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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

VeganMoFo - Halloweegan Eyeball Cupcakes with Whippy Cream

Thank you so much for all your wonderfully kind comments on my previous post! By popular request, I made some whipped cream again and measured all the ingredients this time so I could share a recipe. I said I didn't have a recipe before, because I always eyeball it, so...

Halloweegan Eyeball Cupcakes

Ha! Creepy eyeball cupcakes! These are chocolate cupcakes with whipped cream eyeballs and raspberry centers. The raspberries are filled with chocolate.

This vegan "whippy" cream is basically a very soft buttercream. There's also a coconut milk whipped cream that I have made a couple of times and it was pretty terrific. I'll make that again next month so I can share the recipe.

Vegan Whippy Cream

Ingredients
1/4 cup Earth Balance at room temperature (or whatever margarine you use)
1 to 2 tbsp maple syrup or agave
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup soy milk or other non dairy milk

1- Cream the EB with an electric mixer.
2- Mix in the syrup and vanilla.
3- Add about a half of the milk and mix on high until it doesn't look lumpy anymore. You will need a pretty powerful mixer, not an industrial type but something with some power. I use this bad girl.
4- Gradually add the rest of the milk and mix on super-hyper hold-on-to-your-socks turbo-high until creamy and smooth. The whippy cream shouldn't be liquid, so add the milk gradually and only as much as the Earth Balance will take without becoming too liquid.

This whippy cream is an off white color. If whiteness is a must, replace the syrup with confectioners sugar. This recipe makes enough cream for 6 eyeballs.

To make the eyeballs, use a small cookie scoop or ice cream scoop to drop the eyeballs on top of the (room temperature) cupcakes. Press a raspberry down (hole-side-up) right in the center of each eyeball. I used thawed frozen-berries, which made them ooze out red juice that became the little vessels, and then I just used a toothpick to help the raspberry juice run down the eyeballs. Doesn't that just sound utterly appetizing? Two mini chocolate chips in the middle of each raspberry completes the look.

I can't believe it's been almost a month since I made these as eyeball pancakes with blueberries for my very first Vegan MoFo post!.

36 comments :

  1. Eye think these are the vision of creepiness!

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  2. You have to open up your own shop.
    Your stuff is amazing!!!

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  3. OMG gross! I don't think I could eat those! Waaaayyyyy too creepy for me!

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  4. Haha...'eyeball' it!

    Very ewwy but amazing nonetheless.

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  5. One suggestion if I may, how about those tiny veins coming out of the big ones. You know make the eyes look super zombie like.

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  6. Perfectly creepy! DH said they look really creepy and a perfect time of the year for them. THank you so much for the recipe! Coconut milk. Yum!

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  7. Gross, but yummy gross :) And thanks for the whippy cream recipe!

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  8. Creepy, but fun! The whippy cream looks good, but I want to see the coconut version too!

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  9. ehheheh - love these!!

    Thanks for the recipe for the whippy cream too, I must give that a go!

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  10. Your cupcakes take the (creepy) cake! I'll gladly hand over my crown to you for Halloween!

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  11. Oooh finally a good recipe for vegan whippy cream. The stuff in Whole Foods just looks so odd. I love these cupcakes, please start your own business so we can all experience your amazing goodness

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  12. thanks for the whippy cream recipe, River!!! it sounds wonderful & glorious (and looks divine), indeed! mmmmmmmmm! those eyeball cuppies are extra creeeeeeeeeepy! i love 'em! ooooooo - spooky! yay! :)

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  13. That whippy cream looks great!

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  14. How have I not seen your blog all month? I must have been in a hole. I love the Halloween them for your posts. Now I have to go back and read them all.

    And thanks for the vegan whippy cream recipe... I will likely use it tonight!

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  15. I absolutely love your ideas! You are so creatived - I'm impressed every single day!

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  16. Ooooh...creepy! Thanks for the whippy cream recipe!

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  17. Eye eye!
    We both had the same idea River (which please me no end). I was gonna make Cupcakes with eyeballs on the top but I couldn't work out how to make the actual eyeballs. I was gonna buy black icing but do you think I could find any? No! Went to 6 different shops.
    Your idea is GENIUS!
    As they always are.
    :)

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  18. If I had to choose from all of the hallovegan treats you posted so far, I would vote for these cupcakes! I once had a ring like that.

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  19. You are amazing! I have really enjoyed Halloweegan and I think I'll be sad when it's over.

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  20. I love it! Which is weird because I'm always scared of those fake eye ball candies and props that come out at halloween but somehow you've wooed me with your cupcakes!

    You are so creative! I have loved your posts so much and when Halloween is over - I have a feeling I'll be sad and missing them!!!

    My halloween party is gonna rock thanks to you!

    On another note, since you're the only one who participated in my contest (waah!) you're getting a free copy of my next e-cookbook.

    (you and Shelby of Label Vegan)
    email me so I can send you the copy -- and also, so you can get it a day early!!

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  21. You did it again! Thanks for the whipped cream recipe too :D

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  22. Ha, you said "eyeball it." I love a good pun!

    And I really think you should go on Martha with these ideas! You're blowing her out of the water.

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  23. I won! I won!
    I won! I won! I won!
    I won! I won! I won! I won! I WON!
    I won! I won! I won!
    (singing to Snow white and the seven dwarfs - Hi Ho!)

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  24. Spoooky!

    I just saw this on Sandra Lee but she cheated and used plastic eyeballs- your are so much better!

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  25. eek i love them! haha i need to make that whipped cream..i bet its amazing..on anything ;)
    your stuff is just soo creative, i can't get over it haha

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  26. Dag nabit, I just made pumpkin muffins, I should have held out for these guys. Hey, who's to say I can't to both.

    SAVANAH, break out the mixing bowls!

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  27. nice! those look so creepishly freaky and awesome :D

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  28. You have such amazing treats! I'm in awe everytime I click on your posts because they are just so fabulously done.

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  29. I think these are my favorite.

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  30. You are my Halloween hero River.

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  31. Wow. I think you are the best Halloween treat-maker ever. Do you think the Whippy Cream (cute name!) is the kind that would taste yummy on hot chocolate?

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  32. very cool looking! I love whipped cream and cake. delicious!

    thanks for the recipe :)

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  33. Thank you all for the abundance of sweetness!! :)

    RRV, this is basically a soft buttercream, so it will most likely melt rapidly on hot chocolate and taste like oily goo! Haha YUM!

    I'll be posting a coconut milk version soon, and I'll be sure to try it on hot cocoa and post my experience. I'll go post this on your blog in case you don't see this. In which case you won't see this either. Or this. Ok I'm done! :P

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  34. That looks so scary!

    And o my gosh, you are SO creative! I love the raspberry juice as 'vessels'.

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