Peppermint Patty Cupcakes

Here’s a bit of cupcake porn for those who read this blog. Just some simple easy to make minty, chocolatey chip-y, vegan, gluten-free cupcakes for you to enjoy.

The recipe follows Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s book Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World‘s basic chocolate cupcake recipe. Instead of regular flour substitute gluten-free all-purpose baking flour and a little extra tapioca flour (no more than a tablespoon). Go with the chocolate extract option for the additional extract and I also added a bit of mint extract (1/2 teaspoon) as well. For the icing I followed the directions for mint icing from the book but left out the green food coloring; I wanted to go for the classic peppermint look. Paint thin stripes of red gel food coloring inside a piping bag, 2-3 are all that is needed, then add the icing in to frost. Nothing fancy here other than a few simple substitutions.

by Ryan | 12.25.12 | Holidaze, Recipes | No Comments »

2012: Week 32

2012: Week 32
Peach party

by Valerie | 08.24.12 | Photography | No Comments »

Coo-pie-ke

Months ago, our friend Michael shared a dream with us…to make & eat a dessert version of a Turducken which he named a Coopieke. A Coopieke is a cookie inside of a pie inside of a cake. Michael celebrated his birthday with us last weekend and thus the dream was realized – we made him a Coopieke & it really was delicious!

We started with a large chocolate chip cookie, then we baked the pie crust separately and put together a no-bake chocolate pie which we layered the cookie inside of, then we baked a chocolate cake, cut the cake into layers, topped each layer with chocolate frosting, cut out the center to place the pie (or coo-pie, I guess I should say) inside, inserted the pie into the cake, & then frosted the whole thing with vanilla frosting. If you can’t decide if you’d rather have a cookie, pie, or cake, then just have all three!

by Valerie | 08.19.12 | For Funsies, Recipes | No Comments »

2012: Week 7

2012: Week 7
Sweetheart

by Valerie | 02.20.12 | Holidaze, Photography | No Comments »

365 – Day 357

365 – Day 357

by Valerie | 02.14.12 | Photography | No Comments »

2 c’s

cake & crepes:

Last weekend, we made this fluffy vanilla cake with classic vanilla buttercream frosting & Ryan took his first crack at making crepes (which turned out to be much easier to make that he thought, much to my delight). I had my crepes with almond butter, powdered sugar, & a squeeze of fresh lemon on top & Ryan had his with peanut butter filling & chocolate sauce on top.

While the crepes turned out well last week, I thought they tasted a bit too eggy or maybe just not quite sweet enough for my sweet crepes. So we tried out a different recipe today from Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything Vegetarian cookbook & they were delicious! Chocolate crepes with fresh strawberry filling (strawberries cooked in brown sugar & butter & fresh strawberries on top) for me & chocolate crepes with peanut butter & banana for Ryan. And, because I love potatoes so much, Ryan added a side of his yummy breakfast potatoes to my plate as well. As Julia Child would say, “Bon Appétit!”

by Valerie | 01.22.12 | Recipes | No Comments »

365 – Day 326

365 – Day 326

by Valerie | 01.14.12 | Photography | No Comments »

365 – Day 314

365 – Day 314

by Valerie | 01.02.12 | Photography | No Comments »

Heavenly Eggnog Cake

What do you do when you have a full carton of Earth Balance Organic Soy Nog leftover from Christmas? You make Heavenly Eggnog Cake with Eggnog Buttercream of course – it’s delicious! We modified this recipe by swapping the milk for soy nog & adding in cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, & rum extract. And we used this recipe as a guide to make the Eggnog Buttercream.

by Valerie | 12.28.11 | Holidaze, Recipes | No Comments »

365 – Day 290

365 – Day 290

by Valerie | 12.09.11 | Photography | No Comments »

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