i am once again back at my parents house, this time for my graduation party. we hired a catering company for the food, but there was no way i was passing up an opportunity to BAKE! so i took on the desserts job, happily and willingly. everything i made and will talk about is completely vegan/gluten "liberated" (that just makes me laugh...)
i decided to do three different desserts, two cupcakes (because they are my favorite) and one cookie. i did them all mini because i am all about finger food-if it looks enticing and is easily popped into a mouth, i find more people will eat the dessert, even after a stomach full of dinner food. plus, smaller portions don't make you feel as bad when you eat five in a row ;)
so the first morning i was home, i got up early and was ready to go! i had been planning and revising what to make for about a month (i kid you not. reading recipe books and looking online for ideas was literally what i did for fun all june.) (i should also mention i was stuck at college taking summer courses and that was about as entertaining as it got some nights.)
|my kitchen counter, stocked with all my ingredients|
while those were baking, i started on my lemon agave nectar cupcakes that i adapted from another well beloved cookbook from the same authors as the above one, Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. seriously good cupcakes!! go get those two books, now.
when they came out, they were a delicious golden brown!
last but not least i made a chocolate cake for my last cupcake. i used Bob's Redmill Xanthan Gum in my cakes, which was a gift from luke that i had been DYING FOR. basically xanthan gum adds needed thickening and binding which gluten free flour lacks. before i had the xanthan gum, my baked goods would crumble apart in front of my eyes-no longer! they stayed together perfectly :D
|exhibit a: my chocolate cupcake with an almost clean wrapper after using xanthan gum!|
my chocolate cupcakes came out SO decadent, i just had to take a picture:
|NO milk/eggs/butter/gluten, and still moist, chocolately, and delicious. score one for the vegans and gluten liberators out there!|
|gotta love a good blubie|
last but not least, i added a touch of decorative deliciousness to my cookie cups. i created a peanut butter sauce which i drizzled over each, then drizzled chocolate over that.
|oh yes i did.|
|lemon agave nectar cupcake with blueberry cream cheese frosting, topped with a fresh blueberry|
|peanut butter cookie cup filled with chocolate ganache and drizzled with peanut butter and chocolate|
|chocolate cupcake with coconut frosting with sweetened coconut flakes topped with toasted coconut|
i will let you know how the crowd likes them!
hope you didn't drool too much looking at the pictures ;)