The second cupcake from my Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World project: Your Basic Chocolate Cupcake, p. 37. I really did mean to frost these with the Fluffy Buttercream Frosting, but I decided that I should probably eat a plain one for review purposes, & then I was really busy trying to get out of town for the weekend (this was last weekend, when I had all those fun Portland plans), so I just threw the lid on the cupcake pan & hit the road. Judging from the way they disappeared down at my parents' house, the lack of frosting wasn't a problem.
Great flavor on these, even better the next day. I used 1/2 tsp. almond extract in the "optional other flavor or just add more vanilla" part, & I really liked the flavor, although I think I might try to track down some chocolate extract so I can try that variation (I'm also very interested in the chocolate-orange option listed at the end of the recipe). The texture was a little less excitingly cakey than the Golden Vanilla Cupcakes, but in the end I decided that they weren't so much squidgey as they were very light. Taste outweighs texture on these, though, & I'll definitely be making them again soon (where "soon" very probably means "later this afternoon, this time with frosting.").