If you are planning a big meal for the holidays with family and friends, you should always pay some attention to the needs of vegetarians or vegans. If you have non-meat eating guests attending, remember that they will also be hungry, in the holiday spirit and prepared to eat! While vegetarians avoid eating animals, vegans avoid food that was derived from an animal in any way. That means that you will need to prepare a course, side and dessert that has no animal protein, cheese, milk or even honey.
It should come as no surprise that if you have a vegan coming over, and all of the food you have prepared is full of ingredients derived from animals, your vegan friend is likely to leave your get-together hungry and maybe even a bit depressed. After all, just eating only a boring salad is no fun when everyone else is gorging on turkey, side dishes, and delicious desserts prepared with butter and milk!
When planning a holiday vegan meal, one great place to start is dessert! That way your vegan pals will leave your holiday meal in good spirits. There are many dessert favorites that can be remade with no dairy, including cupcakes. Vegan cupcakes are extremely easy to make. Unlike some desserts, it is really easy to substitute vegan ingredients into a cupcake. Most people who aren’t vegans will never know the difference between vegan and regular cupcakes, as both are equally delicious.
If you already know how to make cupcakes, adapting your recipe for vegan cupcakes should be, well, “a piece of cake.” Instead of a standard shortening made with animal products, opt for a vegan shortening. A popular shortening to choose which works great in vegan cupcakes is called Earth Balance. To replace milk or cream, substitute soy milk, rice milk or almond milk in your cupcakes. You can find some great ideas for recipes with a simple web search of “vegan cupcakes.” There are also some creative books on the subject such as Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World.
Once you have the basics of your vegan cupcake ready, now is the time to make your vegan cupcakes into holiday cupcakes. This means lots of creativity and great decorations. This is where the real fun begins.
One easy idea for holiday cupcakes is to make a fluffy white frosting for the top of the cupcake. The frosting will look like snow. Once your snow is in place, you can decorate these cupcakes with little green Christmas trees, Santa’s and images of gifts. These cute adornments can also be bought at the store. (Just make sure that they don’t have dairy products in them.)
Another great idea for a vegan cupcake for the holidays is to make a gingerbread cupcake. This is an innovative treat based on the classic idea of a gingerbread man or gingerbread house, which everyone knows is popular around the holidays. If you serve your guests gingerbread vegan cupcakes, they won’t miss the dairy one bit!
If you want to get even more advanced with your holiday vegan cupcakes, you can shape the cupcakes themselves like popular holiday icons. For example, you can quickly build a snowman cupcake or Rudolph cupcake. These cupcakes can even be three-dimensional and take the cupcake shape to a whole new level. All of these things can be accomplished with a vegan cupcake. The holidays are a great excuse to experiment!