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Agave nectar sweetened vegan cupcakes
My childhood friend Summer Genetti is the pastry chef at Chalk. I met up with her shortly after the Covington eatery's opening earlier this year and sampled her vegan chocolate cupcake, one of five mini treats served in her signature Flight of Cupcakes. If I hadn't known in advance the cupcake was vegan, I wouldn't have been able to tell the difference. Most diners don't either, said Summer.
All of which makes this vegan chocolate peanut butter mousse-filled cupcake recipe tempting to try this April Fool's Day. But you don't have to be vegan to try and enjoy a vegan recipe; the cupcakes are made without dairy, eggs and sugar, so they're cholesterol-free and diabetic-friendly, too. The sweetener here is low-glycemic agave nectar.
The recipe comes from Ania Catalano, author of the new "Baking With Agave Nectar," featuring more than 100 agave-centric recipes, many of which are vegan, gluten-free or both. I've never experimented with agave nectar, but this cupcake recipe looks and sounds so good it may just be the time to try it.
Anyone ever use agave nectar? Do you have any recipes or tips to share?