HOW TO: Make Mini Vegan Leprechaun Cakes for St. Patrick’s Day

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1. Gather the ingredients.

Both recipes slightly adapted from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World.

For the cake:

  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons potato starch or cornstarch
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup Earth Balance (or other vegan margarine), softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • yellow and blue natural food colorant

For the frosting:

  • 1 cup Earth Balance (or other non-hydrogenated vegan margarine)
  • 2 1/2-3 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • yellow and blue natural food colorant
  • up to 1 1/2 tsp spirulina (optional)

For the decorations:

  • fondant
  • yellow and blue natural food colorant
  • sprinkles, sanding sugars, green candies, etc

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2. Make the cakes

Line two 8 by 8 inch baking pans with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a small cup, mix together the non-dairy milk and apple cider vinegar and set aside for a few minutes. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, mix together the flour, cornstarch (or potato starch), baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a large bowl, cream the Earth Balance and sugar together until well-combined and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add in the vanilla extract and then take turns adding in some of the non-dairy milk mixture and the dry ingredients. Finally, beat in the food coloring, a few drops at a time. Beat or mix until well-combined, adding more food coloring until desired color is achieved. Pour half the batter in each of the baking pans and bake for about 20 minutes. Let cool completely.

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3. Make the frosting

Beat the margarine until fluffy. Beat in the powdered sugar gradually until desired sweetness is achieved (I usually use about 2 3/4 to 3 cups of confectioner’s sugar). Add the food coloring and spirulina (if using) a bit at a time. Beat for another few minutes once you have achieved the green color you want, so that the frosting will be nice and fluffy. Use immediately or refrigerate until needed.

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