Peanut Butter Cupcakes w/ Chocolate Ganache

These are the Peanut Butter Cupcakes and the Chocolate Ganache from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World by Isa Chandra Moskowitz (of Vegan With a Vengeance and Vegan Brunch) and Terry Hope Romero (of Viva Vegan, a book that I just got and will try out this week).

They're really amazing. Davey described them as, "a peanut butter punch in the face". Which is apt. The ganache is a mite bitter (I used bittersweet chips), but it's an excellent balance to the sweet peanut butter in the cupcakes. These were really easy to make and had surprising ingredients- flax seed is used for an egg replacer, and it had the vegan "buttermilk" combo of soy milk and apple cider vinegar. I am getting better at creating my own dishes lately, but it's still great to make others recipes because of things like this that I would never think to do. I don't have worlds of experience baking, but I didn't know that cupcakes could require buttermilk (or it's vegan substitute). Anyway, they're moist, intensely flavorful and delicious.

I got this book in hopes of utilizing it for Davey's studio open house (coming soon) and any vegan bake sale that I may partake in. I won't often be making cupcakes just for us, since twelve cupcakes in the house is a dangerous thing. The ones that I'm most excited to try though are; Cookies and Cream (utilize Newman O's), Brooklyn vs Boston Cream Pie Cakes (filled with vegan custard), Toasted Coconut Cupcakes with Coffee Buttercream Frosting (salivating), and Tiramisu. So, yeah, I hope I find some great fund-raising sales that I can bake for soon!