Thursday, September 30, 2010

Cinnamon Rolls

Vegan Cinnamon Rolls
Most of my baking consists of making cupcakes. I love cupcakes... they are the perfect anytime treat, however occasionaly I take a short break from my cupcaking for other wonderful things.

Rolling out the dough on my "floury surface"

I'm moving into a new apartment tommorow. I hate everything about moving. I hate the packing, I hate the organization and I am definately not one for heavy lifting... In an effort to avoid as much heavy lifting as possible I decide to bribe others to do it for me. 

Adding Buttery-base to dough

I came across the perfect recipe for cinnamon rolls on veganyumyum . It has everything you could possibly want in a recipe: pictures, step by step instructions and even a video. Although the process was long and time consuming.... the end result was delicious.

Cinnamon Sugar Muxture, before rolling

 I suggest making the rolls the day before and refrigerating them over night.  They only take 30 minutes to bake in the morning... I can see myself making these for christmas morning for sure. 

Just out of the Oven.... they smell so good

Hopefully these tasty delights get me out of some seriously heavy duty lifting tommorow. Wish me luck.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Autumn Tree Cupcakes

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cupcakes topped with
Cinamamin Buttercream Icing & Chocolate Trees

As the days get shorter, the nights get colder and the leaves start to change I find myself leaning towards different flavors in my baking.  Whether it be pumpkin or apple, pecans or chestnuts, cinnamon or nutmeg…  It’s out with the fruity light flavors of summer and in with the warm rich flavors of fall. 

I recently saw a recipe for chocolate trees on cupcakestakethecake and decided that my friend Katrina and I must try it. We paired it with a pumpkin chocolate chip cupcake and a cinnamon butter cream icing. Despite our best efforts we couldn’t seem to get our trees to remain firm outside of the refrigerator for much longer than a minute or two.  

Never the less, they ended up tasting pretty good and were an excellent back to school themed tasty treat.  Many thanks to Katrina for her help with these ones. Happy autumn everyone

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Hot Pink, Ruffles & Polka Dots

In my final year of university I lived with the three most amazing girls ever; Michelle, Kristina & Justene. All three of these lovely ladies went on to attend teacher’s college and found amazingly awesome jobs as teachers.

Justene was really brave and moved to Labrador; to pursue her dreams of teaching in her very own classroom. I decided to send her a little good luck care package to help her along her journey. 

It took me a very long time to decide what to send her. Cupcakes was my initial thought, but something told me they wouldn’t hold up to the long journey. I finally decided to send her a homemade apron, some homemade vegan cookie mix and some wool socks.

In order to make her apron, I used a vintage ‘Simply’ apron pattern that I had picked up from my local Fabricland. It was a fairly simple pattern to follow and only took an afternoon or so to complete.  Overall, I was happy with the way it turned out.

I wish Justene all the best with her new classroom and Labrador adventures

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Burgers & Fries

Vanilla Cupcakes, Brownie Burgers topped
 with Buttercream Icing served with Sugar cookie french fries

My friend Marissa recently celebrated her 24th birthday at her new condo in Toronto.  I hadn’t seen Marissa in ages and wanted to make something special for her big night out. As long as I have known Marissa she has always had a soft spot for all types of fast food; pizza, burgers, French fries… you name it, she loves it.  So; low and behold Burgers cupcakes and fry cookies.

  1.   Bake brownies in a 13x19 inch pan and let cool
  2. Cut 12 circles out using a 2 inch circle cookie cutters 
Burger Buns:
  1. Bake 24 Vanilla cupcakes using paper liners, let cool
  2. Cut the tops off the cupcakes (you will need two tops for each burger bun)
  3.  Brush half of the tops with water and sprinkle with sesame seeds

French Fries:
  1.  Make a batch of your favorite vegan sugar cookie dough (or store bought box)
  2. Cut in long rectangular fry shapes
  3. Sprinkle with sugar and bake 

The Finishing Touches (Condiments):
  1. Place a brownie circle on top of a bun bottom
  2. Top with green, yellow and red icing
  3. Add the top sesame covered cupcake bun
  4. Place on a plate or container with the French fries