Saturday, 12 December 2015

CHOCOLATE CAKE POPS + VEGAN VERSION / XMAS SWEET

 

WIKI NOTE: A cake pop is a form of cake styled as a lollipop. Cake pops can be a way of using up leftover cake or cake crumbs. The cake pop increased in popularity between 2009 and 2011. Cake pops can be found in many bakeries and grocery stores.

CAKE POPS
  • VEGAN CHOCOLATE CAKE
YOU WILL NEED:
DRY INGREDIENTS:
1 and  ½ cups wheat flour (plain or all-purpose)
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup panela sugar or unrefined cane sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
A pich of salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)
1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips or cacao nibs (optional)
WET INGREDIENTS:
1 cup almond milk
¼ cup strawberry jam
6 tablespoons sunflower oil (any neutral flavored)
1 tsp vanilla extract

NOTE: Homemade measurement units



LET´S BAKE!
1. Preheat the oven to 180 潞 C. Grease a bread pan with margarine or veggie oil.
NOTE: Standard dimensions for bread and loaf pans start at 8 ½ by 4 ½ inches. It´s the perfect size for that amount of ingredients. If you multiply the amount by the number of times that you want,  you will get a bigger cake. You have tons of different sizes of baking pan depends on the final amount.
2. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl: unrefined cane sugar/brown sugar, flour, baking powder, unsweetened cocoa powder and salt. Mix them well with a wooden spoon.
3. Combine wet ingredients in a bowl: red wine, strawberry jam, veggie oil and vanilla extract until well mixed.
4. Pour the wet mix into the dry bowl. Mix everything slowly with a wooden spoon.
5. Pour the mix into the bread pan. Sprinkle brown sugar on the top.
6. Bake for it around 40 minutes, until browned.
NOTE: Don´t open the oven, you can always leave the cake in the oven for a few more minutes.
7.  Remove from the oven. Leave to cool.

  •  LET´S MAKE CAKE POPS!
YOU WILL NEED:*vegan recipe
A bunch of lollipop sticks or wooden skewers
1/2 cup of  margarine /*vegan margarine
1 cup of dark chocolate/*vegan dark chocolate,  to dip 
1 cup of  white chocolate /*dairy free white chocolate to dip 
Pastel rainbow sprinkles and/or tiny sprinkles, to sprinkle


STEP BY STEP
1. Once the cake is cool.  Crumble it into pieces.
2.   Melt the  margarine in a small saucepan. Add it to the bowl and mix everything well until the mix is a bit sticky.
NOTE: Add more margarine if you need to, to make the mixture sticky enough. The mixture has to be clumping easily to make the little balls.
3. Shaped the resulting mixture into balls. Simple shapes such as spheres can be molded by hands.
4. Cut wide strips of cling film. Then cut the strips in half to make it square shapes.
5. The result should be cake ball wrapped in a cling film. Make as many cake balls as you want.
6. Put them in a tray. Leave it in the freezer for a while, 30 minutes approx.
NOTE:The cake balls can be frozen to speed the solidification process.
7. Take the tray out from the freezer, wait for a while. 
8. Put the chocolate chunks in a saucepan and warm gently. Stirring until it's all melted (consistency of a soup).
NOTE: Chilling the cake balls and using this chocolate ensure that a cake ball never fall off the stick.
9. Dip your lollipop stick into the melted chocolate about one inch. Push the chocolate-covered end of the stick into the middle of the cake ball.
NOTE: Dip half of cake balls into hot dark chocolate and half into hot white chocolate.
10. Dip each cake pop straight down into the chocolate until it is submerged and the melted chocolate touches the stick. Hold it sideways over the bowl and rotate it slowly as it drips until covered.
11. Dip and rotate each cake pop  into pastel rainbow sprinkles bowl until covered.
12. Pre-drill a guide hole with your skewer before placing each pop into your foam block to dry.  Let it dry like this for a few moments.
13. Display them in a vase filled with decorative origami stars (optional).

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Monday, 2 November 2015

RED WINE CHOCOLATE VEGAN CAKE

WIKI NOTE: Archaeological evidence has established the earliest-known production of wine from fermenting grapes during the late Neolithic site of Hajji Firuz in the northern Zagros Mountains or early Chalcolithic in the northern edge of the Middle East.

RED WINE CHOCOLATE VEGAN CAKE OR "BREAK UP CAKE: CHOCOLATE, WINE AND CAKE ALL IN ONE"

YOU WILL NEED:
DRY INGREDIENTS:
1 and  ½ cups wheat flour (plain or all-purpose)
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup panela sugar or unrefined cane sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
A pich of salt
1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips or cacao nibs (optional)
WET INGREDIENTS:
1 cup red wine
¼ cup strawberry jam
5 tablespoons sunflower oil (or veggie oil, any neutral flavored)

NOTE: Homemade measurement units



LET´S BAKE!
1. Preheat the oven to 180 潞 C. Grease a bread pan with margarine or veggie oil.
NOTE: Standard dimensions for bread and loaf pans start at 8 ½ by 4 ½ inches. It´s the perfect size for that amount of ingredients. If you multiply the amount by the number of times that you want,  you will get a bigger cake. You have tons of different sizes of baking pan depends on the final amount.
2. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl: unrefined cane sugar/brown sugar, flour, baking powder, unsweetened cocoa powder and salt. Mix them well with a wooden spoon.
NOTE: Sift the flour for cakes. Sifting helps to remove any lumps and / or unwanted debris from the flour and also helps to combine the flour with any dry ingredients. If you don't have a strainer handy, you can also mix flour with a wire whisk or a fork.
3. Combine wet ingredients in a bowl: red wine, strawberry jam, veggie oil and vanilla extract until well mixed.
4. Pour the wet mix into the dry bowl. Mix everything slowly with a wooden spoon.
5. Pour the mix into the bread pan. Sprinkle brown sugar on the top.
6. Bake for it around 40 minutes, until browned.
NOTE: Don´t open the oven, you can always leave the cake in the oven for a few more minutes.
7.  Remove from the oven. Leave to cool. Serve as is or with a scoop of vegan ice cream (flavor up to you) or vegan custard.


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    Saturday, 10 October 2015

    SCARY TAPAS + 2 VEGAN RECIPES / HALLOWEEN SPECIAL

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    • BLOODY FINGERS / VEGAN


    YOU WILL NEED:
    3 or 4 carrots
    Almonds, flaked
    Ketchup sauce

    LET´S COOK!
    1. Wash the carrots and cut them in different sizes.
    2. Put Ketchup sauce on the plate like blood stream.
    3. Place the carrots on the plate with Ketchup as fingers.
    4. Make a cut in the top of each carrot and place the almonds as nails.
    5. Put as much as Ketchup sauce as you want!!!

    • TERRIFYING FIELD OF SKULLS AND PUMPKINS / VEGAN


    YOU WILL NEED:
    1 or 2 courgettes / zucchini (medium size)
    1 or 2 big carrots

    LET´S COOK!

    Pumpkins:
    1. Peel the carrots. Cut carrots into slices not too thin.
    2. Cut the stem shape of the pumpkin in each carrot slice. Here you are the tiny pumpkins ready to plant.
    Skulls:
    1. Preheat the oven to 180 潞 C. Cover a baking tray with baking paper.
    2. Wash well the courgettes. Cut them into slices not too thin.
    3. Cut the skull shape and make eyes&mouth holes with a knife.
    4. Place the courgette skulls in the tray, sprinkle them with olive oil, salt and pepper.
    5. Keep them in the oven until brown. Remove from the oven. Leave to cool.

    ¡LET'S PLANT A FIELD OF KULLS & PUMPKINS!

    1. Place them on a big plate/tray like a big terrifying field.
    2. Cover the plate with pumpkins along the edge and put in the center the skulls (photo).
    3. Serve as is or with small bowls of hummus or/and soy sauce to dip (optional).

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      Sunday, 2 August 2015

      TROPICAL VEGAN CAKE: PINEAPPLE COCONUT LIME


      WIKI NOTE: To prevent scurvy during the 19th century, British sailors were issued a daily allowance of citrus, such as lemon, and later switched to lime. The use of citrus was initially a closely guarded military secret, as scurvy was a common scourge of various national navies, and the ability to remain at sea for lengthy periods without contracting the disorder was a huge benefit for the military. The British sailor thus acquired the nickname, "Limey" because of their usage of limes.

      TROPICAL VEGAN CAKE

      YOU WILL NEED:
      DRY INGREDIENTS:
      1 and 1/2 cups wheat flour (plain or all-purpose)
      2 tsp baking powder
      1 tsp baking soda
      A pich of salt
      1 cup panela sugar or unrefined cane sugar
      1 cup roughly chopped pineapple (natural pineapple or dried pineapple slices in juice)
      1/2 cup of shredded coconut
      WET INGREDIENTS:
      1/4 cup pineapple puree or pineapple jam
      NOTE: Homemade pineapple puree or homemade pineapple jam are taste ingredients. If you want to buy them, it tastes deliciuos too.
      1/3 cup sunflower oil (or veggie oil, any neutral flavored)
      1/4 cup coconut milk
      Zest of one lime, grated

      NOTE: Homemade measurement units


      LET´S BAKE!
      1. Preheat the oven to 180 潞 C. Grease a bread pan with margarine or veggie oil.
      NOTE: Standard dimensions for bread and loaf pans start at 8 ½ by 4 ½ inches. It´s the perfect size for that amount of ingredients. If you multiply the amount by the number of times that you want,  you will get a bigger cake. You have tons of different sizes of baking pan depends on the final amount.
      2. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl: brown sugar, flour, baking powder, shredded coconut and salt. Mix them well with a wooden spoon.
      NOTE: Sift the flour for cakes. Sifting helps to remove any lumps and / or unwanted debris from the flour and also helps to combine the flour with any dry ingredients. If you don't have a strainer handy, you can also mix flour with a wire whisk or a fork.
      4. Peel and cut the pineapple, roughly chopped. Add it to the dry ingredients and mix it well.
      5. Put a bunch of roughly chopped pineapple into the measuring cup of the blender. Add a splash of Cacha莽a (optional). Mix it well with the blender, until homogeneous liquid like puree.
      6. Combine wet ingredients in a bowl: homemade pineapple puree, veggie oil, coconut milk and grated lime zest until well mixed.
      7. Pour the wet mix into the dry bowl. Mix everything slowly with a wooden spoon.
      8. Pour the mix into the bread pan. Sprinkle brown sugar on the top.
      NOTE: Arrange the thin pineapple slices around the cake decoratively. Drizzle over some syrup if using (optional presentation).
      9. It´s a moistly cake. Bake for it around 40 minutes, until browned.
      NOTE: Don´t open the oven, you can always leave the cake in the oven for a few more minutes.
      10.  Remove from the oven. Leave to cool. Cut cubes of coconut and slices of lime. Put them on the top. Sprinkle a little bit of shredded coconut and grated lime zest.

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      Friday, 31 July 2015

      IDEAS TO CELEBRATE PRIDE: FRUIT RAINBOW FLAG (STRAWBERRY APRICOT PINEAPPLE MELON BLUEBERRY PLUM) / VEGAN


      WIKI NOTE: The rainbow flag is a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) pride and LGBT social movements.The colors reflect the diversity of the LGBT community. It originated in Northern California, but is now used worldwide. Designed by San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker in 1978, the design has undergone several revisions to first remove then re-add colors due to widely available fabrics. The most common variant consists of six stripes, with the colors red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet. The flag is commonly flown horizontally, with the red stripe on top, as it would be in a natural rainbow.


      FRUIT RAINBOW FLAG
       
      YOU WILL NEED:
      Red: strawberry / watermelon
      Orange: apricot / mandarin / orange
      Yellow: pineapple
      Green: melon / kiwi
      Blue: blueberry
      Violet: plum / blackberry
      NOTE: You can use any fruit you like, depending on the season.

      LET´S COOK! 
      1. Peel and cut the fruits into pieces.
      2. Put the pieces of fruit in a tray. Make the six color lines of the flag horizontally.
      3. Sprinkle icing sugar, ground cinnamon, etc. (Optional).
      4. Serve the trays with small bowls to dip (dark chocolate, soy yogurt, etc.)

      LET'S MAKE THE FLAG!

      How to make the Six-color LGBT pride flag: red -  strawberry, orange - apricot, yellow - pineapple, green - melon, blue - blueberry and violet - plum.

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        Tuesday, 2 June 2015

        MANGO VEGAN CAKE: MANGO CARDAMOM MINT LEAVES

        WIKI NOTE: The mango is native to South and Southeast Asia,or from where it has been distributed worldwide to become one of the most cultivated fruits in the tropics.It is the national fruit of India, Pakistan, and the Philippines, and the national tree of Bangladesh.In several cultures, its fruit and leaves are ritually used as floral decorations at weddings, public celebrations, and religious ceremonies.

        MANGO VEGAN CAKE

        YOU WILL NEED:
        DRY INGREDIENTS:
        1 and 1/2 cups wheat flour (plain or all-purpose)
        2 tsp baking powder
        1 tsp baking soda
        A pich of salt
        1 tsp cardamom powder or 3 cardamom pods (open the pods and use the seeds inside)
        1 cup panela sugar or unrefined cane sugar
        NOTE: add more sugar, depends on how sweet is the mango puree.
        1/4 cup of shredded coconut (optional)
        A bunch of chopped fresh mint leaves (optional)
        WET INGREDIENTS:
        1 and 1/2 cups mango puree or mango chunks in light syrup or 2  ripe mangoes
        1/3 cup sunflower oil (or veggie oil, any neutral flavored)
        1 tsp vanilla extract
        NOTE: You can replace mango puree for peach halves in light syrup (medium size can - 420g)

        NOTE: Homemade measurement units



        LET´S BAKE!
        1. Preheat the oven to 180 潞 C. Grease a bread pan with margarine or sunflower oil.
        NOTE: Standard dimensions for bread and loaf pans start at 8 ½ by 4 ½ inches. It´s the perfect size for that amount of ingredients. If you multiply the amount by the number of times that you want, you will get a bigger cake. You have tons of different sizes of baking pan depends on the final amount.
        2. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl: brown sugar, flour, baking powder, shredded coconut, cardamom powder, chopped fresh mint leaves and salt until well mixed.
        NOTE: Sift the flour for cakes. Sifting helps to remove any lumps and / or unwanted debris from the flour and also helps to combine the flour with any dry ingredients. If you don't have a strainer handy, you can also mix flour with a wire whisk or a fork.
        3. Peel and cut one or two mangoes. Put a bunch of roughly chopped mango into the measuring cup of the blender. Mix it well with the blender, until homogeneous liquid like puree.
        4. Combine wet ingredients in a bowl:  mango puree, vanilla extract and veggie oil until well mixed.
        5. Pour the wet mix into the dry bowl. Mix everything just a little bit with a wooden spoon.
        6. Pour the mix into the bread pan. Sprinkle brown sugar on the top.
        7. Bake for it around 45-50 minutes, until browned.
        NOTE: Don´t open the oven, you can always leave the cake in the oven for a few more minutes.
        8.  Remove from the oven. Leave to cool. Cut cubes of mango. Put the cubes and fresh mint leaves on the top. Sprinkle a little bit of shredded coconut (optional).
        9. Serve with a scoop of vegan ice cream, vanilla flavor or vegan source cream or vegan custard.

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