Not just a challenge to create any cupcake, but a Red Velvet Cupcake. Known for being super rich, utilizing a cream cheese frosting. How do you make cream cheese frosting with no dairy?!
After crawling around the web, I found a cupcake recipe using garbanzo beans. Seemed crazy, but I thought what the hell. The batter was runny and I thought I was doomed for failure. The darkened during baking, and actually came out with a decent texture.
The frosting proved even more challenging, but again Google came to the rescue. How about a cream cheese frosting made from Cashews? At this point I began questioning my sanity. But what the hell, started soaking some cashews.
The result was interesting.... But ultimately unsuccessful. I would definitely use more Agave nectar next time, as the cupcake was not sweet enough.
The Cashew based cream cheese frosting needs... A lot, not even sure where to start. But alas, will return to this challenge again until it comes out right.