Food Politics + Justice

Published on January 21st, 2012 | by Becky Striepe


What’s in Your Cupcake?

whats in your cupcake

The TSA has ruled cupcakes are not a danger to the skies, but the number one cause of death for Central American men is attributed to conditions in sugar harvesting, and Norway’s recent butter crisis has bred a new type of criminal: the Butter Smuggler.

Want to know more about what’s in your cupcake? The kind folks over at Frugal Dad have dissected a standard cupcake recipe to share some facts about what’s really in those cupcakes. Some are shocking and some are silly, and the whole thing is just plain fascinating. Check it:

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What's in your cupcake?

Of course, if you opt for making vegan cupcakes, you can at least skip the eggs and milk in favor of less dicey ingredients. You can substitute 1 tablespoon of flax meal whisked with 1/4 cup water for 1 egg in a cupcake recipe, and replace the milk and butter with non-dairy substitutes.

Image Credits:

  • Cupcake photo via Shutterstock
  • Infographic via Frugal Dad, used with permission

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About the Author

My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .

One Response to What’s in Your Cupcake?

  1. JUANITA Cato says:

    Thank you for sharing this info!

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