Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Vegan (Gluten-Free) Valentine's Day Chocolate Strawberry and Marshmallow-Filled Cupcake

"There is no life, without love." - Ghandi

Try this amazing chocolate and strawberry cupcake for your special Valentine's Day treat this year. 

Great for parties and to share with friends or that special someone! 

Cupcake Batter

Going into the oven

       Strawberry Marshmallow filled Strawberries

                                                                                            Baked Cupcake

 Cupcake with Icing

Inside View

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

12 cupcakes 
30 Vegan Strawberry Marshmallows

Materials Needed:
 Large Mixing Bowl - Small Mixing Bowl - Heavy Pan for boiling marshmallow ingredients - 8 x12 Pan - Mixer or large spoon - Cupcake Liners - Cupcake Tin - Measuring Spoons/cups - Candy Thermometer - Blender - Wire Strainer - Oven

Ingredients Needed:
Vegan Gelatin of choice, Water, Unbleached Sugar, Powdered Sugar, Light Corn Syrup (Non-Gmo), H. Sea Salt, Whole Strawberries, Vanilla, GF All-Purpose Flour, Unsweetened Cocoa Powder, 1 100% Dark Chocolate Bar, Nut Milk or choice, Vegetable Oil, Vegan Yogurt, Lemon Juice, Baking Soda, Arrowroot Powder

~Prepare First~

Vegan Strawberry Marshmallows (Filling): 

3 tbsp. vegan gelatin (I used Agar Powder)
1 cup water
2 cup unbleached sugar
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 tsp. h. sea salt
2 tbsp. vanilla
4-5 organic strawberries

1. Place 4-5 large organic strawberries into blender, blend until pureed. 

2. In a bowl, place 1/2 c. of water and vegan gelatin - stir - let sit 5 minutes. Strain strawberry puree over gelatin in mixing bowl.

3. Begin to prepare a syrup. In a heavy pan on low, add the remaining 1/2 cup water, sugar, corn syrup, and h. sea salt. Blend until dissolved. Let simmer for 2 minutes. Turn heat to med. High.

4. When the mixture starts to boil, cover for 3 minutes to allow crystals that have formed to be washed away. 

5. Continue to boil uncovered and unstirred over high heat to the 'firm ball' stage (245 degrees F). Overcooking makes the marshmallows tough.

6. Remove the mixture from heat and slowly pour over gelatin and strawberry puree mixture in a large bowl, beating constantly with electric mixer.

7. Continue to beat around 15 minutes - while beating, when the mixture is thick but still smooth, add vanilla.

8. Once mixture is completely thickened and thoroughly mixed- this is what you will use to fill your hollowed out strawberries in the cupcakes.

9. With the remaining mix. Pour into an 8 x 12 pan that has been lightly dusted with arrowroot powder. Dust the top with arrowroot powder, and set aside.

10. Let it dry for 12 hours. Prepare a flat cookie sheet with dusted arrowroot powder. Turn marshmallow pan upside down over the cookie sheet to remove marshmallow mixture. 

11. Cut into desired shapes. 
Place into a baggie to coat with arrowroot powder. 

*Store fully dusted pieces in baggie or closed tin.

Cupcake Ingredients:

1 cup of Gluten-Free All-purpose flour
1 1/2 cup vegan sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2/3 cup chocolate almond milk - or nut milk of choice with 1 tbs. cocoa powder
2 1/2 tbs. vegan yogurt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tbs. Lemon Juice
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1/4 tsp. H. Sea Salt
1/2 tbs. arrowroot powder
1 100% Dark Chocolate Bar for garnish


Pre-heat oven to 350F

Line cupcake tin with cupcake liners.
In large mixing bowl sift together dry ingredients. In small mixing bowl, mix together wet ingredients. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients, mix until smooth. Do not over mix.

Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full, do not over fill or the cupcakes will spill over the sides. Bake 10-12 minutes, then add trimmed/cored/marshmallow filled strawberries into half baked cupcakes. 

Bake another 10 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool 20 minutes, then add icing and top with dark chocolate shavings and a slice of strawberry.

Strawberry Icing Recipe:

3 cups vegan powdered sugar
1 tbsp. coconut milk -add more if consistency isn't right, but start with 
1 tbsp. vanilla
1/2 cup pureed strawberries

 Dark Chocolate Shavings
6 Halved Strawberries

1. Sift Dry ingredients in large bowl.

2. Mix wet ingredients in small bowl, slowly stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients.

3. With and electric mixer, blend until smooth.

4. Top Cupcakes with icing mixture, dark chocolate shavings, half strawberry slice.


Happy Valentine's Week to you and yours!

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