Monday, February 6, 2012

Vegan Low Sugar Chocolate Pumpkin Mini Donuts with Rich Vegan Ghirardelli Ganache Sauce

Adapted from

Chocolate pumpkin loaf/ or cake mini donuts  (makes one loaf or 16 mini donuts)

1/4 cup applesauce
2 tablespoons coconut oil (or canola oil)
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons boiling water, divided (see note)
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/3 cup sugarleaf sugar substitute
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Vegan Chocolate Ganache
¼ cup light coconut milk
¼ Ghirardelli semisweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 300 F.  Also, boil some water in a tea kettle
Put applesauce, coconut oil and cocoa powder in a mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, sift together
 flour, spices, baking soda and salt.

2. Measure out 1/3 cup boiling water and pour into the bowl with the chocolate mixture, mixing quickly to make a smooth chocolate sauce. Add pumpkin, sugar and vanilla and mix well.

3. Dump about half of the flour mixture into the chocolate mixture and gently stir just to incorporate, then measure out 1 tablespoon of boiling water and stir again. Now add the rest of the flour mixture and another tablespoon of boiling water and stir just until smooth. Take care not to overmix. Fold in the chocolate chips.

4.  Spoon the batter into the prepared greased loaf pan or pipe with piping bag into ungreased nonstick mini donut pan.

5. Bake loaf for 55 minutes to an hour. Stick a steak knife into the center of the loaf to check for doneness. A little bit of wetness is okay since it could be from a chocolate chip, but the knife should come out mostly dry.

Bake mini donuts for 10 minutes.

6.  To make chocolate ganache, put coconut milk in a bowl and cover with saran wrap and microwave for 1 min or until close to boiling.  Take out and stir in chocolate chips with a whisk.  Put in parchment bag and pipe on donuts.

Enjoy with coffee!

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Ice Cream Cupcakes


Well This post is more about method and decoration than a recipe.  You can use any cake recipe and test out the ice cream cones in advance of the final product to determine how much batter is needed.  These cupcakes are baked inside the cones.

1.  Test out batter to see how much is needed.  I used a strawberry cake batter and It was a little over halfway full.

2.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Line out cones on table and be careful not to break them when opening package because they are delicate.  I bought the JOY brand cones.  You must buy the Jumbo size!

3.  Use a mini ice cream scooper to fill cones in order to avoid getting it on the outside of the cone.

4.  Bake for about 15 min, depending on oven variations

5.  Here are the cupcakes iced

6.  Here they are in my handmade delivery box, had to deliver them 10 miles.  I had to redo the box twice to make sure I could transport all 18 cupcakes safely.

 Email me with questions!!  See you soon