Monday, March 31, 2008

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Cookie Cupcake

What a cool concept - easy & no plates or napkins required really. These chocolate chunk cookie cupcakes from taste better the next day once the dough has had time to settle & harden up a bit. The batter is a bit buttery & rich, but still somewhat light & airy. In addition to dark chocolate chips, I added peanut butter chips, toffee chips & pecans. Because the dough isn't very dense, although I coated my filling with some flour, the chips sunk to the bottom of the cookie cupcake.

Tonka Beans

I don't have access to tonka beans, but still wanted to try Tartelette's Tonka Bean White Chocolate & Apricot Cake. This cake is dense & rich, if you ask me, they taste like pound cake. Instead of tonka beans, I used pure vanilla extract & pure almond extract. I didn't get the chance to add slivered almonds, but I'm sure that would have been a nice crunchy addition. Apricots don't have a lot of strong flavor to me, so I couldn't say they're the star of this cake.

Whole Grain - no Refined Sugar Cookie II

White chocolate macadamia cookies from Eat, Drink & be Vegan.
(Chocolate chips, coconut, peanut butter & white chocolate chips.)

Whole Grain - no Refined Sugar Cookie I

I made a half batch of chocolate chip cookies from a recipe in Simple Treats by Ellen Abraham.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate cake from Great Desserts Naturally by Fran Costigan. My sister got me this book for my birthday this past January. How fitting that I found a new chocolate cake recipe that I wanted to try. The cake was moist, dense, not too sweet with a tender crumb & the chocolate was definitely the star. I halved the recipe & I added 1/4 cup of dark chocolate chips, 1/4 tsp of instant espresso powder & reduced the amount of dry sugar by 2 tablespoons. The cake wasn't quite sweet enough, so maybe the original 4 tablespoons is best. Next time, I think I will try the addition of orange zest or extract. I didn't have time, but a nice thick ganache or frosting between layers would have been a welcomed addition for a more decadent dessert/snack. Definitely hit the spot for the craving of a traditional vegan chocolate cake.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Pineapple Yogurt Cake

Pineapple Yogurt Cake from Eat, Drink & Be Vegan.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

White Chocolate + Green Tea

White Chocolate & Matcha Green Tea marbled cake. My cakes came out a little on the denser side. Next time - spoon & level flour/sift before measuring, undermix before adding white chocolate & green tea.
**Chocolate & Matcha Green Tea Cakes

*04/03/08 - I baked another mini-loaf today - I tried not to overmix & also used cake flour instead of all-purpose, I'm not sure why my cake still came out a little dry. It may be the decorative mold/loaf container I used, too high heat? Or does the batter need some milk, buttermilk or sour cream? I need to try this flavor combo with another recipe.

Friday, March 14, 2008


The best ever tapenade recipe! Although I've never tried another, Yummy!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Peanut Buttery Goodness

These are peanut butter chocolate chip oatmeal cookies from The fat to flour/oat ratio seems a little off - but after some refrigeration, the soft dough dough was manageable when shaped by a small/medium ice cream scooper. The baked cookies look very similar to the picture on her website. The cookies are a little crisp, very peanut buttery & remind me more of a granola bar. As my boyfriend asked - are you making granola?...well, lets just call them peanut-buttery granola cookies. :)

Wednesday, March 5, 2008