Chocolate Organic & Vegan Cake

I wasn’t necessarily looking for a vegan cake but came across this recipe and fell in love. It’s so moist and even better a day or two after I bake it.

Organic baker Sarah Magid has a lovely book that I adapted this recipe from, Organic and Chic: Cakes, Cookies, and Other Sweets That Taste as Good as They Look.

Recipe: 

2 1/4 cups organic all-purpose flour

2 1/4 cups organic cane sugar

1 cup unsweetened quality, fair trade cocoa

2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 tblsp organic vanilla extract

2/3 cup organic canola oil

2 tsp organic white distilled vinegar

2 cups cold filtered water

Directions:

In a large bowl add dry ingredients and mix together until combined. Make a well in the middle.

In a medium bowl add wet ingredients, mix well.

Slowly add wet ingredients to dry using a whisk or whisk attachment. Batter will be pretty liquidy.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees – make sure oven is completely heated before putting in cupcakes

Using a cupcake scoop, fill liners about 1/2 full to 3/4 full.

Bake for 15-17 minutes depending on altitude. Use a toothpick to check. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing.

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Thanks for stopping!

– Jessica

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Ombre Ruffle Cake – Buttercream Frosting

Happy Sunday – I thought I’d share one of my favorites with you today!

I made a cake for a little ones 1st birthday & the mom gave me free range to do whatever I wished.

I decided to do a chocolate ombre cake and I have to honest, it’s not the easiest for me BUT I love the way it looks.

I separate the frosting into three bowls, or however many colors you are wanting. For the brown, I used pure cocoa.

Start with the darkest, if that is what you are putting on the bottom, add several tablespoons of cocoa & lessen the amount of cocoa per bowl to lighten the color. I want them to be noticeably different but not too drastic. If you like to frost from the top down, it may be easier to have the lighter color on top (as shown) and darken the frosting as you go.

The tip I used was a Wilton #104 or #125 for larger ruffles.

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My buttercream recipe – https://rawbasil.wordpress.com/2013/11/25/buttercream-frosting/

Please feel free to ask questions! I’d be more than happy to help =)

Thanks for stopping!

– Jessica

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Are You Suffering From Arthritis?

An estimated 50 million adults in the United States have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. (CDC, 2013). Arthritis is the inflammation in one or more of your joints causing stiffness, aches, & pain. The most common types are rheumatoid arthritis & osteoarthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an auto immune disorder where the body attacks the lining of the joint capsule resulting in swelling and inflammation. Rheumatoid arthritis can have an early onset, with joint damage within the first two years. (Arthritis Foundation, 2008). Osteoarthritis is mainly caused by wear and tear on the joints. Extensive damage results in loss of joint cartilage leaving the bones to grind against one another. The knee joints are a common area to become affected. (Mayo Clinic, 2013).

Symptoms:

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Redness
  • Loss of motion

Risk Factors:

  • Family history – some types of arthritis are hereditary. My Mother & Grandmother both have osteoarthritis.
  • Age – Risk increases with age, typically over 50.
  • Your sex – Women are more prone then men.
  • Previous joint injury – Sports injury or over use of joints, previous accident, or previous broken bones.
  • Obesity – Extra weight puts pressure on the joints increasing aches & pains.

Foods that help reduce inflammation:

  • Fruits – pineapple, cherries, blueberries, apples, strawberries
  • Nuts
  • Green tea
  • Garlic
  • Turmeric, ginger, thyme
  • Fish
  • Chocolate with at least 70% cocoa

Herbs that help reduce pain & swelling:

  • Turmeric
  • Cats Claw
  • Boswellia
  • Aloe Vera
  • Ginger

Exercising lightly with low impact movements will help keep your body flexible, reduce pain, and keep bones strong. Stretching is one of the best exercises for people suffering from arthritis. Aerobics & walking help strengthen the muscles, increase your heart rate, and release endorphins to make you feel happy!

 

Disclaimer: The information provided is not intended to treat or cure a medical condition. I am not a doctor, please consult your personal physician before starting, stopping, or changing your routine. All content provided is for informational purposes only.

Resources:

http://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/resources/publications/aag/arthritis.htm

http://www.arthritis.org/files/images/newsroom/media-kits/Rheumatoid_Arthritis_Fact_Sheet.pdf

http://www.healthline.com/health-slideshow/herbs-arthritis-pain#6

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/arthritis/DS01122

http://www.healthline.com/health-slideshow/treating-rheumatoid-arthritis#1

All Natural Puppy Chow

I’ve never made this before this weekend, it is so simple and great for parties!

9 cups of rice chex (I prefer to use organic or an all natural rice chex that doesn’t contain GMO ingredients or BHT)

3/4 cup all natural chocolate chips

1/2 cup all natural peanut butter

1/4 cup real butter

1 tsp real vanilla

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar made with cane sugar

In large saucepan mix chocolate chips, peanut butter, & butter until smooth. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Stir in cereal. Carefully pour into a 2 gallon resealable bag. Add powdered sugar and shake. Spread onto wax paper to cool. Tada! It’s ready to eat. Can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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Thanks for stopping! I hope you enjoy!

 

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