Sunshine Lemon Cupcakes

Sunshine Lemon Cupcakes

Sunshine Lemon Cupcakes

 

Ingredients:
3 cups flour or Gf all purpose flour

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup Earth Balance non-dairy substitute  room temp

2 cups white sugar

EnerG egg equivelant to 4 eggs ( on box)

1 Tsp Vanilla

2 Tbsp Lemon zest

1 cup rice milk

2 1/2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice- from your tested lemons, divided

 

Lemon glaze:

1/2 bag powdered sugar

1 tsp fresh lemon juice

1 tsp fresh lemon zest

rice milk (to thickness)

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 24-30 cupcake tin with liners and set aside. In one bowl sift flour and salt together and set aside. In your standing mixer whip the sugar and butter together until fluffy (3mins).

In a smaller bowl whip together your EnerG egg replacer and water and whisk until well blended! Then add in your “eggs” to your mixer still mixing at medium speed. Next mix in your vanilla and zest lemon right into mixer.

Then add in 1/3 of your flour mixture. Add half of your milk amount, then add 1/3 flour again. Then add your lemon juice. Then add in the last 1/3 of the four mixture followed by the last half of your rice milk. mix until just combined and scrape your mixing bowl to be certain it was all incorporated.

Finally, using a level cupcake scooper, scoop into each cupcake tin evenly. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 mins. Take them out and check the center by inserting a toothpick. If it comes out quickly easily and most importantly- clean, then they are done.. if not, let them bake an additional 2 minutes until they are. Let cool then you can frost them with regular icing or make a simple lemon glaze which I have a recipe for here. Mix all ingredients in standing mixer leaving rice milk for last and add slowly until you hit the consistency that you like. Only put on fully cooled cupcakes and chill for a couple minutes and it will set. The photo is just regular vanilla frosting, but I also made some with the glaze- they went so fast I couldn’t get a pic! These are amazing little cupcakes and taste fantastic gluten free I highly recommend King Arthur Gluten Free all purpose flour for this recipe. It works wonders!! Enjoy!!

 

 

 

Vanilla Cupcakes

 

Vanilla Cupcakes

Vanilla Cupcakes:

1 1/2 cups  and 3 Tbsp all purpose flour (may be substituted with a gluten free all purpose flour)

1 cup white granulated Sugar

1 Tsp Baking Soda

1/2  Tsp Salt

1 Tsp White Vinegar

1 1/2 Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract

5 Tbsp Canola Oil

1 cup room temperature water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl combine dry ingredients and whisk. Once blended set aside. Using a tall clear measuring cup fill up your water then measure out your oil, vanilla and white vinegar and add to your water. Then add all wet ingredients to your dry ingredients and mix until blended.  Scoop out your batter into pre lined cupcake baking pan.  Makes 12 even cupcakes. To achieve even level cupcakes use a cupcake scooper.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until your toothpick comes out clean once inserted into the center of a cupcake.  Frost and Enjoy!!

 

Sugar cookies

Sugar Cookie

1 cup Earth Balance non dairy substitute

1 1/2 cups white sugar

Ener G egg replacer for 1 egg: 1 1/2 Tsp egg replacer with 2 Tbsp water whisked well

1 1/2 Tsp pure vanilla extract

2 3/4 cup all purpose flour (can be substituted with better batter or other gf flour)

2 Tsp baking powder

1 Tsp salt

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In mixer cream the butter and sugar until white and fluffy. Then add in your already whisked egg replacer and your vanilla and blend. In a separate bowl mix together your flour, baking powder and salt. Add this dry mixture one cup at a time to your wet ingredients already in your mixer while stirring on low.  Knead in small amount oI food coloring if you want it tinted. Do not chill dough. Divide dough into two balls. On a floured surface, roll out dough to about 1/8 inch thick or just before it cracks apart. Dip cookie cutter into flour each time before using. use a floured spatula to transfer to baking sheet then bake at 400 for 6-7 minutes.  Makes about 2 dozen depending on your cookie cutter size.

Mint Chocolate Cupcakes

Mint Chocolate Cupcakes Mint Chocolate Cupcakes (GF):

3 cups all-purpose flour (Can be substituted easily with a gluten-free flour)

2 Tsp Baking Soda

2 cups White granulated Sugar

1/2 cup Hersheys Unsweetened Cocoa

1 Tsp Salt

1 Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract

1/8 tsp creme de menthe extract/oil

2 cups Water

2/3 cup Canola oil

1 Tsp White vinegar

 

Mint Chocolate Frosting:

6 cups powdered sugar

1/2 Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract

3 drops Creme De Menthe extract/oil

2/3 cup Herseys Cocoa

1 cup Earth Balance Dairy Free. soy free butter substitute

45 ml of Rice Milk

1 sprig of fresh mint leaves for decoration

 

Preheat your convection oven to 350 Degrees. In a large bowl add your dry ingredients first: flour, baking soda, cocoa, sugar, and salt and blend well. Then add in your wet ingredients:  Vanilla, water, oil and vinegar and blend very well. Add in your Creme De Menthe oil/ extract last to taste, i usually use about 1/8 tsp. Pour runny batter into your prelined cupcake baking pan up to about 2/3 full each. Bake on 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. Check them using a toothpick inserted into the center… if it comes out clean then they are done. Let completely cool before frosting them.  In a seperate bowl add in your powdered sugar, cocoa, and butter substitute and blend using a mixer on low. Slowly add in the rice milk while blending with the mixer until smooth. Finally add in your vanilla and creme de menthe (to taste) and finish blending well.  Using a disposable icing bag, place tip in the bottom of bag (trimmed open) and fill it with your frosting. Twist the back of the icing bag and squeeze out your icing in a circular pattern on your cupcake. If you choose to add a fresh sprig of mint on the side as I did here you may for a decorative touch. Makes 24 cupcakes. Enjoy!

Chicken with Apples

Chicken with Apples

6 skinless chicken breast halves
1 cup sliced yellow onion (more if you choose)
1 Tbsp Extra-Virgin Olive oil
2 Cups sliced granny smith apples (others work too, but I prefer the tart taste of the grannys for this dish)
1 Tbsp Earth Balance dairy/soy free butter spread
1 1/2 cups apple juice
2 Tbsp Honey
1/2-1 Tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F. Place Chicken breasts in a shallow baking pan. In a skillet, saute onions in olive oil until tender. Add apples and saute for 1 more minute. Pour onions and apples over chicken. Melt Butter substitute and pour over chicken and add apple juice, honey, salt, and if you want to add any other vegetables you can. I usually cook some vegetables separately as not to affect the flavor of this dish. Bake in the oven for 30-45 mins or until chicken is cooked through. This dish tastes best when prep work is completed and the dish is allowed to marinate for a while in the fridge before placing in the oven to cook. I usually will steam up some white Jasmine rice or brown rice to go with this dish. Serves 6. Enjoy!

Peach sherry chicken

Peach Sherry Chicken

4 Skinless chicken breasts
1 chopped yellow onion
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp arrowroot
1/2 cup chili sauce
1/2 cup sherry
1 cup sliced fresh peaches
Sprinkle garlic powder
Sprinkle salt
Sprinkle ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 Degrees. Thaw chicken breasts if necessary. Place chicken breasts in a large cassarole dish and sprinkle them with garlic powder, salt and pepper. In a skillet combine the onions, chicken broth, brown sugar, arrowroot, and chili sauce and bring it just to a boil. Pour this and the peaches and sherry over the chicken. Place aluminum foil over the top of the cassarole dish and bake in the oven for 28-30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. You can make the dish ahead of time and let it marinade in your fridge for a while before cooking to make the flavor even better.I usually pair this with white jasmine rice. Enjoy!

Marshmallow fondant

Castle Cake with fondantMy daughter’s Birthday cake.

For the cake I made a two tiered cake of my Chocolate cake recipe that is in many other posts and I covered it -or dirty iced it as they say with any frosting, I have posted a few flavors  in other posts. Then the fondant gets draped over the frosted cake.

Marshmallow Fondant Icing recipe

16 oz bag of Jet-Puffed mini marshmallows
A 2lb bag of C & H powdered sugar
2-5 tbsp water
1/2 cup  or more of white Crisco…or Spectrum ( I prefer) shortening
1 pair of surgical gloves

Melt your entire bag of marshmallows  plus 2 Tbsp water in a large glass bowl every 30 seconds stirring in between until it is completely melted. This usually takes 2 mins or so.  Clean your counter well. Dry it then  cover it with Crisco  put your gloves on and cover your gloves with Crisco well too. Add your food coloring to your bowl of melted marshmallow. Stir it in well then add 3/4 of the bag of powdered sugar. mix it in well too. Then knead the dough-like fondant on the counter adding slowly the rest of the powdered sugar. If it gets too sticky or tears add a little water and continue. if it starts sticking to your hands or counter add a little more Crisco to your hands or your counter. Keep kneading until smooth and well mixed. Consider this your workout for the day.  Then you can store it at this stage wrapped tightly in saran wrap in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. I prefer to get it over with because you will have to regrease your counter… fyi. Roll it out to your desired size and enlist the help of another person to help you drape it over your already dirty iced cake Make sure you had dirty iced your cake with a lot of icing to make sure the fondant will look smoothest. Once draped trim the bottom edges and smooth it out evenly. Add any additional icing decorations … I used decorator icing for mine in a Wilton disposable bag with a few different tips. And the Mermaid centerpiece was purchased online and is made entirely of plastic….I know I totally cheated at the last minute. What can I say … I was tired. lol

Baby Shower Cake
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Chocolate cake with fondant

Chocolate cake with fondant

Roasted coriander chicken

Roasted Coriander Spiced Chicken

3 Tbsp all-purpose flour (use glueten-free if needed)
4 Tsp ground roasted coriander
1/2 Tsp Thyme
1/2 Tsp Sea Salt
1/2 Tsp Black pepper ground
1 1/2 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs (I will also use chicken breast tenders for less fat)
4 thick slices of Applewood Smoked bacon
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 lg yellow onion, cut into 1 inch chunks or smaller
1 cup chicken broth
1 large sweet potato ( about 1 pound, so you may need two) Peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
1 container of white button mushrooms
2 medium zucchini cut into 1 inch half moon slices
1/2 cup orange juice

Using a pie pan mix flour, thyme, coriander, salt and pepper then set aside. Prep vegetables first- this make everything must easier. Cook bacon in separate skillet on medium high heat (don’t forget your spatter cover!) And turn on your fan if you don’t want your whole house to smell like bacon. Once cooked place onto paper towels and dab the excess oil off and cut into 1 inch pieces. Set bacon aside for now. Take about 1 Tbsp of the extra bacon oil from the skillet and place into a new large dutch oven, cast iron skillet or large saucepan at least a 5 qt. Add 1 Tbsp of the olive oil and coat the bottom of your new cooking pan. Coat your chicken in your flour mixture and fry up in your pan or pot on medium  heat browning each side  about 2 mins a side, no more. try not to let it stick to the bottom- although it can be challenging sometimes depending on your pot choice. Add some of the chicken broth if you need to prevent it from burning towards the end of the batch. I would add your onions and mushrooms next cooking 4 mins or until soft – (use your pot’s lid). Add your extra flour mixture to your chicken broth that is left whisk it then add to the pot. Add in your sweet potatoes and your orange juice and you may need to now turn your heat up to medium high again to get it back to a small boil. cook for 10-15 mins- until the sweet potatoes are starting to feel tender. Take the lid off after 5 mins and add you zucchini and bacon and turn down heat to low cooking another 5 mins or so until your zucchini is tender. Serves 6

Rice cereal pumpkins

These cute little pumpkins are super easy to make and look so cute for festive parties this time of year. To make them Gluten Free the only thing you need to do is change the cereal to the Rice Krispy Brand’s Gluten Free cereal, or buy the generic/health brand rice cereal like I have which is Erewhon (strange name I know). Otherwise it is already gluten free below. Enjoy!!

Rice Cereal Pumpkins 6 cups Rice Kripsy Cereal or equivalent rice cereal (Use the Gluten free variety if needed)

3 Tbsp Earth Balance Dairy-Free, Soy-free Butter substitute also (Gluten free already)

Wilton Green, Orange and Yellow Food coloring (Gluten-free already)

1 10.5 oz bag of mini marshmallows…I prefer Jiffy-Puffed made by Kraft (Gluten-free already)

Dunkin Hines Classic White icing…(gluten-free already) (or you can make my buttercream icing on the previous post and dye it green instead. I prefer mine, but if I’m running late this is what I will use. the only bad thing is that it is made in a facility that also produces tree nuts so I try not to give it directly to my son but I am ok with using this in a pinch for school parties etc.)

Plastic icing bag Any small Wilton leaf icing tip Green Dots candy (already Gluten -free and dairy/nut free)

Wax paper

Spectrum Brand shortening (already Gluten-free and dairy-free)

In a large glass or french white porcelain bowl pour all your marshmallows into it and scoop out your 3 Tbsp of butter substitute. Microwave for 1 min. Take it out and stir immediately. Add your food coloring Yellow and red to make orange and stir immediately. Keep adding color until it looks the shade of orange that you prefer. I think I used ten drops of color total. Then quickly add your pre-measured rice cereal and stir coating all of the cereal. This will be difficult, and you may want to try to use disposable gloves and do it with your hands. Once coated, slather your hands in shortening and take a large handful of cereal into your palm and round it into a ball and place on a large piece of wax paper. Do this until you run out of cereal.. should make approx. 12 balls. This is a bit of a sticky mess so be prepared to handle it and act fast as it sets once it is cool. Wash your hands well then get your icing ready. Place your icing tip in your disposable icing bag cuting the tip of the bag and pushing your tip down. Dye your icing to the color green that you prefer stirring it well either in the bowl you made it in or in the container you bought it in. Then scoop it into the icing bag and begin to ice you pumpkins. I made a dollup in the center for the green Dot candy to sit on, then I made leaves down each side of the dot. Let cool to set and harden. You can transport them in a pre-lined cupcake carrier or a cupcake pan. Enjoy!!

Chocolate cake, frosting and marshmallow fondant

Chocolate Cake Recipe

3 cups All-purpose flour
2 Tsp Baking Soda
1/2 cup Hersey’s Unsweetened Pure Cocoa
2 cups white granulated sugar
1 Tsp salt
2 cups water
1 Tsp Distilled White Vinegar
2/3 cup Canola oil
1 Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract

Combine all dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl and blend well. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add all wet ingredients and blend well. grease the sides of your cake pans using butter substitue and place baker’s liners or wax paper cut to size in the bottom of all pans. I used a 13 inch round and an 9 inch round for this particular cake. It took me tripling this recipe to make enough batter. Twice for the large 13 inch round and once for the 9 inch round. Once your pans are lined and greased pour your batter into each pan. Place the larger pan on the bottom rack and the smaller one on the top rack. Bake carefully about 40-50 minutes… check on them periodically- but carefully. Toothpick test the center to see if it is done… if the toothpick comes out clean then it is ready. Set them on top of the stove for 5 mins to begin the cool down then move them to a cooling rack or onto a cooler counter top- with pads underneath to protect your surfaces. Let them completely cool before moving on…. at least 1 hour.

Vanilla (Not-So Butter) Buttercream Frosting

1 cup Earth Balance dairy-free, soy free butter substitute
6 sups of powdered sugar
2 Tbsp Pure Vanilla Extract
pinch of salt
0-2 Tbsp Rice milk- depending on how stiff you prefer

Beat the butter substitute and powdered sugar with an electric mixer on low for about two minutes. Add the vanilla, water and salt and mix again on low for about two minutes. Add any additional rice milk for the level of consistency desired. For thicker, dryer frosting leave as is… for runnier icing add a little rice milk 1 Tbsp at a time. If you are doing decorative icing leave it thicker, for simple cake frosting a little runny is ok, not too runny though. You don’t want this to resemble a glaze.

For this cake I made the icing and set it aside. I took out my baker’s cake board and my pretty baker’s foil and covered it. Then I took a butter knife and ran it around the sides of each round cake loosening it from the pan. Then I took the larger cake first and flipped it over onto my hands slowly and placed it upside down in the center of the cake board. Then I peeled off the wax paper/baker’s liner. Then I took my frosting and dirty iced the bottom layer completely. Next I took the smaller cake and did the same thing, slowly flipped it over upside down onto my hands carefully placing it in the center of the larger cake and dirty iced the top cake. Then I set it aside.

Homemade Marshmallow Fondant

1 10.5oz bag of Jiffy-puff mini marshmallows or 16oz- even better
2 Tbsp water
Food dye or gel food coloring… I prefer Wilton, but whatever
1 small bag 16oz of Confectioners powdered sugar
1/2 cup Spectrum Shortening

Take a large glass mixing bowl pour all of your marshmallows into it Add your 2 Tbsp of water place in the microwave for 1 minute 30 seconds- 2 minutes. Pull out immediately. Stir until completely melted, add your food coloring of choice… I choose green by Wilton for this cake in particular. Then stir completely and as quickly as you can. Add in 2/3 of your bag of powdered sugar and continue mixing as quickly as possible. Wipe shortening all over your hands and your counter top. then dust that with some of the extra powdered sugar to make a good kneading surface. Next begin to knead this lump of fondant just like dough until all the powdered sugar is blended. If it gets too dry add a tiny bit of extra water… by the Tbsp. If it gets too runny add a little powdered sugar.  Knead until well blended then grab your rolling pin… wipe a small amount of shortening on it and dust it with a tiny bit of powdered sugar then begin to roll out the fondant from a disk to a large circle. If you have a nonstick bakers mat measuring how wide to roll to will be much easier. Otherwise take the measurements of your larger pan and the extra inches you will need vertically to come up with the width needed. For this particular two tiered cake was around 16-17 inches. Have someone else help you lift it carefully and quickly and drape it over your cake. You can use a rolling pin to drape part of the fondant over to help you carry it to the cake, but be careful tearing of the fondant can occur so be careful. Once on the pre-iced cake, use your palms to smooth the cake and form fit it to your tiers. Then take a sharp knife and cut the excess fondant off at the bottom wrapping the excess under the edge of the cake if you prefer. You can save all your extra fondant to roll back into balls and use to make figurines or other decorative pieces for the finished cake.

For the decorations on this cake I used Wilton tip number 233 for the grass and I used purchased Angry Birds cake topper birds and pigs. You could make these out of fondant, but that does take a really long time.I piped my message on the cake using a Wilton tip number 7.
This cake turned out great I thought. It did take a while to make, but I think pretty much anyone with time can do it. Now making the figurines by hand with fondant etc requires a serious level of artistic skill. Maybe next time…. Enjoy!!
To alter this cake recipe to make it gluten free all you need to change is the all purpose flour in the cake recipe to either preferably Better Batter or Tom Sawyer’s gluten free flour. All the other ingredients are already gluten free. Make sure you use Wilton food dye though as it is gluten free.