All posts filed under: cake & cupcakes

Coffee House Chocolate Chip Muffins

It’s 34 and raining outside.  If I have to deal with this weather, I’m going to eat my way to happy. This morning, happy came in the form of muffins. Coffee house style chocolate chip muffins, to be specific.   You know the kind… that sit temptingly behind that glass with a crisp, rustic outside, that coarse raw sugar glistening under the soft lighting, a soft chewy inside…Yeah, those kind of muffins. Like all of my baked goods, I started with my personal favorite (self created) flour blend, and sifted all of the dry ingredients together twice.  It takes an extra minute, but it’s worth it.  In another bowl, whisk together your wet ingredients, then slowly incorporate the dry. Baked Goods 101.  The batter will be thick. Add chocolate chips. Obviously. I wanted a ‘meal sized’ muffin, so I dived the batter into four in a large muffin pan.  You could make a lot more than that, but there’s a joy in starting Saturday with a muffin the size of your face. Pop them in to a 425 preheated …

Individual Caramel Apple Pies with {Gluten Free} Cheddar Crust

Pies. Turnovers. Empanadas. Apple Pie Hot Pockets? I don’t really know what I should call these, but they’re delicious and made everything about this rainy Sunday a little sweeter.  I wanted to bake something today and I let the two very sad, almost expired apples sitting on my shelf be my guide.  I didn’t have enough for a full pie (nor do I need a full pie calling to me from the fridge for the next few days) so I went with something that would have cute, individual servings.  The caramel sauce is on the sweet side, while the crust is on the savory side and filling is a little tart; A blend of flavors that totally worked.  I feel so smart. Apple Pie Filling 2 Apples, peeled sliced and cored 2 Tbs Sugar 1 tsp Cinnamon 1 tsp Nutmeg 2 Tbs Cointreau 1 Tbs Lemon Juice 1 Tbs Corn Starch or Tapioca Starch Crust Dough 2 Eggs ½ tsp Salt 2 Cups Finely Shredded Cheddar Cheese 1 Cup Tapioca Starch 1 T Baking Powder …

Apple Pecan Muffins {Gluten Free}

I’m over winter. Over it. Done. While I don’t want to rush through spring and summer, right now, in a perfect world, I’m dreaming of fall. The weather in Boston is perfect, wedding planning will be over, pumpkin spice lattes will abound; It’s simply my favorite time of year.  This week I felt like making something that, even for a bite, would take me to late September. The muffins you’re about to experience are a miracle in gluten free cooking. Super moist (as much as I hate that word, it’s the only one to do their texture justice), hearty, fruity, and – amazingly – low fat. I adapted these from a fellow Boston Blogger over at Live, Laugh, Cooking. She makes awesome food and you should check out some of her recipes.  While these weren’t gluten free, and originally used 1/3 cup of butter (which was probably unbelievably good), they took some modifications to be more in line with my current eating habits. INGREDIENTS 1/3 Cup Pecans, chopped 1 Cup Apples, finely chopped 1 /3 Cup Apple Sauce …

The Natural Ginger’s Gluten Free Flour Blend

As you venture into the world of gluten free baking, it doesn’t take long to realize that behind every delicious creation is a reliable gluten free flour blend (and boy are there suddenly a lot to choose from).  I have tried (what feels like) them all. Bob’s Redmill, Pamela’s, King Arthur, Trader Joe’s… others I can’t even recall because I’ve been exploring so long. The best I’ve found (to my personal taste) was the Trader Joe’s brand. What I did NOT find wonderful was the price. $3.99 per pound? Ouch. You know, just like everything else with the little “GF” label. (Most sincerely, I hope you have a bunch of disposable income if you ever have to give up the glutens.) I was convinced I could make something just as good (or better!) that was cheaper and didn’t require buying it once a week. Seriously, who wants to buy their flour 2 cups at a time? And don’t say “Umm, why don’t you get more than 1 at a time, Whitney?” BECAUSE IT’S TOO DAMN EXPENSIVE! Here’s the blend. Mix it all together (slowly) with …

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Pecan Praline Drizzle

This weekend marked the beginning of fall and a girlfriend and I decided to jump in head first with a bunch of delicious fall inspired food. Besides sweaters, boots and switching back to red wine, nothing quite says fall like something pumpkin. A fellow foodie, she and I spend far too much time throughout each day drooling over food porn. Most of the items she sends are accompanied by “you can figure how to make this, right?” Being gluten free it’s not often I can indulge in cheesecake thanks to the common graham cracker crust, but with a newly discovered gluten free graham cracker, nothing else needed to be adapted. This was front runner to segue into the season of warm days, crisp nights and 7 hours of Scott Hansen every Sunday on RedZone. 1 15oz can Pumpkin Puree Gluten Free Graham Crackers – enough for 1.5 cups crumbs when blended 3/4 cup pecans 1 T Light Brown Sugar 6 T Unsalted Butter, melted 16oz Cream Cheese, at room temperature 1.5 cups granulated sugar 1 …

Buttercream Frosting

Are you still buying frosting in the little jar? Ohmigosh PLEASE stop! Stop it right now.  It’s so easy and so cheap and just so much better in every possible way when you make it yourself.  Your past discretions are forgiven as long as you promise to make this yourself going forward. Seriously, this is it.  Milk, Butter, Vanilla Extract and Powdered (Confectioners Sugar).  There is no extra magic in the stuff in the plastic jar (other than perhaps some high fructose corn syrup and other s*$& that’s going to break your gut). To frost 6 regular sized cupcakes, or one 8-9″ round cake, use the following ratio.  For anything more, go ahead and double up. It stays fine in the refrigerator for quite a while. In a bowl (stand mixer is super helpful, but a hand mixer works fine) combine: 1/2 Stick Butter (Softened but not melted) 2 T Milk 1 tsp Vanilla Blend until softened and beginning to combine. Once it begins to form a paste, begin adding your sugar. Add slowly, while blending at …

Gluten Free Red Velvet Cupcakes

“A party without cake is just a meeting.” – Julia Child And isn’t that true? She’s just so awesome. Red Velvet cake is my favorite. It was the cake served at my first birthday and I think it set me up for a lifetime of cravings. I wish I’d realized that it could be done gluten free so much sooner – and really, I just wish I had tried out some alternative flours before it became a medical necessity. This recipe beats any flour based version I’ve had, and I’m not just saying that because I don’t get a vote anymore. I know it looks like a lot of ingredients.  It is.  If you do a decent amount of gluten free baking (or baking in general) you probably have most of these on hand.  The coconut flour can be a bit tricky to find, but if you have a store nearby with a good Bob’s Redmill Selection, you should be able to find it. (You can also thank CrossFit Paleo peeps for making coconut everything …