Vegan MoFo Day 2: Cookie cupcakes!
I'm not saying that our kids should be eating cupcakes all the time, or that they'll even do more than lick the frosting off anyway, but what I am saying is that if cupcakes are going to be everywhere, they should absolutely be vegan! Cupcakes are veganism's best ambassador!
When my oldest son started school, I signed up to bake at every party so he would be able to eat the cupcakes too! What's worse than missing out on cupcakes? I can't even. Then of course, I had to make them amazing to compete with the inevitable store bought cupcakes that mysteriously appear next to homemade cupcakes. I'm not sure how, but they always do. I usually pipe frosting on, because kids usually go for the cupcake with the most frosting. Again, I'm horrifying myself writing this! But I'm taking about a few times a year at parties, not hey, let's fill our children with sugar every single day. That's not my style. (also the consequences of that make me want to puke a little.) Honestly, my kids eat the vast majority of their junk food in public. At parties, at the movies, normal social stuff. I don't agree with making food off limits, but I do agree with true moderation. Food is incredibly social, and I think that showing people that vegan kids can junk it up makes them so much more normal and takes the pressure off of them somewhat.
Now, those store bought cupcakes always have one thing going for them. A TOY. Kids dig toys. Plastic angry bird ring? SOLD. I like to do things like plastic dinosaurs or animals. That always goes over well and then encourages creative play afterwards. (Yes, girls like dinosaurs too. Don't try that princess crap with me!) Pick something in theme with the party or holiday, or just anything exciting! I do recommend trying to find things that are nearly the same or else you'll have 20 little hands trying to touch every cupcakes until they find the "right" one. Ew.
Now, today we're going to talk about my last trick: Do something ridiculous! Seriously, always works. Anything that you think sounds kind of okay, but also a little insane. Yes, do that. Shock and Awe?
This year is crazy busy. I was barely home that first day so I had to move fast. That means lazy cupcakes, y'all!
I grabbed my handy dandy copy of Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World and threw together the Golden Vanilla Cupcakes. Quick, easy, always delicious! I threw in a big handful of mini chocolate chips for funsies.
Next comes the true laziness. I just didn't have time for homemade frosting. A real bummer because butter cream is my superpower. But you know, life. I keep a can of Duncan Hines in the pantry for these type of emergencies. (a few are vegan but not all! Watch out for cow's milk!)
Then came the Ridiculousness. I didn't want boring cupcakes, so I had to think fast. Good thing for me, the PPK had just alerted me to the fact that Target's storebrand chewy cookies are accidentally vegan. And let me tell you, this is a dangerous, magical piece of knowledge. Soft, vegan cookies? That's actually a thing? (Also, they are super cheap, priced under $2)
So I threw one on top of each cupcake! Why not? The kids were thrilled. Silas couldn't even grasp being given a cookie and a cupcake at the same time.