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This is the easiest cupcake recipe I’ve ever made. It’s not the best tasting, but it’s the easiest! It’s also the first Vegan cupcake I’ve ever made 🙂

I’ve been looking for recipes a lot at www.veganbaking.net. It’s a wonderful website. I found this chocolate cupcake (it originally posted as a cake) there too. Actually, I’ve been stealing a lot of “my” recipes from that website. I modified the original recipe, but not by much. The cupcake was moist and flavourful, but I thought it was too oily. I’ll try to tweak this recipe a few more times to get it the way I like.

Ingredients:

1 ¼ cup white all-purpose flour

1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp  sugar (the original had whopping 1 cup of sugar!! I used vanilla sugar)
⅓ cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch salt
1 cup warm water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or half a vanilla bean, but I think a vanilla bean would be a waste of money for this recipe)
⅓ cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon white vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
Method:
1. Preheat oven to 350F (177C).
2. Line muffin pan with 12 muffin cups.
3. Mix the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt together in a medium-sized bowl.
4. Add the water, vanilla extract, vegetable oil and vinegar directly to the dry ingredients. Mix until combined.
5. Bake for 18-30* minutes (depending on your oven), or until a toothpick comes out clean from the centre of the cupcake.  Cool on a cooling rack.
*The original recipe said to bake for 30 minutes. I have a gas oven and baked them for 20  minutes. The cupcakes were darker on top than I would have preferred.  18 minutes would have been enough.

The cupcakes were so moist that they fell apart when we pull the wrappers off.

Look at what lighting can do! No flash on top, and flash on the bottom. Same cupcake!!

Honestly, could they get any more moist? How many times can a blogger write moist in a post?

Yum 🙂

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The Banana Ice Cream was melting in the 30+ degree weather!

 

My husband bought me an ice cream maker for mother’s day. Now I’m not so sure we’re going to use it again! I found this wonderful way to make banana ice cream without having to use an ice cream maker. I can’t remember which website I stole this idea from, but when I find it again, I’ll post the website here.

Ingredients:

1 frozen banana

3 Tbsp almond milk (or any other milk of your choice)

YEP, that’s all there is to  it!

Method:

1. Peel (if you haven’t already frozen your banana’s without their skin on) your banana’s.

2. Throw them in a blender or food processor with the milk.

There’s still a chunk of frozen banana in there. This was pre-cocoa powder and baby m&m’s.

3. Blend.

This makes 2 servings, or 1 gigantic serving.

I couldn’t believe the consistency. My vegan version was delicious on its own. It felt exactly like ice cream. If you want a harder ice cream, ease up on the milk. If you want a frozen yogurt texture, put a little more milk in! The second time I made this was just for my kids and my husband.  I used 2% milk, some cocoa powder, and threw in some baby m&m’s at the end. I HAD to take a lick. I could barely taste the banana. My daughter (and husband) gobbled it all up. This is definitely a dessert that you won’t feel guilty eating, or serving to children 🙂

Here it is with the cocoa powder and baby m&m’s.

 

And of course I had to get my little girl in the picture. She’s such a camera diva.

YUM x 2

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This mini had a caramel butter cream frosting. I thought the caramel flavour was overwhelming though.

Adapted from: Libbie’s Chocolate Cupcake recipe.

I have a very hard time following recipes. No matter how much I tell myself that I will, I don’t.  I very rarely (VERY RARELY) make the same recipe twice.  Maybe I have a bit of baking ADD or something.  This recipe was no different. I didn’t follow the recipe exactly. I just couldn’t.  Luckily, they turned out really well. I mean, really well. They were moist, the chocolate flavour wasn’t overwhelming (I don’t like overly chocolatey things), and it wasn’t too sweet.  I’ve made this recipe 3 times this month!

The original recipe is worth trying though. The original is less moist, but it’s still amazing.

I used a strawberry frosting I got from my friend Leah Kelly.  Her website is called White Box Cupcakes.  I’m not sure if the frosting recipe is on her site because I asked her for a frosting recipe and she emailed me the one below.

Strawberry butter cream frosting.

Vanilla bean butter cream frosting.

Chocolate Cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • 100g plain flour
  • 20g cocoa powder
  • 70g white sugar/70g splenda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 40g unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 60ml 35% cream
  • 60 ml 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 vanilla bean

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  2. Put sugar and vanilla bean seeds in a stand up mixer with a paddle attachment. Mix until the vanilla seeds are distributed throughout the sugar.
  3. Put flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt and butter in the mixer. Mix together until you have a sandy consistency.
  4. Whisk milk, cream, yogurt and egg  in a jug. Slowly pour half into the mixture, beat to combine and then turn the mixer up to high speed to get rid of any lumps.
  5. Turn the mixer down to a slower speed and pour in the remaining mixture. Continue to mix for a couple of turns. Do not over mix.
  6. Spoon mixture into the 12 cases and cook for 20 mins or until your cake tester (aka a toothpick) comes out clean.

Strawberry Butter-cream Frosting:

(I couldn’t stick to the original recipe here either…)
Ingredients:
  • 2 sticks (1/2 cup) of butter, at room temperature
  • 3 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1/2 a vanilla bean
  • 1/4  cup fresh very ripe strawberries

NOTE: The original used a 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, had 1/4- 1/2 chopped strawberries and said to press with paper towel to remove moisture, and had 1/2 tsp milk. I kept the strawberry juice and omitted the milk. For the vanilla bean frosting, omit the strawberry, add 1/2 tsp milk or more depending on the consistency you want.

Method:

1. Cream butter until smooth and fluffy.

2. Add in powdered sugar 1 cup at a time with the mixer on low so you don’t get a lot of powdered sugar dust spewing up in your face.  If you have a large stand up mixer, then you can add larger amounts of powdered sugar.

3. Add in vanilla extract, vanilla bean paste, or vanilla bean seeds that you scraped from the vanilla bean.

4. Add 1/4 cup of the berries and turn the mixer on high, scraping down the sides as you go.

5. Add as much confectioner’s sugar as needed to achieve your desired consistency.

This frosting tasted a LOT better after I refrigerated it overnight.  It tasted almost like strawberry ice cream. I had to tell myself not to eat it off a spoon because, after all, it’s whipped butter with sugar, and I prefer to save my calories for bacon.

You can either use the frosting right away, keep it in the fridge, or freeze it. When you want to use it again, take it out of the fridge and beat it with an electric mixer until fluffy. If you take it out of the freezer, defrost in the fridge and then follow the above instructions.

Vanilla bean and strawberry butter cream frosting in disposable piping bags. I love my disposable piping bags!!

The strawberry butter cream was paired with the chocolate cupcakes, and the vanilla bean frosting went with a coffee cupcake.

CLOSE UP

Close up. The letters were from sugar sheets, bought at Walmart.

YUM 🙂

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Phewf, now that title sure was a mouthful!  But then, so are these bits of deliciousness, and this huge ass recipe for that matter.  Read the whole recipe before you begin because it’s LONG. I made these cookies in three parts over three days since I have a baby and a toddler at home, which means I can only bake for about 1 hour at a time including prep and clean up.

Day 1 was making the cookie dough. (10 minutes)

Day 2 was rolling out the cookie dough, baking it, making the marshmallow, piping it out, and leaving it to set. (1 hr)

Day 3 was dipping the cookies in chocolate. (20 minutes)

I stole this recipe from the Food Network by Gale Gand and tweeked it a bit. I mean a LITTLE bit. The recipe is pretty good as it is, but I have a really hard time keeping to recipes!

Cookie-Ingredients

3 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
pinch baking soda1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon12 tablespoons butter
3 eggs, whisked together
Homemade marshmallows, recipe follows
1 cup melted Chocolate  or 2 cups chocolate chips

*1/2 cup icing sugar (confectioner’s sugar) for dusting.

Cookie-Directions

Blend the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon  in a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.

Add the butter and mix on low speed until it looks like sand or cornmeal-ish texture.

Add the whisked eggs and mix to combine. I kept mixing the dough in my mixer and it didn’t come together. So I dumped it all out on my counter and kneaded it a bit until it came together. It took about 3 minutes.

Form the dough into a disk, wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour and up to 3 days. I had way too much dough because I made my cookies small (about 2 cm diameter, 1/8 inch thick), so I used 3/4 of the dough and threw the rest into the freezer.

When ready to bake,  line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat. Heat the oven to 375 degrees F.

*On a lightly “floured” (remember to use the icing sugar here!) surface, roll out the dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Use a cookie cutter to cut out small rounds of dough, 1 to 1 1/2 inches. Transfer to the prepared pan and bake until light golden brown, about 10 minutes. Let cool to room temperature. Watch your first batch. My oven runs hot so I only had to bake the cookies for 8 minutes. 9 minutes made them too crispy, and 10 minutes burned them.

Pipe  marshmallow onto each cookie and cover with another cookie. Let set at room temperature for 2 hours. My husband and my little girl ate one right away. Soft gooey marshmallow on a cookie is delicious!

Excuse the messy house in the background! I'd like to give some excuse for how messy we are, but I have none.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment or a nonstick baking mat. I covered a portion of my counter with saran wrap instead. Make sure not to leave any wrinkles in the saran wrap! My counter is granite or marble, I can never remember, so saran wrap sticks to it like glue.

One at a time, gently lower the  cookies into the warm chocolate. Lift out with a fork and let excess chocolate drip back into the bowl. Place on the prepared pan and let set at room temperature until the coating is firm, about 1 to 2 hours.

My girl being very happy to get her cookie 🙂

Can you see the saran wrap??

Note: if you don’t want to make your own marshmallows, you can cut a large marshmallow in half and place on the cookie base. Heat in a preheated 350-degree oven to slump the marshmallow slightly, it will expand and brown a little. Let cool, then proceed with the chocolate dipping.

Marshmallow – Ingredients

1/4 cup water
1/4 cup light corn syrup
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon powdered gelatin
2 tablespoons cold water
2 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon orange blossom water

Combine the water, corn syrup, and sugar in a saucepan, bring to a boil until “soft-ball” stage, or 235 degrees on a candy thermometer. If you don’t have a candy thermometer, or have one that doesn’t measure heat well like I do, then get a spoon and drip a small bit into a very cold glass of water. If drip forms a ball  that is squishy (that’s a technical term) when you..uh..squish it, then you’re at the soft ball stage.


Meanwhile, sprinkle the gelatin over the cold water, stir it, and let dissolve.
Remove the syrup from the heat, add the gelatin, and mix.
Whip the whites until soft peaks form and pour the syrup into the whites.
Add the orange blossom water and continue whipping until stiff. Don’t worry, the mixture WILL stiffen up. Just keep your mixer cranked on high until it does.

Transfer to a pastry bag and pipe onto cookies. It’s easier to get the soft marshmallow in the bag if you stick the bag in a cup or something to hold it up.

I had extra marshmallow left over so I made letters for our names. I love piping!

Chocolate coating – Ingredients

2 cups milk chocolate chips

Chocolate coating – Directions

Put the chocolate chips in a microwavable bowl and microwave for 40 seconds, then stir.

Repeat the micorwaveing step in 10 second increments until you get your desired consistency.

NOTE: some people add butter or oil to the mixture in order to thin out the chocolate mixture but I didn’t. I wanted a thick coating on my cookies.

Enjoy!!

Cheryl

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Because isn’t EVERYTHING better on a stick?  This is an easy rip off of Bakerella’s cake pops.

Ingredients

1 bag of marshmallows

1/4 cup butter

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

6 cups rice crispies

3/4 cup chocolate chips

1 1/2 cups melted red chocolate coating

25 candy sticks

Method

I write method but really, you’re just making rice crispies circles and sticking a stick into it.

Anyhow…get your pan of choice lined with parchment paper, tin foil, or saran wrap.

1. In a large non stick pot, melt the butter and marshmallows on med/low heat. Make sure you stir the mixture continuously so that you don’t scorch the mixture.

2. Add the vanilla when the marshmallow/ butter mixture is melted.

3. Dump in all the rice crispies and chocolate chips and mix.

NOTE: I added in the chocolate chips at this stage and they all melted! I ended up with a chocolate rice crispy chewy goodness instead of a vanilla flavoured snack with chocolate chips mixed throughout.  If you want chocolate chips in the mixture, wait until the mixture has cooled down and then add the chips.

4. Wait a few minutes (I waited about 5) for the mixture to cool and then start rolling them into balls and put a stick in them.

5. Melt your red chocolate coating chips.

These are the chips I used.  Two pics, same chips, one with a flash.

The red chocolate chips weren’t as red as I wanted but I didn’t feel like adding food colouring so I stuck with the pink.  I stuck the chips in a bowl and nuked them for 1 minute on high. If you’re not familiar with how your microwave melts chocolate, nuke the chips in a bowl in 10 second increments until all your chips are melted. You can burn chocolate and that’s not a nice thing to do!

6. Dip your rice crispy balls into the chocoate, drip off any excess, and stand them up on parchment paper. I also used saran wrap because I didn’t feel like cutting more parchment paper. Yes, I am that lazy.

You see that long caramel stick thing in the back right hand top corner? I’ll be posting about that little mistake soon 🙂

So there you go! A simple Valentine’s Day snack for kiddies 🙂

Cheers,

Cheryl

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