Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Cinco de Mayo Cake and Bake Sale


These are the cakes I made for the bake sale at our church. I always feel like Wonder Woman and in my mind I think I will make 4 or 5 little cakes. And then I end up frazzled and trying to just be happy with the two I managed to make in my available time. It is a good reminder that I am NOT Wonder Woman and a much needed humbling for my heart and soul.

So I made this cute little chili pepper cake...


which I struggled to not cut into myself...I really liked it and wanted to keep it, but I knew it was for a good cause so I had to love it and leave it.

Then I made this more traditional buttercream cake with some fun ribbon roses on top. I actually thought it had a bit of Cinco de Mayo flavor in a subtle way...the bottom ruffle almost looks like a traditional skirt and the rosettes have a sort of Mexican feel (like those lovely flowers used in decorations).

I always enjoy having a reason to decorate a cake! :)


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

My Fave Egg-Free Cupcakes

I really love this recipe.

It's so nice to not have to measure out egg replacer and I love egg replacer, but it is SO pricey. This recipe doesn't use it and still gets a great texture, flavor and rise. Which makes me smile :) I adapted this recipe from a vegan version I found online.

I made this for the kids today and they are excited to have a Tea Party to celebrate...well the 4th Week of Easter and "almost done" with homeschooling week. Well, maybe mommy's just glad to be ALMOST done.

Here's the recipe:

Chocolate Allergen-Free Cupcakes:

1 cup of soymilk (or other dairy-free milk)
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup oil (I use Canola but you can sub any other oil you prefer---flax oil works for healthier option)
1 1/2 tsp cider vinegar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup rice flour (I prefer white, but brown works too)
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 tsp Xanthum gum or guar gum
1/3 cup of cocoa powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Works best for 24 mini cupcakes or you can do 12 regular cupcakes. I haven't tried a cake yet. I'm a fan of the mini cupcakes for these.

Whisk wet ingredients together. Mix dry ingredients with a fork until combined. Pour into prepared pans (Greased or filled with cupcake wrappers).  Bake until a toothpick comes out clean around 15-20 minutes depending on your oven and the size of the cupcakes.

Let cool and frost with icing of your choice. I like Wilton's Dairy-Free version of their buttercream, but pick the icing that you like best! :)