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Q&A about vegan baking with Ms Cupcake, author of The Naughtiest Vegan Cakes in Town and owner of award winning vegan bakery - ANSWERS BACK

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RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 09-May-13 14:33:49

We're delighted that Ms Cupcake is joining us for a Q&A about vegan baking this week. If you're vegan, know someone with allergies to eggs or dairy or are just interested in vegan baking, post a question before midday on Wednesday 15th May and we'll post up the answers on Weds 22nd May.  Ms Cupcake has also kindly given us access to a couple of vegan cupcake recipes from her first book, Ms Cupcake: The Naughtiest Vegan Cakes in Town. See recipes here for Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes and Vegan Blueberry Almond ¬†Cupcakes.
Ms Cupcake is a glamorous, fifties-styled vegan baker who dreams of bringing decadent vegan baking to the masses. Originally hailing from Canada, Ms Cupcake moved to London in 1999. She began baking from home when she couldn't find indulgent bakery goods for vegans in London and soon realised that it wasn't just vegans that weren't being catered for, but also those allergic to different foods like eggs and milk. She launched London's first entirely vegan cake shop in Brixton in April 2011, which was recently shortlisted for Britain's Best Bakery on ITV. In her first sumptuous book, Ms Cupcake shares her secret recipes and enthusiasm for delicious vegan cakes and bakes.

All those who join the Q&A will be entered into a draw to win one of five copies of Ms Cupcake's book.

LentilAsAnything Thu 23-May-13 18:28:52

Wonderful, thanks! smile

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 23-May-13 12:38:12

The answers are now back from Ms Cupcake and you can read the full Q&A here.

Q&A about vegan baking with Ms Cupcake

CMOTDibbler Wed 22-May-13 16:05:41

Thank you so much for the cookery book - it arrived this morning, and I'm delighted that the majority of the recipes have a gluten free cooking note. They all look delicious and I'm looking forward to being able to cook egg free for people

TotallyEggFlipped Wed 22-May-13 15:39:26

Thanks Lara. Looking forward to the answers.

LaraMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 22-May-13 15:30:55

We now have the answers back from Ms Cupcake. We'll be putting together a page with your Qs and her As and link to the archived Q&A from this page in the morning.

LentilAsAnything Fri 17-May-13 10:48:13

No worries, Sunday. Hope you enjoy the book. x

SundaySimmons Thu 16-May-13 17:19:42

Thank you LentilAsAnything for the warm welcome and great advice.

Thank you Lara and Mumsnet for accepting me as a prize winner, my daughter is over the moon as am I and we are looking forward to receiving the book and baking lots of lovely vegan things!

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 16-May-13 16:20:23

Great to see so much vegan support on this thread and great that Lentil has started up a new thread - we're sure MsCupcake will be delighted her Q&A has instigated this. We'll alert you on both threads as soon as the answers are back.

LaraMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 16-May-13 13:17:57

LentilAsAnything has kindly given up her free copy to a new vegan, so congratulations to SundaySimmons you have won a copy of MsCupcakes book The Naughtiest Vegan Cakes in Town. I'll be pm-ing you with info about claiming your books.

CecyHall Wed 15-May-13 21:12:25

So pleased, can't wait for the book as I really wanted it but couldn't squeeze it into this months budget!

Off to the new thread now, yay!

TotallyEggFlipped Wed 15-May-13 20:37:15

Ooh! Thank you. Really looking forward to reading the book and baking some treats. Some very interesting questions too so looking forward to the answers.

LentilAsAnything Wed 15-May-13 19:23:29

Hi, SundaySimmons, you sound like a lovely supportive mum! I can promise you that once the initial learning curve is over, being vegan is remarkably easy.
Burlingtons sugar is available in most supermarkets, and is labelled vegan. Alternatively, you could use sugar alternatives, such as agave nectar, or rice/maple/date syrup. It is a bit of an experiment to start with, getting the balance right to suit your tastes, but it's easy once you get going. MsCupcake, hope I'm not treading on your toes answering this one.

There was a long-running thread for vegans, I've just started a new one, all you lot come on over for a cup of tea and some nice cake! Quiche Questions from non-vegans also welcome.

OrangeBlossom2 Wed 15-May-13 19:22:55

Ooh lovely, looking forward to receiving the book. smile

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 15-May-13 12:52:50

The Q&A is now closed. We'll be selecting 20 Questions to send over to Ms Cupcake later today and will post her answers up on Weds 22nd May. Congratulations to CecyHall, CMOTdibbler, LentilAsAnything, TotallyEggflipped and OrangeBlossom2 who have each won a copy of MsCupcakes book The Naughtiest Vegan Cakes in Town. We'll be pm-ing with info about claiming your books.

BoBoo Wed 15-May-13 10:15:44

Amazing cakes and you wouldn't guess they were vegan if you didn't know. My daughters have a friend that has lots of allergies, including eggs, dairy, gluten and soya. If they have a party I always attempt vegan cakes so that she's not left out, but haven't had much success so far so can't wait to try out a recipie.

Is there an alternative to soya cream cheese that would be suitable for someone with alergies to nuts/dairy/soya, or could you suggest an alternative topping? Thanks.

showtunesgirl Wed 15-May-13 00:19:57

I have had the pleasure of meeting with Ms Cupcake. She's lovely. grin

SundaySimmons Tue 14-May-13 20:13:08

My question would be, how do I find if sugar is vegan or not? Many foodstuffs say suitable for vegetarians but not vegan even if they are suitable for vegans! Sugar is a really tricky one as some sugar is vegan and some isn't!

SundaySimmons Tue 14-May-13 20:09:39

I have bookmarked this thread, thank you.

My teenage daughter became a vegetarian for a few weeks and shopping and cooking was straightforward. Now she has become a Vegan and its a nightmare finding Vegan products and ingredients. She enjoys baking and has been missing 'sweet' tasting things so these recipes are a god send as I have been worrying about her being able to eat a broad spectrum of foods.

Carmel99 Tue 14-May-13 13:12:15

Hi Ms Cupcake, yet another vegan here, and I love to bake. I too would like to know what you use for butter in your icing. I use dairy free margarine, but it doesn't keep it's shape when on the cake. I've had your cakes in Greenwich and they're gorgeous. Also, do you measure in cups in your book? I've yet to find a good vegan cake recipe book that doesn't, and measuring fat by volume strikes me as madness!

Uzma01 Mon 13-May-13 19:34:39

What are your tried and tested egg replacement suggestions? I've heard/read several suggestions, have tried egg replacer and vinegar but haven't been too happy with the results. Would ideally like something that's not too costly and is readily available.

HystericalParoxysm Mon 13-May-13 18:34:22

I haven't, Cecy, but I will plan a mission to get some! Thanks grin

OrangeBlossom2 Mon 13-May-13 18:20:17

Actually I do have a question, any tips for a dense vegan fruit cake suitable as a wedding cake and able to stand up to being dowelled and tiered? Thank you.

OrangeBlossom2 Mon 13-May-13 18:19:11

No question from me but checking in as another vegan and cake lover! Thanks MN.

CecyHall Mon 13-May-13 13:01:08

Yes, I'm hoping for Brighton too!

In the meantime hysterical have you tried the cupcakes by Operation Icing? I think they are sold in Waikikamookau, I really like them and all the profits go to animal charities.

HystericalParoxysm Mon 13-May-13 12:26:56

Dear Ms Cupcake, please could you open a branch in Brighton?! There are lots of us vegans down here and we would gobble up all your cakes with glee wink

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