Published by PETA Staff.

Horchata Cupcakes

For the Cupcakes:

1 cup vegan horchata
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup canola oil
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. almond extract or vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups flour
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line the muffin pan with paper liners.
  • Whisk the horchata and the vinegar together and let sit a few minutes until curdled.
  • Beat together the horchata mixture, oil, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and other extracts, if using, in a large bowl. Sift in the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and mix until no large lumps remain.
  • Fill cupcake liners two-thirds of the way and bake for 20 to 22 minutes, until done. Transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely before frosting.

For the Frosting:

2 sticks vegan margarine, softened
7-8 cups confectioner’s sugar
1/2 cup vegan horchata
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

  • Whip the margarine in a mixer on high speed.
  • Sift the confectioner’s sugar and set aside.
  • Add the horchata, vanilla, cinnamon, and 4 cups of confectioner’s sugar to the margarine and beat until combined.
  • Add the remaining sugar 1 cup at a time until the desired consistency and sweetness are reached.

To Assemble:

  • Frost each cooled cupcake using a knife or piping bag.
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon, if desired.

Makes 12 cupcakes

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