One of my lovely friends who donated to my National Cupcake Day campaign is British and said he would like British cupcakes. After turning down my offer to do mushy pea cupcakes (I mean, really, what the heck is wrong with him?!), he suggested sticky toffee pudding and I happily agreed. Sticky toffee pudding is in my top 5 all time favourite desserts. I've never had or made a vegan version before, though.
After one mishap (no one likes burnt cupcakes) I managed to make, what I hope is, a very passable if not altogether authentic sticky toffee pudding cupcake.
The damn things are SUPER messy, by the way. Like, toffee sauce every. where. Not that that's a big problem, obviously; this is just the kind of problem fingers were created to solve.
Sticky Toffee Pudding Cupcakes (adapted from Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice)
2 c chopped dates
2 c boiling water
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 c Earth Balance, softened
2 c sugar
1/4 c almond milk
1/4 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 flax egg
3 1/4 c flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 3/4 c brown sugar
2 c soy creamer
1/2 c Earth Balance
Put the dates and baking soda in a bowl; pour the boiling water in. Let sit for 20 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350. Line 2 cupcake pans (yes this makes 24 cupcakes) or halve the recipe. Your call.
Mix the milk and vinegar; set aside. Beat the earth balance and sugar until fluffy; add the milk mixture and flax egg and beat them in; stir in the flour and powder, then fold in the dates & their liquid. Use an ice cream scoop to put batter in the cups; bake for 21 minutes.
While the 'cakes are baking, put all the ingredients for the toffee sauce in a pan on medium heat. Let it come up to a boil, the turn it down to a simmer and let it thicken for 10ish minutes.
When the 'cakes are done, pull them out and let them cool in the pan on a rack for a few minutes. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and put the sheet on a rack. Put the cupcakes on the sheet and using a fork, pierce them 6 or 8 times. Pour hot toffee sauce over the cakes, doing it 3 or 4 times to make sure it's really getting into them. You'll have lots of leftover sauce.
1/3 c cooled toffee sauce
1/2 c room temp EB
3 c icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Beat the EB and toffee sauce together; yes it will look curdled, but that's okay. Add half the sugar and beat well; add the vanilla and rest of the sugar and beat until smooth and beautiful. Frost fully cooled cupcakes.