Cupcakes!

cupcakes

Our daughter turns 3 tomorrow and her birthday party this weekend was a good excuse to add Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World to our 52 cookbooks list. Darlene made Gingerbread Cupcakes with Vegan Fluffy Buttercream Frosting. Our non-vegan brother-in-law said they were the best cupcakes he’s ever had. There are other vegan cupcake recipes out there but since this book came out I don’t think we’ve ever turned anywhere else for a cupcake recipe because this book has it all.

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Gingerbread House

‘Tis the season. We’ve actually never made a gingerbread house before but Darlene thought it would be a fun activity for the 5-year-old. She happened upon some gingerbread house kits in a store but most of them weren’t vegan. There was one that appeared to be vegan but it had a list of ingredients a mile long, including all manner of preservatives and artificial flavors. So she smartly put that box down and ran the other direction. All the way home. Where she promptly found a simple gingerbread house pattern on-line and set to work making the frame using the Gingerbread Cut-Out Cookies recipe in Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar. These were baked a couple minutes longer to ensure they were sturdy enough to build a house from.

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She and the 5-year-old then set to work building and decorating the house. The “glue” was a vegan royal icing recipe that she modified slightly (mainly using brown rice syrup instead of corn syrup). The result was a one-of-a-kind creation that’s not chock-full of chemicals.

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And yeah, it tastes pretty good too. Nibble, nibble like a mouse. Who’s that nibbling on my house?

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