These simple and classic Depression Era Vanilla Cupcakes are a part of the Plant-Based on a Budget Cookbook with some minor tweaks, and it's our go-to cupcake recipe whenever we are craving some treats, or a fun celebration is approaching. We are all about minimalist baking so when a recipe with simple and easy-to-find ingredients comes along, we hold on to it and never let go.
This classic vegan Depression Era Vanilla Cupcakes recipe will be super handy whenever you are looking to whip up a quick dessert! You can decorate with this vanilla frosting and sprinkles if you're feeling festive
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Why Depression Era?
The name makes reference to that time of history where ingredients were so scarce, people had to get very creative in order to still be able to cook the classic recipes they loved so much. Milk and eggs were especially hard to come by, therefore absent in this recipe.
These Depression Era Vanilla Cupcakes are a great example of how to replace milk and eggs in a traditional recipe, you can still achieve a moist, spongy and delicious cupcake without using those traditional ingredients.
How to Top Your Vegan Cupcakes?
There are so many fun options when it comes to topping or adding some finishing touches to these cupcakes! Here are a few of our favorites:
Homemade Frosting: This is another simple and fully plant-based recipe we cherish and it is the perfect topping for any cupcake recipe you make (or even store-bought ones!). You can add vanilla or natural food coloring and play around with colors.
Store-Bought Frosting: Believe it or not, there are several accidentally vegan options out there, so keep your eyes open and check the ingredient list.
Powdered Sugar: If you’re short on time or simply don’t have the ingredients to whip up your own frosting, there’s always the classic powdered sugar dusting everyone loves. If you want to level up, you can also put a halved strawberry atop the powdered sugar.
Biscoff Spread: Have you ever tried this caramel-tasting smooth spread before? It tastes like cookies with the same name. You can easily find it in grocery stores and it could be an amazing addition to these vanilla cupcakes. This spread only uses plant-based ingredients.
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