Classic Yellow Cupcakes

3 Cups Cake Flour

1/2 Cup Potato Starch

2 Teaspoons Baking Powder

1 Teaspoon Soda

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

1/4 Teaspoon Turmeric

1 Cup Super-Smooth Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes

6 Tablespoons Non-Dairy Margarine, Melted and Cooled

1/4 Cup Canola Oil

1 2/3 Cups Granulated Sugar

1 1/2 Tablespoons Vanilla Extract

1 1/2 Cups Plain Non-Dairy Milk

2 Teaspoons Apple Cider Vinegar

Chocolate Fudge Frosting:

6 Ounces (1 Cup) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

6 Tablespoons Hazelnut or Vanilla-Flavored Vegan Creamer

3 Cups Confectioner's Sugar

1/2 Cup Dutch-Processed Cocoa Powder

1 1/2 Cups Non-Dairy Margarine, at Room Temperature

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line 28 - 30 standard cupcake tins with papers. Alternatively, if you'd like to make a layer cake, lightly grease 2 9-inch round cake pans.

In a large bowl, whisk together the cake flour, potato starch, baking powder and soda, salt, and turmeric, fluffing up the dry goods and thoroughly combining them all. Once the mixture is homogeneous, set aside.

While the mashed potatoes are still warm, mix in the melted margarine. To get the potatoes silky-smooth and perfectly lump-free, toss them into your stand mixer and beat them mercilessly with the whisk attachment. Continue stirring while adding in the oil, sugar, and vanilla.

Separately, combine the non-dairy milk and vinegar. Scrape down the sides of the bowl to make sure that everything is getting incorporated. Add half of the dry mixture into the stand mixer, along with half of the liquid. Start the machine in a low speed, and stir until mostly smooth. Finally introduce the remaining dry and wet ingredients, and mix just until the batter comes together with only a few lumps remaining. Be careful not to over-mix.

Fill the cupcake papers about 2/3rd of the way full and ease the pans into the center of your preheated oven. Bake for 15 - 18 minutes. If preparing cake layers, divide the batter equally between your two pans, and bake for 25 - 30 minutes. Bake until lightly golden on top, and a toothpick inserted into the centers pulls out cleanly. Let cool completely before frosting.

To make the frosting, place the chocolate and "creamer" in a microwave-safe dish, and heat on high for 1 minute. Let stand for 5 minutes before stirring vigorously, to allow any remaining chocolate chunks to fully melt. Keep stirring until the mixture is perfectly smooth. If stubborn lumps remain, heat at additional intervals of 30 seconds until, stirring thoroughly after each trip to the microwave. Let the chocolate stand for 10 minutes before placing it in your food processor along with all of the remaining frosting components. Pulse a few times to get everything moving, and then blend, pausing periodically to scrape down the sides. Allow 1 - 3 minutes of blending for the frosting to come together and whip slightly. Once the mixture is silky-smooth, transfer it to a piping bag and frost away!

Makes 28 - 30 Cupcakes or 2 9-inch Round Cake Layers

©Hannah Kaminsky http://www.BitterSweetBlog.com