Aquafaba Zucchini Lime and Pistachio Cupcakes

These Aquafaba Zucchini Lime and Pistachio Cupcakes are a spinoff of the Loaf cake I made recently. You can make 24 small or 12 large cupcakes from my original recipe. They bake so much quicker (15-20 min) and are easier to serve. Look up the Zucchini Lime and Pistachio Loaf on this blog and follow the same directions and tips. I skipped the honey this time and the flavor was perfect…..not too sweet. Continue reading

Pistachio Vegan Cupcakes

I made these wonderful little pistachio vegan cupcakes thanks to a vegan pastry course I took at the “Kilometro Bio” vegan restaurant in Monza. Here we learned all sorts of tips on how to substitute egg whites with aquafaba, how to make vegan butter for pastry crusts (crostata) and a wealth of other information on vegan baking. These cupcakes with their rich pistachio flavor also have an interesting souffle like texture which really makes them melt in your mouth. Using these white silicone teacups also made it much easier to bake and serve them. Continue reading

Nutty Persimmon Cupcakes

The persimmon in these Nutty Persimmon Cupcakes really helps to cut down on sugar content. Actually there’s no sugar in this recipe, only a bit of honey. This fruit adds just the right amount of sweetness and as a bonus lots of healthy minerals and vitamins, especially vitamin A. There are basically three types of persimmon on the market (in Italy): the regular soft and round kind (mushy on the inside), the “apple” persimmon which is oval in shape and slightly more firm and the “vanilla” persimmon which is very firm, almost crisp even when ripe. All three are delicious but the firm, vanilla persimmon isn’t suitable for this recipe. Continue reading

Halloween Sugarpaste Decorations

For some of these Halloween Sugarpaste Decorations you can use the Pumpkin Mini Cupcake recipe as a base posted this month. Otherwise choose a recipe of your choice or even buy them ready made!. To make some of the decorations the following tutorial might be of some help. Store bought sugar paste (or fondant) that comes in many colors is used here. Use your imagination, Happy Halloween!! Continue reading