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Well, I didn’t win May 2008 Cupcake Hero : Cocoa July 22, 2008

Filed under: cupcakes,food,recipes — Mox. @ 5:10 pm
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But I was certainly the cupcake hero at my house and my husband’s place of employment!

As you may recall, I entered Quirky Cupcake’s Cupcake Hero May 2008 : Cocoa competition. It took them quite a while to pick a winner (sadly not myself). Now that a winner has been selected and I have an occassion to post it, here’s the recipe for Sexy Mexy Banana Hammock CuppyCakes aka “The Cabana Boy”. This cupcake was a fabulous choice for my May (at least I think it was)-my (Mexican/Cabana Boy) husband and I went on vacation during the month to beautiful Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Note: The cupcake itself is vegan-and only dirties one bowl (woo hoo), the frosting is not, but could easily be made so with minimal changes.

The picture I took so submit to Cupcake Hero is awful, but it was hot in my house and I was having meltage and shaky hand issues (a tripod is on my Christmas list).

My Cupcake Hero May 2008 entry

Vegan Mexican Chocolate Cake
-1 c sugar
-1 1/2 c all purpose flour
-1 tsp baking soda
-1/4 tsp salt
-1/4 c canola oil
-1 Tbs vanilla extract
-2 tsp cinnamon
-1/2 c unsweeted cocoa
-1/4 tsp cayenne or Mexican chili powder
-1 c cold water
-1 Tsp balsamic vinegar

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 12-cup cupcake tins with paper liners.
2. Combine all cake ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir until smooth. Pour into the pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of one cupcake comes out clean. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from the pan and cool completely.

Banana Butter Frosting

-1/4 c butter, slightly softened
-1/2 c mashed bananas
-1/2 tsp lemon juice
-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
-2 pinches of ground cinnamon
-3 1/4 c confectioner’s sugar

1. In a large bowl, cream together butter, banana, lemon juice, vanilla with an electric mixer. Slowly beat in confectioners’ sugar, adding more if needed to make your desired consistency.
Makes about 2 1/3 cups

On top of mine, I added a dehydrated banana slice and another pinch of cinnamon. I couldn’t quite get the frosting thick enough for my desired consistency, but it was very tasty anyway.

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Cupcake Hero – May 2008 : Cocoa Powder June 1, 2008

Filed under: cupcakes,food,recipes — Mox. @ 10:54 am
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I had previously refrained from posting this, due to my paranoia/superstitiony-ness, but now that the deadline has passed, I feel better about it.

I submitted it rather early as my May was a bit hectic, and the deadline was my birthday (that’s right folks-yesterday was my birthday, and yes I got something cupcake related-earrings, in addition to my Jessie Steele apron). We had some craziness with the scheduling at work and also a vacation to Mexico, which contributed to my recipe decision: Vegan Mexican Chocolate with non-Vegan Banana Frosting aka Sexy Mexy Banana Hammock cupcakes aka “The Cabana Boy”-J, my dear husband, is also a bit of inspiration as he’s my Sexy Mexy cabana boy. I don’t think I’ve ever called him that out loud though.

The Cabana Boy

(please excuse the photography)

 

Happy Birthday to Me! May 12, 2008

Filed under: events,food — Mox. @ 6:52 am
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Yesterday we drove to my parents’ house to celebrate Mother’s Day with (duh) my mother. Since my birthday is coming soon (a few weeks) and we probably wouldn’t be able to get out that way, my mom went ahead and gave me my birthday gift early. She did a hell of a job-pretty much the best birthday present ever (she made a pretty hard act to J to follow!). It was a multi-part gift with a whole bunch of different things in it, but the best parts were a new big mixing bowl with measurements on the side, a good sturdy spatula (also good for keeping husbands in line), a cartoon turned into a piece of art that she customized with my hair color, name, and favorite cooking method – a version of this :

 

, except she had red hair, and it says something close to (it’s in the kitchen downstairs and I’m so not) While working on her cupcake recipe, Mox accidentally opens up a can of Whoopass. Pretty darn funny-oh and her apron is white with cupcakes on it-I thought it was neat that my mom made it match a Jessie Steele apron I showed her a while back. Even neater was when I opened the next part of the present and in it was….

Holy crap! The Jessie Steele apron I showed her a while back! How freakin’ cool is that?! I’m definately going to wear that while working on this month’s cupcake hero.

Yay!