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Cocoa-Coconut-Cupcakes! (gluten & dairy free!)

Cocoa-Coconut-Cupcakes! (gluten & dairy free!)

Everybody needs cheering up on a Monday, don’t they?  B’s been feeling under the weather, so I decided to make yet more cakes in an attempt to perk him up.

I used up all the nuts in the cakes I made the other day, so I raided the cupboards and decided on a mixture of Cocoa Powder and Creamed Coconut (I but the Patak’s sachets of creamed coconut which is solid and then I chop it).  Here’s what came out of the oven:

And here’s how I made it…

Ingredients:

125g gluten free self raising flour (I used Dove’s Farm)

125g brown sugar

50g dairy free margarine (I used Vitalite)

25g Cocoa Powder (the Green & Black’s that was in my cupboard)

3 free range eggs (small to medium sized)

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp lactofree milk or milk substitute

1 tsp gluten free baking powder

50g creamed coconut (chopped)

Easy Peasy Method:

  • Measure out your dry ingredients and mix them together in a bowl
  • Add your wet ingredients and mix well until there are no lumps and you have a nice thick batter
  • Spoon the mixture into cupcake cases, fairly full
  • Bake for around 20 minutes at 190 degrees C
  • Try not to burn your fingers when you try to eat them straight from the oven!

The chopped creamed coconut left lovely gooey chunks of coconutty goodness through the cakes – you can see it in the pic here:

This mixture made about 15 small cakes.  15 small cakes, for 2 people… all this baking can’t bee good for the waistline.  It’s just me and B here, and we live about an hour away from family… so whatever I make in this kitchen, gets eaten in this kitchen.  Oh well, that’s a dilemma for another day, these cakes brightened up my Monday and that’s all that counts!

Wishlist: Spiralizer!

I need a spiralizer in my life right now!

Does anyone have one? And if so, is it worth it, and do you use it?

masterchef synesthesia

Masterchef Synesthesia!  this never fails to make me smile :) I like the base, base base… I like the buttery biscuit base…

I really do need these measuring cups in my (sad little) life… to sit alongside my measuring spoons…

I know it’s sad… but I love my measuring spoons :)

I’m not Baking Today :)

link: Lazy Days Millionaires Shortbread

Some days, you just want to curl up on the sofa in your PJs and not move a muscle.  That’s why today, I was so glad I  found these in Sainsburys – gluten free & vegan millionaires shortbread! They were a much needed Saturday afternoon pick-me-up yesterday (with a mug of hot [dairy free] chocolate). Me and OH munched our way through the whole pack while the snow fell outside :)

Lazy days! Made up a Hale & Hearty quick pizza base. Smothered it in Tiger Tiger gluten free BBQ sauce.  Grated a load of lactofree cheese over it. Threw on some sliced mushrooms & red pepper. And shoved it in the oven with some chips. Score!

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