Vegan Grapefruit Cupcakes with Bourbon Vanilla Frosting

Look, I am not here to tell you that to do – that was your mom’s job at some point and she probably stopped doing it a long time ago. By now you’re a grown ass adult who can make grown ass decisions. My only job is to lightly suggest that you make the life choice to put bourbon in all of your food because a healthy dose of bourbon is scientifically proven to improve everything 100%* of the time always.
*survey size is just me.grapefruit cupcakes

Speaking of moms, this post is a joint PSA to tell you the bourbon thing and remind you that Mother’s Day is coming up next month. I hear that moms like baked goods and wine-flavored ice cream (and by moms I mean me. Feel free to send those things to me.). I’ve teamed up with Uncommon Goods to curate a list of recommended Mother’s Day gifts for the momlady in your life!  grapefruit cupcakes

Izzy’s 100% probably foolproof gifts your mom will most likely like (maybe)!

  • Bourbon-Vanilla Frosting [click here] – U da real MVP. This vegan coconut oil-based frosting is actual crack. I HEAR IT GOES PRETTY WELL WITH GRAPEFRUIT CUPCAKES, just saying.
  • Spicy honey [click here] – many vegans don’t eat honey, but I happen to be one that does (I know I’m not a level 5 vegan) and snow my god this stuff is good. I add it to avocado toast with a sprinkle of sea salt. It’s hot hot hot and the best combination of sweet and spicy (for adventurous moms only).
  • Butter crock and spreader [click here] – this is very hip but also practical. My mom is only one of these things, but I did teach her the term “YOLO” last week, so maybe she is hip. If you have a vegan mom, she can use it for margarine!
  • Silicone stemless wine classes [click here] – moms love wine and that’s a fact. You know what they love more than wine? Wine they can drink while on the go.
  • Ceramic pour over coffee cone [click here] – My mom is addicted to two things: coffee and my love. I am planning to show her I love and appreciate her by fueling both of these addictions this year.
  • Classy salt and pepper grinders [click here]  – I’ll speak for my own mom and say that she loves classy salt and pepper shakers. I had a pair of lemon and lime shapes salt and pepper shakers she gave me about 6 years ago but Ben just broke them. Mom, if you’re out there, I know this is your holiday and all, but this is also a cry for help that I need new shakers. Ma!
bourbon vanilla frosting

I used the Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla frosting I mentioned above on these cupcakes and it worked really well. Frosting isn’t that hard to make from scratch, but sometimes you can’t beat the ease of scooping it out of the jar after you’ve done ALL THAT WORK to make the cake. I added a few squeezes of grapefruit juice to the frosting to make the grapefruit flavor even more intense.

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Vegan Grapefruit Cupcakes with Bourbon Vanilla Frosting

  • 1 1/4 cups soy or almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon grapefruit juice
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) room-temperature vegan margarine
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 jar (8 oz) of Bourbon Vanilla Frosting (for a frosting recipe check out this one)
  • 1 teaspoon grapefruit zest, for garnish

Preheat oven to 350*

  1. Cream together the margarine and sugar in a large bowl with a fork or the back of a spoon. In a separate bowl, whisk together the soy milk, vanilla, and grapefruit juice. In a third bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  2. Slowly pour half of the flour into the sugar/margarine bowl, whisking the whole time. Add half the milk mixture in and whisk. Add the remaining flour and milk until the batter is completely incorporated.
  3. Line a muffin tin with paper liners and fill then with the batter. Place them in the oven and bake, 22-24 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Set them aside to cool. Once completely cooled, spread the frosting over the cupcakes. Sprinkle with grapefruit zest and serve.
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