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Shot through the heart, and you’re to blame.  Darling, you give love a bad name!

We saw these gorgeous little babies on Bakerella and knew they were ripe for veganizing.

Image via Bakerella

Here’s our revamp of their decidedly un-vegan takes;

To make these love struck cupcakes, you just need to insert a 6-inch lollipop stick through the top part of the cupcake papers.

Image via Bakerella

You can use a toothpick to pierce through the paper on each side to make it easier to push the stick through. Hold the paper on each side as you push the stick through so the paper doesn’t separate from the cupcake.

Then you can cut out sweet little hearts to attach to each end. You can download and print the hearts here.

Actually, cut out the hearts ahead of time so you’re prepared.

Image via Bakerella

Attach the small heart to one end with a small piece of tape and cut two slits through the larger heart to allow the stick to slide through.

Cut along the white lines on the larger heart for a more feathery look. I decided not to because I thought they looked cleaner this way.

Or if you are more prepared, you can look for two different size heart paper punches and some pink or red heavyweight paper and save a lot of cutting time.

To decorate the cupcakes, use an Ateco Tip #807 to swirl on a mountain of vegan creamy cream cheese frosting.

Then sprinkle a few tee-niny heart sprinkles right on top.

But if you want to make them even easier, you can simply insert the arrow straight down through the frosting and into the cake below.

You can turn them into bleeding heart cupcakes, too. So easy!

Just attach a few hearts sprinkles upside down onto the frosting.

You can use jumbo, regular and miniature heart sprinkles.

Image via Bakerella

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Red Velvet Cupcakes

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 Tablespoon cocoa
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
Ener-G Egg Replacer – 2 1/2 teaspoons Egg Replacer plus 4 tablespoons water mixed separately
1 cup grapeseed or canola oil
1 cup soy milk
1 Tablespoon vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-2 oz. red food coloring (make sure it doesn’t have cochineal – beetles ew! in it)

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line trays with cupcake papers.
  • Stir Ener-G Egg Replacer with water in a medium bowl with a wire whisk. Add remaining liquid ingredients and stir together with whisk until blended. Set aside.
  • Place all the dry ingredients in your mixing bowl and stir together with another wire whisk.
  • Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix on medium-high for about a minute or until completely combined.
  • Pour into cupcake pans and drop the pans on the counter a few times to release any air bubbles.
  • Bake for about 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Makes 24 cupcakes

Creamy Cream Cheese Frosting

8 oz. vegan cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup Earth Balance butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
6 cups confectioners’ sugar

  • Sift sugar and set aside.
  • Beat cream cheese and butter on high until creamy. Add vanilla.
  • Then, add the sugar in batches. Scrape down the sides in between each addition.
  • And frost away.

Original recipe and images via Bakerella.  Veganized by us.

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Lights and Rainbow Makers Of course, a beautiful candle is always a no-brainer. This exquisite cedar rose candle from Agraria is lead-free, hand-poured, clean-burning candle with a gorgeous crystal glass jar s/he'll use once the candle is long gone. Who says you need to be a kid to enjoy the sweetness of a rainbow on your wall? We love both of these - one uses LED lights, the other solar power. The solar powered one we love- but only works during the day, so if romance is your aim - go for the LED for V day. Hearts (or Skulls) In Any Form Nobody says you need to do candy, jewelry, or flowers. (However, if you are going to buy flowers - read this article first!) Thinking out of the box and creativity is always appreciated. One of my favorite Valentine's gifts from husband was a signed art print that was decidedly morbid - but I loved it! It spoke perfectly to our love of skulls. So - look inside the core of the person. If a pink heart ring would make her gag, by all means - buy her black roses or a crucifix. Here are some alternative ideas: Perfect patent heart bag that can be worn cross-body style. Talk about a Valentine - check out these tushy-toppers. Thigh highs that proclaim you the sinner/saint for a post dinner surprise. Comfy PJ's that proclaim your love - but not in a shmaltzy way. Eco-friendly lingerie from Clare Bare - all handmade in LA. Leave her/ him lovenotes every morning on this precious chalkboard heart mug. Kiddles A unisex headband full of love! A brilliant handmade wooden robot meets cube. Designtastic. A precious, classic frilly girl dress that reads as classic - but not twee. Talk about a loveseat - this eco-friendly rocker is the ultimate lounger for your V Day Prince/ss Wrap n' Roll Don't forget to wrap it green using reusable organic wrapping fabric, or reused paper, or scraps. We love Enfold gift wrap which makes gorgeous packages idiot proof with attached bows. Fabric wrapping paper just makes everything feel more special. For A Platonic Love: If you're anywhere like where we are, the weather has only recently gotten brutal and perhaps you don't have a good scarf for this chill. Finding a chic scarf that's not wool and handmade ethically is a challenge. We love this cowl from Maya Epler because it can be worn as a headpiece or neckwarmer. And her things are all PETA approved/ crueltyfree. The french messaging is sexy and sweet, it's a perfect supplemental gift to a jewelry box or for someone you love in a platonic way. Get your single bestie a tube of this cruelty-free, kiss-proof, vegan hot-date ensured lip color so she gets a Valentine no matter what. This print from husband and wife design team Allison Glancey and Craig Seder depicts that truth as a dark, romantic fairy tale. A pale young woman with hair as black as night seems carried away in the perfume of a rose that looks both sensuous and slightly sinister. It's an image that invites the viewer to fill in the details with countless possible stories. This is not a reproduction, but an actual, hand-pulled screen print, which each color applied individually. Printed in Pennsylvania; framed in Portland, Oregon. This bag is 100% vegan and made with Ultrasuede HP, an eco-friendly fabric made with 100% recycled ultra-microfiber purely reconstituted from post-industrial material such as scrap polyester film. Additionally, all of these bags are convertible and can be worn cross body, in addition to a fanny pack. A perfect bag as we head (happily) towards spring. This faux fur throw in pale pink screams Miss Piggy's dressing room. And we want […]
    • 5 Fun And Easy Valentine’s Day Crafts To Do With The Kids5 Fun And Easy Valentine’s Day Crafts To Do With The KidsCreative (And Easy!) Valentine’s Day Crafts To Share With Your Kids For many parents, the idea of crafting with their kids causes more angst than excitement. I refer to it as the “Pinterest Phenomenon”— pressure from Pinterest-inspired crafts requiring an art degree and a craft cabinet of expensive supplies along with the dread of overwhelming messes. But fret no more and say goodbye to the artsy angst. Just gather your kids around the family table and share in a fun afternoon of crafting that your kids (and you) will love. These craft ideas are fun, easy, inexpensive, and create minimal mess. So jump into the Valentine’s Day spirit and bond with your kiddos over a few crafts anyone can pull off! Paint Chip Bookmarks Paint chip bookmarks are the perfect craft for kids who are into books or can make and give to friends. And the best part is they are super simple and inexpensive to make. That’s a win-win in my book! Stop by your favorite paint store and grab a few paint chips (I love the reds and pinks for Valentine’s Day), punch a hole in the top and string with ribbon. Add a few hearts if you have a small heart punch (available at Target for $2). Personalize the bookmark by adding a special message on the back. Melted Crayon Hearts This cool craft may look new to you, but I bet you pulled off one of these projects as a kid. The best part about the melted crayon craft is the simplicity of the materials. Collect some waxed paper, crayons, a handheld pencil sharpener, an iron, scissors and craft string (I like multi-colored baker’s twine best). Simply take a sheet of wax paper and fold it in half. Inside the wax paper spread crayon shavings. On a low heat setting, run the iron over the folded wax paper until the shavings melt. When cooled, trace different sized heart shapes and cut out. Thread with string and hang. They look like stained glass when the sun hits them! Painted Newspaper Hearts Painted newspaper hearts are one of the coolest, simplest crafts—ever! Cover your table with newspaper (words are better than photos). Get out the washable watercolor paints and brushes. Then set your kids to work painting away on the newspaper. Hang the newspaper to dry. When dried, use a heart template and cut out lots of hearts. Glue onto postcards, construction paper or cardstock to make into Valentine’s Day cards for classmates or friends. This craft is especially great for younger children.   Salt Dough Heart Necklaces You don’t have to be a master baker to make these cute little salt dough heart necklaces. Simply mix together flour, salt and water and you’ve got your salt dough recipe ready to roll out and cut. You can use a small heart cookie cutter or a butter knife to create the heart shape. Don’t forget to make a hole in the heart with a pencil for threading the ribbon before you bake. Once baked, they are ready to paint. These sweet little necklaces make great gifts for friends, grandparents, teachers or for yourself and kids! The best part about this craft is it lasts all year long, for years to come.   Valentine's Day Heart Tree The Valentine’s Day Heart Tree only requires construction paper, glue and scissors and you’ve got the perfect Valentine’s Day card for a grandparent or teacher. Simply trace your child’s hand and cut/punch out a bunch of hearts and glue to a piece of colored construction paper or cardstock. Write a sweet message, add a photo and make someone’s day!   Crafting with your kids can be a fun way to celebrate the upcoming Valentine's Day holiday. No matter the craft, your kids are guaranteed to love you for the time and energy you put into a crafting day together. And always remember, sometimes the simplest, most inexpensive ideas are the best. Enjoy!   Jennifer Chung is a parenting expert and co-founder of Kinsights.com: part parenting community, part online health record. Kinsights provides parents with a safe place to seek answers to their questions while also helping them track their child’s health information. Organize your child’s growth and developmental milestones, immunizations, medications, allergies, and […]
    • Dracula’s Bite Halloween Cupcakes  Dracula’s Bite Halloween Cupcakes Love at first bite! Check  out our veganized version of Dracula's Bite Halloween Cupcakes  From Lily Vanilli's "A Zombie Ate My Cupcake! " You will need: one batch of red velvet cupcakes (or a batch of these gluten-free babies) handful of pomegranate seeds For the cream-cheese frosting: 2 tablespoons (25g) earth balance, at room temperature 1⁄2 cup (125g) tofutti cream cheese, at room temperature 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1⁄4 cup (125g) confectioner's (icing) sugar (you could also use the cream-cheese frosting recipe from the red velvet cupcake recipe above instead of this one, though they are very similar) For the cherry sauce: 1 cup (125g) black cherries, very ripe and de-stoned or canned 1⁄4 cup (50g) superfine sugar 1⁄2 cup (120ml) water or juice from the canned cherries, if using 1⁄2 teaspoon lime juice 1 tablespoon cornstarch (cornflour) or arrowroot Ideally, always decorate your cakes with ingredients that complement their flavor. These (vegan) cream-cheese frosted red velvet cupcakes are topped with "blood" made from pulped black cherries and dotted with pomegranate seeds or redcurrants. 1. To make the frosting, beat the softened vegan butter in a small bowl. Add the tofutti cream cheese and blend together until there are no lumps. Add the vanilla extract and gradually beat in the sugar until you have a fairly thick, spreadable consistency. Ice the cupcakes using the back of a dessertspoon and give them a smooth finish. 2. To make the cherry sauce, blend the cherries in a bowl using an electric hand blender, then place in a medium-sized heavy-based pan with the sugar, water, lime juice, and cornstarch or arrowroot. Heat on medium until the cherries begin to release their liquid, and then slowly bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce to a simmer and heat until the cherry mixture has thickened to the desired consistency (runny enough to pipe but thick enough to prevent bleeding into the frosting). Allow to cool. 3. Fit a piping bag with a number 67 tip, then pour in the cherry pulp mixture. Insert the tip gently into the frosting to make "bite marks," and then spill the "blood" out over each cake. Dot the finished cakes with pomegranate seeds. Via Lily Vanilli's A Zombie Ate My Cupcake, a recipe book with amazing design ideas, but unfortunately not vegan.   Via […]