My best friend Sheridan celebrated her 28th birthday Saturday night (even though her birthday was actually Friday). So of course I made her cupcakes. She likes fruity desserts, so I made the Banana Split Cupcakes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World:
These were so awesome! The cupcake contains crushed pineapple, strawberry jam, mashed banana, and dark chocolate. On top is a vegan buttercream frosting with chocolate ganache, walnuts, sprinkles, and a maraschino cherry.
The recipe called for pineapple preserves, but the only brand I could find contained high-fructose corn syrup. So I bought canned pineapple and chopped it up, then blended it with some homemade strawberry jam. The recipe didn't call for strawberry stuff, but I felt like banana split cupcakes required a little strawberry goodness. As usual, I subbed whole wheat pastry flour for all the white flour (I don't even buy that stuff!).
Because you really can't get enough cupcake porn, here's another shot:
And here's Sheridan making her birthday wish:
Sheridan lives in Little Rock, which is two hours from Memphis. So I loaded up the cupcakes and made the drive yesterday afternoon. We ate cupcakes and then went to the River Market District for dinner at Bosco's and beer at the Flying Saucer.
I got her a couple tee-shirts for her birthday. One has a big peace dove on it, and the other (pictured here) has a brontosaurus and says "Vegetarian." Of course, I also bought a matching one for myself!