Today is PETA's birthday, and everyone knows that you can't celebrate a birthday without cake! Thanks to the hard work of PETA members over the years, it's now easier than ever to find vegan cake—or vegan cookbooks to make your own cake—nationwide. Major grocery stores carry accidentally vegan icing and decorations, all of which make cruelty-free desserts easier to come by than ever before.
Take just a moment to think back (or imagine) the state of vegan cuisine 28 years ago. Were there vegan bakeries in multiple cities across the country? Nope. Did fine dining establishments that serve a 100 percent animal-free menu exist? Nope. Did international fast-food chains offer veggie burgers and faux chicken? Nope.
Vegan cuisine has certainly come along way. Many no longer look at it as weird and boring and instead consider it just another tasty meal-time option. This is because of the hard work of organizations like PETA and our members, who have been pushing the envelope for almost 30 years.
So to celebrate, let's have vegan cupcakes from the bible of vegan cupcake baking, Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. Of course, I couldn't resist topping them off with a PETA logo and everyone's favorite PETA character, Nugget.
Happy birthday, PETA! And with the continued hard work of our members worldwide, I'm certain we'll be celebrating many more to come.
Golden Vanilla CupcakesFrom Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World1 cup soy milk1 tsp. apple cider vinegar1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour2 Tbsp. cornstarch3/4 tsp. baking powder1/2 tsp. baking soda1/4 tsp. salt (increase to 1/2 tsp. if you're using oil instead of margarine)1/2 cup nonhydrogenated margarine, softened, or 1/3 cup canola oil3/4 cup granulated sugar2 tsp. vanilla extract1/4 tsp. almond extract, caramel extract, or additional vanilla extract
Makes 12 cupcakes
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