Almond Cherry Cupcakes

Almond Cherry Cupcakes

“Almond Cherry Cupcakes”

A rich, decadent taste comes in many flavors. Silky chocolate. Savory salted caramel. Creamy French vanilla. And now add almond cherry to your list of indulgences. Tempt your taste buds with these vegan “Almond Cherry Cupcakes” with a Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese frosting. They’ll soothe your savage sweet tooth . . .

Ingredients:

Cupcakes
1 cup soy milk (or cow’s milk; no higher than 2%)
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 cup canola oil
3/4 cup sugar (or add to taste, especially when using fresh cherries)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/4 tsp. almond extract
8 oz. canned dark cherries, drained, and torn in halves

Frosting
1/2 cup vegan butter, room temperature
8 ounces Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese, room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. almond extract
Approx. 2-3 cups powdered sugar (start with about a cup and continue adding in 1/2 cup increments until pleased with the texture and taste)

Optional: Skin-on slivered almonds

Directions:

Cupcakes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin pan with cupcake liners (I’m a big fan of dark brown liners in this case, but any will do).

Whisk the soy milk and vinegar in a measuring cup and set aside for a few minutes to get good and curdled.

Beat together the soy milk mixture, oil, sugar, vanilla, and almond extract in a large bowl. Sift in the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, and mix until no large lumps remain.

Fold in cherries.

Fill cupcake liners about half of the way and bake for 20 to 22 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack, and let cool completely before frosting.

Frosting
Using a handheld mixer or standing mixer, cream together the butter and cream cheese. Add the vanilla and beat again.

Add the powdered sugar, a little at a time, and beat until well-incorporated and to your liking.

Assemble
Frost completely cooled cupcakes with a substantial layer of cream cheese frosting, then dip into a bowl of the almonds to give a light covering. Fill in by hand any bald frosting spots with additional slices, until they look fabulous!

Created exclusively for Tofutti Brands, Inc. by Cheryl Malik over at 40 Aprons.

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Green Chilies Casserole

Green Chilies Casserole

This is a guest post by Betsy DiJulio, author of The Blooming Platter Cookbook: A Harvest of Seasonal Vegan Recipes.

“Green Chilies Casserole”

A favorite from my mother’s kitchen remade Betsy’s way!

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, diced
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 large orange or red bell pepper
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast (optional, but yields a beautiful “cheesy” taste)
8 ounces crumbled tempeh
1 8-inch yellow squash, diced
8 cups loosely packed chopped kale
1 15.5 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
8 cups corn chips, coarsely crushed by the handful (I used Xochitl Organic White Corn Chips)
16 ounce jar salsa verde
7 ounce can chopped green chilies
1 cup Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream + additional for garnish
Optional garnishes: chimichurri sauce and/or sprigs of fresh cilantro

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and oil a large casserole dish. In a large wok, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high. Add onion, sea salt, and pepper, and saute, stirring frequently, about 3 minutes or until softened. Then add in order the following ingredients, sautéing and stirring about 3 minutes between each: bell pepper and garlic, spices and tempeh, yellow squash, and kale. Kale may require a couple more minutes of cooking time. Then stir in remaining ingredients and heat through. Check for seasoning and adjust if necessary. Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish and bake for 20 minutes, covered. Serve garnished as desired.

Yields 6-8 servings.

Visit Betsy at www.TheBloomingPlatter.com.

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