June 03, 2007

Isa Chandra Moskowitz is my hero.

Spending a warm Sunday afternoon in a cubicle at work instead of relaxing in the sun is all right as long as you have

Between Lisa, Ping, my roommate Tim, and myself we demolished eight heavily-frosted vegan chocolate-orange cupcakes between last night and just now. But that statement somewhat obscures the fact that four of those were eaten by me. Chew on that, Miss Manners.

Posted by dianna at June 3, 2007 04:25 PM

Oh! Did you get Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World? How is it? I mean, obviously the vegan chocolate-orange cupcakes are scrumptious, but have you made any of the others?

Posted by: MoltenBoron at June 3, 2007 08:19 PM

Wooo! Yes! I knew that cookbook and you would make beautiful... er, cupcakes together. (Yeah, it's Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World)

If you make the green tea ones with the perfectly sculpted little marzipan flowers on top, call me and I will get on a bus instantly.

Posted by: katie at June 3, 2007 08:48 PM

Actually, my dirty secret is that while I did use an Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero cupcake recipe, it is not one of the ones in Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World. That's because when I was heading to work and planning to go to the store directly from there, I forgot to bring the book with me and had to Google vegan cupcake recipes... which happened to lead me to the Post-Punk Kitchen and the same two awesome vegan cupcaketiers.

But once I made them and discovered that a) cupcakes are a fairly easy basic concept b) buttercream (okay, Earthbalancecream) frosting is much more of a haphazard and wing-able operation than the Duncan Hines people would have you believe, and c) walking around with a single cupcake in your hand actually does make you feel like the king of the universe, I spent a good hour yesterday poring over the book and giggling and deciding which ones to make next. I think either the tiramisu cupcakes or the Brooklyn Cream Pie ones.

Posted by: Dianna at June 4, 2007 08:28 AM

Oops, sorry for the assumption. What makes a Brooklyn Cream Pie different from a Boston Cream Pie? Being from the West Coast I excuse myself from being able to intuit this, but I am intrigued.

Posted by: katie at June 4, 2007 02:09 PM

According to I.C.M. the major difference seems to be that Brooklyn's just cooler. And more vegan.

I will make green tea cupcakes when you come up to visit in two weeks, if you will help me make tiny perfect marzipan flowers for the tops. And then eat six of them apiece.

Posted by: Dianna at June 4, 2007 03:04 PM

Man, now I'm hungry for vegan cupcakes.

Posted by: MoltenBoron at June 4, 2007 03:57 PM

ok I just caved and got a username... pretty much entirely so that I could make your day by telling you that I sacrificed my chance at my cupcake and gave it to my dad, without telling him it was vegan. and he was really pleased with it, and ate it in about 30 seconds, and seemed suddenly very approving of my social choices and networking skills. and then I told him it was vegan and he sniffed, and said somewhat bitterly, but more resignedly, like he didn't have any will left to resist, "great, lisa. that's just great."

Posted by: lisa at June 4, 2007 05:34 PM

Hahahaha! Wow, that did make my day. I was thinking to myself yesterday that all of my sharing of vegan goodies and recipes and restaurant recommendations is really a kind of viral marketing, but I never expected you to take up my pyramid scheme with such glee and aplomb. Break their will with cupcakes, that's the way. Hee!

Also: Zach, isn't it funny how you can be, not just plain hungry, nor just interested in cupcakes, but absolutely hungering very specifically for vegan cupcakes. I feel that you should get some. It could be dangerous to starve yourself of cupcakey goodness.

Posted by: Dianna at June 5, 2007 08:55 AM