Alien's Day Out

Cupcakes & Curry for Candyse


Happy Children’s Day! Or Cinco de Mayo! Hope everyone is enjoying their day off~ Play like a kid and eat some Mexican food today!

red velvet bridal shower cupcakes
Anyway, one of my friends (Candyse) had her bachelorette party last night. To celebrate the final weeks of her singledom, I baked cupcakes! Red velvet cupcakes with buttercream frosting, to be exact. I entertained the idea of decorating them with hot pink icing and flesh-colored body parts as is a common theme for these sorts of events, but then I decided to keep things classy. You know, gotta keep things G-Rated, for the blog…. :P

red velvet bridal shower cupcakes
For the cakes, I used the ‘Crimson Velveteen Cupcakes’ recipe from VCTOTW. I’ve been in a cookie phase for such a long time that it has been forever since I cracked open that recipe book! But making those ‘Princess Kate’ lemony-coconut cupcakes for last week’s bake sale got me excited about baking and decorating cupcakes again.

red velvet bridal shower cupcakes
For the frosting, I started out with the basic buttercream frosting recipe from VCTOTW, but I ended up going rogue, throwing in lots of extra sugar powder and even some non dairy whipping cream until I got the right consistency… I would post the recipe, but I really don’t know the final measurements…. The frosting tasted great, but it got a bit dry on the edges as time passed, so I’ll have to remedy that next time.

Red Velvet Bridal shower cupcakes
Since the recipe adds cocoa powder, these turned out much darker and browner than I expected. Infact, they look more like chocolate cake than red velvet, but that could also be because I was using Korean red food coloring and wasn’t sure if the concentrations would be the same. The recipe says to put 2 tsp of red food coloring, but I think I only put in about 1tsp. Next time I shan’t skimp on the radioactive food coloring!

Red Velvet Bridal shower cupcakes
You can kind of see more ‘red’ in this picture… . Anyway, these tasted so delicious that I ate three myself. yikes. I only had 9 left- just enough for everyone at the bachelorette party. The verdict? Everyone loooooved them! They all said that they were moist, delicious, and they couldn’t believe it was all vegan. Isn’t that just the best compliment an omni can give? :)

Taj Gangnam
For dinner, Candyse, the bride-to-be, picked Taj at Gangnam Station. I’ve been there several times before and they’re always really helpful and accommodating for vegans. Yunseo and I shared two vegan curries and some roti bread.

Taj Gangnam
“Makki Palak Aur Muttur Ka Salan” (17,000 won). This was spinach curry with baby corn inside. Soooo good.

Taj Gangnam
“Khum Aloo Hara Piaz” (16,000 won), which was a spicy curry with diced potatoes, button mushrooms, and plenty of chopped chives. I had this the last time I went there and had to get it again. It was delicious, but tasted a lot spicier this time around. Or maybe my memory is failing me.

Taj Gangnam
A meeting of two curries on a plate. A metaphor for marriage, perhaps? Anyway, it was a night of great vegan Indian food, cupcakes, and friendship. I’m excited for Candyse’ upcoming wedding!


  1. oooh! looks like someone is getting fancy with their piping! btw, the cupcakes look red on my computer…maybe its just the settings on your screen?!

  2. Your cupcakes are gorgeous, they look very red to me too.

  3. Oh, baby. Spinach curry with baby corn sounds like a dream come true for me. LOVE the Indian spinach dishes, but so few of them are vegan. *drool*

    Funny but I've been making a lot of cookies lately, too, but today pulled out my VCTOTW and started looking at cupcake recipes again. :) I think I'm going to make a few batches of mini-cupcakes to share, and will probably just do the basic chocolate with buttercream frosting. Usually I make the green tea cupcakes. Happy baking! p.s. your frosting looks beautiful.

  4. Oh my gosh those vegan cupcakes look amazing.
    The veganized Indian dishes look fantastic too.

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