Here ya go, kids! My entry for this month’s Iron Cupcake is a sweet treat I like to call Vegan Cosmo Cupcakes. These are named for the cosmopolitan martini cocktail made of lemon-flavored vodka, orange liquer, cranberry juice, and the tiniest squeeze of lime. This delicious cranberry-orange muffin is soaked with a vodka-lime simple syrup, then frosted with orange cream cheeze icing, then rimmed with lemony scented sugar and topped with a lemon curl for garnish, just like the drink.
Here’s what I get if I win, which I’m sure I won’t. I’m not being pessimistic or anything but I’ve seen the previous entries for challenges cheese, basil, and chili pepper and I’m telling you, we have one of the most creative and talented group of bakers out there. I don’t have a chance. And the prizes are…
A pair of cupcake earrings from LOTS OF SPRINKLES,
A one-of-a-kind pin doll from the LOLLIPOP WORKSHOP,
An illustrated book by COOKIE SUNSHINE,
A deliciously sweet apron complements of SWEET CUPPIN CAKES BAKERY AND CUPCAKERY SUPPLY,
And an awesomely cute as heck piece of artwork by my personal favorite CAKESPY.
It’s up to each of us as to whether or not we want to post our recipe. I’m just going to give you the recipe for my orange cream cheeze icing, because it is PHENOMINAL. It’s my take on Julie Hasson’s recipe for orange cream cheese icing, only vegan, just like my cupcake.
4 oz (half the tub) vegan cream cheese, such as follow your heart
1/2 cup vegan margarine, such as earth balance
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 tsp orange zest
2 tsp orange flavored liquer, or for my straight edge friends, orange juice works fine, too
Cream margarine and cream cheeze with salt. Add in powdered sugar until well-blended, then add in the zest and the booze. Mix well. Ice your treats!
This frosting works great with pretty much any chocolate cupcake as long as you’re okay with the sugar coma it’s going to put you in. Here are some shots for you to check out…
Last and certainly not least, don’t forget our corporate prize providers: HEAD CHEFS by FIESTA PRODUCTS, http://www.fiestaproducts.com, HELLO CUPCAKE by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson, http://blog.hellocupcakebook.com, JESSIE STEELE APRONS http://www.jessiesteele.com; the CUPCAKE COURIER http://www.cupcakecourier.com; TASTE OF HOME books, http://www.tasteofhome.com. Iron Cupcake:Earth is sponsored in part by 1-800-Flowers, http://www.1800flowers.com .