In honor of the Overlook Hotel’s perpetual haunted New Year’s party in The Shining, I’ve put together an alcohol-fused sugar bomb that’s sure to cure even the most murderous case of cabin fever.
A little butter, a little sugar and a whole lot of over-acting and you’ve got yourself one devilish dessert.
To make just over a dozen cupcakes you’ll need:
- 1 & 3/4 cups cake flour
- 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons margarine
- 1 & 1/4 cups sugar
- Your favorite replacer for 2 eggs
- 3 Tbs dark rum
- 1 Tbs + 1 1/2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup non-dairy milk
- 3/4 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 3/4 tsp baking soda
- Red food coloring*
* I recommend Americolor Super Red for the goriest possible color.
Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line a cupcake pan with paper liners. (You’ll probably get 18 cupcakes from this recipe, so line two pans while you’re at it.)
In a measuring cup, stir the apple cider vinegar into the buttermilk and allow it to sit a few minutes in order to curdle.
In a medium bowl, cream the margarine and sugar with an electric mixer until very light and fluffy, About 5 minutes. Add the prepared egg replacer, rum, vanilla, and food coloring – beating well.
Add the margarine mixture and soy milk mixture to the flour mixture. With each addition, beat until the ingredients are incorporated, but do not over beat. (You might break someone’s arm.)
Fill baking cups 2/3 full (these are high-risers) and bake 20-25 minutes, or until the tops spring back when you gently touch them, Cool in pans for 10 minutes, then remove from pans and cool completely.
All cake and no frosting makes Natalie a dull girl – so lucky for you I happen to have the perfect vegan cream cheese frosting for these beasts!
- 4 oz. vegan cream cheese, room temperature
- 1/2 cup margarine
- A pinch of salt
- 2 & 1/4 cups vegan confectioner’s sugar
In a bowl, with your electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat together cream cheese, margarine and salt until creamy. Beat it like Jack beats his family. Ouch! With mixer on low speed, make 1/2 cup additions of sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Increase the speed of your mixer between each addition.
I should note that this recipe can just as easily be made sans-alcohol. Honestly, the rum doesn’t add much more than a laugh to the finished product. Just don’t tell Jack.