Today is my 3rd blogiversary, so I’m celebrating with vegan chocolate cupcakes!
My hell-month of March is almost over.Â Now all I want are vegan chocolate cupcakes with a fluffy dollop of vanilla buttercream to kick back and relax.Â Oh wait. I need to write two papers and do one more final assignment before I graduate. And then do that thing where I enter real life with student loan payments and whatnot. WHAT IS LIFE EVEN. But I’m weirdly excited.
Today I’m celebrating my 3rd blogiversary for Je suis alimentageuse. I can’t believe it’s been three years since this little corner of the Internet started. So many things have changed since ol’ March 2013 rolled by.
- I went vegan.
- JSA went from getting maybe 300 views per day to getting over 3000 views per day (according to Jetpack anyway).
- I switched to iPhone.
- New camera! (Canon Rebel XSi to 60D)
- My photography significantly improved (although it was improving before I got the new camera too)
- I found my voice.
I think the thing that really made me find my voice was understanding what I wanted to do with my blog. Before I was aimlessly experimenting with various recipes, ranging from super simple cookies to elaborate macarons with fancy swiss meringue buttercream. I pushed myself to try more complicated recipes and to take pictures of these fancy desserts, even though I don’t actually have that much of a sweet tooth. You guys said you wanted more anecdotes, so I give you more anecdotes. Two years of vegetarianism and 6 months of veganism later, JSA has become a huge collection of recipes, snippets of food facts and pockets of my life.
And I don’t think I would have been driven to improve JSA or continue if it weren’t for you guys. Thank you so much for reading, for commenting, visiting, pinning… everything. The support of my fellow bloggers and readers is overwhelmingly touching. Thank you for following my food adventures as I stumble through life trying to figure out who I am.
In April I’ll be finishing my MA in Translation Studies, and even though I love academia and I love learning about translation theory, it’s only through JSA that I’ve found out who I am and what I want to be. The past year has been a giant ball of procrastination via photography, recipe development, and website design. Procrastinating by doing those things is really a sign, isn’t it? Why do something I like, when I could do something I absolutely love and am actually good at?
I’m okay at a lot of things like languages, networking, and writing.
This is finally the one thing that I know I can do.
So thank you for joining me. Thank you for helping me realize what I love to do.
Now have some vegan chocolate cupcakes.
For the cupcakes
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 Ener-G eggs (1 tbsp egg replacer + 1/4 cup water)
- 1/2 tsp vinegar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup rice milk (or other milk alternative)
- 1/4 cup dutch processed cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
For the buttercream
- 1/4 cup vegan butter
- 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
- 1 1/2 cups icing sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup rice milk (or other milk alternative)
To make the cupcakes:
- Preheat oven to 350F. Whisk together vegetable oil, egg replacements, vinegar, and vanilla until incorporated. Sift in baking powder, dutch-processed cocoa powder, flour, and salt. Stir in rice milk until all ingredients are fully incorporated. Divide among 12 cupcake liners filling about 3/4 full.
- Bake for 16-18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when you poke it in the middle. Remove and let cool on a wire rack for about 5 minutes, then remove from pan to cool completely on wire rack.
For the icing
- Whip vegan butter, vegetable shortening, vanilla extract, and rice milk until light and fluffy. Add in icing sugar and whip until you have a very fluffy icing (it should clump inside the whisk after about 5 minutes of whipping using a mixer). Transfer to a piping bag and frost cooled cupcakes as desired.