Sunday, 5 December 2010

Snow Day Bake Off: Vegan Mulled Wine Chocolate Cupcakes

Snow has good points and bad points

Good points are the prettiness…
The view out of the front bedroom window.  Please ignore the ugly tower building that is Springfield Tower, it's due for demolition!

...which wear out within 15 minutes because you realise you can’t get the car out, you have to walk to work in wellies, you know your boss is away, in Oslo, so he will have no sympathy for you, the compacted snow will turn to ‘Death Ice’ TM, you know you’ll be caught in the crossfire of some gangland snowball fight at the bottom of the road and your cat will be screeching at you to go out and when you finally open the door she will just look at you like you are a nutter and go and find somewhere warm to sleep


I intended to post this on Wednesday, when I made them but I appear to have lost the function to hit the big orange‘PUBLISH POST’ button.  So this has been floating in the ether of the internet.

They’re vegan for a reason.  Frankly, it was too dark, nasty, cold and icy to go out and get eggs but they are surprisingly tasty, probably better for you as well! I was impressed at how well they turned out.  I’ve even ordered a vegan baking book off Amazon but I’m assuming that is snowed in too so have no idea when it will be hitting my doormat.  

I'm linking this post to Julia at A Slice of Cherry Pie and her excellent idea of having a Snow Day Bake Off

Adapted from here

175gr plain flour
20gr cocoa powder
3/4 tsp baking powder
150gr caster sugar
50ml sunflower oil
75ml mulled wine
100ml water
2 tsp white wine vinegar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp mixed spice

1, Preheat oven to 180o/c (gas mark 4)
2, Sift all the dry ingredients together in large bowl
3, Add the rest of the ingredients and  gently fold together until smooth
4, Divide the batter between 10-12 cupcake cases in a cupcake tin and bake for 20-25 minutes
5, Leave to cool for 10 minutes before removing from tin and transferring to wire cooling  rack to cool completely
6, Dredge in icing sugar and eat (with coffee whilst shaking your fist at the snow)


  1. These sound delicious! Perfect baking for a snow day!

  2. Lovely idea using mulled win in cupcakes - especially if you then have a pan full of mulled wine that needs drinking - ha ha! Always good to have another vegan cake recipe too.

  3. They were well received in our mildly snowed in house!
    I made the mulled wine especially for this, then obviously had to finish it off!

  4. Mulled wine chocolate cupcakes, now I am curious about these.