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Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World: 75 Dairy-Free Recipes for Cupcakes that Rule

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The hosts of the vegan cooking show The Post Punk Kitchen are back with a vengeance — and this time, dessert. A companion volume to Vegan with a Vengeance, Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World is a sweet and sassy guide to baking everyone's favorite treat without using any animal products. This unique cookbook contains over 50 recipes for cupcakes and frostings — some innova ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published October 17th 2006 by Da Capo Press (first published April 3rd 2006)
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May 23, 2007 melissa rated it it was amazing
sweet lord...I gifted this to myself as an end of school year/ran my first 5k/I'm really awesome present. For days I stared at the lovely, glossy pictures and dreamed, knowing that soon all these cupcakes would be mine. Much like you might stare at a Picasso in a museum before you steal it. Or you might stare at someone really pretty before you kidnap them. (Kidding!)
So I started off with the "Sexy Low-Fat Vanilla Cupcakes" because mama's got got some booty to work off and, besides, I was savin
Mar 01, 2007 Mallory rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who loves cooking; vegans
Even my friends who hate veganism can't turn their noses at the killer cupcakes in this book. The peanut buttercream is to die for, and the Tiramisu cupcakes got me laid. Twice. The pineapple "right side up" cupcakes are unique and yummy, and the mint chocolate cupcakes reminded me of Girl Scout cookies. The cupcakes are light and fluffy, unlike many recipes for vegan baked goods which come out like balls of clay.

You will not be disappointed. Trust me.
Sep 19, 2012 Gertie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone, even non-vegans

I had almost forgotten what a light and fluffy cupcake is like. Obviously I've been using the wrong recipes (although a nice dense chocolate chocolate chip cupcake is good now and then).
I've made 4 recipes from this book and they've all been phenomenal.

My favorite cupcake so far is the Cookies-n-Cream cupcake.
Holy chocolate!

Not only are the recipes great, but the book is a sweet little concoction with anecdotes, fun writing, and a smart layout.

You can't go wrong with this one.


Lisa Vegan
Jul 18, 2007 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone who loves cupcakes
This book is amazing and so much fun to read. All the recipes are vegan, but don't tell the eaters; they'll never know. Everyone loves these recipes: omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans. Vegans really appreciate them because most cupcakes call for animal products. Once the recipes in this book are sampled, it will be obvious that animal products are superfluous! A really enjoyable cookbook. I can't wait to make some of these with children/teens as it would make a terrific (and delicious) project! ...more
Sep 18, 2010 Jen rated it really liked it

A few years ago I came across this book, an entire book of vegan cupcake recipes. This intrigued me because I was interested to see how well a cupcake would turn out with no eggs or milk. Honestly, I didn't think they would be very good...they'd be too dry or dense. But I'm never one to turn down a cupcake so I bought the book and headed to the grocery store to pick up a few ingredients.

For the next couple of months I baked a different kind of cupcake every week. And you know what? They a
Aug 05, 2007 Camille rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
This is one of the most amazing and diverse collections of cupcakes -- vegan or non -- in the world. Isa has really outdone herself, and she's figured out amazing recipes to help mimic the texture and flavor of all those items that tend to get dry and heavy when veganized (e.g. buttercream frosting). I've found this book has been so great in providing quality dessert options for friends -- it helps accommodate for so many different "restrictive" diets (be it religious, gluten-free, vegan, vegeta ...more
Apr 30, 2007 Alexis rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone who loves cupcakes
Shelves: cookbooks
I, the sole vegan in an office full of vegan-skeptics, have become the designated office baker because of this book. The mexian hot chocolate cupcakes are amazing, as are the plain chocolate, the pumpkin chip (though the icing for those is weird) and the mint-chocolate, and the vegan buttercream is perfect. All of the recipes are fairly easy and I can manage them on just 2 square feet of counter space! You will need an electric mixer of some kind for some of the frostings (not all though), but e ...more
Mar 25, 2008 Lisa rated it it was amazing
This is without a doubt the best cookbook I own (and that's saying a lot). I bought this book when I was assigned the task of baking for my lactose-intolerant friend's birthday. I wanted to make her red velvet cake, her favorite, and needed to find a lactose-free version. I have to admit that even I, a formerly pretty die-hard vegetarian and very open-minded kind of girl, was pretty skeptical about how good vegan cupcakes would be. I expected dry, flavorless, nasty little things. Oh, how wrong I ...more
Jul 08, 2009 Lauren rated it really liked it
Shelves: food, cooking, veggie
A really fun little book - so far, I have made two kinds of cupcakes, and three kinds of frosting from the book. Both cupcake recipes were delicious, and two of the three frostings were *great*.

I realize that vegan baking is a exercise in creativity and there is a true art to substitution... but I couldn't help but think that there may have been some other subs for all of the soy products and the sugars in the book. I used almond and hazelnut milk in place of the soy and had very good results.
Dec 26, 2009 Lee rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Lee by: Lisa Vegan
I generally wait to give a rating to a cookbook until I've tried a number of recipes. Yesterday, I made the chocolate mint cupcakes (page 73) and took them to a Christmas party. They were so easy and delicious I'm awarding this five stars. This darling little book has lots of great colour photos, clear instructions and a cupcake recipe for every occasion.
Jul 25, 2014 Radym rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookery
Maybe I shouldn't have told everyone that I just got this book, because I've promised about 100 people I would make them cupcakes.

Many of the recipes in this book are easy, and all of them are delicious (or at least delicious-sounding... for those I haven't yet made). I really couldn't believe how moist and fluffy the cake was, and now I'm hooked!
Nov 04, 2007 Jennifer rated it really liked it
I don't care about my cupcakes being vegan; I care about delicious recipes. Everything I've tried so far has been great. Well-written recipes that have been simple, with correct portions and cooking times. A range of skill level and time investment represented.
Crystal Marcos
Dec 22, 2010 Crystal Marcos rated it it was amazing
Vegan Cupcakes take over the World was a definitely delicious find. Let me start by saying I love cupcakes! Not just eating them, but looking at them. They are just so cute! I guess that is why I call my daughter “Cupcake” as a term of endearment.

Even though I have only made two recipes from this book, I feel I can leave a confident review. Well written, easy to follow directions, extra added tips, and the healthy factor makes this a cupcake book I will return to over and over. Both recipes I ma
May 25, 2014 Manda rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who likes their mouth full of awesome
Shelves: favorites
I love love love this book. I adore baking, and having (and made) both regular cupcakes, and some of these vegan ones, I have to say that these are some of the best cupcakes I have ever eaten. Chocolate stout, banana split.... the margarita cupcakes. MARGARITA CUPCAKES!!! WITH SALT!!! Sorry to yell, but if there is one thing that gets me going, its salty/sweet combos. Oh, and there's tequila in them too ;) Easily my favorite so far. I swear, since I've started eating vegan, I've had better tasti ...more
Meryl Marr
Mar 30, 2011 Meryl Marr rated it it was amazing
A must for any vegan with a sweettooth

This easy to follow and fun-to-read cookbook is a great choice for any vegan who loves sweets and cupcakes. The recipes are fail-proof and delicious. The book is divided into basic cupcakes, fancy cupcakes, and fillings and frostings. I've made more than half of the recipes of the book and have been happy with the results. Most of the ingredients for the recipes can be found at a regular grocery store, and the final products will fool even your most vegan ba
Jun 10, 2015 StephanieNicole rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

This cookbook offers basic tips and problem-shooting advice for baking vegan cupcakes, explaining what the basic ingredients do in the cupcake recipes, and it includes cupcake and frosting recipes. There are recipes for basic vanilla and chocolate cupcakes, basic "buttercream" frosting, plus recipes for a gluten-free cupcake, low-sugar cupcake, and fancy cupcakes like pineapple right-side-up and rosewater with pistachios or filled cupcakes.

Following the recipes, almost all of these cupc
Nov 15, 2012 M rated it really liked it
I am not even really a fan of cupcakes or cake in general, but this book may make me change my mind. The recipes are fantastic! I've only made about 4 recipes so far, but they were all good. In the future though I'm going to half the icing recipes, because apparently I don't like as much icing as the authors do and I always have so much icing leftover I have to throw some away. Aw, the chocolate cupcakes are so good, one time I ate the batter until I was sick from sugar overload!!
Apr 18, 2008 Ashes rated it liked it
Probably the first cookbook I've ever sat down and read cover to cover. While the book definitely is an entertaining and informative read, often the recipes aren't that practical. If I have to go to 3 different stores and order ingredients online in order to make one batch of cupcakes... It's just not going to happen. Her baking advice is really useful and also witty, but I wish she could have given more readily available ingredient substitutions for each recipe.
Jun 13, 2007 Grace rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vegan
This book is great for proving that being vegan can be totally delicious--every recipe I've tried from it so far has totally impressed the non-vegans I've fed them to! So far my favorites are the carrot, the cookies'n'cream, and the raspberry buttercream frosting (I made it with coconut cupcakes, which was awesome)--the only problem is that these are so good I just want to make them over and over again and thus haven't tried too many more recipes from the book!
Mar 25, 2009 Erin rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
I don't usually bake how this book bakes - For example I would never use vegetable shortening for anything much less to make frosting. And I seem to never have anything I need for the cupcakes in my cupboard leading me down a slippery slope to complete cupcake failure and angst. And I am lazy and don't follow directions and don't like things that involve more than about two steps.

But the Margarita Cupcakes make the entire book worth it.
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Nov 04, 2009 Bark's Book Nonsense rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vegan
This cookbook is highly recommended for anyone looking to eliminate animal products from their diet without sacrificing tasty treats.

So far I've made the basic chocolate, basic vanilla, black forest and peanut butter cupcakes and they were all delicious. Just don't mix them up too much of the center falls. The author explains this in the technique section of the book but it's an error I continue to make.
Apr 26, 2014 Kayla rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vegan, cookbooks
Good recipes! So far I've only tried the chocolate cupcakes with chocolate mousse frosting. They were tasty and easy to make.
Jul 17, 2009 Kristina rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Bakers, vegans
I have made many many many many cupcakes in my life, but these are fabulous in so many ways! They are delicious, and I'd like to believe they're a healthier alternative...even though I know better! Some of the recipies are a little challenging, but if you've baked before and know your way around an oven, you'll love this book.
Oct 24, 2007 Megan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who love to bake.
I love cupcakes because of this book. My friends love me because of this book. I am not a vegan, but I think veganism sometimes gets a bad rap. Seriously, nobody ever knows or suspects these are vegan because they are so awesome. Almost every single recipe I've made has been a huge hit with every crowd.
Feb 01, 2014 Amy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbook
I love this book and it is our go to book for cupcakes. Isa did a wonderful job with this! The recipes are creative and the photos are beautiful and most importantly, the cupcakes are delicious - so delicious that it takes a lot of willpower to not eat half the batch at once. (For me anyway!)

Some of the ingredients are expensive and might need to be ordered online, but it's worth it. I've made several different kinds of cupcakes from this book and no one realized they were vegan. People often a
Jul 17, 2007 Avispon rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone single person
holy sweetness....VEGAN CUPCAKES RULE! holly and i have decided to make every single recipe and there have been no letdowns yet...our fave so far is the Mint Chocolate Chip with Mint frosting and ganache...oh my god I want one right now!
Nov 28, 2007 Tara rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves cupcakes!
My friend Abby gave this to me for Christmas, and I can't thank her enough. I love these cupcakes! In fact, they are so great that they helped push over into veganism. Huzzah for yummy, cruelty-free cupcakes!
Apr 19, 2011 Deb rated it it was amazing
If I need a batch of cupcakes, this is the book I grab. I love this book so much, it has become my stand-by gift for my baking friends. Love, love, love this book! Don't worry if you are not a vegan :)
Marathon County Public Library MCPL
Although I haven't tried any of the recipes yet (yet being the key word), I'll be copying at least half of them, and if I love them, I'll be adding this to one of the recipe books I'd love to own. What more do I really need to say besides: this is a book full of vegan cupcakes?

Sarah M. / Marathon County Public Library
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Norma Dunphy
Dec 22, 2014 Norma Dunphy rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing cookbook. I'm not vegan, but I do have food allergies that force me to remove many common baking items from my diet, such as milk, butter, etc. and I have had to modify many recipes to compensate. This book did all the work for me, so I can just pick up my ingredients and get going.

My friends were skeptical about how good a "vegan" cupcake would be - until I made some from this book. Now everyone loves them!

They also have a few gluten-free modifications. I highly recommend t
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