Jason's birthday was last week and he wanted Green Tea and Pistachio cupcakes from one of our favorite books. The recipe is in Color Me Vegan by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. I regrettably do not have a picture of these incredible cupcakes. They were beautiful and delicious. They were gone, all 12 in maybe 2 days. I actually changed the recipe a tiny bit. Elena and I were disappointed to learn (after crushing tons of pistachios) that the nuts only went on top of the cupcakes. We decided to add some to the batter. I used a quarter cup less flour and added pistachios.
Green Tea and Pistachio Cupcakes from Colleen but modified slightly ...
- 2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour
- 1/2 sugar
- 2 Tbsp plus 1 tsp powdered green tea
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- 1½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 cup nondairy milk (we used a coconut almond blend)
- 1/3 cup canola oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Green Tea Frosting
- ½ cup Earth Balance
- 1½ cups confectioners' sugar
- 1 tsp powdered green tea
- 3 to 4 Tbsp nondairy milk
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp almond extract
- ½ cup ground pistachio nuts, for topping
Divide batter among the 12 prepared muffin cups and bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool on a rack.
With an electric hand mixer or using a fork, cream butter until smooth. Add sugar, green tea powder, a little milk, vanilla extract and almond extract. Beat for a few minutes adding more milk, if needed. Cover frosting with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for 1 hour, up to 2 weeks. When ready to use, frost each cupcake and top with ground pistachios.
We did save a little ground pistachio and used it in a cookie and another cake that we made. The cookies were one of the best cookies that I have ever tasted. I searched online and found the recipe on Vegetarian Times.com. So darn yummy. I highly recommend trying this recipe. We sprinkled pistachio on top but made the batter per the recipe.
|Chocolately cookie topped with pistachio|
|Masculine Pistachio Vegan Cake|
Have a pistachio evening!