Birthday Burgers

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on August 11, 2010

Good evening!

Eric thanks you for your birthday wishes! :)

Today has been a whirlwind day! Crazy, crazy, crazy trying to get caught up on work before I leave tomorrow. Just when I thought I was caught up I got an order for 150 Glo Bars! Madness.

I asked Eric what he wanted for his birthday dinner tonight. I said I would make him anything he wanted.

‘A juicy burger’ was his request.

And so it was done like dinner.

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These are the burgers he picked up at Whole Foods on the weekend.

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He said it was delicious!

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I had a Curry Chickpea Burger that I popped out of the freezer. Still lovin’ those in a huge way. They just might be my favourite homemade veggie burger.

Despite the mad house, dishes piled up all over the kitchen, and my still unpacked suitcase, I made Eric birthday cupcakes because I strongly believe that a birthday without flour, sugar, and icing is a crime against all things good and true. He agreed with me. ;)

I made him burger cupcakes! :)

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Birthday Cupcake ‘burgers’ with Secret Green Frosting

Vanilla cupcakes adapted from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World.

Cupcake Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup Earth Balance OR 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 cup organic cane sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract

 

Directions: Preheat the oven to 350.  Line a cupcake tin with cupcake liners. Whisk the almond milk and vinegar in a mixing cup.  Allow to curdle for a few minutes. Beat together the soy milk mixture, oil, sugar, vanilla, and almond extract.  Sift together the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and add to the wet ingredients, mixing until just incorporated and no lumps remain. Taste the batter, it is incredible. Pour into muffin liners and bake for 20-22 minutes.  Cool completely before frosting. Makes 12 cupcakes.

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Avocado ‘Buttercream’ Frosting

Adapted from Alton Brown.

  • Meat from 1 very ripe avocado, pitted
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 3 cups organic powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

Directions: Peel and pit avocado. Place avocado, lemon juice, and vanilla into a processor (alternatively you can use a stand mixer or hand mixer). Process/mix about 2-3 minutes scraping sides of bowl when necessary. Add the powdered sugar a little at a time and process/mix. Store in refrigerator when not using. Apparently it doesn’t turn brown either, although I did not verify this entirely. Use at own risk! ;) makes enough to frost 16-24 cupcakes (I had lots leftover after these 12).

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The frosting was VERY mild, as in, it wasn’t very sweet. It tasted like a very mild butter cream frosting, with just a hint of lemon and sweetness. I did not detect the avocado in there at all and Eric and my mother-in-law didn’t either! They both really loved the frosting because they didn’t feel sick after eating a cupcake.

The frosting also had a great texture! It was not too slick and it sat well on the cupcakes and didn’t slide around. If I had more time I would have tried piping with it.

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These would make great St Patty’s Day cupcakes! :)

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It was fun to eat. :)

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I told my in laws they could have the leftovers, but Eric seems to think he is bringing them on the plane with him tomorrow. LOL. What a cupcake monster. Security would probably ‘confiscate’ them…

I made 4 varieties: rainbow sprinkles, coconut, cocoa powder, and cacao nibs.

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All of us thought these were quite tasty. Very light and a great way to use up an avocado!

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Well, I have packages to ship, a suitcase to fill, and dishes to clean. I’ll see you in the windy citaaaay! :)

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[email protected]://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ August 12, 2010 at 6:11 am

Those are so cute and such interesting ingredients, love it. Enjoy your trip.

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Christie {Honoring Health} August 12, 2010 at 6:11 am

I know I won’t be standing out in the crowd when I say this but:

OMG, those cupcakes are so cute! Love them!

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lauren August 12, 2010 at 6:40 am

I’m bringing my boyfriend to HLS, who is also named Eric, so maybe Eric and Eric will have to get together while we are doing other stuff!

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Diana @ frontyardfoodie August 12, 2010 at 6:53 am

Oh my goodness what a genius way to make vegan icing!!!! This is the second really amazing avocado recipe I’ve seen today. I think it’s a sign.

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Kelly August 12, 2010 at 7:13 am

Super duper cute!! Does the avocado brown in the frosty after awhile? Or did you guys eat them all too fast to find out? ;)

Have fun in Chicago!! :)

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Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman August 12, 2010 at 7:18 am

Those cupcakes are so pretty. The green is the perfect color–I think they look like springtime.

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Lindsay August 12, 2010 at 7:25 am

Cute cupcakes!! I’m very intrigued by this avocado frosting…may have to try that soon!

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Kiersten August 12, 2010 at 7:33 am

The avocado buttercream sounds delish! I’ve been trying to figure out how to use avocado in sweets, but I haven’t had much luck.

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leatitia August 12, 2010 at 7:38 am

Those cupcakes looks delish! What a neat idea, use an avocado in frosting!

Travel safe and have fun!! :)

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Mackenzie August 12, 2010 at 7:54 am

Angela I love your site! Have fun in Chicago– my home!!

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Holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 12, 2010 at 8:21 am

Angela those cupcakes are so adorable! You are such a sweet wife :)

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Veronique @ Hooked on Health August 12, 2010 at 8:49 am

Wow those cupcakes look amazing! I would have never thought to use avocados for frosting, but that is such a smart idea! Regular icing usually makes me sick, I don’t want the frosting to take away from the sweetness of the cupcake. Lovely recipe :)

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Sarah August 12, 2010 at 8:50 am

Those cupcakes are darling :)

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Ashley August 12, 2010 at 8:50 am

Just made these cupcakes the other day and I think they were my favorite vanilla cupcakes EVER. So freaking delicious. Love the frosting too…I definitely feel sick from eating buttercream. Not the biggest frosting fan!

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lauren M. August 12, 2010 at 10:19 am

My favorite favorite thing about baking vegan treats is that YOU CAN EAT THE BATTER!!! without worrying about eggs and stuff…. :)))))

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ERika August 12, 2010 at 10:23 am

My eyes are bugging out of my head looking at those cupcakes – they look amazing!!!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 12, 2010 at 10:29 am

I’ve heard of using avocado in the cake batter, but never in the frosting. That’s an awesome idea! And it’s such a good way to sub in some healthy fats!

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Amber K August 12, 2010 at 11:33 am

That is such a neat cupcake idea!

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Kennedy August 12, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Those are the cutest cupcakes I have ever seen!! I’m not much of a baker but I really want to try these out. Thanks for sharing :)
And have fun at the Healthy Living Summit! Will you take your blog ‘on location?’

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: : Christine : : August 12, 2010 at 12:49 pm

I would have NEVER thought of making little cupcake sandwiches – brilliant!

Can’t wait to try.

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Mac August 12, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Very creative cupcakes!

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Katie August 12, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Oh Angela! Tell Eric I said Happy Birthday! Looks like he had a wonderful one! I love the cupcakes!!!!!!!!! How cute! I also love your frosting addition, sounds amazing! Angela you are always making something amazing! I hope to see you have a cookbook in the future!!!! Have a safe trip to Chicago, I hope you and Eric have a blast! I LOVE Chicago! xoxo

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Ann August 12, 2010 at 7:12 pm

The cupcakes look so cute! Eric’s a lucky man! :)

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Lele August 12, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Um, those cupcakes are the cutest things I’ve ever seen.

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Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear August 13, 2010 at 2:18 am

Those cupcakes are sooooo cute :) and I wouldn’t mind eating Eric’s burger either!

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Robyn March 13, 2013 at 6:29 am

I am thrilled to have found a naturally green vegan frosting for my daughter’s 1st birthday party! She was nearly a St Patricks Day baby, and her party is shamrock themed this year. Looking forward to making these tomorrow!

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Robyn March 18, 2013 at 6:30 am

These were great btw! I didn’t do the burger look, just the cupcakes w/ the green frosting in shamrock cupcake wrappers. Perfect for Emma’s birthday party. She loved it too!

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Charlotte April 22, 2016 at 6:27 pm

Hi,
I made these tasty cupcakes and realized I would have benefitted from some details in your directions. My batter was sooooo runny. I was really worried about it. Turned out okay, but I almost quit midway through as I’ve never baked such a runny batter. Wish you had described what I was headed for. Also, I sub’d 25% very fine oat flour and a bit of almond flour to add flavor… I would like it if you made sub suggestions. The size of the avocado also posed some consternation. Mine was relatively large, so I went a little at a time because again, I didn’t really know what consistency to expect so I was winging it. Pix of the process would be great.

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