If you are planning some seasonal baking as well, but need to cater for egg or lactose intolerants, or down right vegan friends, then this super quick and easy recipe will come in your aid. It’s a basic “whisk and bake” kind of batter, and you can replace the almond milk for any nut milk, or even rice or soy milk. You can flavour it with whichever ingredients rock your boat and go into full festive mode with hints of cinnamon and spice. I have kept it simple here, with accents of lemon and vanilla, but really let your imagination run wild, if you like. A glacé cherry on top of that pearly lacquer of glaze will turn a simple cupcake into a Rudolph inspired one. This is a goodie to leave out for Santa as well, he may not be vegan, but I know from experience he can’t resist a “cherry on top” sweet offering!
Ho, ho, ho!
INGREDIENTS, Makes 12
2 cups of self raising flour, sifted
3 tablespoons of ground almond
1/2 cup of caster sugar
1/4 cup of light olive oil or grape seed oil
1-1/2 cup almond milk
finely grated zest and juice of 1 large lemon
seeds of 1 vanilla bean of 1 teaspoon son vanilla paste or extract
For the vegan glaze
3/2 cup of icing (confectioner or powdered) sugar sifted
1-2 teaspoons of lemon juice
12 glacé (candied) cherries
Preheat your oven to 170 C (335 F), conventional.
Mix flour, ground almonds and sugar together in a large bowl. Add almond milk (start with one cup and then see if you need the rest) and oil and whisk until smooth, keeping in mind that a few lumps in the batter are just fine. Add lemon zest and juice, vanilla and mix well.
Pour the batter in a greased and floured 12-hole muffin tin and bake for 18-20 minutes or until pale golden and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cakes comes out clean. Cool in the tin for 10 minutes then transfer to a rack to cool completely.
While the cakes are cooling, make the vegan glaze
Mix icing (confectioner) sugar with a few drops of lemon juice. Start with 2-3 drops and mix. If too thick add another few drops until it’s slightly runnier )not too runny tough!). Top with a glacé cherry (Rudolph’s nose!)