|Cafe Du Monde bird. I would say doughnuts are a favorite of mine!|
It was hard to motivate myself to change because I didn't really have any outward appearances of being unhealthy. I have been about the same weight since high school. I had beautiful clear skin until I was 25, and I was, like I said, overloaded with energy. By all appearances, I was in perfect health. I always got compliments about how skinny and healthy I looked. One of my old friends that was very similar to me used to say that we were skinny fat. The outside looks fine but inside we weren't healthy. All good, or bad things, come to an end eventually though. It all came to an end a few years ago when I started having health issues. That is when I realized that I had to start changing my lifestyle. The body can only function so long on crap before it starts to fail.
I kind of got off track because this post was suppose to be about cupcakes! Oh well, now is one of those moods to kill sugar cravings. I am no longer buying candy other than the occasional chocolate bar, but I do still make sweets at home sometimes. I think I am finally past the caffeine cravings, but I still love baking and eating baked goods! At least, I can control the ingredients when I bake my own desserts, so I don't have to worry about what sort of flavoring additives or preservatives might be in the food. I get scared away from products that don't list all of the ingredients. "Natural flavorings" and "artificial flavorings" in a product could be so many different ingredients... I even thought about writing some of my favorite companies and asking if they would send me a list of all the ingredients. I, at least, want to research the additives before I put them in my body.
Also, almost everything has some sort of corn additive in it. When I see corn as an ingredient, I think cheap. I am paying money for a nutritionally deficient cheap product. I get some flack (jokingly) about not consuming high fructose corn syrup. Even if I did eat corn products there is still the issue of taste. I like sugar flavor and HFCS has a chemical flavor to me.
I decided to stay away from the more processed foods, so I never did send those letters. My taste buds adapted to my home cooked treats, and now I love them way more than any store made product.
I made cupcakes yesterday, and they were amazing. This recipe made ten cupcakes, of which I ate 5 over the span of 2 days.
Vegan Cupcakes with Chai Buttercream Frosting
1 cup almond milk
1 Teaspoon raw apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup coconut oil
3/4 cup of sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup of butter or butter like product of your choice
3-4 cups powdered sugar
2 chai teabags
2 tablespoons boiling water
2 tablespoons almond milk (original used soy)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
1. Combine the almond milk and vinegar and let sit for at least 5 minutes.
2. Beat the sugar, oil, and vanilla together. A caution if you use coconut oil, it has to melt first!
3. Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and baking soda.
4. Combine the wet and dry ingredients, and mix them until they are combined.
5. Bake in a greased cake pan or cupcake pan for 25 minutes or until springy. When they are done cooking, make sure you let them cool before you frost them.
6. For the frosting, place the teabags in the 2 tbs. of boiling water for at least 10 minutes to brew. Whip the butter. Then add the brewed chai and milk to the butter. Last add the powdered sugar and beat for 10 minutes to get the best looking whipped buttercream.
|The last two became the last one shortly after this shot!|
I am not the best cupcake icer. Icing is something that I do a few seconds before the cupcake is eaten, so it does not get special treatment. I thought of some cool icing ideas for these cupcakes, but I will have to try them next time! :)