look amazing and you used some really interesting, non-traditional ingredients! Very creative and …..YUM!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00361442891218676216 Emily Malloy

    This is amaaaazing

  • http://alturl.com/7zswx Jim Atkinson

    Great site. However, it sure makes a fellow hungry! Will read more as well.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16761350918719977604 Erica

    Gotta love days like that where you just check things off your to do list left and right! These cupcakes are SO pretty!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15786386436700019117 Lindsay

    yummmm how scrumptious! I loved your apple crumble pie recipe by the way. I made a berry crumble pie last week and it turned out delicious! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01912320960118608950 Tanya

    I knew the moment I got back, I’d be tempted with all sorts of desserts from blog reading!! Those look awesome. Wonder if I could switch out the Kahlua and put in Amaretto instead…?? Would just be more nutty rather than coffee-esque.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00266755909709116333 Nish

    wow a cocktail inspired cupcake! looks amazing!