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Wildflower
Oct 29th, 2006, 07:20 PM
Anyone buy this yet?

It just came out a few weeks ago from the author of Vegan with a Vengeance, Isa Chandra Moscowitz and Terry Hope Romero. They also co-star in the Post Punk Kitchen.

http://isachandra.livejournal.com/47608.html

I have it on order with my local book shop, but it hasn't come in yet. I can't wait to start making cupcakes! I even bought an over sized cupcake tin in order to make huge ones.

Anyway, since i can't wait any longer to start making recipes out of this book, I thought i would post to see if others can tell me how great it is. :)

Wildflower
Oct 29th, 2006, 07:35 PM
Also, if you scroll down on that blog, there are quite a few links from cupcake testers to their cupcake pics - *drool*



If you want to see more cupcakes -- check out some of the other testers pictures:

Squashbuckler's set of pics on Flickr

http://www.flickr.com/photos/squashbuckler/sets/72057594054074525 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/squashbuckler/sets/72057594054074525)

leocap's Flickr set

http://www.flickr.com/photos/leocap/sets/72057594053098132/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/leocap/sets/72057594053098132/)

l.a. kitchen

http://www.flickr.com/photos/37574485@N00/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37574485@N00/)

and if you don't want to wade through my site looking for just the cupcakes -- they're all in one place:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tofu/sets/72057594059011489/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tofu/sets/72057594059011489/)

Oliver_Oil
Oct 29th, 2006, 07:42 PM
I've ordered a copy and am impatiently waiting for it to arrive from across the pond. I'll have a cupcake orgy when it gets here and to hell with the calories.

An oversize cupcake tin, did you say, Wildflower? Pray tell, where might one acquire such an ingenious invention?

Have you checked out the reviews at www.amazon.com? Saw about 7 or 9 the last time I looked. All favourable.

Tigerlily
Oct 29th, 2006, 09:46 PM
I'm requesting this cookbook for Christmas.

DancingWillow
Oct 30th, 2006, 02:09 AM
i've added it to my book wishlist too.

Aims
Oct 30th, 2006, 09:53 AM
I've made the tirimasu and chai latte ones so far. Yummm... by some miracle I found some green tea powder for a decent price, so will give those a go this weekend :D

Wildflower
Oct 30th, 2006, 10:24 PM
I've ordered a copy and am impatiently waiting for it to arrive from across the pond. I'll have a cupcake orgy when it gets here and to hell with the calories.

An oversize cupcake tin, did you say, Wildflower? Pray tell, where might one acquire such an ingenious invention?

Have you checked out the reviews at www.amazon.com? (http://www.amazon.com?) Saw about 7 or 9 the last time I looked. All favourable.

No doubt this is some insane american invention that you won't be able to find elsewhere, but I purchased the oversized cupcake tin at a local resturaunt supply shop. they had 2 kinds, one was also called Texas Muffin Pan and the other just an oversized muffin tin. Here is one for sale on http://www.kitchenfantasy.com/shopping_cart/bakeware.html http://www.kitchenfantasy.com/images/Q846.jpg They appear to ship worldwide. :)

I tried it out with my regular banana chocolate chip muffin recipe, and they actually didn't take any longer to cook - allthough you would think they would, so I am not sure that goes for all recipes. :confused:

I did read through the reviews on amazon, and they seemed very favorable - Yea! i chose to support my local feminist book store instead, and now it is taking 2 weeks to come in. :( Can't wait to start baking! :D

Poison Ivy
Oct 30th, 2006, 10:41 PM
Thankfully Amazon Uk have it in stock:) (but having seen the cupcake pics on flickr I would have ordered from the USA if I had had too:o ) - so I have got my copy ordered and can't wait for it to come!!:D

Wildflower
Oct 30th, 2006, 10:54 PM
I've made the tirimasu and chai latte ones so far. Yummm... by some miracle I found some green tea powder for a decent price, so will give those a go this weekend :D

Tiramasu looks great! I saw the pic of the green tea ones, but I am not exactly sure where to get green tea powder (unless I can grind up green tea somehow to make it), so I don't think I will be making those. :confused:

Poison Ivy
Nov 1st, 2006, 05:45 PM
So excited...mine came today (nice present for World Vegan Day eh??):D Had a quick look through will peruse in greater depth later and try to figure out which to try first!!!:o :)

fiamma
Nov 1st, 2006, 06:09 PM
Those pictures look amazing - that book is going on my wish list for sure!

Aims
Nov 2nd, 2006, 09:32 AM
Tiramasu looks great! I saw the pic of the green tea ones, but I am not exactly sure where to get green tea powder (unless I can grind up green tea somehow to make it), so I don't think I will be making those. :confused:
Yeah, grinding up grean tea crossed my mind too! But I'm not sure it'll work.
I've seen people discussing places to get green tea powder online, and it sounds kinda pricey :( I still don't know if my cheap miracle-find stuff will be any good, but there's only one way to find out...

Hehe.. you could always make the vanilla cupcakes, throw in a bit of green food colouring and just pretend ? :)

fiamma
Nov 2nd, 2006, 01:20 PM
Maybe you could sneak some green tea solution in there somewhere? Not as strong, but better than nothing. I've just ordered this book plus Vegan with a Vengeance, so now I just have to wait :cool: *drums fingers impatiently*

twinkle
Nov 2nd, 2006, 01:39 PM
I bet you can get instant green tea from a chinese supermarket

pixeequeen
Nov 2nd, 2006, 02:46 PM
I want.

Tigerlily
Nov 2nd, 2006, 04:17 PM
I bet you can get instant green tea from a chinese supermarket

Not everyone lives near a Chinese supermarket. :(

My mom says she'll buy me this book for Christmas!

twinkle
Nov 2nd, 2006, 08:56 PM
Tigerlily - I wasn't saying they did - it was a just a suggestion following on from:


... I am not exactly sure where to get green tea powder...

Oliver Oil
Nov 3rd, 2006, 10:39 PM
No doubt this is some insane american invention that you won't be able to find elsewhere, but I purchased the oversized cupcake tin at a local resturaunt supply shop. they had 2 kinds, one was also called Texas Muffin Pan and the other just an oversized muffin tin. Here is one for sale on http://www.kitchenfantasy.com/shopping_cart/bakeware.html http://www.kitchenfantasy.com/images/Q846.jpg They appear to ship worldwide. :)

I tried it out with my regular banana chocolate chip muffin recipe, and they actually didn't take any longer to cook - allthough you would think they would, so I am not sure that goes for all recipes. :confused:

I did read through the reviews on amazon, and they seemed very favorable - Yea! i chose to support my local feminist book store instead, and now it is taking 2 weeks to come in. :( Can't wait to start baking! :D

Wildflower - Belated thanks for the Kitchen Fantasy links. Might come in useful if I can't find anything similar over here. I found some individual deep muffin moulds that you can purchase from a UK-based store called de Cuisine, which may be of interest:

http://www.decuisine.co.uk/cookshop/bakeware/deep-muffin-pans.html?id=21655883f2182c13fa92adae18c9a235.1162 584560&referal=/search/index.php

They also stock an ornate 6-cup muffin pan, if you want something a little different:

http://www.decuisine.co.uk/search/index.php?search=muffin+tins&currentpage=1&id=21655883f2182c13fa92adae18c9a235.1162584560&referal=%2Fcookshop%2Fbakeware%2Fdeep-muffin-pans.html

Watch out though. Some items are not dishwasher proof. It should say one way or the other in the description.

I've ordered other cookware from them recently and didn't have any problems. Everything arrived safe and sound.

Oliver Oil
Nov 3rd, 2006, 10:44 PM
Oops! I really should pay more attention. Just realised that you're based in the US, so those links to de Cuisine will probably not be of any interest to you whatsoever. Sorry about that. Then again, there might be some folks in the UK or elsewhere who might benefit from the info.

Wildflower
Nov 11th, 2006, 10:42 PM
That's Okay Oliver Oil. I am in the US, but I am interested in all cooking sites - LOL, even ones that don't ship here! Those flower muffin tins look really cool, i wonder if the shape holds for all recipes, or if you have to use a more plain recipe...

I finally got my cookbook last week, and last Saturday I made the Sexy Lowfat Vanilla cupcakes topped with a layer of raspberry jam, then stripes of confectioner's glaze, then fresh raspberries. They were really awesome! I plan to make them again today. The cake was very different textured then any cake i have had before - very soft (they had cornstartch in the recipe which may be why.) Very awesome!

Jamie
Nov 13th, 2006, 10:39 PM
what are people in the UK using for the shortening in the icing??? I know you can get 'trex' and 'flora white' but I don't think they are non-hydrogenated ?

Jamie
Nov 16th, 2006, 10:38 AM
Anyone?? :) I can't really see much info for Trex, but Flora White says it's non-hydrogenated, low in trans fats and saturates, and vegan. However how low is low for those trans fats and saturates, and how much damage does it do to eat??

It's weird because I used to eat stuff with all that in all the time, pre-vegan and even until a few months ago, but I'm not sure I can bring myself to use shortening in an icing mix.

I think picturing what it looks like and having to actually come into contact with it put me off. Does that make sense? Like if I just bought a cake in a store and it was yummy I wouldn't give a second thought to what hyrdogenated/trans/saturated fats were in it. But if I have to make it myself... I suppose then I'm forced to face up to what's in it!! I used to have that problem making scrambled eggs - I thought they were nice to eat but my hubby used to make them in the microwave and I couldn't bear to be anywhere near. Strange! I can definately be near him him when he makes scrambled tofu nowdays ;)

Tigerlily
Nov 16th, 2006, 05:08 PM
Jamie, just use it. :p :p Our diet is free of dietary cholesterol and low in saturated fats. If you aren't getting trans fat from any other source, I honestly don't think some trans fat in the icing will do too much damage. It will just be a treat thing, not a daily indulgence, right?

I have also used regular vegan margarine for icing (not for these cupcakes but I think all icing recipes are virtually the same). They came out really nice, and creamy.

Oliver Oil
Nov 16th, 2006, 07:52 PM
If anyone is looking for matcha tea powder for the Green Tea Cupcakes, you can order it from these folks:

Matcha cooking powder from www.mountfuji.co.uk (http://www.mountfuji.co.uk/acatalog/Mount_Fuji_Green_Tea_Powder___Matcha_136.html)

Check out their whole site if you get the chance. Looks like THE place to find all your Japanese cooking ingredients and alot of other stuff besides.

fiamma
Nov 16th, 2006, 09:20 PM
I'd say go with the vegan marg Jamie - I used to use marg all the time for making "butter" icing and it turned out great.