Veggie Garden Cupcakes

I was making these cupcakes for the Vegan Bakesale happening this afternoon, and since it is a benefit for the Laurel Elementary School gardening program, I decided a garden theme would be appropriate. The cupcake base is a Carrot-Zucchini Muffin (from Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s The Joy of Vegan Baking), and is certainly moderately healthy (it has veggies in it!!). I threw together the frosting (sorry I don’t have a recipe to share, I didn’t measure this time!) with Earth Balance and Tofutti Cream Cheese as the creamy base, with vanilla extract, powdered sugar, and cocoa powder whipped in. I sifted regular cocoa powder on top of each cupcake, along with a sprinkling of Black Cocoa Powder to make the top look like rich dark soil. We then plunked our Marzipan veggies on top and called it a day. Hopefully they’ll be a big hit at the bakesale!

The vegetables are made from Marzipan! They are fully edible, although perhaps too cute to really eat. It took a loooooong time, but Julie, Sari, and I made 20 tiny vegetables (and an apple…) out of Marzipan that we dyed with food coloring. It was like making little sculptures out of modeling clay, except you get to eat them afterwords. It was really fun to make them, and we got quite carried away making different shapes. We made peas in a pod, carrots, string beans, tomatoes, radishes, lettuce, purple cabbage, eggplants, apples, and my favorite which was the stalk of brussels sprouts!

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12 Responses to “Veggie Garden Cupcakes”


  1. 1 Rachel January 9, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    AHHHHH!!!! THIS IS AMAZING.

    So nice to see you, Miss Tessa.

  2. 2 Talia January 9, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    incredible!

  3. 3 Bonnie January 10, 2010 at 4:03 am

    These are awesome! the veggies are really pretty.

  4. 4 marika January 10, 2010 at 8:53 am

    WOW I AM SO IMPRESSED

  5. 5 Kate January 10, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Oh those are beautiful. I love the apple seeds!

  6. 6 Jessi January 10, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    It’s so much fun to see the artist in you come out through mini-veggies.

  7. 7 Tessa January 10, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Thanks ladies! I had so much fun making the veggies.

    Marika – when you’re here, we should find ridiculous and edible time-consuming projects like this!

    Rachel – it was nice to see you too! I’m so glad I got to visit 🙂

  8. 9 mihl January 11, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Wow! Those cupcakes are beautiful. Perfect marzipan vegetables!

  9. 10 Sari January 11, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    Even though I got to see the vegetables in person, I LOVE the picture with the mini watering can and mini veggies!

  10. 11 sonja January 12, 2010 at 11:08 am

    I can’t believe you guys made the veggies! Absolutely adorable.

  11. 12 Mama Veg January 18, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Love, love, love them.


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