It sounds so easy, butter, sugar and some vanilla extract. That’s classic American Buttercream. It’s the only buttercream I was aware of when I began baking. Now I know, there’s a lot more to it. All the youtube videos out … Continue reading
CupAntCake Project 1: Vegan Marshmallows
There are so many recipes out there that use marshmallows as their base. Homemade fondant, fluff, ice creams, frostings and of course s’mores. I want to try so many different things but I can’t seem to get rid of the wrench in my plan. If you knew how easy it was to make regular marshmallows you would never spend money in a store again. Gelatin free marshmallows however, not so easy. In the United States, Sweet and Sara makes vegan marshmallows that are sold at whole foods. There are a few online retailers in the United Kingdom as well. If you do a google search for vegan marshmallows, you will realize there isn’t too much variety as far as ideas go. There is the popular open source cookbook and recipe by David Soleil. I’m sure it works, since everyone seems to post it on their blogs. Genutine Vegetarian Gelatin and guar gum are not products readily available to me so I can’t try it.
The dilemma started when I wanted to make some Mexican Hot Chocolate Ice Cream with Marshmallows. I eat marshmallows. Gelatin and all. But there’s a lot of people around me that don’t. I tried adapting a recipe for regular marshmallows, substituting agar agar for gelatin. It didn’t work. It thickened and after whipping became the consistency of marshmallow fluff, but it didn’t turn opaque. I think that’s what I need to fix. It stayed liquid even after I let it cool overnight. I was left with a really thick sugar syrup and no marshmallows for my ice cream.
So now for my second try I’ve managed to get my hands on to some cream of tartar and arrowroot powder. Not sure yet how they will help but I’m going to look into it and update this post on Monday. Hopefully I will get the time to try another batch by then.
I mentioned Genutine Vegetarian Gelatin earlier. I just looked up the company, La Sactuaire, that sells it and their products are fascinating. They are taking huge steps towards making it easy to be vegan.
Carrot Cupcakes with Maple and Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
Carrot cake is something I never ordered off a menu. A vegetable based cake didn’t sound appetizing. Of course as usual, all that changed in the matter of a day. A friend insisted I try the carrot cake at Moshe’s … Continue reading
I remember the first time I saw a cake pop. It was at Starbucks. I never eat at Starbucks with the exception of the sourdough pretzel; which I’ve only ever seen in New York. Nevertheless, I was intrigued by these … Continue reading
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes
Yes! They really do exist. When you bite into them there’s a hearty chunk of cookie dough to chew on and savor. I love a good scoop of Ben & Jerry’s Cookie Dough Ice Cream, but this is an … Continue reading
Dark Chocolate Blackout
There’s something about dark chocolate that keeps you addicted. It’s more about the rich flavor than the supposed health benefits. Those are just a bonus. Personally I was never a big fan, always favoring sweet milky chocolate over its bitter … Continue reading
Vanilla, Vanilla, Vanilla Cupcakes
I’m not exaggerating. I just made a batch of real vanilla cupcakes. Most vanilla cupcake recipes and a lot of commercially available cupcakes as well, use vanilla essence in their recipes. Vanilla essence is exactly what it claims to be, … Continue reading
Afternoons are for Apple Cake
My grandmother, like most grandmothers has been baking apple pie for me since I got my first tooth. There’s something magical about the combination of apple, cinnamon and sugar. Even as I write about it I can smell and taste … Continue reading