When I was a Brownie, my troop members and I would get together for sleep-overs all of the time. There were a few girls who liked scary stories, and talking about folklore; there was even a Ouija board brought out at one point. But one story that I will always remember being whispering around a campfire, was that of Bloody Mary. Even still, when brought up, the chance appearance of Bloody Mary in your mirror is creepy and chill-inducing.
Of course, it is only appropriate that the thought of her arises around this time of the year. While coming up with a delicious, gluten-free cupcake recipe for a dinner, last night, I decided to make something fun and festive. Using frozen berries to give the appearance of bloody ooze is what gives this recipe its name. I assure you, there is nothing creepy about how good these suckers are!
First of all, we have a moist, gluten-free vanilla cake base, then it is cored and stuffed with a cream cheese/berry mixture, and lastly is topped with berry and chocolate drizzles. The great thing about these is that they don’t have to be nice and neat and perfect. Get sloppy with it! You could also try dunking the cupcakes in the chocolate then splattering the berry mixture on top. Fun!
I must mention that these cupcakes were devoured gleefully, and that there were no disappointed faces amongst us. Some were surprised that these were gluten-free cupcakes because of how moist and non-brick-like they were. I’ve added some notes to the recipe concerning flour changes, etc. which makes this recipe pretty flexible.
Friday. I’m a day late with this post, but I have a good reason! I’ve been working on a pretty sweet project for Vegan Cuts that’s due to come out next month and it is awesome. But, look what I’ve made for you! Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting. Hell to the yes.
The first time I made these cupcakes was for my friend’s birthday, a couple of months ago. I think that I’ve mentioned them since then, but have not unleashed the perfection that is this addictive cream cheese frosting. I even made the cupcakes oil-free to balance out the indulgence that lies atop its chocolate-y throne.
To put it bluntly, the birthday boy said that these were some of the “best cupcakes that I’ve ever had”. Now, you can enjoy them yourself! They’re super easy to make and are a total people pleaser. Just make sure to save one for yourself if you make them for a group, I almost totally missed out on trying them because they went so fast.
The weather out in Southern California has decided to take a turn for the East coast, with its severe humidity and summer thunderstorms. I mean, I’m not entirely mad; summer storms like this remind me of my family vacations in Michigan, just.. not as pretty. Not only is everyone in the LA area complaining, we all have to deal with idiot drivers that are scared of the rain; things I reserve for winter! But, I have a great solution to ease the sweating, and my sister’s cat, Stitch, is here to help me share it.
I had to include him, of course, because he’s mostly black and it’s Friday the 13th. Plus, isn’t he just the cutest?! Well, maybe not the cutest but he’s certainly up there in my book. Back to the recipe, Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cupcakes. After dreaming for several days about a delicious cupcake that would cool me off, while satisfying my sweet tooth, this combination came to mind and seemed perfect.
Mint has properties of its own that will give you chills, but put it into a sweet ice cream and you have something that I would not be angry to receive a brain freeze from. Then there’s chocolate, I think just by looking at past recipes you can tell that I adore chocolate, so this was easy for me to pair up.
In a medium-sized pot, bring the coconut milk and sugar to a boil. Then adjust the heat to low-medium and simmer it, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes.
Pour the mixture into a bowl (or large measuring cup with spout for pouring), and stir in the salt, mint extract and spinach juice. Place the cream mixture into the refrigerator to cool down for 20 minutes, then to the freezer for 30 minutes.
In the mean time, Preheat oven to 350F, and prep two 12-count cupcake pans with liners.
In a large bowl whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and sea salt. In a medium bowl mix together apple sauce, vinegar, vanilla extract, and water.
Then, mix the wet ingredients into the dry slowly using a whisk. Pour batter into each liner until it is about ¾ full or a centimeter from the top of the liner.
Then bake for approximately 15-20 minutes (18 always works great for me), check with a toothpick to see when they are finished.
When they are cool enough to handle, take them out of the cupcake pan and place them in the refrigerator to cool.
Once the ice cream base has cooled, pour it into your ice cream maker and set the timer for 10 minutes (mine is fast).
Melt ⅓ cup bittersweet chocolate with 1 tbsp. Coconut oil in a double boiler until a smooth and thin consistency.
Here’s where it gets interesting: when the timer goes off, carefully use a fork to dip into the chocolate sauce and flick around the ice cream maker’s bowl in thin stripes.
Every 30-45 seconds or so, push the top layer into the rest of the ice cream so that it breaks apart; repeat until the chocolate sauce is used up.
Now, take your cupcakes and make a hole about 1½” wide and 1″ deep in the center of your cupcake (make sure not to scoop out the very bottom. It will be roughly 1 Tbsp. or so of cupcake innards, which you can use for a trifle, cake pops, or just eat immediately like me .
Place the cupcake “shells” into the freezer along with the finished ice cream so that they can both harden (about 20 minutes).
Melt ¼ cup Bittersweet chocolate chips with coconut oil and maple syrup in a double boiler and stir together until smooth, turn heat on low until your ready to use it. Use the last bit of chocolate for garnish by chopping it up roughly.
When the ice cream is more firm, use a small spoon (or melon-baller like I did) and place about 1½ Tbsp. of ice cream into the center of each cupcake so that it comes out of the top.
I recommend doing this is sets of 12 so that the ice cream doesn’t melt into the cupcake.
Take the chocolate sauce and drizzle it over the tops of the cupcakes and sprinkle a little chocolate on top, place in the freezer for 10 minutes, or until you’re ready to serve!
I want you to just take a few, solid seconds and check out that cupcake. Do you see that deeply colored, glistening berry center? The creamy cashew frosting flecked with dates and lemon zest that covers the rounded surface of the cake, with its wafting aromas of banana and vanilla, are enticing. Food like this you can write for hours about. It’s inspiring, beautiful, drool-inducing recipes like this that really motivate me to keep this food blog up.
Two of my friends celebrated their birthdays at a dinner last night, and I was lucky enough to be asked to make cupcakes for the shindig. It is times like these where I find that I try to get the most creative, it’s a whole ‘nother ball game when you’re baking for other people than for you and the ones that are around more often. Although, cupcake recipes with fillings are just a tad more time-consuming, it’s almost always worth it, and in this case it is TOTALLY worth it.
Berry-Filled Banana Cupcakes with Lemon Coconut Frosting
Author: Jackie of Vegan Yack Attack
Recipe type: Dessert
Deliciously moist banana cake filled with sweet berries and topped off by a creamy cashew-based, lemon coconut frosting.
2 Cups Raw Cashews, Soaked for 2+ hours
½ Cup Water
3 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
5 Dates, Pitted
2 Tbsp. Fresh Lemon Juice
½ tsp. Lemon Zest
1 Cup Strawberries, Without Stems and Diced
1 Cup Blueberries
3 Tbsp. Organic Sugar
1 tsp. Arrowroot Powder
3 Cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1½ Cups Organic Sugar
2 tsp. Baking Soda
½ tsp. Salt
1½ Cup Ice-cold water
1 Cup Mashed Banana
2 Tbsp. White Vinegar
2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
Optional: Additional Blueberries and lemon zest for garnish
Place the cashews, ½ cup water, coconut oil, dates, lemon juice, and lemon zest into a food processor or high-power blender. Puree until the mixture is completely smooth, then place it into the refrigerator for it to firm up (this will be your frosting).
Next, take the strawberries, blueberries, and the 3 tbsp. of sugar, place them into a small bowl and mash them together until the mixture is still chunky, but has small pieces.
Pour the berry mixture into a small pan over medium heat, add the arrowroot powder immediately and stir it in until it is dissolved. Bring the filling to a simmer and reduce the heat to low-medium, simmer for 5 minutes.
Take the pan off of the heat, pour the berry filling into a bowl and refrigerate it.
Preheat the oven to 350°F and get 22-24 cupcake liners ready in their pans. In a large bowl, sift together the AP flour, 1½ cups sugar, baking soda and salt.
Using a smaller bowl, beat together the water, banana, vinegar and vanilla extract. Fold the wet mixture into the dry, and stir until there are no clumps left and the batter is smooth.
Fill each cupcake liner roughly ¾ of the way full and bake for 19-22 minutes, testing with a toothpick in the middle of the cupcake to see if it draws clean.
Place the cupcakes on a cooling rack (or into the refrigerator to speed up the process), until they are no longer warm. Using an apple corer, take an 1″-1¼” of cupcake out of each center.
Fill each center with the berry filling until it reaches the top of the cupcake. Once you are finished with that, using a piping bag, pipe the cashew frosting onto the cupcakes using approx. 1½-2 Tbsp. for each one.
Top with a couple of blueberries and lemon zest, and serve!
Even though everyone was full from dinner, I’m happy to report that 95% of the cupcakes were eaten (a couple were taken home) and I received only positive feedback on them. These cupcakes ended up super moist, and almost like something that you could eat for breakfast. Try them out and let me know what you think!
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