Sunday, October 28, 2012

Amazing Egg-free Cupcakes!

Someone turned 4 this week...

from The Art of Dessert

Egg-free Chocolate Cupcakes
Makes about 2 dozen cupcakes
Allergy note: contains wheat and dairy ingredients

3 cups all-purpose flour 
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup cocoa powder
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 cups whole milk
1 cup butter, melted
4 tsp. honey
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 F degrees. Line two muffin pans with baking cups. Sift together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. In a separate mixing bowl, combine milk, butter, honey and vanilla extract. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the milk/butter mixture. Mix until combined.  Fold in the semi-sweet chocolate chips. Pour in the batter into the lined muffin pan to 2/3 full. Bake for 25 to 30 or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcake comes out clean. Let cool completely before decorating.

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
makes about 2 1/2 cups frosting 
Allergy note: contains dairy ingredients

4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup butter, softened to room temperature
1/3-1/2 cup whole milk*
1 tsp. vanilla extract

 *start out with 1/3 cup of milk and add more milk to your desired consistency

In a large mixing bowl, sift together powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Add the butter, milk and vanilla extract. Using an electric mixer, slowly mix together at a low speed. Once all the ingredients are combined, increase the speed and beat till fluffy.

Mama's Awesome Egg-free vanilla cupcakes
(this is the best egg-free vanilla cake I have made yet!)

3 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
3/4 c coconut oil (melted)
2 TBSP white vinegar
3 TBSP vanilla extract
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1 cup water
a few drops yellow food coloring or carrot juice

Mix dry ingredients in large bowl
Mix wet ingredients in another bowl

Stir wet into dry.  Pour into muffin cups and bake at 350 for approx. 12 minutes.

*the flavor is awesome and the texture is great, but these are dense.  I like dense cakes, but might try increasing the vinegar to 3 TBSP and baking soda to 3 tsp next time to see if that makes them lighter.  

Very Vanilla frosting
4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter (room temp/softened)
1/3-1/2 cup coconut milk
2-3 tsp vanilla

Beat together.  tint with gel food coloring if desired.  Add a little more powdered sugar to make it stiffer if you want to pipe it, this texture is great for spreading but a little soft.

Topped with Thomas faces made out of homemade marshmallow fondant, these were a huge hit in B's classroom and at his party!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

B's prayer request

We finished praying tonight before B went to sleep, but he had an addendum, "Mommy, pray fun day at school tomorrow"

Oh my heart!

At 4 weeks in, B is starting to like school but still frequently says "school is too big...was it scary...mommy i'm sad" when asked about school or when I drop him off at school.

previously his prayer requests have also included "mommy, pray only good dreams, no bad dreams, bad dreams go away!"

I am so grateful that he is starting to use words for emotions/feelings, and that he wants to pray about these things, but I wish that he wasn't scared and sad in these situations.

He is growing and we are growing through these experiences of bad dreams and the transition to school, but it is hard and scary and sad.

Staying home with him full time is not an option for me or Ababa right now, but I am grateful that we were able to be home with him full time for 6 months and part time for the next 9 (and as pesky as those Jewish holidays can be for scheduling, I am grateful for them too b/c B has been home with Ababa 1-2 days a week since school started and that has helped the transition immensely).

On another note, if you only buy 4 adoption books for the first 6-8 years by far B's favorites have been:

-Guess How Much I Love You (his fave for the first 6-9 months, and still read frequently)
-A Mother for Choco (I think this is his all time favorite book and he constantly walks around talking about how mommy is Mrs. Bear and B is Choco and Daddy is big nut brown hare and B is little nut brown hare! He would read this every day)
-Horace (months 9-15 but still read frequently)
-Rosie (in the past month he has started to get more into this book-which is specifically an adoption book, but it has not reached the level of the previous three yet.  I have a suspicion that this might become a fave in a year or two)