Well, maybe only for a little while. But it was cupcakes and a few other vegan treats that sustained me on Friday night for our local vegan group's first summer movie night and bake sale! I made almost 100 minicupcakes for the event in four flavors, including: vanilla with raspberry cream cheese frosting, chocolate with peanut butter frosting and chocolate ganache, chocolate orange cupcakes with orange frosting (and a fondant flower :-), and vanilla with mocha chip frosting.
The feature film of the evening was Sustainable Table, a documentary about what is on your plate and where it comes from. The film includes segments on the history of agriculture, animal agriculture, plant-based diets, organic & sustainable foods, and what you can do to help. I was so proud to have several family members and friends in the audience to share this message with. I would love to hear who you would share this kind of a film with and why, so leave a comment and I'll choose one person to receive a free copy of this DVD! Please comment by August 31 :-) Here's only one table from the bake sale. By the end of the night, there was almost nothing left (we had a turnout of about 70 people!). Besides my minis, there were lemon bars (made by Stacey who has a new blog!), peanut butter oatmeal cookies, homemade protein bars, chocolate caramel bars, creamsicle cupcakes, and a chocolate cake!
And if 100 mini cupcakes in one week wasn't enough.... I bring you my entry for the Iron Cupcake Earth Chili Pepper Challenge: Just Peachy Texas Kicker Cupcakes.
The initial idea for these cupcakes came from a jar of BBQ sauce in my pantry, Peach Chipotle BBQ sauce to be specific. These cupcakes are made with peach preserves, a little hint of cornmeal, and ground chipotle chili powder layered with fresh Texas peaches (the last of the season!!). On top is a peach glaze infused with a whole chipotle pepper and a drizzle of white chocolate ganache. Innocent at first bite, these little cuppers pack quite the kick about 10 seconds after swallowing.
Oh, and did I mention that this was a contest that you can all go vote for the winner beginning August 31 at noon (CST)? How about that there are all kinds of prizes for the winner, including an adorable Cakespy original watercolor, cute cooking tools from Fiesta products, the book of pure cupcake decorating genius Hello, Cupcake, the super handy Cupcake Courier, fun stuff from A Taste of Home, and the ultrachic Jessie Steele hostess aprons? So be sure to vote here before September 4 at noon!
And remember, even if you don't vote for my kicker cupcakes, let's make sure that vegan cupcake cuisine reigns supreme in this Iron Cupcake Earth Challenge and all of those to follow of course!!