Double Dark Chocolate-Coconut Cupcakes

Ingredients

Cupcakes
  • 1 1/2 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup original- or vanilla-flavored soymilk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup miniature vegan chocolate chips
Chocolate-Coconut Frosting
  • 1/2 cup vegan vegetable oil spread stick, softened
  • 1/3 cup virgin unrefined coconut oil (solid, not melted)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 to 4 teaspoons water
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 3 cups sifted powdered sugar

Instructions

1 _ Heat oven to 350°F. Line 12 mini and 12 regular-size muffin cups with paper baking cups. In large bowl, using whisk, mix flour, granulated sugar, 1/2 cup cocoa, the baking soda and salt. In medium bowl, using whisk, mix soymilk, canola oil, vinegar and 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla. Pour wet mixture into dry mixture; beat with whisk until well mixed. Stir in chocolate chips. Fill each mini muffin cup with 1 level measuring tablespoon batter. Divide remaining batter among regular-size muffin cups.

2 _ Bake mini cupcakes 12 to 16 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Bake regular-size cupcakes 22 to 26 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.


3 _ For frosting, in large bowl, beat margarine, coconut oil, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 2 teaspoons of the water with electric mixer on low speed until smooth. Beat in 3 tablespoons cocoa and the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time. Gradually beat in just enough remaining water until smooth and spreadable.

4 _ To assemble cupcake stacks, remove paper baking cups. Pipe frosting on top of 1 regular-size cupcake. Top with 1 mini cupcake; frost top of mini cupcake. Repeat with remaining cupcakes and frosting. Garnish with chocolate curls and coconut, if desired.

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