Vegan Cupcakes Win Food Network Contest

Many people equate a vegan diet with deprivation, thinking that recipes prepared without eggs, butter, meat or other animal products are certain to be tasteless and boring.

But the reputation of vegan eating got a much-needed public-relations lift this summer from an unlikely place — the Food Network’s popular new show Cupcake Wars.

A vegan chef, Chloe Corscarelli beat out her competitor to win a $10,000 prize and the chance to supply the cupcakes for an OK! magazine celebrity event.