One of the many reasons why I fell in love with Collin was for his Superman abilities. Whenever my computer crashed, BAM it’s fixed. Whenever I couldn’t move that stupid heavy box, POOF he lifts it with one hand. Even that one time when my heel got stuck in the crack of the sidewalk and my face was about to meet the pavement of death, like magic he not only pulls me back but frees my heel at the same time in the process. I realize I’d never want to ever lose my hero, honestly, what would I do? With that being said, although 99% of the time Collin is indestructible, like every Superman, he has his kryptonite: desserts.
Let’s start with a simple equation: Collin + Desserts = Epic Domination. If I bake a pie and he sees it, within a couple hours it’ll be gone. There have been instances at our dinner parties where he’ll even hoard a few portions of desserts for later, when after the guests leave. Recently he’s been so good at sneaking my baked goods that I don’t realize anything is missing, until I pull the pan out of the oven. The point is the man has no self-control when it comes to desserts, and he simply cannot stop. When I make dessert recipes for the blog and you wonder “Wow who gets to eat that?” The answer is Collin; he eats all of it, that night usually.
As a result of his bad boy behaviors, consequently his waist line suffers and then that leads to frustration towards me. “I was SO hot before I met you, remember when I had a six-pack and some monster biceps??!! Now look at me! YOU DID THIS TO ME, STOP MAKING DESSERTS!!!” He’s right. I did. I did do that to him. But I didn’t mean to! Desserts are evil, the only way they’re good is if they’re packed full of cream, eggs, sugar and butter. How can the best things in life be so bad for us? WHY IS THE WORLD PACKED FULL OF CONTRADICTORY SITUATIONS?
So this year I’ve been on a mission. I realize to keep my Superman around I have to keep him healthy and in good shape. However, it’s impossible to say I won’t make any desserts, life is too short for that but I can try to find dessert recipes that won’t give you a third ass. This is one of them.
I finally found the ultimate vegan dessert recipe. For all you vegan haters, hey I feel you – I was on that boat of “Uhm vegan dessert? Those two words don’t ever go together.” But this recipe changed my mind. After trying a couple vegan cake recipes, I found this to be the best one. The addition of the coffee along with the Valrona cocoa makes this cake moist, rich and delicious. For the filling I used all natural peanut butter and sweetened it with some raw honey. It is important that you opt for all-natural peanut butter; it contains monosaturated fats that are good for lowering LDL cholesterol as well as a good source of protein. When you buy regular peanut butter, it usually contains high levels of hydrogenated fats (bad fats), preservatives, sugar and salt – save yourself go natural. The banana ice cream is just frozen bananas blended – due to the low liquid content in bananas, when blended it turns into this creamy, milky texture. It’s so easy to make and it tastes incredible, the more ripe the bananas the sweeter your ice cream (I wouldn’t recommend using bananas that don’t have brown spots on them)! Top it off with some cocoa nibs and cocoa powder for that nice earthy touch and I promise you’ll forget its even vegan.
Recipe for Chocolate Vegan Cake with Vegan Banana Ice Cream:
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Banana Ice Cream (makes about 3 cups)
- 3 very ripe bananas, frozen
- 1 Tablespoon soymilk (optional)
Using a blender or hand-held immersion blender, blend the bananas into a smooth paste. If it feels a little thick, feel free to add the soymilk. Place in a medium glass container and freeze for 30 minutes or more before using.
Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes (8-10 cupcakes)
- 1 1/4 cups flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, I highly recommend you using Valrhona (yes it makes all the difference in the world)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup warm water
- ½ cup brewed coffee
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon distilled vinegar
- 1 ½ cups all-natural peanut butter, room temperature
- ½ cup honey
- Cocoa nibs and cocoa powder for garnish
Mix peanut butter and honey together in a bowl until combined. Set aside until ready to use.
If you’re interested in making the candied hazelnuts you can find the manual over at Martha Stewart.
Preheat oven at 350F.
In a large bowl mix the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt together until well incorporated. Add water, coffee, oil and vinegar into dry mixture, mix until fully blended. Fill muffin pan with liners and fill with batter ¾ the way full. Bake in oven for 22-25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Place on rack to cool. Using a paring knife or tiny circular pastry cutter (1”-1.25”) cut out a hole in the center of each cupcake for the peanut butter filling.
Take banana ice cream out and set aside. Fill each cupcake with peanut butter mixture up to the top and scoop banana ice cream on top. Garnish with cocoa nibs and cocoa powder. Serve immediately and eat often.
*** If you feel this dessert needs to be sweeter, simply add more honey on top!
(p.s. I know “technically” honey is not vegan so feel free to use agave as a substitute.)
oh my, Joy! these are soooo gorgeous. your photos are breathtaking. love love love them.
you’re story is super cute, at least he eats the desserts before you get a hold of them.
Thanks Nadia. I guess being with a goober always makes life a little bit more interesting… Thank you for the lovely comment!
sorry I meant *your story instead of you’re. hate typos!
Oh my god! These are SO gorgeous it almost would be a shame to eat them….but they look so delicious too. I love the banana ice cream…so simple! Yum, yum, yum! You are not doing my afternoon sugar cravings any good!
Jennifer you are too funny haha thank you for the lovely comment!
How gorgeous are these?! I just might turn vegan after all. You are wise to take care of that super hero of yours.
Hee hee thanks Sandy. Gotta take care of my bubba or who’s going to save me when I get myself in predicaments??!
seriously, these could not be any more beautiful!!!
aw geez Linda you are too sweet
My mouth is WATERING. I must make these! I MUST!!!
Also, “but I can try to find dessert recipes that won’t give you a third ass. This is one of them.” I laughed out loud at this.
YOU ARE THE BEST!!!
LOL it’s true though!! I totally started growing a third ass for the short time I was a pastry chef, good lord.
Hope you enjoy these eliba!
how awesome are these? do you mind sharing where you got the muffin wrapper from? Thanks!
I got the wrappers from Sur La Table … the most dangerous place in the world. My husband always cringes when I tell him I went shopping there — “okay Zhang, how much damage did you do?”
but don’t worry those wrappers did very little damage, I believe I got them for 65 cents a piece!
Oh my heavens! The presentation is so stunning my jaws literally dropped when I saw them on foodgawker. Extra thumbs up for being vegan.
Thank you Eugene! You are too kind
Gorgeous cupcake. Just loved every bit of the detail given, I wish I cud also have a bite vis a vis Collin of your sumptuous desserts. I have bookmarked your recipe to try out soon !
Thank you Sonia for the comment, I hope you enjoy the recipe!!
Wow, these cupcakes are amazing! And vegan too!
I’d love for your to submit them to Vegolicious, a vegetarian food photo gallery where readers can browse beautiful photos to discover new recipes and wonderful blogs. If you would like to share this recipe with our readers please submit a photo along with a link to this post.
Thank you for the lovely comment. I will head over now!
I’ve made vegan cupcakes a couple of times and have actually enjoyed them more than regular cupcakes. But the vegan ice cream… that’s a feat. Gorgeous!
Brian I’d have to agree- these cupcakes were so so moist that I devoured two before even plating and decorating…oops O_O
OMG these look heavenly! Will definitely give them a try soon! Beautiful presentation!
Thank you Shumaila!
these are beautiful. they just caught my eye on food buzz top 9 but I’m so glad i clicked the link because the photos in the rest of the entry are amazing.
Thanks for your kind words Kimberly, youve made me very happy
wow, i love vegan baking. this cupcake looks scrumptious!
Thank you Junia !
congrats on top 9 ! A well deserved entry…
Thank you Sonia!
Your presentation is STUNNING! These look almost too pretty to eat…Almost. Believe me, if I had one of these right in front of me it wouldn’t be pretty – me or the cupcake. It would be devoured! Nice work. One of the best combos too, pb and chocolate.
LOL thank you rosie haha you are funny! I agree — chocolate and pb always go hand in hand
I love vegan desserts! And peanut butter. I don’t blame Collin for his lack on control around desserts like this.
Congrats on the FoodBuzz!
Haha thank you Laura! I am now a firm believer that vegan desserts can be good. I’m excited to try out other recipes.
oh my! these are breathtaking! gorgeous looking cupcakes… peanut butter + chocolate + bananas! how could you go wrong?!
Love the candied hazelnut on top… awesome sugar work! your blog is inspiring Congrats on making Top 9!
Wow thanks for the comment, yer turning me into a ham Lovely to meet you!
These look absolutely incredible. I want one…right now
Thank you Tracey!
Joy, these pictures are absolutely breathtaking, wow. My husband has been saying the same about my baking and I admit that I’m seeing my efforts on my middle, too. This is would hit the spot in so many ways that I have to try it. I’ve been craving everything banana lately. How cool that you’ve shared a banana ice cream with us, too. Lovely all around!
Have a great weekend!
Hahaha Jean it’s so hard to not make fattening desserts. I mean that’s what makes desserts delicious, the butter and the eggs and the sugar!! But sigh, yes, I’m not a fan of this muffin top that I end up with as a result.
Thanks for the kind words !
Love your writing and style. Beautiful images.
PS. Valrhona has an ‘h” in it
Thank you Cb !! I made the change after reading your comment, oopsie…
First, these are gorgeous. And… I just so happen to be on a 28 day vegan cleanse right now. Secondly, I just read this post to my husband and he said, “wait, did you write that?” Literally, he has said the “I was so hot before I met you…” sentence to me over and over for the last (ahem) years. So glad I found your blog. You’re so talented and so funny.
LOL Sabrina I love your comment. Congrats on your vegan cleanse, how do you feel?
It seems like we both have some silly husbands hahaha I always say “Hey, I never force fed you anything. It was all you bubba!”
Oh my. Who said perfection doesn’t exist??! Those cupcakes just seem to have reached it…
Aw Claudie Thanks for the kind comment you are sweet!
Really, really, really lovely photos. Nicely done. It would be hard to eat something that perfect…but I’m sure they were divine.
Thank you so much Kelly — it didn’t seem to phase Collin one bit haha. He plucked off the hazelnut and was like ” What is this?” *CHOMP CHOMP CHOMP* and proceeded to ask for more. Oooh boys…
Those looks AMAZING! love how you decorated them. Reminds me of spring. And its vegan too! Absolutely amazing!
Thank you Dee for the kind words !
Why didn’t *you* use agave instead of honey? Bees need their honey. It’s not any more moral to use it than milk or meat.
Anyway, cupcakes look great. If only they were vegan.
Hey there seymour
I was waiting for a “true” vegan to shun my honey choice, which is why I suggested Agave as a substitute.
“(p.s. I know “technically” honey is not vegan so feel free to use agave as a substitute.)”
I believe that Veganism is based on the notion that there should be no use of animal products due to animal cruelty and such but I think in Modern society today, our government has managed to raise most of the things we eat in poor and cruel conditions, vegetables and grains included. I think we all have the same goal of living a healthy life, we try our best and even if I decide to add 1/2 cup of honey to an otherwise entirely VEGAN recipe — I still managed to cut out eggs and butter and created a much healthier dessert than what I usually make.
Thanks for voicing your opinion, I completely understand your distress but I hope this recipe didn’t offend you too much.
Please send me any of your recipes! These look great!
I am looking specifically for a High Fiber Bran muffin recipe (like the ones at Trader Joe’s) that are vegan if you have any suggestions I would be grateful.
I will see what I can find and keep you posted. Thanks for the nice comment!
This looks great, I keep my eye out for vegan dishes to make for my friend!
Thank you muppy!
oh these are a dream! I’m so glad you decided to post an eggless cupcake!! I’m bookmarking these for the future. I just made vegan brownies, they were amazing. Just the right consistency. Its pretty nice that we’re able to make vegan versions of so many things without sacrificing on flavor and texture. i think there’s just so much bad vegan food being served out there by restayurants whose main concern is serving VEGAN, rather than GOOD FOOD that happens to be vegan. thanks for sharing. cheers!
Very well put! I hate when people take a way of life and turn it into a trend. When making food, it should always have the same end goal: it has to taste delicious.
It’s interesting to find vegan recipes that taste very similar to recipes that use butter and eggs. I am intrigued
These are gorgeous! They must be incredibly delicious as well! Love the presentation !
Thank you Amy!
Joy, you manage to take my breath away with every post. I’m not exactly a vegan hater, but I do need lots of convincing, and you managed to do just that – these cupcakes look spectacular. Collin is very lucky (and clearly, he knows it!)!
Liren I feel you on that — veganism always scared me a little. When I told my friend I was making a vegan dessert he said “UHM those two words DO NOT belong together” hahaha, hopefully this recipe will change his mind.
Thanks for the kind words as always
wow! These are stunning! well done. I hope to make them, as they are my fav combo.
Thank you Moni! Nice abs btw
Wow! Such gorgeous photos, Joy! And that vegan cupcake recipe looks sooooo good! I can’t wait to try it. You are obviously super talented! Thanks for sharing!
Thank you Sarah for the kind words
you just broke my heart, your cupcakes look amazingly delicious!
I just wanted to ask what kind of flour did you used?
Thank you Nadia! I used Swans Down Cake Flour.
Joy these are beautiful!! I’m at a bit of a loss now as to what to make for my post since there’s no way I could beat these amazing treats. Ice cream topping? Candied hazelnuts? Am I in dessert heaven? Seriously now I wish we were closer so I could run over there and inhale one of these 8).
Oh shushie Xiaolu!! I know your dessert will be 10 times as amazing But yes I agree, I really wish we were closer — imagine all the damange we could do together!
These are the most gorgeous cupcakes I have ever seen!
Thank you Kat
Let me start off by saying that your photo presentation is stunning. That being said, I think you should consider changing the name of your cupcake to “Best ALMOST Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with Vegan Banana Ice Cream”. To be truly vegan, you can’t use any animal product and honey is considered an animal product. I only mention this because a true vegan wouln’t have stopped to try this recipe. However, I’m not actually a vegan, my teenage daughter is, so I think I’ll try these as they sound delish.
I knew i’d ruffle up some Vegan feathers by choosing to use honey which is why I suggested Agave at the end as a substitute. I’m not a huge fan of Agave which is why I opted to commit the biggest Vegan sin.
Hopefully not too many vegans are rolling in their graves…
Vegan desserts can totally be good! Especially cakes. It’s pretty easy to just do the oil swap for eggs/butter, which is so nice for a moist, rich cake. Loving the photos. It makes the entire thing look even more amazing!
Yeah it totally opened my eyes. I am so use to using eggs and butter that I never thought of substituting for something healthier. Now that I have my perspective has changed!
Joy, do you think the ice-cream will survive after a plane ride from US to M’sia? hahaha…. OMG, the pics are fabulous. Gee… you really are tempted me to make some. lol! Btw, what did you do with the red packets? I am so excited to see it. ) Hope you’re having a great dya, darling.
I gave one red packet to a friend for his wedding and I am using the rest for my wedding. I am having a East meets West buffet set up and thought I’d decorate the Chinese side with hong bao, lanterns, etc
oh my goodness, these cupcakes look so GOOD! and the Vegan Banana Ice Cream is to die for! You ROCK!
Thank you Sara!!
Yes, I agree with you. These look amazing! Great presentation. Almost too pretty to devour!
Thank you Noelle!!
Your pictures are gorgeous!
Thank oyu Lyndsey!
Joy, I’m e-mailing your fab recipe to couple of friends!
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I am always looking for a vegan recipe for my daughter- who has allergies. These look gorgeous. Do they really taste as good as they look?!? Also, do you have any other recommendations for topping the chocolate cupcakes- that is nut free and transportable?
I also think I’ll be heading to Sur La Table- they have some very cute cupcake papers there. Thanks!
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These sound absolutely amazing! I’m always up for healthier alternatives to traditional sweets and this vegan-ified chocolate cake seems like the perfect option. Plus it’s got that all-natural peanut butter center and, in my book, nothing beats the chocolate and peanut butter combination. Thanks for sharing, I can’t wait to try this recipe soon!
I found your blog from Foodbuzz, and your site is breathtakingly gorgeous! These are the most beautiful cupcakes I have ever seen. Your presentation is amazing — all of it comes together sooo beautifully!
Some people say cupcakes are no longer trendy (it’s all about macarons now), but I think your cupcakes would make those people change their mind.
Excellent presentation, worthy of few Micheline Starts. Anything looks so beautiful will be yummy too. Well Done…
Thanks for the recipe! I made the vegan chocolate cake base and it was most wonderful! So light, moist, and chocolatey!
Vegan or not… that HAS to be the coolest presentation of any dessert! Truly a work of art and too pretty to eat! lol. May I ask where you got the paper to wrap the cupcakes?
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!
Oh my! Oh my! Oh my! This looks amazing! And truly beautiful.
Oh my! Oh my! Oh my! This looks amazing! And truly beautiful.
Hello from Italy!
Thank you indeed for this amazing and beautiful dessert recipe.
I will to do ti tomorrow
Hello from Italy!
Thank you indeed for this amazing and beautiful dessert recipe.
I will try to do it tomorrow