Sunday, April 26, 2009

Free Vegan Cupcake Day at the Resource Centre!

On Saturday, April 25, John, Liam, and I hosted our first ever Free Vegan Cupcake Day at the RC. It was a beautiful day in Toronto - sunny and about 28C - and so people into trying delicious vegan eats were out in full force.

To make sure people could find us easily, Liam made a little sign for outside on the sidewalk which you can see him shyly displaying here, as he hides behind it. As you'll see below, however, Liam's shyness dissipated in the face of eating one of his own delicious vegan cupcakes (which, incidentally, his girlfriend made - but he watched, so it amounts to the same, right? Just kidding, Diane!).

Liam's cupcakes, like mine and John's, were from Isa Chandra Moskowitz's and Terry Hope Romero's fabu book Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. He chose the marble cupcakes, in a mini-version so there would be more of them, and they were so delicious and cute that they required no icing at all.

Liam menaced one before eating it and that was pretty much the same intensity with which all of our visitors consumed these delicious little morsels.

(In case you're wondering why I'm writing Lisa-style, the answer is, I don't know. Except that she's awesome.)

We made a total of about 55 cupcakes and they were all gone by 4pm, when we closed and recorded a late podcast. It was definitely a good day, getting to talk to a bunch of cupcake loving people - especially Elliott and friends who were not only appreciative of our baking efforts but also hilarious and charming.

John, whose fantastic idea this cupcake day was, made the super-fantastic looking Coconut Lime Cupcakes.

(I say only that they looked amazing because I didn't get the opportunity to try one!! They were just too popular with our visitors!)

The aesthetic of his cupcakes was a little different than Isa and Terry's, but no less beautiful and appetizing for all that.

There was some discussion about whether or not one should be eating the lime slices, or if yes, with or without the rind. John left that up to our guests to decide but I would have eaten it; I like cupcakes that make it feel like the top of your head is being blown off.

Finally, there were my cupcakes, the Peanut Butter Cupcakes with the quick Melty Chocolate Ganache. As chocolate and peanut butter together form pretty much the most perfect taste combination, I was fairly confident they'd go over well and they seem to have done so, in spite of not being nearly as pretty as either John's or Liam's cupcakes.

We'll be hosting other free vegan vittles tasting events in the future so we'll keep you posted on that, once we figure out what the vittles in question will be. In the meantime, I'll be dreaming about putting the lime in the coconut and eating up those delicious cupcakes...

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