Wow, I never knew you could do so much with the simple cupcake. But then the different cakes, frostings, and other treatments make sense.
We were watching an episode where one of the cupcake contestants was doing a completely Vegan cupcake. That includes no salt, processed sugar, or fat. Now let me tell you, when I worked for a company doing nutritional scoring we noticed a pattern. Anything with salt, sugar or fat got a lower score than the same item without those three items. For example, broccoli scores really high, but add fat and salt and the score plummets.
So with the above in mind, I knew the Vegan chef wouldn’t cut it and I was right. The judges even laid into her about how flat they tasted, how awful.
Look, we humans evolved to have the cravings for salt, sugar and fats. This is evident when you buy a steak and cook it. The lean cuts of steak are pretty awful, tough, not very good steaks. But get a cut with a little fat in it, like perhaps a top loin steak, or my other favorite, the rib eye steak. They have nice streaks of fat through them. And when seasoned and cooked properly by searing for 3 to 4 minutes per side, then into an 400F oven for 5 to 10 minutes, depending on how you like your steaks.
Note the above violates the no meat, no fat, no salt rules. But I don’t care. I’m an omnivore, meat, vegetable, fish, fruit you name it.